Early Assurance Pathways

Concordia University Wisconsin offers three Early Assurance options for students who seek a clear pathway through the PharmD application and admission process.

1.  Concordia University Early Assurance Pathway

The Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy offers an Early Assurance pathway into our Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program for high school seniors who complete their pre-pharmacy coursework at Concordia University Wisconsin or Concordia University Ann Arbor and seek a clear pathway through the PharmD application and admission process.

Requirements

To be eligible for the Early Assurance pathway, high school seniors must:

  • Be admitted to Concordia University Wisconsin or 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
  • Interview 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.

Selection Process

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.

Progressing Into the PharmD Program

To progress to the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program, Early Assurance students must:

  • Submit the PharmCAS application by May 1 of the year you plan to enroll in the PharmD 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 CUW or 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.
  • At the point of submitting the PharmCAS application, all pre-pharmacy courses that have been completed must be done so without withdrawing from or repeating any of the required courses.

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 PharmD program.

Benefits to Students

CUW pre-pharmacy students who are on the Early Assurance pathway and are meeting the PharmD 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 PharmD progression requirements
  • Exemption from an interview during the PharmD application process
  • Exemption from the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)
  • A clear pathway into the PharmD program upon successful completion of the PharmD progression requirements
How Does It Work?

High school seniors who are 1) admitted to CUW or 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 PharmD progression requirements listed above. 

PharmD Admission Without Early Assurance

Concordia University Wisconsin 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 PharmD 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 PharmD 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
2.  Early Assurance Pathway—UW-Milwaukee

Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy is proud to partner with UW-Milwaukee College of Letters and Science to offer an Early Assurance Pathway into the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program at Concordia, giving UW-Milwaukee students a clear pathway through the PharmD application and admission process.

Requirements

UW Milwaukee students who are on the Early Assurance Pathway and wish to pursue a PharmD degree are guaranteed an interview if they meet the following criteria:

  • Successful completion (C- or better) of pre-pharmacy coursework
  • Minimum of 2.75 cumulative college GPA
  • Minimum composite PCAT score of 35

Concordia University will offer at least 10 seats each year to UW Milwaukee students provided they are successful in the PharmD admissions process.

Benefits to Students

UW-Milwaukee College of Letters and Science students who pursue the Early Assurance Pathway to Concordia’s School of Pharmacy will benefit from:

  • A course equivalency guide that provides an easy navigation of pre-pharmacy coursework that can be completed at UW Milwaukee
  • An admission counselor at Concordia University who will work with UW Milwaukee students to ensure they are competitive through the admission process
  • Early consideration for admission through the Early Decision admission option
  • Preferred enrollment with an admission decision by October, if applying Early Decision
  • No tuition deposit required, if offered admission through Early Decision
How Does It Work?

UW-Milwaukee College of Letters and Science students who wish to pursue the Early Assurance Pathway to Concordia’s PharmD program will declare this pathway with their UW Milwaukee advisor. The advisor will notify Concordia of the student’s desire to pursue the Early Assurance Pathway, connecting the student with the School of Pharmacy’s admission counselor. The student will take all of the required pre-pharmacy courses at UW-Milwaukee to stay on track for admission eligibility after at least two years of full-time courses (part-time students are eligible for Early Assurance Pathway, but completion of the pre-pharmacy coursework will take longer than two years).

  • In the summer before beginning the application process to pharmacy school, the student will take the PCAT. Students must take the July PCAT to receive Early Decision consideration.
  • In the fall one year prior to the intended year of enrollment, the student will apply via PharmCAS, selecting the “Early Decision” option to receive early consideration for admission. (Example: students intending to enroll in pharmacy school in fall 2018 will begin the application process in fall 2017.)
  • Students who meet the Early Assurance Pathway Requirements will be invited on campus for an interview.
  • Qualified applicants who apply Early Decision will be offered preferred consideration with an admission decision by October, nearly one year before the student intends to enroll.
3.  Early Assurance Pathway—UW Colleges

Our School of Pharmacy is proud to partner with UW Colleges to offer an Early Assurance pathway into the PharmD program at CUW, giving students enrolled in UW Colleges a clear pathway through the PharmD application and admission process.

Requirements

UW Colleges students who are on the Early Assurance pathway and wish to pursue a PharmD degree are guaranteed an interview if they meet the following criteria:

  • Successful completion (C- or better) of pre-pharmacy coursework
  • Minimum of 2.75 cumulative college GPA
  • Minimum composite PCAT score of 35

Concordia University Wisconsin will offer at least 10 seats each year to UW Colleges students, provided they’re successful in the PharmD admission process.

Benefits to Students

UW Colleges students who pursue the Early Assurance pathway to the Concordia University will benefit from:

  • A course equivalency guide that provides an easy navigation of pre-pharmacy coursework that can be completed at UW Colleges
  • A CUW admission counselor who will work with UW Colleges students to ensure they’re competitive through the admission process
  • Early consideration for admission through the Early Decision admission option
  • Preferred enrollment with an admission decision by October, if applying for Early Decision
  • No tuition deposit required, if offered admission through Early Decision
How Does It Work?

UW Colleges students who wish to pursue the Early Assurance pathway to Concordia University PharmD program will declare this pathway with their UW Colleges advisor. The advisor will notify CUW of the student’s desire to pursue the Early Assurance pathway, connecting the student with the CUW School of Pharmacy admission counselor.

The student will take all of the required pre-pharmacy courses at UW Colleges to stay on track for admission eligibility after two years of full-time courses (part-time students are eligible for the Early Assurance pathway, but completion of the pre-pharmacy coursework will take longer than two years).

  • In the summer before beginning the application process to pharmacy school, the student will take the PCAT. Students must take the July PCAT to receive Early Decision consideration.
  • In the fall one year prior to the intended year of enrollment, the student will apply via PharmCAS, selecting the Early Decision option to receive early consideration for admission (e.g., students intending to enroll in pharmacy school in fall 2019 will begin the application process in fall 2018)
  • Students who meet the Early Assurance pathway requirements will be invited on campus for an interview
  • Qualified applicants who apply for Early Decision will be offered preferred consideration with an admission decision by October, nearly one year before the student intends to enroll
UW Colleges Pre-Pharmacy Coursework

The pre-pharmacy requirements can be completed in two years, and many applicants are completing the pre-pharmacy requirements during the application process. All accepted students must complete the pre-pharmacy requirements before starting the PharmD program. All pre-pharmacy requirements must be completed with a grade of C- or better. Advanced Placement (AP) courses taken in high school may be used to fulfill pre-pharmacy requirements. Coursework may be completed as a full-time or part-time student.

Course Requirements

UW Colleges Online Course

Credits

Biology I + lab

BIO 151— Foundations of Biological Sciences I or equivalent

5

Biology II + lab

BIO 152— Foundations of Biological Sciences II or equivalent

5

General Chemistry I + lab

CHEM 102 – General Chemistry I

5

General Chemistry II + lab

CHEM 104 – General Chemistry II

5

Organic Chemistry I

CHEM 343 – Organic Chemistry I

3

Organic Chemistry II

CHEM 345 – Organic Chemistry II

3

Organic Chemistry lab

CHEM 344 – Organic Chemistry Laboratory

2

Physics I (with or without lab)

PHYSICS 120 – General Physics I

4

One or more advanced science elective course(s)*, if needed

Various

minimum

32 credits

 

Course Requirements

Calculus

MATH 231 – Calculus and Analytical Geometry I

MATH 213 – Calculus with Life Sciences Applications

MATH 211 – Survey in Calculus and Analytic Geometry

5

Statistics

MTHSTAT 215 – Elementary Statistics

BIO SCI 465 – Biostatistics

3

English Composition

ENG 102— Critical Writing, Reading, and Research

3

Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking

COMM 101 – Interpersonal Communication

COMM 103 – Introduction to Public Speaking

3

Economics

ECON 103 – Microeconomics

ECON 104 - Macroeconomics

3

General Education Electives

Various

17

32 credits

TOTAL PRE-PHARMACY CREDITS

64 CREDITS

*Examples of an Advanced Science Elective include: Physics II, Physiology, Anatomy, Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, or other advanced science course.

Contact Us

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
Sarah.Blake@cuw.edu
262.243.2747

Erin Levenhagen, Admission Counselor
erin.levenhagen@cuw.edu
262.243.2728