Harper announces new partnership with Roosevelt University

August 20, 2014

Harper students interested in becoming pharmacists can now advance directly to Roosevelt University's doctoral program in pharmacy.

The unique Pharmacy Partners Program allows top-performing students direct admission to Roosevelt's College of Pharmacy in Schaumburg as long as program and pharmacy admission criteria are met.

"Nationally and at Roosevelt about 30 percent of pharmacy students don't have bachelor's degrees," said George MacKinnon, dean of the College of Pharmacy. "Students who have entered our program directly from community colleges have done very well. This unique partnership will enable more community college graduates to directly enter Roosevelt's PharmD program."

Roosevelt and Harper leaders met August 18 to sign the Pharmacy Partners Program agreement. Up to 10 students – along with students from Elgin and Oakton community colleges – who are selected by the College of Pharmacy will be eligible to participate in the program.

"Community colleges have shown time and again what invaluable partners they can be in our nation's education system and the economy as a whole," Harper College President Dr. Ken Ender said. "This agreement with Roosevelt is the kind of innovative partnership that provides highly motivated students with a clear pathway to a high-paying, growing field."

MacKinnon said one of the major advantages of the program is that it provides an educational pathway that will save outstanding students time and money.

"They can earn their PharmD degree in two years less time than students who are admitted after earning a bachelor's degree," he said.

Roosevelt will be working with Harper and the other partner institutions this fall to hold information sessions and identify interested students. The program will begin in January 2015.

For more information about the program at Harper, visit harpercollege.edu or call Admissions Outreach at 847-925-6700.