Admission Information


Admissions Requirements: 2020-2021 Admissions Cycle

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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, such as 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. Students who matriculate into CNUCOP must be prepared to participate in distance or hybrid learning.

While a GPA of 2.7 is preferred, the Admissions Committee of California Northstate University College of Pharmacy uses a holistic review process to evaluate each application, thereby taking into account a variety of factors, in addition to an applicant’s academic standing, including but not limited to: work or research experience, socioeconomic status, resilience, extracurricular activities, and other non-academic related activities. 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. A minimum of 44 semester units (61 quarter units) of prerequisite credit must be completed prior to matriculation into the program. Science and math prerequisite coursework must be designed for science majors. Prospective students are encouraged to carry full course loads (15 units per semester) during their undergraduate studies. AP exam scores of 3 or higher, with 4 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 ten 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.

According to the United States Department of Education guidelines, all applicants deemed eligible to be admitted as regular students into the College of Pharmacy must be:

a) Persons who have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent, or

b) Persons who are beyond the age of compulsory school attendance in the State of CA, i.e. at least 18 years of age and pass a test that demonstrates the student’s ability to benefit (ATB) from the educational program in which the student is enrolled.

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 also required to review the Professional and Academic Standards of the Doctor of Pharmacy program on our webpage to ensure they meet the stated professional and technical criteria.

General Admissions Requirements

Course Title

Semester Hours

Quarter Hours

General Chemistry I with lab 4 6
General Chemistry II with lab 4 6
Organic Chemistry I with lab 4 6
Organic Chemistry II with lab 4 6
General Biology I 3 4
General Biology II 3 4
General Biology I or II lab 1 1
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) 3 4
Calculus 3 4
Public Speaking or Oral Communication 3 4
English Composition I 3 4
English Composition II 3 4
General Education Course:
Psychology preferred; other courses in the Humanities or Social and Behavioral Sciences will be accepted
3 4
General Education Course:
Economics preferred; other courses in the Humanities or Social and Behavioral Sciences will be accepted
3 4
Total Semester/Quarter Hours 44 61 (est.)


In addition to the requirements described above, all prerequisite coursework must meet the following requirements:

  1. Must be completed at a regionally accredited US institution or its equivalent abroad.
  2. Science and math courses, along with any AP credits, must have been completed no greater than ten years from the planned date of matriculation. Exceptions to this requirement may be made based on a case-by-case basis if the applicant has been applying the skills learned in the older course directly to their position or research.
  3. Must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.
  4. May not be taken on a pass/no pass or credit/no credit basis.
  5. 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.
  6. International applicants who have not completed at least two years and at least 48 semester units (61 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
  7. 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 website: For questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  8. Qualified applicants will be invited for an interview.
  9. All prerequisites, including 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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