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Common Questions

What is the scope of practice and can I specialize?
Pharmacists have many opportunities for practice, research and public health. Our students will be exposed to educational experiences that cover community pharmacies, hospitals, educational institutions, laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, managed care organizations and home healthcare. Come visit the College of Pharmacy for a shadowing opportunity to see if you can see yourself in some of these roles.

What salary can I expect to make as a pharmacist in the Midwest? What jobs are available to me after graduation?
We always suggest consulting the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the most up-to-date information. In May 2018, the Bureau reported the median annual wage-and-salary of pharmacists was $126,120. Pharmacists are able to practice in a variety of settings such as department stores, grocery stores, drug stores, general medical and surgical hospitals or research.

What sets the College of Pharmacy apart from other schools in the Midwest?
Our commitment to providing students at RFU with an interprofessional scope of training, focusing on the needs of the modern patient, is what sets us apart. Find out for yourself and come to campus for an information session.

APPLICATION & REQUIREMENTS

What makes a candidate competitive for admission?
Competitive candidates have knowledge and understanding of what it means to be a pharmacist through work or volunteer experience. Evidence of preparation for a career in healthcare through community service, leadership opportunities, or work experience is also important in the review of your credentials. Competitive candidates will be able to express what the value of teamwork means to them.

What are the minimum academic requirements for admission?
A competitive applicant to the College of Pharmacy will have an overall GPA of at least 2.5 and a science GPA of at least 2.5, and must take the PCAT. Applicants must also have completed at least 65 semester credit hours (95 quarter hours) of accredited college or university credit (providing all other considerations are met). A grade of 'C-' or better is required in prerequisite coursework.

Do you require the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT)?
Yes. All candidates seeking admission to the College of Pharmacy will be required to take and submit official scores from the PCAT when completing the PharmCAS application.

Our institution code for PharmCAS is: 104. PCAT exam scores that are older than January 2017 will not be considered for the 2019-2020 application cycle. The final PCAT exam date that is eligible to be used for the 2019-2020 application cycle is February 14, 2020.

When should I apply?
Candidates interested in being considered should submit their application via the central application system, PharmCAS when they feel confident and prepared. RFU follows rolling admission and all candidates are encouraged to apply early. PharmCAS materials must be received no later than June 1, 2020. RFU does not require a supplemental application. You may apply with prerequisites planned or in progress

Does RFUMS have an early decision process?
Yes, we participate in the PharmCAS early decision process. The early decision application deadline is September 3, 2019.

Where can I find more information about the College of Pharmacy on PharmCAS?
Additional information may also be found at the College of Pharmacy’s school directory page in PharmCAS.

Can I transfer to Rosalind Franklin University?
No, the College of Pharmacy does not accept transfer students.

Are scholarships available?
Yes. The College of Pharmacy has internal scholarships and the Office of Student Financial Services offers a list of external scholarships available to students pursuing a PharmD.

What are the required letters of recommendation?
The Admissions Committee requires a minimum of two letters of recommendation. Letters should come from professors, employers, supervisors or pharmacy professionals who are typically required to provide more information about the applicant's characteristics than personal acquaintances.

What is RFU looking for in my Personal Statement?
The Admissions Committees is interested in each applicant’s personal characteristics such as effective communication skills both orally and in writing, motivation to be a pharmacist, maturity and interest in serving others. The personal statement provides the applicant with an opportunity to describe the process and experience that led to application to pharmacy school. The essay should include other academic and life experiences which helped develop the candidate as a person.

When are interviews conducted?
The College of Pharmacy seeks to enroll 65 students each year. Interviews typically begin in late September and continue through June.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

Are international students eligible to apply?
Yes - more information is available on the international students page.

Do I need to submit my TOEFL scores?
Yes. An official score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of any applicant who does not hold US citizenship or permanent residency. This test must have been taken within the last two years and scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to PharmCAS Institution code 8246.

This requirement may be waived at the University’s discretion for the following:

  • Applicants who have been full-time students in a United States college or university for at least two consecutive years.
  • Applicants from countries in which English is the primary language.

Do I need to submit my international transcripts? Yes, an official copy of your foreign transcripts must be sent to both the Office of Admissions for the College of Pharmacy at RFUMS and to PharmCAS. Your evaluation should contain a course-by-course report. Reports will be accepted from World Education Services, Inc. and Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.

How can I get in touch with the Admissions Office?
Email us: pharmacy.admissions@rosalindfranklin.edu
Call us: 847-578-3204
Our address: Rosalind Franklin University Pharmacy Admissions
3333 Green Bay Road
North Chicago, IL 60064