Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

College of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Stephanie Wood
Admissions Counselor & Analyst

Strategic Enrollment Management

3333 Green Bay Road
North Chicago, Illinois 60064-3095

Phone (Work): 847-578-3246

Phone (Fax): 847-775-6559

Phone (Mobile): 847-578-3204


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: June 3, 2019

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation

Program Information (back to top)

Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? Yes
Institution Type: Private
Is your institution part of an academic health center? Yes
Type of academic term:
  • Quarter (three terms per academic year)
Dual Degree Programs Yes
If Yes, Check all that apply:
  • PharmD/Ph.D.
Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? Yes
Open House Information:
Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
Alternative enrollment options available
  • None
Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)? Yes
Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? Yes
Satellite/Branch Campuses:

Program Description (back to top)

The College of Pharmacy (COP) at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science uses a team-based educational model to prepare pharmacy students, along with their other health professional colleagues, to excel at providing patient-centered care. Our pharmacy students receive high-quality training through access to innovative technology both in the classroom setting and in our state-of-the-art pharmacy skills and simulation laboratories. The COP provides early clinical exposure to student pharmacists during their first year of study, and this commitment to progressive pharmacy practice continues throughout the curriculum at our vast array of experiential training sites. The College seeks students who display a strong commitment to the profession of pharmacy as well as the initiative and leadership qualities needed to thrive in Rosalind Franklin University’s team-based environment.

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 345
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 228-275
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 65
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: N/A
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: N/A
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: N/A
Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5 or better is competitive
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.5 or better is competitive
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: No minimum score, but scores at or above the 55th percentile are more competitive
Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 1 to 2 years, no degree (1-60 sem hrs)
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? No
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 37%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 63%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: Cumulative GPA - 3.07 and Science GPA - 2.88
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 20 - 43
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 7:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 65
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 35
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 95
Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2019 term
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Total 65  95 
Written Communication  
Courses requiring oral presentations (seminar, public speaking, communications, etc)  
Humanities (for example, art, art history, history, language, literature, music, philosophy, religious studies, theater or performance studies) - 6 semester hours or 9 quarter hours 
Electives (Spanish highly recommended)  
General Biology with lab   12 
General Chemistry with lab   12 
Organic Chemistry with lab   12 
Physics with lab (must include mechanics, heat, force, and motion)  
Calculus (integral and differential)  
Anatomy (with lab) or Anatomy & Physiology (with lab)  
Social/behavioral science (for example, anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology or sociology) - 6 semester hour or 9 quarter hours 

Additional Information

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: 01/2016

Only scores from tests taken no more than 3 years prior to the enrollment year are accepted.

Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
TOEFL® required?



For non-US citizens/permanent residents. May be waived at the Univeristy's discretion for full-time students in a US college or university for which at least two consecutive years or for those from countries in which English is the primary language.

Note:Select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS.
Other required tests or credentials:

Admitted students must provide official health history documentation that they have completed all required immunizations, submit a background check and drug test prior to matriculation.

Applicants are not restricted from applying while prerequisite coursework is in-progress. However, all prerequisite courses must be satisfied prior to matriculation into the College of Pharmacy and we will require documentation in the form of an official transcript with all final coursework completed. Application requirements can be found on the Rosalind Franklin Univerisyt's website by clicking here:

Experience (back to top)

Is health care-related experience required? Not required but recommended

Residency (back to top)

Is proof of state residency required? No
Is preference given to state residents? No
Is preference given to residents of other states? No

Foreign Applicants (back to top)

Is proof of U.S. residency required? Yes
Are foreign citizens considered? Yes
Are U.S. permanent residents considered? Yes
Are Canadian citizens considered? Yes
Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS AND Send an original foreign transcript directly to the school
Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: 03/1/2019 Received by deadline

RFUMS prefers to receive Educational Credential Evaluators ( Comprehensive Course-by-Course reports or World Education Services ( Course-by-Course reports. WES International Credential Advantage Package (ICAP) or ECE Subject Analysis versions are strongly encouraged. ECE is favored Transcripts are preferred, but both are acceptable. 

Letters of Reference (back to top)

Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
Number of LORs you accept: Two (2)
Are LORs required? Yes
Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
Institution Specific Details:

Pharmacist/Healthcare Provider references are strongly encouraged. Supervisor, Employer & Professor references are also acceptable. The submission of more that two references or a committee letter is acceptable.

LOR types that are REQUIRED:


  • Employer
  • Health Care Professional
  • Pharmacist
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • Professor (Liberal Arts)
  • Professor (Science)
  • Supervisor


Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types.

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Family Member
  • Friend
Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
A Committee Letter is: Recommended but Not Required
Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes
Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
A Composite Letter is: Recommended but Not Required
Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with one interviewer
Interview Dates:
  • September through May

The interview day consists of an interview with a faculty member, a writing exercise, lunch, and a University tour.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Rolling Admissions September through May.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Response due within 2 weeks of offer.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $1500 total
Due: The first $750 deposit is due within 2 weeks of offer with written intent to register, and the second deposit of $750 is due by April 15th.
Refundable? No
New Student Orientation Information:
First day of classes and/or matriculation: Typically, the first day of classes immediately follow orientation.
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes