Admission Information

 

Applications are currently being accepted for entry into California Northstate University College of Pharmacy in the Fall of 2018. The application deadline is March 1, 2018; however, application extensions are available up until June 1, 2018 by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

California Northstate University College of Pharmacy does not require a Bachelor’s degree or PCAT for entry into our program; however, a Bachelor’s degree is preferred.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.6 or above to be considered for entry into the Doctor of Pharmacy program; a 2.6 Science GPA is recommended.

Prerequisite coursework must be completed with a C grade or higher prior to the start of Orientation, which is held in mid-August of each year. In addition to the pre-requisite coursework, at least 12 semester units or 18 quarter units of General Education courses must be completed prior to Orientation. Applicants who have or will have earned a Bachelor’s degree prior to matriculation will have completed the General Education requirements as a component of their Bachelor’s degree program and are exempt from the General Education requirements. Science and math prerequisite coursework must be designed for science majors. Public speaking and science couses requiring a lab component (biology, general chemistry, and organic chemistry) cannot be taken online or through distance education. Prospective students are advised to carry full course loads (at least 15 credits per semester) during their undergraduate studies to prepare them for the rigor of the pharmacy program.

In addition to the coursework listed below, each student must complete and submit the following:

  1. An electronic application to the Doctor of Pharmacy program, available through PharmCAS, an online central pharmacy application service (http://www.pharmcas.org/).
    • Prospective students may submit applications through PharmCAS beginning on July 18, 2018. California Northstate University College of Pharmacy uses a rolling admissions process; the application deadline to apply to the program is March 1, 2018; however, application extensions can be granted until June 1, 2018. Please visit pharmacy.cnsu.edu or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional information.
  2. A Supplemental Application and non-refundable Supplemental Application fee of $50 is required. The Supplemental Application is available at the College of Pharmacy website (pharmacy.cnsu.edu) and must be submitted prior to the start of New Student Orientation in mid-August.
  3. Two letters of recommendation sent directly to PharmCAS:
    • One letter must be from a healthcare professional or supervisor
    • One letter must be from a science faculty member at your current or former institution

PREREQUISITE COURSEWORK AND GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Course(s)
Semester Hours
Quarter Hours
General Chemistry I and II with lab components
8
12
Organic Chemistry I and II with lab components
8
12
Biochemistry or Cell & Molecular Biology
3
4
General Biology I and II with one lab or lab equivalent
8
12
Microbiology
3
4
Physiology (if taking a combined Anatomy and Physiology course, both Anatomy and Physiology I and II must be taken to fulfill the individual Anatomy and Physiology course requirements)
3
4
Anatomy (if taking a combined Anatomy and Physiology course, both Anatomy and Physiology I and II must be taken to fulfill the individual Anatomy and Physiology course requirements)
3
4
Physics (AP exam score of 4+ may fulfill this requirement)
3
4
Calculus (AP exam score of 4+ may fulfill this requirement)
3
4
Statistics (AP exam score of 4+ may fulfill this requirement)
3
4
Public Speaking
3
4
English Composition I and II (AP exam scores of 4+ may fulfill these requirements)
6
8
General Education Requirements: Psychology, Economics, and two additional courses in the Humanities or Social & Behavioral Sciences (AP exam scores of 4+ for each course may fulfill these requirements)
12
18
Total
66
99 (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 54 semester units (81 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 includes:
    • Psychology
    • Economics (Microeconomics or Macroeconomics)
    • 2 additional general education courses in the Humanities and/or Social & Behavioral Sciences (2 courses in one category is permitted)
  4. Advanced placement or international equivalent credit is accepted, as long as such credit appears on the undergraduate transcript and indicates either specific subject credit (e.g. Physics - 4 units) or specific course credit (e.g. Physics 101 - 4 units). General advanced placement credit without such specifications is not accepted. The AP credit score must be a 4 or higher (US) or international equivalent. Applicants may order AP scores and have them directly mailed to the College of Pharmacy by using college code: 7306. AP credits may be accepted if AP exam scores of 4 or higher are achieved for the following courses:
    • Calculus
    • Economics
    • English Composition I
    • English Composition II
    • Physics
    • Psychology
    • Statistics
    • Humanities
    • Social & Behavioral Sciences
    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.
  5. Prerequisite and general education courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
  6. Prerequisite and general education courses may not be taken on a pass/no pass or credit/no credit basis.
  7. All prerequisite coursework taken from non-US institutions (including Canada) must be submitted to an approved foreign transcript evaluation service. CNUCOP accepts foreign transcript evaluations from: World Education Services, Inc., Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc., International Education Research Foundation, Inc., and Educational Perspectives.
  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.
  9. Prospective students are required to review the Professional & Technical Standards of the Doctor of Pharmacy program, available on the College of Pharmacy webpage, to ensure they meet the stated professional and technical criteria. This must be completed prior to applying to the program.
  10. Qualified applicants must attend an onsite interview.

In addition to the requirements defined above, international applicants must also meet the following requirements:

  1. All prerequisite coursework taken from non-US institutions (including Canada) must be submitted to an approved foreign transcript evaluation service. The foreign transcript evaluation(s) must be sent directly from the international evaluation service to PharmCAS as part of the PharmCAS application documentation. CNUCOP accepts foreign transcript evaluations from the following transcript evaluation service:
    • World Education Services, Inc.
  2. 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
  3. Qualified applicants must participate in an interview, which will be held either onsite or through SKYPE.

More information for international applicants can be found by viewing California Northstate University’s International Student Handbook, which is available on our website.

For general admissions questions, please call 1-916-686-7400 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

California Northstate University College of Pharmacy ♦ 9700 West Taron Drive ♦ Elk Grove, CA 95757 ♦ Phone: (916) 686-7400

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