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School of Pharmacy

» About the School of Pharmacy

Located in Irvine, California, the Chapman University School of Pharmacy (CUSP) proudly holds the distinction of being the first ACPE-accredited pharmacy school in Orange County. Our school provides a streamlined healthcare education opportunity to the local community, which is rich in healthcare services.

The Harry and Diane Rinker Health Science Campus boasts state-of-the-art facilities and is home to world-class opportunities that will help you succeed in your academic and professional pursuits.

While Chapman University was established in 1861, CUSP was founded in 2013 with a mission to educate and develop the next generation of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists. Our focus is on team-based, patient safety-focused healthcare and conducting transformation research that will make a real impact on the field. We are committed to providing our students with a comprehensive education with both didactic and experiential education, where Excellence is the Standard.

Academic Programs

Unlike most schools of pharmacy, CUSP's academic programs are accelerated and produce pharmaceutical industry experts in record time while maintaining curricular excellence. Because of our accelerated models, CUSP graduated the youngest pharmacist in the United States in 2019. 

Our most popular program, the PharmD, produces licensed pharmacists in less than 3 years.

Current high school students who wish to complete their PharmD in five years pursue our APEx program, in which candidates can bypass a traditional Bachelor of Science undergraduate degree. 


At its inception, CUSP developed a strong, scientific research foundation with faculty possessing diverse expertise, areas of interest, and diverse clinical placements. The foundation continues to grow, and CUSP endeavors have continued to prepare students for an array of career opportunities amidst a changing healthcare landscape.

About our Interim Dean, Dr. Ren Ostrom
Dr. Ostrom joined CUSP only three years after its inception as an expert Professor of Pharmacology. Since then, he has been an integral part of CUSP's growth in research, education, and expanding influence over Orange County's healthcare systems.

Our Mission and Vision: 

Educate and promote diversity in the next generation of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists to improve health through engaging in inclusive and equitable team-based, patient safety-focused health care and conducting transformative research and scholarship.

We accomplish this by:

  • Empowering students to become self-learning professionals through flipped learning andragogy that leverages state-of-the-art technology and teamwork.
  • Providing an infrastructure that emphasizes collaborative research and scholarship that makes a difference in people's lives.
  • Creating a diverse and inclusive culture that equitably supports, nurtures, and mentors students, faculty and staff to be successful and makes it a top academic institution to study or work in Orange County.
  • Optimizing delivery of healthcare for those with diverse and unmet needs in Orange County.
  • Establishing strategic partnerships, collaborations and alliances to advance our mission.
  • Embracing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in all facets of our educational programs.

Take a Self-Guided Tour of our Rinker Health Science Campus

Our Rinker Campus is located in Irvine and is the home to the School of Pharmacy. You'll be able to see the cutting-edge class and lab space for our graduate students!

Rinker Health Science Campus

About Us

Chapman Pharmacy dedicates itself to every aspect of education, where excellence is the standard.

The Future Rinker Campus

As Chapman's newest campus, development continues around the clock to create an exceptional educational environment.