The Doctor of Pharmacy Program at Rockford
Founded in 1859 as the Chicago College of Pharmacy, the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy joined the University of Illinois system in 1896. Today, it is one of 15 colleges on the Chicago campus, which stands as one of 88 leading research universities in the nation. From this rich tradition, the University of Illinois at Chicago has developed an outstanding reputation for educating top-notch pharmacists and researchers. The College of Pharmacy offers excellent academic facilities, numerous research laboratories, and other services to support our students’ education. The College provides leadership in education, research, public service, entrepreneurship and business activities, and patient care to guide and serve the pharmaceutical care needs of society.
In direct response to the continued shortage of pharmacists in Illinois and the need to train pharmacists to practice in rural areas of the state, the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy created the Rockford Program as a regional pharmacy program for Illinois. The Rockford Program will admit its first students in 2010 and graduate its first class in 2014. The College will provide all four years of pharmacy education on the Rockford campus and at pharmacy practice experience sites in the Rockford area, as well as throughout Illinois. The Rockford Program will be fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and students will complete the same curriculum as students on the Chicago campus. The majority of classes will be taught via distance education using state-of-the art technology. Select students will be admitted to the Rural Pharmacy (RPharm) program. These students will have rural backgrounds and will receive training and mentorship focusing on the health care needs of rural communities. Students in this program will train with medical students from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford Rural Medicine (RMED) program to help prepare them to meet the health care needs of rural communities in the future.
The College of Pharmacy will share facilities with the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, which is located on a beautiful 20-acre, wooded site in residential Rockford. The facilities include an auditorium, classrooms, teaching and research laboratories, media services, an activity center, and faculty and administrative offices.