Rather than being known for its established pharmacy schools, Orange County has instead captured the hearts of people with its tourist destinations and celebrity sightings. Although this may be what was known in the past, the booming bio-tech industry and growth towards health care professions has  changed the game for sunny Southern California. Orange County is now more than just sandy beaches and Disneyland Parks. For those thinking of attending a Pharmacy school in 2015, this may be your year.

Chapman University’s School of Pharmacy
(CUSP) of Orange County is
its precandidate status
by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). This precandidate status marks the intentional moves making it possible for future
Accelerated Doctor of Pharmacy Program
students to attend classes September 2015. Established in 2012, CUSP has been working with the Accreditation Council to assure students will gain the best pharmacy education in the Orange County area.

Already holding the accreditation for their graduate
M.S. in Pharmaceutical Science Program
under the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Chapman University is making fervent strides towards offering student excellence and empowerment with a deep
scientific foundation.

CUSP is also offering a plan for undergraduate students sure of pursuing a career in pharmacy. Receiving their first cohort fall of 2014, students of the
Freshman Pre-Pharmacy Program
 gain an incredible head start their career goals. Already on-track for a conditional guarantee of admission to the PharmD program, these cohorts receive exemption from the PCAT, gain mentoring by renowned staff, and have special exposure to several types of pharmacy environments as an undergraduate student.

“We’ve established an extraordinary high performing team and they continue to drive our program toward excellence; and we look forward to providing the Southland and beyond highly capable pharmacists into the emerging team-based approach in health care and in the pharmaceutical industry,” says Dean Jordan of CUSP.

This extraordinary, high preforming team includes a legacy of presidents from the American Pharmaceutical Association (APhA). Former APhA President, Dean
Ronald Jordan
has lead the accreditation process for CUSP alongside current APhA President, 
Lawrence “LB” Brown
, the Associate Dean of Student and Academic Affairs. With them are exceptional faculty and staff ready to equip and guide students to successful vocations in pharmacy.

Birthing from the changes and needs of healthcare in society today, CUSP is dedicated to educating and developing future Pharmacists ready meet the world’s needs at a great capacity.

“Our health care system and biomedical industry need new practitioners as rapidly as possible. The demographic, disease, technology and scientific advances driving the demand for health care services have led to unprecedented rates of change in health delivery,” said Dean Jordan. We will prepare graduates to embrace these changes and improve lives and communities. We are working on developing valuable and unique learner-oriented partnerships with local health organizations, practitioners and industries who are all seeking to fill their growing personnel needs.”

A pharmacy classroom at the Henry and Diane Rinker Campus in Irvine.

If the exemplary programs and faculty does not draw you into Chapman’s School of Pharmacy, remember just twenty minutes away is the ‘Happiest Place On Earth.’ You could call CUSP’s
Harry and Diane Rinker Health Science Campus
home with their off
campus housing
options and attractions, but it will take just
one more step
to see if you are ready for a positive life change experience. With the growing number of
job opportunities in the health care industry, a positive change may start soon. For the few that choose to start and make a change more seriously, it may start this year, September 2015.


Chapman University School of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy program 
has been granted Precandidate status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60603, 312/644-3575; FAX 312/664-4652, web site