Biology B.S.

Dual Acceptance Program

Lewis University and Midwestern University’s Chicago College of Pharmacy.

This 2+4 program allows qualified students, once they are accepted to Lewis University, to apply to Chicago College of Pharmacy in their senior year of high school.  Program eligibility requires that students:

  • Must have a minimum of a 3.2 high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Rank in the top quartile on a college entrance exam:
    • ACT score of 24 or higher (MUST include a writing score)
    • SAT score of 1190 or higher (MUST include a writing score; use code 3788 to submit scores directly to Midwestern)

Once admitted to this program, students must complete all required coursework at Lewis University during a two year period.  No courses may be taken away from Lewis or substituted in the prescribed paradigm.  Other requirements include students to:

  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.2 as well as a science GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Earn a grade of “C” or higher in all courses (“C-“ grades are not accepted).
  • Not retake any course to achieve a higher grade.
The Application Process
Once admitted to Lewis University, students who meet the eligibility requirements (ACT and HS GPA) may complete the online application at the Midwestern University website:

Two application cycles are available, including EARLY DECISION (November 1 application deadline; mid-December interviews) as well as a February 15 application deadline (interviews in mid-March).  Required components of the application include:

  • A completed application form
  • Official high school transcripts.
  • An official copy of the ACT/SAT report, including the writing score.  Electronic submissions can be used for the SAT; currently, electronic ACT submissions are not possible.  Students can obtain a copy of the report by submitting a request to ACT at

Applications that are completed by the deadline will be considered by Midwestern University for admission.  From the DAP applicant pool, Midwestern will select a group of competitive candidates to be interviewed at the Midwestern campus.  Only students who are interviewed can be offered admission.  Admission decisions are made solely by Midwestern University. 

General Biology I and Lab 5sh General Biology II and Lab 5sh
General Chem I and Lab 5sh General Chem II and Lab 5sh
College Writing I 3sh College Writing II 3sh
Calculus I 4sh Human Communications 3sh
ICE 1sh Psychology 3sh
TOTAL: 18 sh TOTAL: 19 sh*


Organic Chem I and Lab 5sh Organic Chem II and Lab 5sh
Physics I and Lab 5sh Biostatistics 3sh
Cultural Diversity 3sh Macroeconomics 3sh
Non-Science Elective Credit 2sh Adv.Anatomy and Physiology 3sh
100-level Theology 3sh Case Studies Lab 1sh
    Ethics 3sh
TOTAL: 18 sh TOTAL: 18 sh

* = since 19 sh exceeds the hours allowed under the tuition scale (12-18 sh), the student may either take course(s) (up to 3) at Lewis University in the summer session between the first and second year OR may pay for the extra 1 sh during the semester(s) indicated.

PLEASE NOTE: This paradigm must be followed EXACTLY to complete all pre-requisites prior to entering CCP. General education courses can be taken in any order, however absolutely NO substitutions are allowed. Any student failing to complete the courses listed in this paradigm automatically forfeit pre-admission status to CCP.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I apply to the DAP if I took the ACT/SAT several times and one of my scores is above the minimum requirement? [Show Info]
    Yes, anyone who obtains at least one composite score above the required minimum can apply.  Please recognize, though, that the test service will report all scores/test attempts to Midwestern and this may factor into your application.

  2. I sent my ACT/SAT scores to Lewis University, isn’t that enough? [Show Info]
    No, Midwestern University requires that the applicant submit an official paper copy of the score report with their application.  You can either use the copy you were sent when you first received your scores OR order a score report directly from ACT/SAT.  Please keep in mind, it might take several weeks for ACT/SAT to process your request and send you an official paper copy of your scores.  Score reports can be ordered at:

  3.  The ACT/SAT test I took did not include the writing score.  Will this be acceptable? [Show Info]
    No, while Lewis University does not require the writing score for admission to our institution, Midwestern University does require all DAP applicants to submit a writing score.  Your application will not be considered if this is not part of your ACT/SAT score report.  If you did not take the writing portion, you will have to register to retake the ACT/SAT in its entirety as test makers do not offer the writing test alone. 

  4. My school uses a weighted grade scale and my GPA meets the minimum on the weighted scale but not the unweighted one.  Am I still eligible? [Show Info]
    Midwestern University only considers unweighted (4.0) grade scales.  Your GPA must be at least a 3.2 on the 4.0 scale to be considered.  Particular attention is paid to your performance in math and science courses.

  5.  I want a family member who is a pharmacist to compose a letter for me.  Is this acceptable? [Show Info]
    Midwestern University states that no immediate family members may compose letters on the applicant’s behalf (SECTION THREE of the application).  Find teachers, other health professionals, or non-family members to compose these letters.

  6.  I am unable to submit all the information required in the application by the February 15 deadline.  Can I just get Lewis/Midwestern the information later? [Show Info]
    No, application to all health professions programs follow a strict deadline – this is no exception.  If the application is not complete by the close of business (5 p.m.) on Februuary 15, it will not be considered by Midwestern University.  Please make sure all individuals who are involved in this process (securing school transcripts, ACT report, and letters of recommendation) are aware of the deadline.

  7. How will I know the status of my application after the February 15 deadline? [Show Info]
    Lewis University is not part of the admission process at Midwestern University.  Consequently, faculty/staff at Lewis will not be able to assist you with any inquiries regarding the status of your application.  Midwestern University will use e-mail to communicate with students regularly regarding the application cycle.  Please make sure you include an active e-mail on your application and check it regularly.

  8. I am currently a student at a community college and did not know about this program when I was in high school.  Can I still apply? [Show Info]
    Unfortunately, this opportunity is only available to students who are currently high school seniors.  Even if you met the requirements in your senior year, any individual who progressed to another undergraduate institutions (2- or 4-year) is not eligible for this program.