»About the School of Pharmacy

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.

Our new “accelerated” Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and we are currently working toward accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE). We anticipate ACPE accreditation approval will be received in time to begin student matriculation in the professional portion of the program starting September 2015.

Our pre-pharmacy curricular prerequisite requirements are listed on this website. The accelerated Doctor of Pharmacy program will involve eight straight trimesters of professional didactic and experiential education. By studying for the full calendar year as opposed to a typical nine-month academic year commonly used in higher education and many colleges of pharmacy, students in the  CUSP will reach the work force sooner than their counterparts in more traditional Doctor of Pharmacy programs. Our health care system and biomedical industry need new practitioners as rapidly as possible. The demographic, disease, technology and scientific advances driving the demand for health care services have led to unprecedented rates of change in health delivery. Pharmacists in health delivery practice, as well as the biopharmaceutical, biomedical and medical device industries, will have enormous entrepreneurial opportunities in the future. We will prepare graduates to embrace these changes and improve lives and communities. We are working on developing valuable and unique learning-oriented partnerships with local health organizations, practitioners and industries who are all seeking to fill their growing personnel needs.

Our school will be located two miles from the Irvine Spectrum on the new Harry and Diane Rinker Health Science Campus that will house a new Master’s Physician Assistant program, the Doctor Physical Therapy program and developing health programs, in addition to the Doctor of Pharmacy Program. We will admit students in the fall of each year and operate on a trimester calendar year that includes inter-professional education (IPE) with the other health programs to facilitate experience working as a member of the healthcare team. Our delivery of the curriculum will emphasize “flipped classroom” active learning models where students conduct directed inquiry and knowledge acquisition outside of formal classes on their own. Classroom time facilitated by faculty experts from multiple disciplines will focus on applying knowledge, problem solving, critical analysis and skills assessment. Much of the work will be team based as health care challenges in the future will be overcome through teamwork. Testing, observed simulations and other forms of assessment will be comprehensive and evaluate both the team and individual students. Assessment of student progress will be continuous, in written and verbal form, through observation of class participation and knowledge application. Student will be well prepared for generalized professional practice and will have opportunities to orient their studies toward particular focus areas of practice and research in a broad range of settings, but our focus will be on preparing students to work as part of a team in medical groups, accountable care organizations, patient centered medical homes, care transition organizations, and the Biotechnology and Medical Device fields.

We invite you to visit the Chapman University School of Pharmacy web pages frequently to stay current with our progress and discover more about what makes us unique and a source of pride for Orange County.

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