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School of Pharmacy
Chapman University's School of Pharmacy strives to inspire students with a personalized, professional education, distinguished by self-directed and problem-based active learning in an interdisciplinary health team environment.

Message from the Dean

Welcome to Orange County’s first School of Pharmacy! Our vision for the Chapman University School of Pharmacy (CUSP) is to enhance global health delivery and the biopharmaceutical and biomedical sciences. We are molding pharmacy practitioners and scientists who possess a deep scientific foundation, a passion for human health improvement and the caring concern needed to make a difference in people’s lives. - Dean Ronald. P. Jordan


»Welcome to the School of Pharmacy

Welcome to Orange County’s first School of Pharmacy! Located on the Harry and Diane Rinker Health Science Campus in Irvine, California, the School of Pharmacy (CUSP) will engage student pharmacists in science-based, personalized, interdisciplinary education and training. The CUSP program will help students focus on the lifelong pursuit of answers to the grand challenges in human health around the world and their role in compassionate delivery of those solutions, starting with engagement in the local Orange County community.  CUSP will confer the professional degree Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) upon those individuals who successfully complete the didactic and experiential educational components of the program. Responsibility for the use of medication and the health outcomes associated with such use is at the core of the pharmacist’s role in advancing health. 

Our new “accelerated” Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and we are currently working toward full accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE).

+-Latest News

Chapman University School of Pharmacy will begin accepting applications for fall 2016 on July 15, 2014 through PharmCAS.

Important Admissions Dates

September 8, 2015        PharmCAS Deadline for Early Decision Applicants

March 2, 2016               PharmCAS Deadline for non-Early Decision Applicants



Chapman University’s School of Pharmacy has received precandidate status accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)—a national agency for the accreditation of professional degree pharmacy programs. This status approves the opening of CUSP at the Harry and Diane Rinker Campus in Irvine in September 2015 for the 8 trimester accelerated Doctor of Pharmacy degree program.

“We established an extraordinary high performing team and they continue to drive our program toward excellence and national notoriety,” said Ron Jordan, Founding Dean of The Chapman University School of Pharmacy.

To learn more about the process, please visit our Accreditation page »


The CUSP vision is to become a recognized leader in innovative, interprofessional and personalized education, community outreach, and collaborative, impactful research that advances global health.


The CUSP mission is to lead innovative and personalized education, conduct transformative research, deliver team-based patient-centered care, and provide service to improve health.


  • Recruit, develop and retain high quality faculty and staff to achieve the school’s mission.
  • Identify, admit and further develop high quality, diverse, self-reflective and compassionate students.
  • Develop and deliver an innovative personalized, inter-professional and integrated curriculum.
  • Conduct collaborative scientific research that is focused on achievable goals that improve the human condition.
  • Establish and cultivate a culture of community engagement and partnerships throughout the CUSP community.


  • The local, national, and international community of individuals and industries that improve life,
  • Entrepreneurial approaches to problem solving and the persistent pursuit of our goals,
  • The diversity of individuals around us and the richness our differences bring to the quality of our lives,
  • Innovation and creativity in personalized education where each individual takes responsibility for his or her learning,
  • Active, continuous, and cumulative assessment of knowledge and the gaps experienced by individuals so that they are recognized and addressed,
  • Professionalism, mutual respect, shared learning and a life-long commitment to pursue change that improves human health.

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  • Personalized education, e.g., small class sizes, low student‐to‐faculty ratio
  • Learner‐centered approach that includes team‐based learning and active learning
  • Interdisciplinary education from the start, community involvement, global Citizen perspectives
  • Active learning, including labs and didactic with supportive classrooms/technology
  • Continuous, comprehensive and cumulative assessment through multiple means (e.g., oral and written testing, knowledge application simulations, interview, observation of presentations and participation)
  • Structured learning and practice experience with other health profession students, such as PA, PT, and Nursing
  • Enrollment starting at 60 entering students in 2015 and growing to a maximum of 100 entering students per year in 2017 and thereafter
  • Broad experiential learning partnerships in Pharmacy Clinical Practice and with local biopharmaceutical and medical device industry partnerships
  • Student study focus areas of research, regulatory affairs, continuous quality improvement


May 2018: First graduates and full accreditation received. Model (0-5 or 2-3)

September 2015: First professional program students matriculate

June 2014: ACPE board pre-candidate application consideration

April 2014: Final ACPE pre-candidate application

March 2014: ACPE Staff Visit

January 2014: Draft ACPE pre-candidate application

December 2013: WASC approval (WASC approval received October 2013)

August 2013: WASC Accreditation application

July 2013: CUSP Founding Leadership Team