College of Pharmacy

Message from the Dean

Welcome to the College of Pharmacy! Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS) is located along the beautiful North Shore of Lake Michigan midway between Chicago and Milwaukee and is a national leader in interprofessional, healthcare education. The College proudly welcomed its inaugural class of 70 students in August 2011 and joined the University’s four other outstanding schools: the Chicago Medical School (established in 1912), the William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine (established in 1912 and joined RFUMS in 2001), the College of Health Professions (established in 1970) and the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (established in 1968).

The Mission of the College is to serve the nation through excellence in pharmacy education, research, and practice, with a commitment to patient-centered interprofessional care, community service, life-long learning, and an ethos of social responsibility.
Please see our full Mission and Vision.

We are dedicated to providing the most comprehensive educational experience possible in order to prepare students for 21st century pharmacy practice. The campus features the Boxer University Library, which includes advanced educational technology for learning and study. The University’s Healthcare Simulation Lab boasts technological advances for patient simulation exercises,  and students are taught contemporary pharmacy skills in our state-of-the-art teaching laboratory.
The College’s student:faculty ratio of 10:1 fosters the development of strong mentoring relationships. Small group learning is an integral part of the educational experience.  We embrace the interprofessional culture of the University throughout our PharmD curriculum; our students learn from, with, and about students in the other healthcare programs both in the classroom and during practice experiences. In keeping with campus’ interprofessional spirit, PharmD students have quickly become an integral part of the vibrant student body by joining University wide organizations and intramural sports teams, in addition to launching pharmacy specific clubs of their own.
Throughout their four-years of study, students will gain wide exposure to modern day pharmacy practice within our experiential program. Our experiential rotation sites are located throughout Illinois and Wisconsin, with select advanced elective opportunities across the nation and abroad. The robust program includes opportunities in community and health systems settings, participation in research projects with dedicated scientists, collaboration on service learning projects with students from other healthcare disciplines, and opportunities in research and development and regulatory affairs in pharmaceutical industry. 
This is just a glimpse into the exciting journey our students experience on their road to becoming the drug and dosing expert of a healthcare team. The opportunities are seemingly endless for pharmacy practice, and your future starts here. We invite you to join us and begin to live a "Life in Discovery” at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science College of Pharmacy.


Marc S. Abel, PhD
Professor and Dean

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