Early Assurance Pathway

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

Early Assurance for CUW Pre-pharmacy

The Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy offers an Early Assurance pathway into our Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program for high school seniors who complete their pre-pharmacy coursework at Concordia University Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin
  • 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.

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 CUW. AP and dual-credit courses will be considered to satisfy pre-pharmacy coursework.
  • 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 Pharm.D. program.

CUW 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 CUW, 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.

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 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

Early Assurance Pathway—UW Colleges

The Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy is proud to partner with UW Colleges to offer an Early Assurance pathway into the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program at CUW, giving students enrolled in UW Colleges a clear pathway through the Pharm.D. application and admission process.

UW Colleges students who are on the Early Assurance pathway and wish to pursue a Pharm.D. 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 Pharm.D. admission process.

UW Colleges students who pursue the Early Assurance pathway to the Concordia University Wisconsin 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 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

UW Colleges students who wish to pursue the Early Assurance pathway to Concordia University Wisconsin’s Pharm.D. 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 2017 will begin the application process in fall 2016)
  • 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

The UW Colleges 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 CUW Pharm.D. 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 CHE 145— General Chemistry I 5
General Chemistry II + lab CHE 155— General Chemistry II 5
Organic Chemistry I CHE 343— Organic Chemistry I 3
Organic Chemistry II CHE 363— Organic Chemistry II 3
Organic Chemistry lab CHE 352— Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
Physics I (with or without lab) PHY 141— College Physics I 4
One or more advanced science elective course(s)*, if needed Various
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Course Requirements UW Colleges Online Course Credits
Calculus MAT 221— Calculus and Analytical Geometry I 5
Statistics MAT 117— Elementary Statistics 3
English Composition ENG 102— Critical Writing, Reading, and Research 3
Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking CTA 103— Introduction to Public Speaking 3
Economics ECO 204— Economics-Micro 3
General Education Electives Various 17
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Total Pre-Pharmacy Credits 64

*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:

Emmy Stoecklein, Director of Recruitment and Admissions
Emmy.Stoecklein@cuw.edu
262.243.2747

Sam Poullette, Pharm.D. Admission Counselor  
Sam.Poullette@cuw.edu
262.243.2728