College of Pharmacy

Mailing Address: 
Chicago Campus:
College of Pharmacy
Office of Student Affairs
833 S Wood St., Room 154 (MC 874)  
Chicago, IL 60612-7230 
(312) 996-7242

Rockford Campus:
College of Pharmacy
Room A220
1601 Parkview Ave.
Rockford, IL 61107
(815) 395-5736  

Contact Information: 
 
pharmacy.uic.edu/programs


Introduction

Established in 1859 and consistently ranked in the top 10 nationally, the UIC College of Pharmacy is renowned for seamless integration of its educational programs, pharmacy services, and research. With campuses in Chicago and Rockford, the college prepares the next generation of pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, and pharmacy leaders.

Doctor of Pharmacy Degree

Prior to entering the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree at UIC, a prospective student will have to complete the required pre-pharmacy prerequisite course work at any regionally accredited college or university. After completing the prerequisite course work, the PharmD degree can be earned by completing four years of professional education at the UIC College of Pharmacy. 

Accreditation

The University of Illinois at Chicago Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 190 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 2850, Chicago, Illinois 60603-3410, (312) 664-3575; fax: (312) 664-4652.

Admission

Admission to the college is selective and highly competitive. Admission criteria include demonstrated academic ability, good moral character, proficiency and clarity in both written and spoken English, strong potential for professional outlook and behavior, evidence of leadership and maturity, and complete mental and physical competence to perform all tasks regularly expected of a registered pharmacist. 

Admission Pathways

The UIC College of Pharmacy offers various pathways prospective students can take for admission into the PharmD program offered in Chicago and Rockford.  See the College of Pharmacy website for more information about each pathway.

  • Regular Admissions—Apply for admission after completing the pre-pharmacy prerequisite coursework at any regionally accredited college or university.  

  • Early Decision—UIC College of Pharmacy may choose to participate in the PharmCAS Early Decision program, a binding option for applicants who have decided that a particular PharmD program is their first choice and that they will enroll if accepted.  An Early Decision applicant can apply to only one PharmD program.

  • Transfer Admissions—Apply for admission if currently attending another ACPE-accredited pharmacy school and seeking to possibly transfer to UIC from that school.
  • Guaranteed Professional Program Admissions (GPPA)—Apply directly from high school through UIC's Guaranteed Professional Program Admissions initiative.
  • State Affiliate Programs with Illinois Universities and Colleges—Attend one of the UIC College of Pharmacy's state affiliate partner universities and colleges and apply to the State Affiliate Program.
  • International Affiliate Programs—Apply for admission when associated with one of our International Affiliate Partnerships.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the PharmD Program, prospective students must:

  1. Complete a minimum of 18 required pre-pharmacy courses (semester) with a C- grade or better by the end of the spring semester of the admission year. All required pre-pharmacy courses must be taken on a graded basis.  Pre-pharmacy courses may be taken at the UIC College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, see the Preprofessional Studies section of the catalog, or at any regionally accredited college or university and must be completed by the end of the spring semester the year the applicant wishes to matriculate.  The required pre-pharmacy course work is listed below.
  2. Have cumulative, required pre-pharmacy course work, and combined science/math course work grade point averages of 2.50/4.00 or better. Repeated classes must be calculated into the cumulative and the combined science/math course work grade point averages, but not the required pre-pharmacy course work grade point average.
  3. Complete a PharmCAS application.
  4. If an International applicant, demonstrate English competency.  (See the College of Pharmacy website for more information.) 
  5. If invited, complete a UIC Supplemental Application.
  6. If selected, participate in an onsite admission interview and assessment of written and verbal communication skills.
Required Pre-Pharmacy Course Work Required Number of Courses (Semester) Required Number of Courses (Quarter)
Communication
Written communication 1 1
Verbal communication 1 1
Additional (written or verbal) 1 1
Life Sciencesa
General biology with laboratory 2 3
Anatomy and physiology 2 2 or 3
Microbiology with laboratory 1 1
Physical Sciencesa
Inorganic chemistry with laboratory 2 3
Organic chemistry with laboratory 2 3
Physics 1 1
Biochemistry 1 1
Mathematics/Statistics
Calculus 1 1
Statistics 1 1
Social or behavioral sciencesb 1 1
Humanitiesb 1 1
Total Coursesc 18 21 or 22

Matriculation Requirements

If selected for admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy program, prospective students must be willing:

  1. To provide verification of immunity status as dictated by the university's immunization and clinical education requirements;
  2. To be in possession of a valid Illinois pharmacy technician license in good standing at all times or such licenses as required by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR);
  3. To provide one’s own transportation to off-campus pharmacy practice experience sites;
  4. To be in compliance with HIPAA requirements;
  5. To agree to and abide by the college's policy on audio/video recordings of curricular content for distance education; and
  6. To meet any other matriculation requirements, such as criminal background checks and drug screenings.

Failure to comply with the conditions above, and any other conditions set forth in the College of Pharmacy Matriculation and Continued Enrollment Policies, will result in refusal of further registration for course work.

Doctor of Pharmacy Degree Requirements

See the Doctor of Pharmacy page for degree requirements.

Academic policies related to the College of Pharmacy curriculum are available on the College of Pharmacy website.

Advising and Mentoring

The Pharmacy Learning, Advising, Mentoring, and Engagement for Students (PhLAMES) required course series aims to advance students’ professional and character development in pharmacy school by getting them involved in mentoring and participating in co-curricular activities.

Student Organizations

Student organizations are available at both the Chicago and Rockford campuses. Joining student organizations can provide students with a number of opportunities to grow as student pharmacists outside of the classroom, such as:

  • Getting to know fellow pharmacy students at the UIC and across the US;
  • Gaining experience working with real patients while participating in health fairs, blood drives and other events;
  • Giving back to the community;
  • Building networks with professionals and alumni; 
  • Developing leadership skills.