California Northstate University

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California Northstate University

  • City , State Elk Grove, California
  • Est. Tution $196,000
  • Deadline 06/01/2022
  • Apply Now


California Northstate University Quick Facts

Duration: 4 Years Courses: 63 Faculty: 24
Est. Applications: 849 Acceptance Rate: 16% Est. Class Size: 136

Program Description

California Northstate University College of Pharmacy located just outside of Sacramento offers multiple early assurance pathways for entry into the Doctor of Pharmacy program, including a 0-6 pharmacy program. CNUCOP provides unique learning experiences to our students through the use of active learning to deliver our curriculum and is dedicated to educating and training future pharmacists to provide competent, evidence-based care focused on improving patient outcomes and advancing the pharmacy profession. Through a variety of interprofessional activities, in collaboration with the College of Medicine and Sacramento State University School of Nursing, our students learn how to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary care team.

Two combined degree programs (the Executive Masters of Business Administration/PharmD and the Masters of Pharmaceutical Sciences/PharmD) are offered at CNUCOP. Additionally, our robust experiential program provides opportunities for 4th-year pharmacy students to complete rotations throughout California.  More detailed information is located at

PharmD Program Highlights

  • Private Institution
  • Baccalaureate Not Required
  • $250 deposit to hold acceptance
  • Conducts interviews of applicants
  • Participates in Early Decision Program (EDP)
  • PCAT composite score Not Required
  • Minimum Two (2) Letters of Reference are required
  • Utilizes the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)
  • No Participates in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service



Location: 9700 West Taron Drive Elk Grove, California 95757

Acceptance Rate for California Northstate University

16%: See other Schools with an acceptance rate under 16%

School Demographics (2018)

Female: 62% Male: 38% Age: 18-61


Tuition: $49,000 Per Year
Tuition: $1,160 Per Year


PCAT Score and G.P.A

Minimum GPA: 2.60 Average GPA: 2.60 Minimum PCAT: Not Required


Program Prerequisites
Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 63
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 36
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 91
Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the:
Spring 2019 term

Course Prerequisites Table

Course Title Semester/Quarter Hours
General Chemistry I and II w/lab 8/12
Organic Chemistry I and II w/lab 8/12
Biochemistry or Cell & Molecular Biology 3/4
General Biology I and II w/lab 8/12
Microbiology 3/4
Human Physiology 3/4
Physics 3/4
Calculus 3/4
Statistics 3/4
Public Speaking 3/4
English Composition I and II 6/9
General Education Requirements: Psychology, Economics, and two additional courses in the Humanities or Social and Behavioral Sciences 12/18
Total 63/91

Letter of Recommendation Requirements

General Information
  • Two letters of recommendation are required and must be written/typed on official letterhead and include contact information for the person writing the letter.  Additionally, the letter must be sent directly from the reference to PharmCAS.  One letter must be from a science professor, and one letter must be from a healthcare professional or supervisor. If the student has been out of school for over three years, a letter from a recent supervisor and a healthcare professional can be submitted in place of the letter from a science professor. Letters of recommendation from family or friends are not acceptable.
  • A Teacher’s Assistant letter is accepted if approved and signed by the science course professor.
LOR types that are REQUIRED: Health Care Professional, Professor of Science
LOR types that are RECOMMENDED:
LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: Employer, Pharmacist, Professor of Math, Teaching Assistant, Supervisor
Note: please verify the institution-specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types.
LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: Clergy, Co-Worker, Politician, Pre-Health Advisor, Professor of Liberal Arts, Faculty Advisor, Family or Friend
Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
A Committee Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
Does it count as more than one LOR? No
A composite Letter is: Recommended but Not Required

Interview Information

Interview Format: Individual applicants with one interviewer

Individual applicants with two or more interviewers

Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)

Interview Dates:
Details: Interview information and tips can be found on our web site using the following link:



June 1, 2022

General School Information


Dual Degree Program? Yes
Part of an academic health center? No
Pharmacy observation hours required? No
Supplemental application requirement? Yes
Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
Follows the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? No
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No

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