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College of Pharmacy

The Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree program at Roosevelt University is designed to prepare pharmacists to work in a variety of health care settings. Through a combination of academic coursework and introductory and advanced pharmacy practice experiences, students will graduate with the requisite competencies for entrance into the profession of pharmacy.

The Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, Illinois 60603-4810; (312) 664-3575, (800) 533-3606; Fax (312) 664-4652; or

Embrace a patient-centered approach to learning at Roosevelt’s fifth and newest college, the College of Pharmacy. We prepare students to be competent, committed and compassionate pharmacists. Our three-year Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) is the only program of its kind in the Midwest. Hear from Melissa Hogan, PhD, dean of the College of Pharmacy, on what makes Roosevelt’s PharmD program so special.

Location: Schaumburg
Start Term: Summer
Program Type: Doctorate

The College of Pharmacy is one of the few academic pharmacy programs in the nation to offer the PharmD in three years. While most PharmD programs take four calendar years to complete, the Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy will have students engaged in the educational process year-round interspersed with vacation and break periods for three calendar years. Roosevelt graduates will be able to pursue post-graduate training or enter the job market one year earlier.

The Roosevelt University Doctor of Pharmacy program is an innovative, patient-centered, and dynamic learning experience. A small class size of 68 students, dedicated faculty and staff, and the use of the latest technology helps prepare students to work successfully as practitioners, clinicians, or researchers. It is located in Schaumburg, IL just outside of Chicago, near major research hospitals, community pharmacies, and Fortune 500 pharmaceutical companies, allowing students to complete rotations in world class pharmacies.

What Differentiates Us

Graduate in Three Years

Graduate in Three Years

The full-time, daytime Doctor of Pharmacy program is one of the only three-year educational models of its kind in the Midwest. This comprehensive, year-round curriculum allows students to graduate one year earlier than in a four-year program, thus preparing students to enter the workforce or post-doctoral residency training programs more quickly.

Patient-Centered Learning

Patient-Centered Learning

The College of Pharmacy embraces the University’s mission of social justice, making students competent, committed and compassionate health care professionals. Our expert faculty members focus on patient-centered learning, and our students gain hands-on training in state-of-the-art facilities in suburban Schaumburg.

Expectations & Requirements


Technical Standards for Admission, Promotion and Graduation

Roosevelt University also complies with the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (“ACPE”), the pharmacy accrediting agency, which requires that the University communicate the required skills, disclosures, and professional and technical standards required to matriculate and graduate from the program. The following technical standards for admission, promotion, and graduation – in addition to academic achievements – are those that Roosevelt University considers essential in order to earn the PharmD degree and to be able to practice within any field of pharmacy practice. The goal of the Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy is to matriculate, educate, and graduate pharmacists who are committed, competent, and compassionate. Earning a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree requires the mastery of a coherent body of knowledge as well as the possession and development of superior and required technical skills.


A pharmacy student must be able to communicate clearly, effectively, and efficiently with patients and their families, co-workers, and other members of a health care team. This includes the ability to ask questions, listen carefully to answers provided by patients and their families, co-workers, or other health care team members, and record information accurately.   Essential communication skills include nonverbal, verbal, and written communications. Students also must be able to effectively and professionally communicate with and supervise technical support staff. Mastery of both written and spoken English is required.

Visual, Auditory, Tactile and Motor Competencies

A pharmacy student must possess sufficient visual, auditory, tactile, and gross and fine motor skills to participate in various activities including, but not limited to: completing laboratory exercises in pharmaceutical compounding and preparing products to be dispensed to patients, performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (“CPR”), demonstrating the use of devices for patient use (injection devices, blood pressure monitors, self-monitoring devices), measuring blood pressure using stethoscope and sphygmomanometer, compounding sterile products in a laminar flow hood, drawing up and administering injections using a needle and syringe, and performing a basic physical exam on patients (i.e. via palpation, auscultation, percussion and other diagnostic techniques). Such actions require coordination of both gross and fine muscular movement, equilibrium, and functional use of the senses of hearing, touch, and vision. Students must be able to execute motor movement to provide general care and emergency treatment to patients. Students must be able to observe experiments and demonstrations in the basic and clinical sciences.  Students must also be able to observe a patient accurately at a distance and close at hand.  Observation necessitates the functional use of the sense of vision, hearing, and touch.


A pharmacy student must possess strong intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative abilities to master a complex body of knowledge. The capacity to learn must be effective and efficient. Reasoning abilities must be strong enough to elicit, analyze and synthesize complex information from a wide array of source material. It is expected that a pharmacy student learn through a variety of instructional modalities, including classroom instruction, small group discussion, laboratory assignments, individual study of materials, written papers, individual and group assessments, clinical simulations with standardized patients, oral presentations, and computer-based technology.


A pharmacy student is expected to possess the physical, mental, and emotional stamina necessary to maintain a high level of productivity and accuracy under challenging workloads and stressful situations, and to be ever vigilant of patient safety. Physical stamina includes, but is not limited to the ability to: stand for 8 hours at a time without additional support, ambulate quickly, and be fully alert and attentive at all times within didactic, laboratory, and clinical settings.  Pharmacy students will be expected to be available and capable of full participation in classes, labs, and exams between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Pharmacy students are expected to be available and capable of full participation in rotations for any shifts, including on weekends, as assigned by preceptors in conjunction with the Office of Experiential Education.  Students will be notified if there are any expectations of availability outside the stated hours.

Behavior, Ethics, and Integrity

A pharmacy student must consistently demonstrate collegiality, integrity, and ethical behavior. They must work collaboratively and effectively as a member of a healthcare team and should be able to adapt and learn to function in an unpredictable clinical environment.  Students must be able to work within the regulatory and/or institutional limits of their educational program along with state and federal laws, make decisions based on thoughtful and careful consideration of the facts, and modify behaviors based on constructive feedback from faculty and colleagues. Students must demonstrate compassion and a concern for others, motivation, and accept responsibility for his or her own personal actions (or in some case inactions) and decisions. They must be able to develop mature and collegial relationships with those whom they are working with including peers, faculty, staff, and preceptors.

All PharmD students in the Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy are required to obtain at matriculation, and maintain until graduation, a Pharmacy Technician license from the Illinois Department of Professional and Financial Regulation.   Students completing rotations outside of the state of Illinois are required to obtain and maintain licensure according to the rules and regulations of that state.  If at any time the student is reprimanded or any license is revoked, the student must notify the Office of Enrollment and Student Services and the Office of Experiential Education within 24 hours of notification from the Board of Pharmacy. 

Failure to Meet Technical Standards

Applicants to the College of Pharmacy should review these Technical Standards carefully. Offers of admission are contingent upon applicant attestation that they are capable of complying with the Technical Standards.

Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy may dismiss any enrolled student who does not meet these Technical Standards at any point while enrolled in College of Pharmacy. In the event that a student is found to violate or fail to satisfy any Technical Standard(s), that student will be referred to the Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy Promotion and Graduation Committee.  This Committee will evaluate the case and may either render a decision on the sanction for the student and/or refer the student to the appropriate body within the College or the University, such as the Roosevelt University Office of Student Conduct or Academic Success Center. Consequences for violation of and/or failure to satisfy the Technical Standards range from verbal and/or written warning up to dismissal from the program. Further details regarding violations of technical standards may be found in the RUCOP progression policy. 

Sample Courses

PHAR 500 - Colloquia - Introduction to the Pharmacy Professsion
PHAR 505 - Immunization Certification
PHAR 550 - Pharmacy Law
PHAR 640 - Pharmacogenomics and Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
PHAR 657 - Public Health and  Health Policy
PHAR 770 - Advanced Patient Care

The following documents contain important information about the specific PharmD curriculum, as well as prerequisite courses for students considering a degree in Pharmacy.


In addition to traditional placements in community pharmacies (56 percent) and hospitals (24 percent), pharmacists practice in long-term care facilities, hospice care, prescription benefit management companies, clinical research, pharmaceutical companies, policy and regulatory affairs, governmental agencies and mail-order distribution companies. It is a very rewarding career and can make a significant impact on your community.

Detailed PharmD student outcome data is also available.

Above Average Median Salary



Career Paths
Community Pharmacy
Compounding Pharmacy
Consultant Pharmacy
Government/Federal Pharmacy
Hospital Pharmacy
Mail Service Pharmacy
Managed Care
Medical Communications
Nuclear Pharmacy
Pharmacy Benefit Management
Pharmaceutical Research
Veterinary Pharmacy

Job Availability
Pharmacists are in very high demand right now and will continue to be in high demand until at least 2020. There are 7,000 to 10,000 unfilled pharmacy positions in the USA at any given time.



"The College of Pharmacy prepared me for the challenges that await in the real world by exposing me early on to many aspects of pharmacy and by helping me advance my skills in the clinical practice."

Raymond Liu - PharmD '16
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PharmD Admission Info

Applications are submitted through PharmCAS, a web-based Pharmacy College Application Service.

As part of the admission process, all students must successfully complete the required pre-pharmacy curriculum at an accredited college or university. Note: The pre-pharmacy curriculum is subject to review and change as the pharmacy program matures. While a bachelor’s degree is not required for entrance into the pharmacy program, it can make the application more competitive.

Detailed data about the academic qualifications of past admitted students is available on our Student Performance Data page.