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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.

Our graduates work across the United States in every area of pharmacy practice. Their preparation is outstanding; approximately 90% of our students graduate within three years of matriculation, and an overall retention rate of 97%. We are proud that approximately 7% of our graduates elect to continue their training and have matched with post-graduate training programs 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