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A Letter from the Rockford Dean

Dr. Rynn

Welcome to the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) College of Pharmacy Rockford!  UIC Pharmacy is ranked the #15 pharmacy school in the Nation and our University is a top 50 public university according to U.S. News and World Reports.

While a student on the UIC Health Sciences Campus Rockford, you will benefit from faculty with an open-door policy who pride themselves on great student guidance and mentorship.  Rockford’s small class size, close-knit community, opportunities for interprofessional activities, and a low cost of living are perfect for students considering a premier UIC College of Pharmacy education in an affordable town.

Student pharmacists study in modern state-of-the-art classrooms and labs designed to meet the training needs to practice at the top of your license.  Classrooms are outfitted with audiovisual equipment allowing classes to be delivered synchronously with our Chicago campus.  Lectures are taught by world renowned faculty who are experts in their fields, recordings are captured so students can revisit the lectures for future reference. Small group patient case discussions are led in-person by faculty who facilitate student interaction, discussion, and understanding of the material.  Lab sessions for pharmacy skills and pharmaceutical compounding provide hands-on experience to help student pharmacists as they provide patient care through our experiential curriculum, starting in their first semester of pharmacy school.

UIC Health Sciences Campus Rockford is home to the Colleges of Pharmacy, Medicine, and Nursing.  Located near the banks of the Rock River, Rockford is the fourth largest city in Illinois and offers a small city/suburban feel.  The campus sits on 20 acres near the nationally-recognized Anderson Japanese GardensNicholas Conservatory and Sinnissippi Park. Interactions with medical and nursing students provide excellent interprofessional educational opportunities. Pharmacy student organizations, professional fraternities, and clubs are available to you as you develop into an excellent and caring pharmacist.

For those interested in practicing in a rural community the Rockford Campus offers the Rural Pharmacy Education Concentration (RPHARM) to educate student pharmacists on the unique challenges and opportunities present in rural environments.  Approximately 10% of our students take part in RPHARM and work collaboratively with medical students enrolled in the Rural Medical Education Program (RMED).

Plan to visit us and learn more about the Rockford Campus!


Dr. Kevin O. Rynn, PharmD, FCCP, DABAT
Clinical Professor and Vice Dean