The Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy offers an Early Assurance pathway into its Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program for high school seniors who complete their pre-pharmacy coursework at Concordia University Ann Arbor and seek a clear pathway through the Pharm.D. application and admission process.
To be eligible for the Early Assurance pathway, high school seniors must:
- Be admitted to Concordia University Ann Arbor
- Achieve a minimum high school GPA of 3.2 (4.0 scale) and 25 ACT/1200 SAT
- Complete and submit the Early Assurance application by March 1 of their high school senior year
- Submit three letters of reference by March 1 of their high school senior year
- nterview at CUW, if invited, in March of their high school senior year
High school seniors who are admitted to the University, indicate pre-pharmacy as a program of study on their application for admission, and meet the minimum academic requirements above will be informed by the CUW-SOP of their eligibility for the Early Assurance pathway.
Students seeking eligibility for the Early Assurance pathway who complete the requirements above will be reviewed by the CUW-SOP Admissions Committee and associate dean for academic affairs to determine eligibility.
Eligibility will be determined using the following selection criteria:
- Academic background
- Communication skills
- Pharmacy experience
- Motivation for pursuing pharmacy and understanding of the profession
- Service, leadership, and volunteer activities
- Letters of reference
For more details on the selection criteria, view the Becoming a Competitive Applicant page.
To progress to the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program, Early Assurance students must:
- Submit the PharmCAS application by March 1 of the year you plan to enroll in the Pharm.D. program
- Maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA and a C or better in all pre-pharmacy courses taken prior to submission of the PharmCAS application. All pre-pharmacy coursework should be completed at CUAA. AP and dual-credit courses will be considered to satisfy pre-pharmacy coursework.
- Beyond AP and dual credit courses, exceptions may be made on a case by case basis at the discretion and with the approval of the Director of Recruitment and Admissions for the School of Pharmacy.
- Complete all pre-pharmacy courses without withdrawing from or repeating any of the required courses at the point of submitting the PharmCAS application.
Students who are successfully progressing in the Early Assurance pathway and meet the criteria above don’t have to interview or take the PCAT to progress into the Pharm.D. program.
CUAA pre-pharmacy students who are on the Early Assurance pathway and are meeting the Pharm.D. progression requirements will benefit from:
- An admission counselor in the CUW School of Pharmacy who will work with Early Assurance students to ensure that they’re meeting the Pharm.D. progression requirements
- Exemption from an interview during the Pharm.D. application process
- Exemption from the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)
- A clear pathway into the Pharm.D. program upon successful completion of the Pharm.D. progression requirements
High school seniors who are 1) admitted to CUAA, 2) indicate pre-pharmacy as a program of study on their application for admission, and 3) meet the minimum academic requirements above will be informed of their eligibility for the Early Assurance pathway.
Qualified students will declare their interest in the Early Assurance pathway by submitting the necessary requirements listed above.
- March 1: Early Assurance application deadline
- March 1-31: Interview at the Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy, if invited
- March-April: CUW School of Pharmacy Admissions Committee reviews interviewed candidates for Early Assurance eligibility
- April 1-30: Students are informed of their status in the Early Assurance pathway
Once approved for the Early Assurance pathway, the student will be expected to meet all of the Pharm.D. progression requirements listed above.
CUAA pre-pharmacy students who aren’t part of the Early Assurance pathway or didn’t maintain eligibility in the Early Assurance pathway are still eligible and encouraged to apply for admission to the Pharm.D. program.
All students are eligible to apply for Early Decision or as a regular applicant through the PharmCAS application. Students who aren’t on the Early Assurance pathway and wish to pursue a Pharm.D. degree are guaranteed an interview and consideration if they meet the following criteria:
- C- or better on pre-pharmacy coursework included on PharmCAS application
- Minimum of 2.75 cumulative college GPA
- Take the PCAT and achieve a minimum composite score of 35
The Office of Student Affairs is here to help you through the application and admission process. Please contact us with any questions you have:
Sarah Blake, Director of Recruitment and Admissions
Erin Levenhagen, Pharmacy Admission Counselor