COD Partners with Midwestern University's Chicago College of Pharmacy

Midwestern University

Midwestern University's Chicago College of Pharmacy (CCP) recently established an early assurance program with College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. The CCP/COD Pre-Pharmacy Advantage Program will begin in fall of 2017 for students who graduated high school the previous spring. The agreement with COD is similar to CCP's other early assurance programs with several local universities and colleges.

"We are very pleased to work with Midwestern University on this initiative," said Dr. Emmanual Awuah, COD Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. "College of DuPage continues to search for partnerships for students that result in successful and rewarding careers."

The Pre-Pharmacy Advantage (PPA) Program will provide students who are motivated to become pharmacists with a clear and cost-effective path to achieving their goal directly out of high school. Students may apply during their senior year in high school (Track 1 option) or in their first semester at COD (Track 2 option).

"The pharmacy profession is continuing to expand and evolve with the changes in healthcare. The field offers challenging opportunities in a variety of practice settings that allow pharmacists to help people live healthier, better lives," said Nancy Fjortoft, Ph.D., Dean and Professor, Chicago College of Pharmacy at Midwestern University. "This partnership with COD is a great addition to our successful early assurance programs."

Students who are admitted to the PPA Program at COD are required to complete their prerequisite requirements during their first two years (or three years, if on the Track 2 option). Upon completion of all prerequisite course work, as well as satisfactory performance on the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT), students then transition into Midwestern University's Chicago College of Pharmacy to begin a four-year Doctor of Pharmacy program. At the end of six years, successful students will earn a Pharm.D. degree enabling them to embark on an exciting career in this healthcare field.

For more information, please contact Paula Giometti, M.B.A., Assistant Dean, Chicago College of Pharmacy at (630) 971-6417 or; or COD Associate Vice President Dr. Emmanuel Awuah at (630) 942-2652 or

College of DuPage is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Serving approximately 27,000 students each term, College of DuPage is the largest public community college in the state of Illinois. The College grants nine associate degrees and offers more than 170 career and technical certificates in over 50 areas of study.

Midwestern University is a graduate degree-granting institution specializing in the health sciences with eleven colleges and two campuses. The Illinois campus, located on a 105-acre site in Downers Grove, is home to over 2,900 students and five colleges: the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Chicago College of Pharmacy, the College of Health Sciences, the College of Dental Medicine-Illinois, and the Chicago College of Optometry. The University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. 

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