Admission Information

California Northstate University College of Pharmacy (CNUCOP) is a traditional four-year Doctor of Pharmacy program dedicated to educating, developing, and training future pharmacists to provide competent, evidence-based care focused on improving patient outcomes and advancing the profession of pharmacy. CNUCOP provides unique learning experiences to our students through the use of active learning, specifically team-based learning, to deliver our curriculum. Through teamwork, students are exposed to a diverse population of classmates from a variety of backgrounds and life experiences. Students assume a more proactive role in the program as they learn to effectively interact with team members to enhance learning and practical application of the material taught in class. Team-based learning prepares our students to play a key role in a multidisciplinary team setting, enabling our students to serve as drug information experts, as they work collaboratively to improve patient care and enhance patient outcomes.

California Northstate University College of Pharmacy does not require a Bachelor's degree or PCAT; however, a Bachelor's degree is preferred. Applicants must have earned a high school diploma, GED, or its equivalent. Applicants seeking admission to California Northstate University College of Pharmacy must have a cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater; a 2.6 science GPA is recommended. A minimum of 51 semester units (76 quarter units) of prerequisite credit must be completed prior to matriculation into the program. Additionally, a minimum of 12 semester units (18 quarter units) of general education courses are required prior to matriculation. Science and math prerequisite coursework must be designed for science majors. Public speaking and science courses requiring a lab component (biology, general chemistry, and organic chemistry) cannot be taken online or through distance education. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to carry full course loads (15 units per semester) during their undergraduate studies. AP exam scores of 3 or higher, with 4 being preferred, will be accepted for prerequisite coursework and/or general education requirements. AP credit must be reported by subject and credit and must be mailed directly from your institution or testing services to the College of Pharmacy by using college code: 7306. Additionally, the AP exam must have been taken no greater than nine years from the date of matriculation. Please note, AP exam scores will only count towards the first course in a series of science courses. For instance, an AP exam score of 3 or higher for chemistry would only count towards the General Chemistry I requirement.

California Northstate University College of Pharmacy requires completion of the PharmCAS application and the Supplemental Application, which is available on our webpage and must be completed prior to the start of New Student Orientation, in mid-August. Two letters of recommendation are also required as part of the application; one letter must be from a healthcare professional or supervisor and the other letter from a science faculty member at your institution. Letters of recommendation from relatives and/or friends are not permitted. All applicants are required to review the Professional and Technical Standards of the Doctor of Pharmacy program to ensure they meet the stated professional and technical criteria. The Professional and Technical Standards are located on the College of Pharmacy webpage.


Course Title
Semester Hours
Quarter Hours
General Chemistry I and II with lab
Organic Chemistry I and II with lab
Biochemistry or Cell & Molecular Biology
General Biology I and II with one lab
Human Physiology  (if taking a combined Anatomy and Physiology course, Anatomy and Physiology I and II both must be taken to fulfill the Physiology course requirement)
Public Speaking
English Composition I and II
General Education Requirements: Psychology, Economics, and two additional courses in the Humanities or Social and Behavioral Sciences
91 (est)

In addition to the requirements described above, the following requirements must also be met:

  1. All prerequisite coursework must be completed at a regionally accredited US institution or its equivalent abroad.
  2. Science and math courses, along with any AP exams, must have been completed no greater than nine years from the planned date of matriculation.
  3. In addition to the 51 semester units (76 quarter units) of prerequisite coursework, applicants who will not have a Bachelor's degree prior to matriculation must complete 12 semester units (18 quarter units) of general education courses, which include:
    • Psychology
    • Economics (Microeconomics or Macroeconomics)
    • 2 additional general education courses in the Humanities and/or Social and Behavioral Sciences (2 courses in one category is permitted)
  4. Must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
  5. May not be taken on a pass/no pass or credit/no credit basis
  6. All prerequisite coursework taken from non-US institutions (including Canada) must be submitted the World Education Services (WES), Inc. for an evaluation of coursework.  WES evaluations should be sent directly to PharmCAS.
  7. International applicants who have not completed at least two years and at least 48 semester units (72 quarter units) at a US college or university are required to take the TOEFL IBT or IELTS exam. Exam scores are only valid  for a two year period from the date of the exam. The minimum TOEFL IBT and IELTS scores, along with minimum section requirements, are provided below.

              The minimum total TOEFL IBT score is 88 with minimum section score requirements of:

      • Reading: 20
      • Listening: 20
      • Speaking: 25
      • Writing: 23

              The minimum total IELTS score is 6.5 with minimum section score requirements of:

      • Reading: 6.5
      • Listening: 6.5
      • Speaking: 7.5
      • Writing: 6.0
  8. General Education requirements are waived for applicants who have or will be receiving a Bachelor's degree or US equivalent prior to matriculation in the pharmacy program.For additional information about CNUCOP and the application process, please visit our  For questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  9. Qualified applicants will be invited to an interview.
  10. All prerequisites and general education requirements must be completed prior to Orientation, which is held in mid-August of each year; however, applicants may still interview prior to the completion of all prerequisite coursework. 


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