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Chicago State University College of Pharmacy

Chicago State University College of Pharmacy

Chicago State University College of Pharmacy



The College of Pharmacy's mission is the development of student & faculty scholars who will impact the health care needs of people in the region, state, and nation.

  • Ranked Top 10 in the nation for graduating minority pharmacy students
  • 96+ clinical rotation contracts
  • 9:1 student-faculty ratio

Strategic Plan

In December 2019, The Chicago State University Board of Trustees approved the 2020-2025 Strategic Plan.

As the University works to reach higher levels in all aspects of teaching and learning, we recognize that our human capital is the key to propelling this exceptional academic institution and its constituents to levels of success.


Chicago State University will be recognized for innovations in teaching and research, community development, and civic engagement. We will promote excellence, ethical leadership, entrepreneurship, and social and environmental justice. We will embrace, engage, educate, propel, and elevate our students and community to transform lives locally and globally.



Chicago State University transforms students’ lives through innovative teaching, research, and community partnerships through excellence in ethical leadership, cultural enhancement, economic development, and justice.


  • Personal and academic excellence
  • Personal, professional, and academic integrity
  • Diversity, Equity, and inclusion
  • Leadership, service, philanthropy, social justice, and entrepreneurship
  • Creative and innovative thinking and learning
  • Pride in self, community, and the university
  • Lifelong learning


Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences subsumes several specialty areas: pharmaceutics, medicinal chemistry, natural products/pharmacognosy, and physiology/pharmacology. Pharmaceutics is that area of pharmacy associated with the following: designing various dosage forms for delivery of drugs; determining drug storage and stability; and evaluating the effects of administration and formulation factors on the absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion of drugs in humans. Medicinal chemistry is a science that is unique to pharmacy because it is a hybridization of the physical, chemical, biochemical, analytical, and pharmacological principles employed in explaining the mechanisms of drug action and drug design. The application of principles associated with medicinal chemistry provides the professional undergraduate student with a firm basis for his/her career in pharmacy. Pharmacognosy is that pharmaceutical science concerned with the biological, chemical, and therapeutic uses of drugs obtained from plants, microbes, and animals.


The mission of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences is to empower students with the foundation of knowledge essential to the professional pharmacy curriculum. While providing the highest quality instruction in pharmaceutical sciences, the faculty introduces and develops skills of critical thinking, problem-solving, and life-long learning in future pharmacists. The members of the faculty serve as role models, nurturing interpersonal skills in pharmacy students during their professional development. In turn, the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences enhances the scholarly development of these faculty members by encouraging them to strive for excellence in critical inquiry. The Department also endeavors to contribute significantly to the CSU-COP by excelling in service both within and outside of the College.


Department of Pharmacy Practice

The Department of Pharmacy Practice is comprised of faculty who provide education in the administrative and clinical sciences, as well as direct practice experience. Required courses in the administrative science area include an introduction to career development and current pharmacy topics, a survey of the health care system, professional practice management, and pharmacy law and ethics.

Required courses in the clinical science area include topics in the area of nonprescription medications, drug literature evaluation, pharmacotherapeutics, and a professional practice laboratory that emphasizes communication skills, prescription processing, and pharmaceutical care. Supervised practice experiences required during the program provide opportunities for students to apply the knowledge acquired in didactic courses to life situations. The experiences are designed to promote the development of technical, cognitive, and decision-making skills that are necessary for the contemporary practice of pharmacy in a variety of practice environments. Various states apply these experiences to their state board of pharmacy internship requirements.


The mission of the Department of Pharmacy Practice is to prepare and empower pharmacy students and pharmacists to become competent providers of pharmacist care in all practice settings. This mission is achieved through a combination of innovative didactic coursework, experiential training, mentoring, scholarship, and community service in partnership with students, pharmacy practitioners, and the medical and lay communities. The Department serves the professional community through the development and evaluation of innovative pharmacy practice models that promote the role of the pharmacist as an integral member of the healthcare team.



CSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This independent corporation was founded in 1895 and is recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation. For further information, please contact [email protected].

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accreditation assures the public, students, faculty, and staff that our University meets stated HLC criteria. Accreditation signifies the certification of acceptable institutional quality and integrity, and it acknowledges that the institution has undergone rigorous internal and external evaluation. Accreditation is the official standing and affirmation that a university provides the quality of higher education that the general public has the right to expect and that the educational community recognizes.

Accrediting organizations set the academic standards by which their member institutions must comply. This quality assurance process is performed by private membership associations to assure a school meets high standards with respect to:

  • faculty qualifications
  • academic rigor
  • student learning outcomes


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    9501 S. King Drive Chicago, IL 60628, , Chicago


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