Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

What degree is awarded by CSU-COP?

Chicago State University College of Pharmacy awards the PharmD degree. The PharmD. (Doctor of Pharmacy)degree is a professional degree that prepares the graduate for pharmacy practice. It is awarded after four years of pharmacy school, including one year of experiential rotations.

How long does it take to get the Pharm. D. Degree?

The PharmD requires a minimum of 6 academic years. Two years of prescribed prepharmacy courses and four years of full-time attendance in the professional program. The last year is composed of experiential rotations in pharmacy practice sites.

How often do you admit a class into the program?

Once a year, fall semester only.

How many students are admitted each fall?

CSU-COP admits 90 students each fall.

What is the total student to faculty ratio?

The total student to faculty ratio is 9.5:1.

Is CSU-COP Accredited?

Chicago State University’s Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 South LaSalle street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60503, 312/664-3575; FAX 312/664-4652

For further information, please visit the ACPE website at www.acpe-accredit.org/

Application Process

Do I need to be a science major in order to apply to CSU-COP?

No, you are not required to major in science in college to be eligible for admission to a pharmacy degree program.  Biology and chemistry are common majors for pharmacy applicants because many of the course prerequisites for pharmacy are often incorporated into the standard curriculum. Student pharmacists, however; come from a wide variety of educational backgrounds, including those who majored in English, business, communications, etc.If the pharmacy prerequisite courses are not required as part of your undergraduate major, you will need to complete these courses as electives.

Do I need a degree in order to apply?

A bachelor’s degree is not required.  We welcome exceptional non-degree students to apply as long as they have completed a minimum of 62 semester hours or 89 quarter hours and meet minimum GPA requirement.

What are the GPA requirements for admission?

Students must have a minimum 2.50 GPA (on a 4.00 scale) for the following GPA's: Cumulative GPA, Prerequisite GPA and Math/Science GPA.   Admissions to all colleges of pharmacy are highly competitive. The average GPA of the entering class was above 3.1.

Is the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) Required?

Yes, as of July 2011, Pearson has introduced a new computer-based test (CBT) version of the PCAT.  All candidates will take the test via computer.

Students must take the PCAT no later than January 2015 for fall 2015 admission. Information on registration and test site locations can be found at www.pcatweb.info. The CSU Code is 041.

When will the applications be available?

Applications for the 2015 entering class are available via PharmCAS June15th preceding the application year for which you are applying. More information about the centralized application service can be found at www.pharmcas.org.  The CSU-COP Supplemental Applications is available for download from the CSU pharmacy website.  www.csu.edu/collegeofpharmacy/studentaffairs/application.htm

Is an interview required?

Yes, an interview is required (by invitation only).

I am a high school student, how can I pursue a pharmacy career?

Contact the Office of Prehealth Professions at 773.995.3981 for information on the Pre-Pharmacy program, visit our website at www.csu.edu/collegeof pharmacy/ or attend one of our prospective student informational.  Dates for  an upcoming prospective student informational can be found on the events page of the college of pharmacy.

What should I do if I am uncertain whether a course counts towards a prerequisite?

Please e-mail a brief course description along with the course title and credit hours to pharmacy@csu.edu. The admissions staff will review it and let you know whether it will be acceptable.

Do all my prerequisites need to be completed in order for the Admissions Committee to make a decision on my application?

No, prerequisites can be pending when the Admissions Committee evaluates your application. An official transcript showing successful completion of all prerequisite coursework with a passing grade of “C” or better must be received by our office by the end of the spring semester or a student's acceptance will be jeopardized.

What is CSU-COP looking for in a candidate?

The mission of Chicago State University College of Pharmacy (CSU-COP) is the development of student and faculty scholars who will impact the health care needs of people in the region, state and the nation. The College will provide a strong foundation in the knowledge, integration and application of the biomedical, pharmaceutical, social/behavioral/administrative, and clinical sciences resulting in practitioners who are committed to humanistic service, capable of providing patient-centered care and leaders in advancing the pharmacy profession.

Throughout the admissions process, CSU-COP’s Admissions Committee will be evaluating your application from all aspects. Your cumulative, prerequisite and math/science prerequisite GPA's will be considered. Please note, that the Admissions Committee will also examine any patterns in your grades. Also considered in the process are the results of the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). There is not a particular weight assigned to GPA and PCAT scores in the admissions process; both are considered and the Committee attempts to understand how they relate to each other and what they indicate in terms of the candidate's potential for success at CSU-COP. In addition to the "numbers-side" of your application, the Committee is also looking for applicants who have researched the field, are highly motivated, and confident that pharmacy is the career they want to pursue.

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Who can I contact for more information?

Chicago State University College of Pharmacy
9501 S King Drive / Douglas Hall 206
Chicago, Illinois 60628-1598
Tel. 773-821-2500
E-Mail: pharmacy@csu.edu