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Pre-Pharmacy Freshman Early Assurance Program

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Virtual Pre-Pharmacy Information Sessions

You can learn more about the program and pharmacy profession at an upcoming information session. Information sessions are lead by our Program Director. Prospective students and families are welcome!

Through the Pre-Pharmacy program, high school graduates can earn their Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) in just 5 years. 

This is done by spending 2 years on Chapman’s Orange Campus, where you complete course prerequisites for our School of Pharmacy. You would then spend your final 3 years earning your Pharm.D. on our Rinker Campus in Irvine.

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Where This Degree Will Take You

After finishing the program, you’ll have earned your Pharm.D. and be well prepared for a number of careers. Many graduates work in community-practice settings, but there are several other options:

  • Clinic or ambulatory practice: You see patients in a medical clinic or physician's group office, and are often able to prescribe medication and make appropriate changes to existing medication therapy.
  • Research: You would conduct or support research that involves drug discovery in the lab, or track medication utilization, adherence, effectiveness or side effects in patient populations.
  • Hospital practice: You would work with physicians, nurses and other members of the health care team to provide in-patients with optimal medication therapies.
In the Pharm.D. program you’ll take experiential courses that will expose you to various pharmacy-practice settings.

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Meet Executive Director of Undergraduate Pharmacy Programs & Partnerships, Dr. Lawrence “LB” Brown, Pharm.D., Ph.D.

Lawrence BrownThroughout your first two years in the program, you’ll get ongoing support from Executive Director LB Brown.

Dr. Brown is a Pharm.D and PhD. and has experience working in military, VA, hospital, independent, chain, and grocery store pharmacies. He is also past President of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and Kappa Psi International Pharmaceutical Fraternity, past Speaker of the House for APhA, and has been the Parliamentarian for the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy since 2006.

Dr. Brown also served as the founding Associate Dean of Student Affairs for Chapman’s School of Pharmacy and was responsible for starting the Pre-Pharmacy program. Dr. Brown has first-hand experience and knows what it takes for you to succeed in pharmacy school.

His StrengthFinders are: Leadership – Connectedness – Achiever – Activator - Futuristic.

In addition to teaching the program’s Intro to Pharmacy courses, he will:

  • Hold at least two meetings with you per semester to go over your progress in the program and assist with course scheduling.
  • Offer career advising and suggest opportunities to get more experience in areas that align with your interests and goals.
  • Connect you with faculty-led research projects in the School of Pharmacy if you are interested in gaining hands-on research experience.
  • Assist you in anyway he can to help you be successful.

If you visit Chapman’s Orange Campus, you can reach out to Dr. Brown for an in-person meeting. He can answer questions and help you learn more about the program. To schedule a meeting, email him at prepharmacy@chapman.edu.


Student Clubs and Organizations

Joining a student club or organization is a great way to build your community and develop your skill set. Chapman has hundreds of options.

In addition, Chapman has a Future Pharmacists Club that is popular with Pre-Pharmacy students. The club:

  • Helps students learn more about the field and network with others interested in pharmacy.
  • Schedules activities and hosts guest speakers.
  • Runs a peer-mentoring program for club members (2nd-year students mentor 1st-year students).
Dr. Mary Ngo
Pharm.D. '19
While at Chapman, Mary was a member of the Asian Pacific Student Association and University Program Board, and also provided health assistance to underserved communities.

Admission Details

To apply, you must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen or have U.S. permanent resident status.

Steps for applying and additional admission information is below. Every cohort begins in the fall semester; spring entry is not available.

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Tour and Visit Opportunities

While you consider the Pre-Pharmacy program, we hope you will also have time to visit our Orange Campus for a:

  • Campus Tour and Information Session: Walking tours are led by current students who will show you the campus and residence life area. They’re eager to answer questions and show you what life at Chapman is like.
  • Keck Center for Science and Engineering Tour: Pre-Pharmacy students will take many courses in the Keck Center. On this tour you will learn more about the Keck Center’s state-of-the-art classrooms and facilities.

If you visit campus, we hope you will also have time to meet Program Director Lawrence Brown. To make an appointment, you can email him at prepharmacy@chapman.edu.

Related Programs

Chapman encourages you to explore your interests wherever they take you. Many students interested in Pre-Pharmacy are also curious about:

You can explore all of Chapman’s undergraduate majors and minors with our program finder.

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Dr. Lawrence "LB" Brown
Program Director

Pharmacy Summer Research Program for High School Students

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Chapman offers a hybrid summer program for high school students to learn more about pharmacy and gain research experience.

Learn more on Instagram!

To get a better idea of the student experience, follow Pre-Pharmacy on Instagram. The account is entirely student-run:

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Keck Center for Science & Engineering

Keck Center at Chapman University

The Keck Center is where you’ll take many of your classes and study during your two years on the Orange Campus.