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Doctor of Pharmacy, PharmD

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


The goal of the Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy is to 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 development of superior technical skills. The following technical standards for admission, promotion and graduation describe the non-academic qualifications required in addition to academic achievements, which the College of Pharmacy faculty and the ACPE, the pharmacy accrediting agency, considers essential in order to earn the PharmD degree.

Communication: A pharmacy student must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently with patients, 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, their families, co-workers, or other health care team members, and record information accurately. 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 motor skills to participate in and gather data from experiments and demonstrations in the basic sciences, reference materials, and oral presentations and group discussions. This includes the ability to prepare prescription products for dispensing to patients, observing clinical procedures performed by others, the ability to perform a basic physical examination of a patient, and first aid treatments, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other emergency treatments.

Intellectual: A pharmacy student must possess strong intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative abilities to master a complex body of knowledge. The capacity to lean must be effective and efficient. Reasoning abilities must be strong enough to analyze and synthesize 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, individual study of materials, written papers, individual and group assessments, simulations, objective structured clinical examinations, oral presentations, and computer based technology.

Stamina: A pharmacy student is expected to possess the physical and emotional stamina necessary to maintain a high level of productivity and accuracy under challenging workloads and stressful situations, ever vigilant of patient safety.

Ethics and Integrity: A pharmacy student must consistently demonstrate ethical behavior. He/she must be able to work within the regulatory and/or institutional limits of their educational program, make decisions based on thoughtful and careful consideration of the facts, and modify behaviors based on constructive feedback from faculty and colleagues. He/she must demonstrate compassion and a concern for others, and accept responsibility for his or her own personal actions (or in some case inactions) and decisions.

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

"Pharmacists must demonstrate compassion to ensure that the patient's therapy outcomes are as effective as possible. Helping patients access affordable, effective drugs is critical in ensuring positive outcomes."

Moji Adeyeye
Professor of Pharmaceutics, College of Pharmacy