Admissions – CHSU College of Pharmacy

The California Health Sciences University College of Pharmacy will be accept applications for the 2017-2018 academic year beginning July 15, 2016.


CHSU College of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy program has been granted Precandidate 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 minimum of 48 credits of prerequisite coursework from an accredited college or university in the United States or an equivalent foreign university (Baccalaureate degree is preferred for admission).
2. Letter grade of C or higher for all prerequisite courses
3. The minimum cumulative GPA is 2.7 on a 4.0 scale; the minimum pre-requisite GPA is 2.7 on a 4.0 scale.
4. Meet and comply with the


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

Prerequisite Courses
CourseRequired Credits
General Chemistry with Lab8 Semester / 12 Quarter
Organic Chemistry with Lab8 Semester / 12 Quarter
General Biology with Lab8 Semester / 12 Quarter
Microbiology3 Semester / 4 Quarter
Physiology3 Semester / 4 Quarter
Anatomy3 Semester / 4 Quarter
Psychology3 Semester / 4 Quarter
Economics (Micro or Macro)3 Semester / 4 Quarter
Calculus3 Semester / 4 Quarter
Public Speaking3 Semester / 4 Quarter
Additional Course(s)3 Semester / 4 Quarter
Total Required Prerequisites48 Semester / 68 Quarter
Fall 2017 Admissions

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 2017 is September 6, 2016. In addition to completing the PharmCAS application, you must arrange for PharmCAS to receive all of your official transcripts and fee by September 6, 2016. If your application, transcripts, or fee arrive after the deadline, PharmCAS will automatically change your file from early decision status to regular status.

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.

CHSU will make admission decisions on early decision applicants by October 21, 2016.

PharmCAS Offering Individual Deadline Extensions for Fall 2017 Applications.

CHSU College of Pharmacy has extended the deadline for Fall 2017 applications through June 1, 2017 for candidates that ask for an individual extension. Below are the steps to request an individual deadline extension:

1.Have an existing PharmCAS account. You must create a PharmCAS account to be considered for the deadline extension before contacting CHSU.
2.Contact Leslie Williams, Director of Admissions at CHSU at to request an individual deadline extension. Be sure to include your full name and PharmCAS ID.
3.Confirm with CHSU that your application will be submitted to PharmCAS within 48 hours of being granted an extension. All applications must be submitted within the given time frame.

Admissions Process

To apply for the CHSU College of Pharmacy in the class entering fall 2017, the following steps are mandatory. Applicants must apply through the PharmCAS website at 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:

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

  • 3 completed recommendation forms
  • 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

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 2017 admissions process will follow the timeline below:

2017 Admissions Timeline
July 15, 2016PharmCAS Opens
September 6, 2016Early Decision Application Deadline
March 1, 2017Application Deadline
September 2016-May 2017Candidate Interviews
October 2016-June 2017Decision Letters Mailed [rolling admission]
August 14-18, 2017Orientation
August 21, 2017Classes Begin
*Subject to change with continuing development.
Pathways to CHSU College of Pharmacy

California Health Sciences University (CHSU) College of Pharmacy currently has affiliation agreements with two local 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: and contact the B.S. Pharmaceutical Science Program Director, Alan Thompson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology.

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: and contact the
Health Sciences Counselor at (559) 325-5230.

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 48 credits of prerequisite coursework from an accredited college or university in the United States or an equivalent foreign university (Baccalaureate degree is preferred for admission),
2. have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher,
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 indicating that the student is in good academic standing and eligible to progress in their studies through to graduation.


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.