Is the School of Pharmacy on the Chapman University Campus in Orange, CA?
No. CUSP is located on the Harry and Diane Rinker Health Science Campus in Irvine, CA. The campus is 15 miles south of the Chapman Campus and currently consists of 3 buildings at 9401, 9501 and 9701 Jeronimo Road. CUSP is conveniently located 1.5 miles east of the I-5 Freeway, off of Alton Parkway, and within 2 miles of the Irvine Spectrum.
Is there student housing near the School of Pharmacy?
Currently there is no official Chapman student housing near CUSP. However, there are several apartment complexes within 1 to 3 miles of CUSP, including “The Park” and “The Village” apartment complexes located at the Irvine Spectrum. More housing is being developed commercially in the Great Park area of Irvine.
How long is your pharmacy program?
We are a three year program, Students complete the eight semesters of pharmacy school by going year round. There are three 15-week trimesters the first two years, with a two week break between trimesters, and two 15-week trimesters the last year when you complete your Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences.
Does the School of Pharmacy consider applications from international students?
No. Chapman University School of Pharmacy only accepts applications from U.S. citizens or applicants with Permanent Resident Status.
Does CUSP require a background check?
CUSP does not require a criminal background check to apply to the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program. However, those individuals selected for admission to the program are required to complete a criminal background check and a drug screen the summer before starting pharmacy school. Additionally, the California State Board of Pharmacy requires fingerprints and a criminal background check to obtain a pharmacist intern license which will be required in the trimester of pharmacy school. In addition, many of the clinical facilities affiliated with CUSP may require additional background checks and/or drug testing for student placements.
How do I apply to your program?
Students must apply via the PharmCAS website. More information on the application process can be found at https://www.chapman.edu/pharmacy/admission.aspx
What are the criteria for admission?
The CUSP admission criteria include academic strength, motivation to pursue pharmacy, maturity, communication skills, special talents, achievements and the unique contribution you will be expected to make to the profession. Students who have a desire to use the clinical, team work, and communication skills, they learn during pharmacy school, to keep their patients safe are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information, see the CUSP admission requirements.
What is the School's PCAT minimum and GPA requirements for admission and continuing work?
There is no minimum PCAT score, however, preferred applicants have a PCAT composite percentile score of 50 or higher. There is no minimum GPA, however, preferred applicants have an overall GPA and a prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or greater.
Do I need to send in my transcripts to CUSP?
Initial transcripts and Fall transcripts need to be sent from your school to PharmCAS. Fall transcripts must be sent during the Fall update period. Check the PharmCAS website for the current Fall update period. Spring transcripts must be sent to:
Dr. Lawrence Brown
Associate Dean of Student Affairs
9401 Jeronimo Rd, Ste 116
Irvine, CA 92618
When do I need to complete my pre-pharmacy courses?
Typically, all pre-pharmacy courses must be completed by the end of the Spring Term before the start of the pharmacy program. However, you can apply for admission before completing all of your pre-requisite courses or the PCAT exam. On a case-by-case basis, we can allow students to complete their last class over the summer, as long as the course will complete by the end of the second week of August.
How many students are accepted each year?
Our target enrollment is 100 students, however, at least 30 seats are reserved for the students who are matriculating from our FEAP Pre-pharmacy program.
Is preference given to California residents?
No. The School uses the same criteria to evaluate out-of-state applicants as California residents. Out of state residents are encouraged to apply.
Do California residents pay less tuition than out-of-state students?
Chapman University is a private university; therefore, tuition and fees are the same for all students regardless of state or country of residence.
Is a bachelor's degree required?
Can I enter with advanced standing status?
No. Due to the unique nature of our curriculum, CUSP is not able to accept students who will not be starting the pharmacy program from the first trimester.
Do you have a rolling admission?
Yes. It is advisable to submit your application as early as possible. Applications via PharmCAS typically open in the middle of July. Interviews start in late August or early September.
Do you give preference to any major?
No, CUSP does not give preference to any major. Most applicants are science majors. The most common majors are biology, chemistry, biochemistry and psychobiology. However, students who have completed a different major, but gone back to school to complete their pre-requisites are highly encouraged to apply. We also have a very supportive environment for non-traditional students.
I already have a bachelor's degree. Do I still need to complete all the prerequisites?
Yes, all applicants regardless of degree or major must complete all of the pre-pharmacy required courses before they enter the PharmD program, as well as take and get a sufficient score on the PCAT exam.
Where do I take the pre-requisite courses? How do I know if my classes have met your pre-pharmacy requirements?
You may take your pre-requisite courses at any accredited institution in the United States, except vocational or technical schools. All pre-pharmacy coursework must be completed for a letter grade, and a course grade of C (3.0) or better is required for the course to fulfill a pre-requisite requirement. You may contact the CUSP Office of Student and Academic Affairs if you have questions or you would like us to review your transcripts for you.
Can I meet with a counselor to go over my transcripts and application?
CUSP offers Information Sessions for prospective applicants. These sessions give you an opportunity to visit the Rinker Health Science Campus of Chapman University, meet with faculty and admission staff, and learn about the CUSP program and the application process. Your coursework/transcripts will be evaluated once your application is submitted. You can also email your unofficial transcripts to email@example.com and request a transcript review. We can let you know which courses we can accept and which courses, if any, you still need to take. We highly recommend that you take advantage of this free service before you apply.
How do you treat repeat classes?
All previous attempts at a course where you received a grade of C- or less are averaged with the course grade of C or better. However, if you get a C in a course and retake the course for a better grade, we only include the better grade since you were not required to retake the course.
Can I submit my application before I complete my pre-requisites?
Yes. You should have completed most of your pre-pharmacy coursework by the time you submit your application. You must indicate on your application when and where you will be taking the remaining pre-requisites. Typically, all pre-pharmacy courses must be completed by the end of the Spring term before pharmacy school starts in the Fall.
Do I need an interview?
To be accepted into the PharmD program, you must be interviewed. However, due to the large number of students who apply, not all applicants will be invited to be interviewed.
Is there a minimum grade point average required for an interview?
Competitive applicants who have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and above, possess strong communication and interpersonal skills, and have a general knowledge of the field of pharmacy are the most sought-after candidates. However, students with less than a 3.0 may be invited to interview if they have a recent upward grade trend or excel in other areas like the PCAT. Unfortunately, CUSP is unable to interview all qualified applicants.
How do I know if I am selected for a CUSP interview?
If you are selected for an interview, you will receive an E-mail invitation at least two to three weeks prior to the interview date.
What should I expect during the CUSP interview day?
The interview consists of four main parts: two one on one interviews with a faculty member, a group session, an info session, and a tour. There is also a welcome from our Dean. The purpose of the interview is to assess your oral communication skills, writing skills, leadership attributes, ability to work in a team, critical thinking, and your motivation or potential to be a pharmacist.
Can I reschedule my CUSP interview appointment?
We understand that sometimes things happen, so we will be glad to work with you if we can to reschedule your interview. The more advanced notice you can give us, the easier it will be to accommodate you. Please be aware that we are required to report students to PharmCAS for unprofessional behavior if they do not attend their interview day without prior notice.
How should I dress for the CUSP interview?
Professional attire is expected.
When will I be notified of my admission status?
Typically, all applicants will be notified by email, within four days after the interview date, that they have been admitted, denied, or pooled.
What does "Pooled" mean?
Pooled is a status for those candidates who have been interviewed, but who didn’t do well enough to be admitted or poorly enough to be denied. Sometimes, students will be pooled if the admission committee would like to wait for Fall grades or a PCAT score. Most of the time pooled students are eventually offered admission.
What if I have a change of address?
You should update your information in PharmCAS.
How do I withdraw my application? Do I need to notify PharmCAS?
You should notify the admission office (firstname.lastname@example.org ) as soon as possible of your decision to withdraw. An explanation and/or information about what school you choose to attend is appreciated. You do not need to notify PharmCAS about your decision to withdraw.
May I apply again if I am denied the first time?
Yes. Re-applicants must submit following the same process as new applicants.
What is the Difference between a Pharmaceutical Scientist and a Pharmacist?
Pharmaceutical scientists are typically involved in the development of new drugs: discovery, drug delivery systems, characteristics related to drug absorption, distribution, metabolism, and elimination. They spend most of their time conducting research in a laboratory or office setting. Pharmaceutical scientists focus primarily upon the product design and development. Pharmacists work with existing drugs, patients, and other healthcare practitioners to advance health and patient care through the appropriate use of medications. They often work face-to-face with physicians (drug selection and use) and patients (appropriate medication use including adherence). However, there are an array of non-direct patient care roles for pharmacists including research. Pharmacists primarily focus on the patient.
Will I be able to work while I am enrolled in the Doctor of Pharmacy program?
Unless a student has years of previous experience working a full time job, we suggest students wait until they successfully complete the first trimester of class before getting a part-time job. Although working as a pharmacist intern can give you valuable pharmacy experience, it also can eat up valuable study time. Each student needs to judge for themselves if they can handle a job in addition to a rigorous pharmacy program.
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