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

Welcome to the College of Pharmacy at Roosevelt University. What an exciting time to be considering a career in pharmacy! 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. Pharmaceuticals (both prescription and non-prescription) are the leading health care intervention for patients of all ages in the United States. We anticipate the demand and opportunities for pharmacists will continue to grow for the next several years. A pharmacists' expanding roles on a healthcare team is helping patients achieve optimal health outcomes associated with medications.

The new College of Pharmacy will be one of 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 will integrate on and off-campus experiences so students can see the relevance of what is being taught on campus.

Our College of Pharmacy has designed a patient-centered 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. Because of its unique position in higher education, it is anticipated that students enrolling in the PharmD program will be of diverse backgrounds from across the United States.

Thank you for your interest in Roosevelt’s new 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 Professions