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Pharmacy, PharmD

Offered in: SCHAUMBURG

The university offers the only Doctor of Pharmacy program in the Midwest that students will complete in three years instead of the traditional four years. It is a rigorous, patient-centered educational experience designed to prepare caring, compassionate and committed pharmacists to work in a variety of health care settings.

Information about admission requirements and course prerequisites can be found under the Program of Study link in this catalog, and here on the university website .


The pharmacy curriculum is divided into program blocks. Students who matriculate together will take these blocks of courses as a group. The courses in each block are designed to offer a comprehensive pharmacy education that prepares the student for the subsequent block of courses. The only courses that students will not take as a group are the electives. During their final three academic terms, PharmD candidates complete six Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE), for a total of 48 credit hours (16 credit hours per term). Course registration and course withdrawal policies can be found in the Student Handbook.

Professional Year 1 Courses

Term 01: Summer
  PHAR 500 Colloquia – Pharmacy Profession .....1
  PHAR 510 Biochemistry I .....4
  PHAR 514 Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathophysiology I .....4
  PHAR 519 Pharmaceutics I: Calculations .....2
  PHAR 550 Health Care Systems and Medication Safety .....3
Term 02: Fall
  PHAR 511 Biochemistry II .....4
  PHAR 515 Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology II .....4
  PHAR 520 Pharmaceutics I: Drug Delivery .....4
  PHAR 522 Biostatistics and Pharmacoepidemiology .....3
  PHAR 570 Professional Practice I & IPPE .....2
Term 03: Winter
  PHAR 512 Clinical Microbiology and Immunology .....4
  PHAR 521 Pharmaceutics II: Drug Delivery .....3
  PHAR 523 Pharmaceutical Care I .....3
  PHAR 530 Integrated Sequence I: Principles of Drug Actions and Autonomic Nervous System .....4
  PHAR 554 Drug Literature Evaluation .....3
  PHAR 571 Professional Practice II & IPPE .....2
Term 04: Spring
  PHAR 522 Pharmaceutics III: Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics .....3
  PHAR 524 Pharmaceutical Care II .....2
  PHAR 531 Integrated Sequence II: Musculoskeletal and Immune System Diseases .....4.5
  PHAR 532 Integrated Sequence III: Endocrine and Pulmonary Systems .....4.5
  PHAR 572 Professional Practice III & IPPE .....2
  PHAR 650 Practice Management .....3

Professional Year 2 Courses

Term 05: Summer (OPTIONAL)
  PHAR 679 Field Research .....
  PHAR xxx Electives .....
Term 06: Fall
  PHAR 601 Pharmaceutical Care III .....2
  PHAR 630 Integrated Sequence IV: Renal and Genitourinary Systems .....4.5
  PHAR 631 Integrated Sequence V: Cardiovascular Systems .....4.5
  PHAR 657 Public Health and Health Policy .....3
  PHAR 670 Professional Practice IV: & IPPE .....2
  PHAR xxx Electives .....3
Term 07: Winter
  PHAR 602 Pharmaceutical Care IV .....2
  PHAR 632 Integrated Sequence VI: Gastrointestinal and Hepatobiliary Systems .....4.5
  PHAR 633 Integrated Sequence VII: Infectious Diseases .....4.5
  PHAR 652 Health Economics and Outcomes Assessment .....3
  PHAR 671 Inter-Professional Practice & IPE .....2
  PHAR xxx Electives .....3
Term 08: Spring
  PHAR 550 Pharmacy Law .....3
  PHAR 603 Pharmaceutical Care V .....2
  PHAR 634 Integrated Sequence VIII: Neurologic Disorders .....4.5
  PHAR 635 Integrated Sequence IX: Psychiatric and Behavioral Conditions .....4.5
  PHAR 672 Inter-Professional Practice and IPE .....2
  PHAR xxx Electives .....3

Professional Year 3 Courses

Term 09: Summer
  PHAR 604 Pharmaceutical Care VI: Objective Structured Clinical Exams .....3
  PHAR 636 Integrated Sequence X: Hematologic and Oncologic Disorders .....4.5
  PHAR 637 Integrated Sequence XI: Special Patient Populations/Conditions .....4.5
  PHAR 640 Pharmacogenomics and Therapeutic Drug Monitoring .....3
Terms 10-12 (16 credits per term)
  PHAR 770 Advanced Patient Care – Community .....8
  PHAR 771 Advanced Patient Care – Hospital .....8
  PHAR 772 Advanced Patient Care - Ambulatory Care .....8
  PHAR 773 Advanced Patient Care – Acute Care Medicine .....8
  PHAR 774 APPE Elective Rotation I .....8
  PHAR 775 APPE Elective Rotation II .....8

Total Credits

First Year
  Term 1: Summer .....14
  Term 2: Fall .....17
  Term 3: Winter .....19
  Term 4: Spring .....19
Second Year
  Term 5: Summer .....
  Term 6: Fall .....19
  Term 7: Winter .....19
  Term 8: Spring .....19
Third Year
  Term 09: Summer .....15
  Term 10: Summer .....16
  Term 11: Fall .....16
  Term 12: Winter .....16

Experiential Education

A major component of the PharmD curriculum is experiential education, which is normally defined as practical experience in a variety of pharmacy settings. Experiential education, often referred to as “rotations,” bridges the classroom and pharmacy practice environment. During these off-site experiences, students work with practicing pharmacists and faculty members known as “preceptors.”

The Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy has three levels of experiential education incorporated over the course of the program: Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE), Inter-Professional Practice Experiences (IPE), and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE). The IPPE and IPE rotations allow pharmacy student to develop practice skills. During APPE rotations, students are expected to demonstrate their achievement of the knowledge and skills needed to practice pharmacy.

Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE): The Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) occurs during the first year of the pharmacy curriculum. Students participate in four different IPPE rotations and complete over 320 hours in both community and institutional settings.

Interprofessional Practice Experiences (IPE): The Interprofessional Practice Experiences (IPE I & II) occurs during the second year of the pharmacy curriculum. Students complete approximately 160 hours in a variety of experiences in such areas as medicine, nursing, psychology, physical therapy, outpatient therapy, and social work to reinforce the importance of collaboration with other health care professionals.

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE): The entire P3 year is comprised of Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs). Students complete six rotations, each lasting approximately six weeks, for a minimum of 1440 APPE hours. There are four required experiences, Community Pharmacy, Hospital Pharmacy, Ambulatory Care and Acute Care Medicine, and two elective rotations that take place in a wide variety of pharmacy sites. These sites will be local, regional and national. A computerized matching process is used to place students with preceptors and in practice sites based on student preference rankings.