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Before applying to the PMPB, please carefully review the following academic requirements used to evaluate each applicant.

Eligibility for Admission to the PMPB Program

Students must meet the following requirements to be eligible for admission to the PMPB Program:

  • An earned bachelor’s degree in science or health-related discipline. The PMPB requires a baccalaureate degree from a U.S. regionally accredited four-year institution or a non-U.S. equivalent institution (foreign credentials evaluation is required). The prerequisite courses for the program in which the student is interested must be completed.
  • GPA Requirements for Admission

    Requirement

    Medicine

    Pharmacy

    Minimum Overall GPA

    3.20

    2.60

    Minimum BCPM GPA

    3.00

    NA

    Interview

    Required

    NA

     

  • Completion of the Prerequisite Coursework for Medicine or Pharmacy with Grades of “C” or higher:
    • Requirements for the College of Medicine:  Two semesters, 3 quarters, or 1 year of college level English (IB or AP credits may be considered if they are accepted by the undergraduate program)


      IB or AP credits not accepted for the following:

    • 2 semesters, or 3 quarters, or 1 year of General Biology with Laboratory
    • 2 semesters, or 3 quarters, or 1 year of Inorganic (General) Chemistry with Laboratory
    • 2 semesters, or 3 quarters, or 1 year of Organic Chemistry with Laboratory
    • 2 semesters, or 3 quarters, or 1 year of Physics
    • 2 semesters, or 3 quarters of college level Math (Statistics and/or Calculus preferred)

     

        Recommended coursework; but not required for students interested in studying medicine:

                Social sciences, Behavioral sciences, Foreign Languages, Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Immunology

     

    Go to: COM Admission Requirements for up to date information about admission requirements for the College of Medicine at CNU.

    The prerequisite coursework and general education requirements for the College of Pharmacy at CNU can be found at: COP Admission Requirements.

    Requirements for the College of Pharmacy    

    Course

    Sem

    Hrs

    Quarter

    Hours

    General Chemistry I and II with lab components

    8

    12

    Organic Chemistry I and II with lab components

    8

    12

    Biochemistry or Cell & Molecular Biology

    3

    4

    General Biology I and II with one lab or lab equivalent

    8

    12

    Microbiology

    3

    4

    Physiology (if taking a combined Anatomy and Physiology course, both Anatomy and Physiology I and II must be taken to fulfill the individual Anatomy and Physiology course requirements)

    3

    4

    Anatomy (if taking a combined Anatomy and Physiology course, both Anatomy and Physiology I and II must be taken to fulfill the individual Anatomy and Physiology course requirements)

    3

    4

    Physics (AP exam score of 4+ may fulfill this requirement)

    3

    4

    Calculus (AP exam score of 4+ may fulfill this requirement)

    3

    4

    Statistics (AP exam score of 4+ may fulfill this requirement)

    3

    4

    Public Speaking

    3

    4

    English Composition I and II (AP exam scores of 4+ may fulfill these requirements)

    6

    8

    General Education Requirements: Psychology, Economics, and two additional courses in the Humanities or Social & Behavioral Sciences (AP exam scores of 4+ for each course may fulfill these requirements)

    12

    18

    Total

    66

    99 (est.)

The prerequisite coursework and general education requirements for the College of Pharmacy at CNU can be found at: COP Admission Requirements.

Complete Applications

A complete application packet includes the following items:

  • The completed application form which includes your email address that can receive email from Admissions.CHS@cnsu.edu. Notification of admissions will be sent via that email address. We recommend that you check “junk” email folders in case correspondence is inadvertently channeled to such in-boxes. Your email information will not be shared with third parties.
  • A Statement of Purpose (250 to 500 words) where you will describe your future aspirations and goals and how the PMPB might help you achieve your goals. We recommend that you read the prompt for the Statement of Purpose, prepare your response in a separate file, and copy your response into the space provided.
  • A PDF of your 1 to 2 page resume or curriculum vitae that you will email to Admissions.CHS@cnsu.edu
  • An Excel spreadsheet where you have entered your prerequisite coursework and calculated your Biology/Chemistry/Physics/Math (BCPM) GPA. Link BCPM-GPA-Calculation. You will send the completed spreadsheet to Admissions.CHS@cnsu.edu
  • If you are interested in going into the field of medicine and have prepared an AMCAS report, send a copy of that report to Admissions.CHS@cnsu.edu. If you provide the AMCAS report, you will not need to send official college transcripts. If you are interested in going into pharmacy and have prepared a PharmCAS report, send a copy of that report to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you provide the PharmCAS report, you will not need to send official college transcripts.
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges/universities that you have attended (if you do not send an AMCAS or PharmCAS report). Where possible, have transcripts sent electronically. If transcripts are mailed, have them sent to:

    California Northstate University 
    College of Health Sciences PMPB Program 
    2910 Prospect Park Drive 
    Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Progression Requirements

Pathway to Medicine

Students admitted to the PMPB Program who are interested in medical school will be given an interview with the College of Medicine if they meet the established progression criteria. This offers students seeking medical school admission a distinct advantage as it can be very difficult to secure an interview at most medical schools. Admission to the COM may be contingent upon completion of this one year program. 

Pathway to Pharmacy

Admitted PMPB Program students interested in pharmacy school admission who maintain a 2.60 GPA or higher in the coursework, and successfully complete the interview will be admitted to the COP.

Requirement

Medicine

Pharmacy

Minimum PMPB GPA

3.50

2.60

Minimum MCAT Score

508

NA

Professional Activity

Rec.

Rec.

Interview

Required

Required

Supplemental Application

Required

Required

 

The College of Health Sciences

The PMPB Program is offered in the collaborative and supportive environment of the College of Health Sciences and students have the opportunity to interact with faculty from CNU’s College of Medicine and College of Pharmacy. 

 

Students who do not meet the admissions requirements for the PMPB or who wish to improve their GPA by taking individual courses, may be able to enroll in our undergraduate program as non-degree seeking students.   

Students may start the PMPB Program in the summer, fall, or spring terms.  The summer session features MCAT review only.  The fall and spring semesters cover academic coursework in such areas as core sciences, social sciences, standardized patients, professional communication, service learning, and a healthcare seminar. 

Enrollment and tuition are for one-year.

Spring Start (January)

To start in the spring term, followed by summer and fall terms, apply by November 1st.  These students will be eligible for medical school consideration after the completion of the spring term, summer term (if desired) and the fall term for the following fall.  This option offers the most flexibility for students to prepare for the MCAT, excel in the coursework, and to be considered by the College of Medicine.

Summer Start (June)

To start in the summer term (with MCAT review), followed by fall and spring terms, apply by April 1st. These students will be eligible for medical school consideration after the completion of the spring term with the goal to start medical school in the following fall.

Students who opt out of the summer MCAT review will pay the same tuition as those who enroll for all three terms.     

Fall Start (August)

To start in the fall term, followed by spring and summer terms, apply by June 15th.  These students will be eligible for medical school consideration after the completion of the spring (or summer) term for the following fall.

 

If you miss these deadlines please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information regarding space availability.

Contact

Phone: 916-686-8378
info.chs@cnsu.edu
  

   

   

Address

California Northstate University
College of Health Sciences
2910 Prospect Park Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

College Code

SAT College Code: 7669
ACT College Code: 7032