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Transfer Admission to the College of Pharmacy

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Transfer from an Accredited Pharmacy Program

The Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy does not routinely accept transfer students. A request to transfer may be considered under extenuating circumstances and depending on availability. Consideration will only be given to students who are currently in good standing at an ACPE-accredited College or School of Pharmacy. Students who have been placed on Probation for any reason, temporarily or permanently suspended, required to repeat courses, or involved in any adverse action as a result of code of conduct violations or academic dishonesty are not eligible.

To initiate a request to transfer, students must:

  1. Submit a letter detailing the reason for the transfer, and an official transcript of all College/School of Pharmacy coursework to the Assistant Dean for Enrollment and Student Services.

  2. Request the Dean or designated officer send a letter to the Assistant Dean for Enrollment and Student Services stating that the student is in good standing and has never been on Probation, suspended, required to repeat courses or had any action taken as a result of code of conduct violations or academic dishonesty.

A formal interview with the Admission Committee may be required before a final desicion on the transfer application is reached. The committee will determine whether to accept the applicant and grant, if appropriate, credit for courses successfully completed at the previous school or college that meet Roosevelt University's curricular requirements.

A minimum of seven academic terms must be completed at the Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy for a transfer student to be eligible to receive the PharmD degree.

Transfer applications are only considered for a fall term start.

Transfer from a Community College via the Pharmacy Partners Program

Roosevelt University has partnered with Elgin Community College, Harper College, McHenry County College, and Oakton Community College to create an educational pathway for top performing, qualified students interested in becoming pharmacists.

The Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy will select up to 10 students from each institution to participate in the Pharmacy Partners program. This program will grant students direct admission to its Doctor of Pharmacy program.

Admission Process

Prospective applicants to the Pharmacy Partners program must meet the following admission requirements:

  1. Complete one term of courses at their community college and earn a minimum 3.0 grade point average and the prerequisite course grades as defined in the College of Pharmacy admission requirements

  2. Submit a Pharmacy Partners Application, and acknowledge in writing their ability to meet the College of Pharmacy Technical Standards for Admission, Promotion and Graduation by January 8, 2016.

  3. Participate in an Early Entrance Interview at Roosevelt University and be recommended by the pharmacy faculty for program admission.

Students who are admitted to the Pharmacy Partners program must meet the following requirements in order to be guaranteed admission into the Doctor of Pharmacy program:

  1. Enroll full-time (12 or more hours) each semester and complete all requirements within three years of the date of the initial enrollment at their respective community college

  2. Complete all required prerequisite coursework at their respective community college

  3. Complete a writing-intensive course within the College of Pharmacy that may serve as a substitute for the English Composition II requirement

  4. Meet the College of Pharmacy minimum admission requirements

  5. Meet all community college requirements for degree completion

  6. Take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) no later than September of the final year of prerequisite coursework completion and score a 50 or higher on the composite percentile score

  7. Participate in a pre-matriculation interview

  8. Once provisional admission is accepted, pay the College of Pharmacy deposit by February 1 of the year in which the student will be enrolled

  9. Complete all remaining admission requirements, including the successful outcome of a drug screening and criminal background check.Applicants are responsible for the cost of the drug screening and criminal background check.

Students in the Pharmacy Partners program will also be invited to participate in College of Pharmacy programs and events while enrolled at their respective community colleges. Enrollment in the Pharmacy Partners program is limited to three academic years. Students who require additional time to complete the pharmacy prerequisites will be directed to apply through the regular admission process.

Prerequisite Requirements

As part of the admission process, all students must successfully complete the required pre-pharmacy curriculum at their respective community college. Students should meet with their academic advisors to plan out their program of study so that all College of Pharmacy and community college requirements are met. The prerequisite courses are listed below:

Pre-Pharmacy Coursework Semester Hours Pre-Pharmacy Coursework Semester Hours
Natural Science 37 Math and Economics 9
General Biology I with Laboratory 4 Calculus 3
General Biology II with Laboratory 4 Economics (micro or macro) 3
Anatomy and Physiology I with Laboratory 3 Statistics 3
Anatomy and Physiology II with Laboratory 3    
Microbiology 3 Written/Oral Communication 9
General Chemistry I with Laboratory 4 English Composition I 3
General Chemistry II with Laboratory 4 English Composition II* 3
Organic Chemistry I with Laboratory 4 Speech Communication 3
Organic Chemistry II with Laboratory 4    
Physics with Laboratory 4 MINIMUM TOTAL 67
General Education Electives 12 *Roosevelt intensive writing course may be substituted for this course
Humanities (no studio performance) 6    
Social & Behavioral Science 6    
Admission Criteria

All Pharmacy Partner Program participants must meet the following admission criteria:

  1. Complete a minimum of 67 semester credit hours of pre-pharmacy study.

    1. Achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all courses completed. All math and science courses must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0.
    2. Earn a grade of C or better in all science and math courses (a C- grade is not considered sufficient). No courses can be repeated.
    3. Earn a grade of B or better in all English and speech courses (a B- grade is not considered sufficient). No courses can be repeated.
    4. Complete all science and speech courses in an on-site learning environment. Online courses will not be accepted.
    5. Complete all pre-pharmacy courses by June 1 of the desired year of entry.
  2. Take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) no later than September of the final year of prerequisite coursework completion and score a 50 or higher on the composite percentile score.

  3. Reflect the successful practice of service through community engagement or extracurricular activities.

  4. Demonstrate the proper motivation for and commitment to the profession of pharmacy through previous work, volunteer or life experiences.

  5. Possess the oral and written communication skills necessary to interact successfully with patients and colleagues.

For more information about the Pharmacy Partners program, please contact your respective community college's academic advising office. Specific questions about the Doctor of Pharmacy program at Roosevelt University should be directed to:

Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy
Office of Enrollment and Student Services
847-619-4500
cop@roosevelt.edu