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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.

CUSP Vision Indicators:

  1. Our graduates are sought after as leaders in academe, associations and organizations that are improving human health.
  2. Our graduates are engaged in outcomes-driven, innovative and interprofessional practice models that further human health around the world.
  3. Our faculty and graduates generate innovative discoveries and research outcomes that impact health.
  4. Members of the Chapman community are positioned to exert influence within community organizations and on health policy and state and national pharmacy regulations.
  5. We become the national benchmark for innovative, interprofessional and personalized pharmacy education and assessment.
  6. Our graduates engage in post-graduate training that prepares them for advanced practice.
  7. CUSP is one of the Top 10 places to work in Orange County and attracts high-quality talent.
  8. Our faculty and staff are recognized as high performing teams in academic pharmacy that serve as models for our graduates.
  9. We are nationally and internationally recognized:
    • as leaders in pharmacy education, expanding and promoting the role of pharmacists, and research,
    • for our excellence in graduate programs, research, and international collaboration, and
    • for innovative curriculum, integrating basic sciences and practice.
    • for supporting, nurturing and mentoring faculty such that the progression of faculty from assistant to full professor is stellar


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.

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 culture that 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.


+-Strategic Initiatives (Under development, pending review at Dec. 14, 2015 meeting)

Strategic Initiative 1: Create a culture that encourages and supports collaboration, collegiality, accountability, assessment and teamwork.

  1. Foster the development of supportive relationships among CUSP personnel based upon open communication and transparency.  [collaboration, collegiality and teamwork]
  2. Create a sound understanding of and unequivocal commitment to the CUSP Assessment Plan and the value of its outcomes to ensure success and continuous improvement.  [assessment]
  3. Establish and cultivate an environment that supports accountability, with fairness and respect, to encourage high morale and performance.  [accountability]

Strategic Initiative 2: Recruit, develop, and retain high-quality faculty and staff.

  1. Proactively identify and recruit faculty and staff through a strategic hiring plan.
  2. Establish formalized training/development and mentoring to develop faculty and staff individually and as a team.
  3. Ensure faculty and staff feel valued, are recognized for their contributions, and have the resources needed to succeed.

Strategic Initiative 3: Develop and deliver an innovative personalized, interdisciplinary, and integrated curriculum that is anchored by a strong and comprehensive assessment.

  1. Manage as a team a practice-relevant and scientifically grounded curriculum that is balanced and adaptable to the evolving health-care and scientific environments.
  2. Leverage the individual skills, passions, knowledge, and experience of our faculty to develop and deliver personalized and integrated curriculum.
  3. Utilize a comprehensive CUSP assessment plan to ascertain whether desired student learning outcomes have been attained and programmatic CQI efforts are achieved.

Strategic Initiative 4: Attract and retain high quality and diverse students, and guide their development for personal and professional success.

  1.  Develop and support strategies to target high-performing students, including diverse and underrepresented student populations.   
  2.  Identify and create a network of CUSP partners to provide funding, experiential education, and career opportunities.
  3.  Support efforts to enrich student life.
  4.  Support students in their personal development and professional advancement.

 Strategic Initiative 5: Establish a comprehensive world-class research program in areas where CUSP can distinguish itself.

  1.  Develop and promote new and innovative Graduate Programs.
  2.  Establish an efficient infrastructure, and secure resources and partnerships needed to support a world-class research program.
  3.  Establish Centers of Excellence building on existing and potential focused areas of strength.
  4.  Foster Strategic International and Local Collaborations.


  • 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.

+-Points of Distinction

  • 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