Welcome to the website for our proud institution, the California Northstate University College of Pharmacy (CNUCOP). At CNUCOP, our mission is to advance the science and art of pharmacy. To that end, we focus on student learning: active learning in the classroom and beyond, assessment of learning, and students' achievement of relevant learning outcomes. The curriculum has been carefully designed to develop students' critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and clinical practice skills.
The entire curriculum during the first three years of study is delivered through a team-based learning (TBL) format. In TBL, students come to class having gained an understanding of fundamental course concepts on their own. Class time is dedicated to assuring that students are able to apply these concepts to problems, cases, projects, and real-world situations. Students work in teams, assimilating knowledge, solving problems, and teaching one another. Their doing so is facilitated by faculty experts who are more interested in helping students gain greater depths of understanding than having them sift through a litany of facts. Lecturing, which places students in a passive mode and encourages memorization rather than learning, is avoided. This type of learning will have students more engaged, thus better enjoying their academic experience and preparing them to take on the challenges of pharmacy practice or enter post-graduate education in a multitude of settings and programs.