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Message from the Dean of the College of Pharmacy, Dr. George E. MacKinnon

George MacKinnon

Welcome to the College of Pharmacy at Roosevelt University. What an exciting time to be considering a career as a pharmacist, one of the most trusted health professions! As a pharmacist, I often state that the doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree today can be viewed as the "engineering degree of the health sciences," allowing graduates the opportunity to pursue and enjoy a multitude of professional opportunities, while ultimately helping patients achieve their desired health outcomes.

The College of Pharmacy is one of the few academic pharmacy programs in the nation to offer the PharmD degree in a three-year format. Beginning with the first year and continuing throughout the three-year professional program, we integrate off-campus experiences (internships) so students can see the relevance of what is being taught on campus. The faculty in both the Biopharmaceutical Science and Clinical and Administrative Science departments bring a wide range of backgrounds and experiences to our students such as conducting research or studying abroad.

Our College of Pharmacy has designed a contemporary curriculum that will produce graduates who are competent, committed and compassionate. Roosevelt University encourages community partnerships and prepares its diverse graduates for responsible citizenship in a global society of which the profession of pharmacy is an integral part. Students that have enrolled in the PharmD program's four cohorts are of diverse backgrounds from across the United States.

Upon graduating our inaugural class in May 2014, nearly 70 percent of the 61 class members accepted pharmacist positions, with the majority assuming positions in community pharmacies across the nation. We are also proud that 20 percent of our graduates elected to continue their training and have matched with post-graduate training positions in the Midwest.

Thank you for your interest in our College of Pharmacy. I invite future students, potential faculty and other interested parties to keep informed of developments at the college by returning to this site frequently.


George E. MacKinnon III, PhD, RPh, FASHP

Founding Dean and Professor

Vice Provost for Health Sciences