CHSU College of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy program has been granted Candidate status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. See the for full details.

To be considered for admission, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

1. Complete a preferred minimum of 72 credits of prerequisite coursework from an accredited college or university in the United States or an equivalent foreign university (Baccalaureate degree is preferred, but not required for admission).
2. Letter grade of C- or higher for all prerequisite courses
3. The preferred cumulative GPA is 2.7 or higher on a 4.0 scale; the preferred pre-requisite GPA is 2.7 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
4. Meet and comply with the College of Pharmacy Technical Standards as indicated in the CHSU College of Pharmacy Admissions Policy
5. Have U.S. Permanent Residency or be a U.S. Citizen.
6. Please reference the CHSU College of Pharmacy Admissions Policy for complete admissions requirements.

 

A criminal background check and drug screening will be required for all applicants offered admission.

Prerequisite Courses
CourseSemester CreditsQuarter Units
General Chemistry with Laboratories812
Organic Chemistry with Laboratories812
General Biology with Laboratories812
Microbiology34
Physiology34
Anatomy34
Psychology or equivalent course34
Economics or equivalent course34
Calculus34
Public Speaking or equivalent course34
Additional coursework2744
Total Required Prerequisites72108
Fall 2019 Early Decision

Early Decision

CHSU College of Pharmacy participates in the “Early Decision” (ED) program through PharmCAS, which is a binding option for applicants who have decided that a particular pharmacy degree program is their first choice and that they will enroll if accepted. As an Early Decision applicant, you can apply to only one pharmacy degree program.

The Early Decision application deadline for fall 2019 was September 4, 2018. CHSU will make admission decisions on those Early Decision applicants by October 19, 2018.

If you are interested in applying for Early Decision for the 2020-21 school year, please check back in Spring 2019 for more information.

Upon acceptance into our ED program, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing that you have secured a space at CHSU. This means less stress for you, so you can focus on preparing for pharmacy school. Many of our Early Decision accepted students have said that the ED process saved them a lot of time and money that would have been spent on applying and traveling to other schools. As an added bonus, they enjoyed getting to know professors, fellow students, and staff at CHSU early in the admissions process.

For fall 2019, CHSU is offering up to 20 qualified, admitted Early Decision students a $40,000 scholarship to be awarded over the course of 4 years.

Typical Early Decision Scholarship allocation is as follows:

  • Year 1: $10,000
  • Year 2: $5,000
  • Year 3: $5,000
  • Year 4: $20,000

The Early Decision scholarship is renewable each year by maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.0 at CHSU.

1.Applicant must designate CHSU as their Early Decision school choice through PharmCAS and meet all PharmCAS requirements.
2.The Early Decision application deadline for fall 2019 is September 4, 2018.
3.In addition to completing the PharmCAS application, you must arrange for PharmCAS to receive all of your official transcripts and fee by September 4, 2018.
4.If your application, transcripts, or fee arrive after the deadline, PharmCAS will automatically change your file from Early Decision to Regular status and you will no longer be eligible for the Early Decision scholarship.
5.Applicants must successfully meet CHSU admissions requirements and deadlines, including the admissions interview to be eligible for Early Decision.
6.The preferred GPA for Early Decision scholarships is 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
7.You may be offered early admission, denied admission, or deferred to regular applicant status. If you are offered admission as an Early Decision applicant, you are obligated to accept the offer and you will not be permitted to apply to other PharmCAS institutions. If, however, you are denied admission as an Early Decision applicant, you may apply to other PharmCAS institutions for an additional fee. Refer to the PharmCAS application fee schedule to determine the cost to apply to each additional program.
8.CHSU will make admission decisions on Early Decision applicants by October 19, 2018.
9.Early Decision scholarship recipients are not eligible to apply for the CHSU scholarship fund program.
10.Should a student become ineligible for the Early Decision scholarship renewal, they may then qualify to apply for the CHSU scholarship fund program.
Fall 2019 Admissions

Admissions Process

To apply for the CHSU College of Pharmacy in the class entering fall 2019, the following steps are mandatory. Applicants must apply through the PharmCAS website at www.pharmcas.org. The applicant will be evaluated only when ALL application materials have been received.

1. Submit your CHSU College of Pharmacy Application for Admission through the PharmCAS website at: www.pharmcas.org

2. To complete your Application for Admission, you must provide these required materials through PharmCAS:

  • Three completed recommendation forms
  • Personal Statement
  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended
  • TOEFL scores (as needed)

3. Qualified candidates will be invited to attend an onsite interview after an initial review of the PharmCAS application; no supplemental application is required.

If you have any questions regarding the Admission process, please contact:

Office of Admissions
California Health Sciences University
College of Pharmacy
120 N. Clovis Avenue
Clovis, CA 93612
559-325-3600

The application review process starts when PharmCAS has verified all of the required application information. The Office of Admissions will review each candidate’s application to determine qualifications required to move to the next phase of the admissions process. Candidates will either receive notification of what requirements are missing, or they will be invited to attend an on-campus interview. Interviews are by invitation only; not all applicants will be invited for an interview. All interview invitations and information will be communicated via e-mail. The CHSU College of Pharmacy uses a rolling admissions process to select the successful applicants. Therefore, admission decisions will be ongoing throughout the application and interview time frame.

The fall 2019 admissions process will follow the timeline below:

2019 Admissions Timeline*
July 18, 2018PharmCAS Opens
September 4, 2018Early Decision Application Deadline
December 14, 2018Fall Academic Update Window Opens
February 15, 2019Fall Academic Update Closes
March 1, 2019Application Deadline – Extended to June 1, 2018
April 15, 2019Spring Academic Update Window Opens
June 1, 2019PharmCAS Application Deadline Extension
June 28, 2019Spring Academic Update Closes
September 2018 – March 2019Candidate Interviews
October 2018 – March 2019Decision Letters Mailed [rolling admission]
August 13-17, 2019Orientation
August 20, 2019Classes Begin
*Subject to change with continuing development.

 

CHSU/CVS Health Prospero Program: Pathway to Pharmacy Careers

The CHSU/CVS Health Próspero Program: Pathway to Pharmacy Careers is open to 11th and 12th grade high school students and undergraduate college students. Participants receive clinical experiences, education, and mentoring to help them prepare for a career in pharmacy or health care and to help serve the Hispanic/Latino community. This free 5 year program accepts up to 20 new students a year and provides valuable experience, support and training in preparation for the Doctor of Pharmacy program at California Health Sciences University.

Benefi­ts of participating in the program include:

Priority Admission to CHSU College of Pharmacy
Free Classes O­ffered at CHSU:
PEARL – Leadership and Lifelong Learning
Conversational Spanish
Clinical Skills Training, Experiences, and Certifications
Mentoring from Pharmacists and Student Pharmacists
Volunteer and Community Service Opportunities
Shadowing in CHSU Classes and local Pharmacies
Writing, Interview, and Presentation Skills Training
Internship and Job Placement Opportunities

 

For more information, contact Richele Kleiser at rkleiser@chsu.edu or 559-325-3600.

CHSU Prospero Program Application CHSU Prospero Program Information Flyer

 

College Pathways to CHSU College of Pharmacy
California Health Sciences University (CHSU) College of Pharmacy currently has affiliation agreements with three Central Valley institutions to help pre-pharmacy students prepare for and matriculate into the CHSU Doctor of Pharmacy program.

Fresno Pacific University

Fresno Pacific University has partnered with CHSU to create a fast-track program where a student can earn a Doctorate in Pharmacy in just seven years, rather than eight – saving both time and money. While working towards their Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Science, FPU students prepare for success in professional school, as they pursue a Doctorate of Pharmacy.The partnership program allows students to begin their Doctor of Pharmacy program at CHSU after completing their 3rd year at FPU. Then after successfully completing their first year at CHSU, students will earn their B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from FPU.

The FPU B.S. in Pharmaceutical Science program prepares students to successfully enter pharmacy school, with priority admission offered at California Health Sciences University. Scholarships of up to $4,000, special research opportunities and career opportunities are also available.

For more information please visit the Fresno Pacific University website at:
http://www.fresno.edu/programs-majors/undergraduate/pharmacy
and contact the B.S. Pharmaceutical Science Program Director, Alan Thompson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology.

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Bakersfield College

Bakersfield College (BC) has partnered with CHSU to create a Reserved Seat Transfer Assistance Agreement to offer up to ten (10) qualified Bakersfield College students per academic school year the potential opportunity to fast track to the CHSU College of Pharmacy.  Bakersfield College offers an AS degree in Biological Sciences with a General Biology or Human Biology emphasis, which are appropriate pathways for students in this agreement. A BC student who completes the transfer assistance agreement and satisfies the prerequisite coursework and application requirements for CHSU will receive a reserved seat to CHSU College of Pharmacy. Qualified students will also be required to successfully complete the Admission application through PharmCAS and meet all admission requirements, including an in-person interview, before being considered for acceptance to the CHSU College of Pharmacy.

For more information, please contact the Bakersfield College Counseling and Advising Department at (661) 395-4421.

Clovis Community College

Clovis Community College has partnered with CHSU to create a Transfer Admissions Agreement to offer priority admission to pre-pharmacy students at CCC that meet the prerequisite requirements for the CHSU Doctor of Pharmacy program. Upon successfully completing the prerequisites and receiving their bachelor’s degree from another college, up to twenty students an academic year will be granted a reserved seat in the CHSU Doctor of Pharmacy program.

For more information, please visit the Clovis Community College website at: http://www.cloviscollege.edu/student-services/transfer-services/private-and-out-of-state-institutions/pharmacy-reserved-seat-agreement.html and contact the Health Sciences Counselor at (559) 325-5230.

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Transfer Students

A student attending another college or school of pharmacy who wishes to transfer to the CHSU College of Pharmacy may do so provided they:

1. complete a minimum of 72 credits of prerequisite coursework from an accredited college or university in the United States or an equivalent foreign university (Baccalaureate degree is preferred, but not required for admission),
2. have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher (preferred),
3. have earned a letter grade of at least a “C-” for all courses required for admission, and
4. submit a letter from the Dean of the college of pharmacy they are currently attending or previously attended indicating that the student is in good academic standing and have not been subject to disciplinary proceedings at that institution.
5. submit transcripts from the transfer applicant’s current or prior pharmacy school.
6. Please reference the CHSU College of Pharmacy Admissions Policy for complete admissions requirements

 

Transfer of course credits will be the decision of the Curriculum/Professional Education Committee, which will issue course-waivers for those courses deemed comparable to CHSU College of Pharmacy courses. Please contact the Office of Admissions if you are interested in transferring to CHSU College of Pharmacy.