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Frequently Asked Questions

GENERAL QUESTIONS

Where is the College of Pharmacy located?
The College of Pharmacy will be housed at the Roosevelt University Schaumburg Campus, located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. The Schaumburg Campus is the only comprehensive university in the area and provides an ideal location for the expansion of degree programs in the health sciences.

How many years will the PharmD program at Roosevelt University take to complete?
The new College of Pharmacy will be 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.

Can the PharmD program be completed on a part-time basis, or in the evenings?
No, the PharmD program is a full-time, daytime program.

Is University housing available for PharmD students?
There is no on-campus housing at the Schaumburg Campus. However, there are a number of apartment and housing complexes in close proximity to the campus. Information about rental options can be found at the OFF-CAMPUS HOUSING website.

Can I work while in the PharmD program?
Students are encouraged to limit their outside work due to the academic rigor of the PharmD program. Working beyond one's academic abilities can jeopardize completion of the PharmD program and result in academic probation, suspension, or dismissal. Ultimately, the choice of whether or not to work while enrolled in the PharmD program is an individual one.

How do students pay for the PharmD program?
Pharmacy school is a significant financial investment. Students typically pay for their education through a combination of personal resources, scholarships and grants, and student loans. Once admitted, the FINANCIAL AID OFFICE will work with students on their financial aid options.

What is the estimated tuition cost to students and how does that compare to other public or private college of pharmacy elsewhere in the region and around the country?
The graduate tuition and fees for 2012-2013, the total tuition is $44,675) is competitive with other private universities and colleges in the region that offer the PharmD degree. However, Roosevelt's College of Pharmacy students will have one less year of tuition and living expenses while completing this program as compared to 4-year programs.

What are the career opportunities for PharmD graduates?
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.

How can I get more information?
All of the information about our pharmacy program can be found on our website. We can notify you about updates to our program by adding you to the mailing list. You can be added to the mailing list by sending an email to cop@roosevelt.edu.

ADMISSION QUESTIONS

How many students are admitted each year?
The College of Pharmacy will enroll approximately 68 students each year. Total enrollment of approximately 200 students is anticipated after three years.

When is the application deadline for the inaugural class?
Our application deadline will be March 1, 2013. Applicants must submit their application through PharmCAS.

Do I need a bachelor's degree to apply for the PharmD program?
No, pharmacy is one of the few doctoral professional programs that does not require the completion of a bachelor's degree prior to enrollment. However, over 80 percent of pharmacy school applicants have completed at least a bachelor's degree.

Applicants to the Roosevelt University College of Pharmacy are required to complete a 67 semester hour (minimum) pre-pharmacy curriculum at an accredited college or university. The list of required pre-pharmacy courses can be found HERE.

Will all of my pre-pharmacy courses be considered regardless of when I took them?
Yes. Please review the ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS for more specific information.

Will the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) be required?
Yes, your PCAT score should be submitted to PharmCAS as part of your online application. The PharmCAS code is 104.

Is there an age limit to the PCAT score?
Yes, PCAT scores cannot be older than five years at the time of application.

Will courses or degree programs completed at a college or university outside the United States be considered?
Yes, please review the DEGREES EARNED OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES for specific details.

Is an on-campus interview required for admission?
Yes, all applicants who are being considered for admission must complete an on-campus interview. Interviews normally occur from October through April.

What factors are considered when reviewing applications?
We look at a number of factors, including your science/math and overall grade point averages, PCAT score, individual pre-pharmacy curriculum grades, letters of recommendation, prior degrees earned, community service, health care experience, and the application essay. For those students who were invited to campus to participate in an on-campus interview, the results of the interview process, along with the application information are used to determine the final admission decision.

Is there an advantage to completing all of the pre-pharmacy requirements at Roosevelt University?
Students who complete all of the pre-pharmacy requirements at Roosevelt and meet all of the College of Pharmacy admission requirements are automatically granted an on-campus interview. Receiving an on-campus interview does not guarantee admission to the PharmD program, as applicants will be evaluated with the total applicant pool.

PREREQUISITE AND CURRICULAR QUESTIONS

What is the time limit on prerequisites?
There is no time limit on courses. However, science and math courses that are older than five years will be weighed against a current PCAT score to help determine the applicant's understanding of the subject matter. There is no time limit on other courses.

Can I take my prerequisite courses on-line?
Science and speech communication courses will not be considered if taken on-line. All other pre-pharmacy courses will be considered.

When must I complete my pre-pharmacy coursework?
All pre-pharmacy courses must be completed by June 1 of the desired year of entry.

Where can I complete my pre-pharmacy courses?
Students can complete their pre-pharmacy courses at Roosevelt University or at any regionally accredited college or university in the U.S. International students, please review the admission requirements for INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS on the college of Pharmacy website.

Who do I contact if I am interested in taking my pre-pharmacy courses at Roosevelt University?
Contact the Admission Office at 1-800-877-5978, or visit the admission website at www.roosevelt.edu/admission.

EXPERIENTIAL EDUCATION QUESTIONS

Where and when will I complete my pharmacy practice experiences?
Pharmacy practice experiences will begin the second term of a student's first academic year. During the first two years of study, students will complete their introductory pharmacy practice experiences (IPPEs and IPEs) in area community, institutional and healthcare settings concurrent with the didactic coursework.

Advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPEs) are primarily direct patient care experiences that build on the introductory experiences and classroom instruction.

How do I get to my pharmacy practice experiences?
Students will need access to a vehicle for reliable transportation to and from the pharmacy practice sites. Public transportation is available, but very limited. All transportation expenses are the student's responsibility.