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
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 HERE.
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 HERE. 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 HERE. The CSU-COP Supplemental Applications is available for download from the CSU Pharmacy website.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
The CSU–COP may accept transfer students from other accredited pharmacy colleges and
schools as long as these students are in good academic standing and have legitimate reasons for seeking a transfer.
All requests for transfer information should be referred to the CSU-COP Office of
the Dean so that the potential transfer applicant can be counseled prior to submitting
To be considered for transfer, a student must meet the College’s general requirements
for admission. He/she must also submit the following:
A letter to the CSU-COP Office of the Dean indicating why he/she wishes to transfer
and explaining any difficulties encountered at his/her current institution;
- A completed CSU Supplemental Application; http://www.csu.edu/collegeofpharmacy/studentaffairs/application.htm
Official transcripts from all schools attended - undergraduate, graduate, and professional;
A catalog and a detailed syllabus for any courses for which advanced standing consideration
A letter from the dean or designee of the pharmacy college or school in which the
student is enrolled. The letter must indicate the student’s current academic status
in good standing;
Additional documents or letters of recommendation as determined necessary by the Dean
of the CSU–COP.
If the review is positive, the Dean will instruct the Admissions Committee to interview
the transfer student applicant. The Admissions Committee will provide its recommendation
for admission to the Dean.
Who can I contact for more information?
Chicago State University College of Pharmacy
9501 S King Drive / Douglas Hall 206
Chicago, Illinois 60628-1598