Frequently Asked Questions about Applying for Admission
What are the criteria for admission?
Our admission criteria include academic strength (pre-requisite course GPA, science GPA, and overall GPA), motivation to pursue pharmacy, maturity, communication skills, special talents, achievements and the unique contribution we expect you to make to the school and the profession.
Can a student with a foreign bachelor’s degree apply?
Applicants must be U.S. citizens or have U.S. residency. Foreign residents with F1 status should not apply.
How can I obtain a list of the prerequisite courses required to apply for admission?
A list of our prerequisite courses and application information can be found on our web site at www.cnsu.edu under Prospective Students /STEP 1 and on the PharmCAS "School Pages" at www.pharmcas.org.
Where can I find your application for admission?
CNUCOP participates in the pharmacy school application service known as PharmCAS. Applicants must apply through PharmCAS. Letters of recommendation and transcripts must be submitted directly to PharmCAS. You are not required to send transcripts to our school during the application process. Admitted students will be required to submit official and degree conferring transcripts before starting school. The PharmCAS application can be found at www.pharmcas.org or on our web site www.cnsu.edu under STEP 2.
Do you require a supplemental application F14?
Yes. Your application will not be reviewed until your web-based supplemental application has been uploaded and the $75.00 PayPal processing fee has been paid (see STEP 3 under Prospective Students).
What is the College of Pharmacy's policy regarding submitting supplemental applications?
The supplemental application requires applicants answer three (3) questions successfully to gain access to our web-based application. Applicants are responsible for making sure they meet the criteria necessary at log-in, prior to submitting their application. Candidates who submit the supplemental without meeting the question criteria will be denied.
Is the supplemental application processing fee refundable?
No. The supplemental application processing fee is non-refundable?
What is the School's GPA requirement?
The overall GPA is 2.80 on a 4.00 scale. The average cumulative GPA of admitted students for the academic year 2012/2013 was 3.15 on a 4.00 scale.
Have there been any changes to your admission requirements for Fall 2014?
Yes. We no longer require a physics lab and with the exception of the public speaking, accept on-line courses which do not require a lab.
When do I need to complete my prepharmacy courses?
All course prerequisites and other conditions for attendance must be completed no later than three (3) weeks before the first day of classroom instruction.
Will you accept prerequisites which were taken over 9 years ago during the 2013-2014 admission cycle?
Prerequisite courses must be completed between 2005 and 2014.
Is a bachelor's degree required?
Yes, a bachelor's degree is required.
When must my bachelor's degree be completed?
The bachelor's degree and other conditions for attendance must be completed no later than three (3) weeks before the first day of classroom instruction.
When is CNUCOP's new student orientation held for students matriculating Fall 2014?
Orientation for the Class of 2018 will be held Tuesday, August 19th through Friday, August 22nd, 2014.
When does CNUCOP's Fall 2014 semester begin?
Classroom instruction for the incoming Class of 2018 begins Monday, August 25th, 2014.
If I am accepted before I complete all my prerequisite courses, do I still need to complete them?
Yes. You are required to complete all of the prerequisites. The offer of admission is conditional upon successfully completing all prerequisites and meeting the bachelor's degree requirement. Failure to complete such prerequisites by the three-week due date may subject the student to forfeiture of the student's seat or such other remedies within the sole discretion of the University that may be necessary to correct such failure.
I planned to take a prerequisite course my last semester of school but was unsuccessful in finding a class that was not full. Can I take the class after I start school?
No. As stated above, all prerequisites must be completed no later than three (3) weeks before the first day of classroom instruction. Please note that enrolling in certain courses, such as Biochemistry, can be highly competitive. We suggest you plan to complete those type courses as early as possible.
Is preference given to California residents?
No. We use the same criteria to evaluate out-of-state applicants as California residents.
Do California residents pay less tuition than out-of-state students?
CNUCOP is a private university; therefore, tuition and fees are the same for all students regardless of state or country of residence.
Do I need to take the PCAT?
No. We do not require PCAT.
Can I enter in the spring semester?
No. We admit in the fall semester only.
How do I know if my application is received?
Receipt of the application for admission will be made on the applicant’s PharmCAS account. You must log into your PharmCAS account on the PharmCAS website with your password to check for status updates. It generally takes Admissions one to two weeks to process the application and update your status.
Do you ever waive the application fee?
Not at this time.
Do you have rolling admission?
Yes. Offers of admission will be made until all seats are filled. This typically occurs from October through the end of the admission cycle. After each interview session, the Admissions Committee reviews the results of the interview and complete their post-interview assessments. The most highly qualified candidates from each interview session are offered acceptance. All other applicants interviewed on that day are either placed in ranking order on the wait list or denied. Students placed on the wait list may be accepted anytime during the admission cycle.
How does the Admissions Committee decide which applicants will be offered seats?
The Admissions Committee will review all completed applications and select approximately 450 candidates to interview. After the interview is completed, the application and interview summary information will be reviewed by the committee and applicants will be assigned a status of offer made, wait list, or denied. After all interviews are completed, alternates will be selected from the wait list candidates. Interviewed candidates will be notified of their final status either by mail, email or phone. Applicants will be notified immediately, if there is a change to their status.
Do you give preference to any major?
No. We do not give preference to any major. However, most of our applicants are science majors. The most common majors are biology, chemistry, biochemistry, psychobiology, etc.
I already have a bachelor's degree. Do I still need to complete all the prerequisite courses?
Yes. All applicants, regardless of degree or major, must complete all prerequisite courses. This includes any international students who previously receive a BPharm or other foreign bachelor's degree.
Do you accept on-line or distance-learning courses?
With the exception of public speaking and science courses which require a lab, we accept on-line or distance-learning coursework that meets our equivalency standards. Equivalency will be determined by the Admissions Office.
Do I need to send my transcripts to Admissions when I apply?
No. Applicants must submit all transcripts to PharmCAS while in the application stage. Once admitted to the College, matriculating students will be required to submit official transcripts from all institutions attended with degree confirmation. Once again, this is only required after a student is accepted.
How many applications do you receive, interviews do you grant, and applicants do you accept in an average year?
We typically receive more than 1300 applications a year, grant approximately 450 interviews, and offer acceptances to seat a class of 105.
Does it matter that I'm older than your average applicant?
Definitely not. Students of all ages make unique contributions to the class. We encourage applications from qualified applicants, regardless of age.
Can I transfer into your Pharm.D program from another Pharm.D program?
Not at this time.
Can I transfer from your Pharm.D program to another institution?
The transferability of credits you earn at California Northstate University College of Pharmacy is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you seek to transfer. Acceptance of the degree and diploma you earn in the doctor of pharmacy program is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer.
Can I submit more than the required number of recommendation letters?
Yes. However, it is advisable to limit the number to four, since a total of three or four well-chosen recommendations will usually paint a clear picture of the candidate. Two letters of recommendation are required: (1) from a pharmacist or other health care provider, (1) from a professor or other faculty member. All letters of recommendation must be sent directly to PharmCAS. Note: At least one letter should be from a pharmacist or other health care provider that you have worked with, volunteered for, or shadowed.
How and when will I know if I've been invited for an interview?
If you are an Early Decision applicant or apply early as a Regular applicant, you will be notified in late August or early to mid-September, depending upon when your PharmCAS application has been verified by PharmCAS. If you are an Early Decision applicant or Regular applicant whose PharmCAS application is “verified” after the September 3rd Early Decision application deadline, you will be considered for interviews held between October and May. More information about the interview process can be found on our web site under Prospective Students. To insure prompt delivery of notifications, please add our URL to your browser and check your Spam email box regularly.
I am a re-applicant. How may I improve my application or chances of gaining admission?
Make a critical review of the information you submitted in your application for admission to see if there are any obvious voids. For example, maybe you had one or two low grades that lowered your overall and/or science GPA, or maybe you weren't involved in community service, or merely forgot to include it on your application. As mentioned in the requirements, we highly suggest applicants obtain some experience in health care or research to be considered a competitive applicant. Did you obtain this experience and did you mention it in the application? If you interviewed you may want to review what questions were asked and compare them to your answers. Remember the interviewer is gauging your ability to do well in the program and in the profession by assessing your communication skills. You would be surprised at how much you can learn about the strengths and weaknesses of your application simply by looking at it from an admissions perspective. It's important to realize sometimes there isn't one obvious thing you can change to be admitted. Every case is different and every year the competition is different. Above all else, it is important to understand we receive applications from many highly qualified applicants each year and are only able to accept about 20 percent of that pool. If this is the path you are committed to then keep trying!
Should I still apply if my grade point average is just above the minimum 2.80?
Admission is competitive and our evaluation is based on all aspects of the application, in addition to your grade point average. This includes your science grades, curriculum, recommendations, essays, involvement in clubs, organizations, and community service, as well as interview results. Competition also varies from year to year depending upon the size and strength of the applicant pool. You should consider all of these factors and should not base your decision to apply solely on your GPA.
What should I bring with me to the interview?
You should bring a valid photo ID and your team-based learning reading assignment.
What if I am late for my interview? What if I miss my interview?
Can I contact the Admissions Office to find out if I have been accepted?
We notify every applicant, as soon as possible. Please do not call our office to check on your status. This hinders the process and delays notification for all applicants. Be patient and wait to hear from us.
If I am offered acceptance, what paperwork and fees must I return to the Admissions Office to confirm my enrollment?
The accepted candidate is emailed their enrollment materials, which include the Student Enrollment Agreement, School Performance Fact Sheet and an Enrollment Confirmation form. All three must be completed and returned, along with a non-refundable enrollment confirmation fee of $1,500.00, within the time period designated by the Admissions Office.
How much time does the accepted candidate have to confirm their enrollment with the required paperwork and non-refundable fee?
The candidate is given two weeks to postmark their enrollment paperwork for return to the Admissions Office. Candidates accepted late in the cycle may have one week or less to confirm their enrollment, based upon how close to the first day of classroom instruction the offer is made.
When does the two-week period begin for accepted candidates to postmark their enrollment paperwork for return to the Admissions Office?
The two-week period begins the date the candidate is emailed their Student Enrollment Agreement, School Performance Fact Sheet and Enrollment Confirmation form.
Is the Enrollment Confirmation Fee refundable, if I decide to cancel my enrolment prior to the start of classroom instruction Fall 2014?
No. The Enrollment Confirmation Fee is non-refundable.
Will there be any other fees associated with my acceptance into your professional pharmacy program before the balance of my Fall tuition is due?
The second tuition fee (Seat Commitment Fee) deadline occurs late June. Both the Seat Commitment fee and the Enrollment Confirmation fee are applied to your Fall tuition. The Student Enrollment Agreement will outline the tuition payment deadlines.
What if I am accepted late in the cycle, after the Seat Commitment Fee deadline has already passed?
The candidate who is offered acceptance after the Student Enrollment Agreement deadline for submitting the Seat Commitment Fee has passed will be assigned a reasonable deadline for submitting both the Enrollment Confirmation fee and the Seat Commitment Fee together. The deadline will be based upon how close to the first day of classroom instruction the offer is made.
After I was accepted by California Northstate, the Admissions Office requested my transcripts and degree confirmation transcript but I had already submitted my transcripts to PharmCAS. Do I need to send transcripts to your office as well?
Yes. All applicants are required to send transcripts to PharmCAS during the application stage of the admission process. CNUCOP's matriculating student is required to submit transcripts from all institutions attended to CNUCOP, as well as the official transcript which designates the bachelor's degree is conferred. The transcripts become part of the student’s record.
What is a degree conferral transcript?
A degree conferral transcript is an official transcript through the final term in which you enrolled that posts all of the following:
Grades for the final term
* The degree you earned (BS, MS, etc.);
* The major in which your degree was earned (e.g., Biological Sciences, Art History), and;
* The date the degree was awarded.
A transcript that does not satisfy all of these is not a degree conferral transcript.
I graduated 3 months ago, but according to your office I do not have a degree. Why do you say this?
Our policies allow us to consider that a degree was earned only if the degree and the date it was awarded are posted on your transcript. The transcript you submitted probably shows only the grades for your last term, and may not show your degree conferral (see previous question). To resolve this problem, contact the registrar's office for your school and request a degree conferral transcript be sent to our Admissions Office.
The registrar from my school gave me a statement that verifies I have completed all the requirements for my degree. Can I submit this statement instead of waiting for the degree conferral transcript to become available?
Yes. This will be accepted while the degree conferral is being processed. A degree conferral transcript must be requested and received by our institution, as soon as it becomes available. Completing the requirements for a degree and being awarded the degree are not the same thing. The only document we can accept as a final document is a degree conferral transcript. Accepted students who fail to complete this requirement may be subject to forfeiture of their seat.
I graduated this winter but my final grades and degree conferral information will not post to my transcript until after August, 2014. What do I do?
Your degree may not be posted, but your final grades for winter and spring terms must be available three (3) weeks before the first day of classroom instruction. If you submit an unofficial grade report, as courses are completed winter, spring and early summer, email us an unofficial grade report from your college portal and ask your school to send us a letter verifying the date the degree (after your final term) will be posted to your transcript. You can also request a letter from the registrar certifying the degree information. These are the only methods to extend the receipt of your conferring degree transcript with your final term(s) grades.
Are you on a quarter or a semester system?
How do spaces in the entering class become available?
Admitted applicants decline, usually for personal reasons; or, the offer is withdrawn due to admission requirements not being completed as required. Financial issues, personal issues, or medical issues sometimes prevent an applicant from accepting an offer. Every year some applicants are also administratively cancelled. This could be for failing a prerequisite, not completing all the prerequisites prior to the start of school, or not submitting documents or other verification materials required by CNUCOP.
Where am I on the wait list?
Since the wait list changes constantly, sometimes on a daily basis, we do not designate specific numbers. Additionally, it is difficult to anticipate how many wait list applicants will be called to fill the class for a specific year. Because of this reason, we cannot tell a candidate they will, or will not be called off the list, nor can we estimate when. Based on past experience, we can only state our wait list applicants may be notified at any time during the admission cycle.
Please do not contact our office to verify your position on the wait list. We will contact you immediately, if we are able to offer you a place in the entering class. Your application may be cancelled, if you do not follow this procedure.
How soon will I know if I will be offered acceptance from the wait list?
As mentioned previously, it is impossible to predict when accepted applicants will decline our offer or be cancelled. The wait list remains open until the first week of classes. If your name is on the wait list and you are not offered admission, your application will be formally denied.
On the PharmCAS website it states CNUCOP recommends an additional L.O.R. from a Pre-Health Advisor. Can you please explain what is meant by a Pre-Health Advisor?
The Pre-Health Advisor is the academic advisor at most institutions who helps guide and advise pre-health students. Schools that do not have an academic advisor in this capacity generally have an academic advisor or academic advising office.
How do I know if the college I am taking prerequisites at is a regionally accredited institution and will meet the equivalency for your prerequisite courses?
You can refer to http://www.worldwidelearn.com/accreditation/accreditation-associations.htm to look up all colleges which are regionally accredited at this time. There are some certificate programs of which many are short-term classes (EX. 6 weeks) that would not meet the prerequisite requirement; thus, these classes are not acceptable even though the school may be regionally accredited.
Experiential Education Questions
Where and when will I complete my pharmacy practice experience?
Pharmacy Practice experiences will begin the first term of the second academic year. During the second and third years of study, students will complete their introductory pharmacy practice experience (IPPEs) in the area community, institutional health settings concurrent with didactic (classroom) coursework. IPPE rotations are spread throughout the Greater Sacramento and surrounding areas. Unless requested by the student, reasonable efforts are made to place students within 70 miles of campus.
APPE practice experiences (APPEs) are primarily direct patient care experiences that are built on the introductory experiences and classroom instruction. APPE rotations are completed throughout the fourth year. APPE rotations are regionalized in hubs throughout California and Nevada. Unless requested by the student, reasonable efforts are made to place student rotations within a 70 mile radius within their assigned hub.
How do I get to my pharmacy practice experiences?
Each student is expected to provide themselves, independent, reliable transportation in order to facilitate their learning in a variety of practice sites. Failure to provide independent, reliable transportation may lead to failure of the IPPE or APPE rotation and may further lead to delay in graduation or dismissal from the program. Students should not depend solely on public transportation or shared transportation as these methods may not be suitable for many practice sites. All transportation expenses are the student's responsibility.