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Doctor of Pharmacy, PharmD

College of Pharmacy
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.


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 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

Roosevelt's 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 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 www.acpe-accredit.org.

College of Pharmacy Office of Enrollment and Student Services

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

Standards

Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy prepares students to be competent, compassionate pharmacists through our unique 3-year curriculum. The first two years feature small group learning, hands-on courses and early rotations that are focused on integrating classroom learning with practical experience.  Students earn their Immunization Certificate in the first term, so they can administer flu vaccines to patients as early as second term.  Communication skills are taught throughout the curriculum, using standardized patients and videotaped experiences.  In addition to a rigorous, integrated foundational and clinical curriculum, students receive group coaching and individual support in study skills, managing time and working in groups. Cultural workshops ensure our diverse student body learns from each other so they are prepared to provide compassionate care to patients from any background.

A new addition to our program is the RUSH University Interprofessional Education Program.  This program teaches over 700 students in 18 different health professions to work together on interprofessional teams, guided by experts in each discipline. This program serves as a national model of interprofessional education.

The third and final year of study features advanced pharmacy practice experiences. These rotations take place at our partner institutions, which are among the most respected health care facilities in Chicago and the nation. Our expert clinical faculty mentor our students at RUSH University Medical Center, Northwestern University Medical Center, University of Chicago Hospital, Mount Sinai Hospital and Advocate Christ Hospital.  Additionally, students may choose from a wide array of elective experiences, including clinical specialties like pediatrics and infectious diseases as well as unique practice settings like home infusion, long term care, research and specialty pharmacy as well as rural health centers, Indian Health Services, and the FDA.  Because of our small class size, rotation selection is highly individualized, based on student preferences and career goals.  Students who wish to complete some rotations in their hometown may do so, and will receive support in making arrangements at distance locations.

You can find our pre-pharmacy course requirements along with prerequisite course guides by college.  Our Office of Enrollment and Student Services can provide you with more information about our program and schedule a visit.  We welcome motivated students who want to make a difference in the lives of their patients.

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

Outcomes

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

$122,000

The median pharmacist salary in the U.S. (US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016)

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

http://pharmacyforme.org/career-pathways/

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.

ref: http://www.pharmacychoice.com/

Testimonials

"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
Admission
photo of Pharmacy students

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.