Chicago State University

Office of the Dean

Message from the Dean

carmita colemanIt is my privilege to welcome you to College of Pharmacy at Chicago State University! As Interim Dean, it is my responsibility to continue the awesome work initiated by my predecessors, former Dean, Dr. Miriam Mobley Smith and the late Dean Emeritus, Dr. David J. Slatkin, during the national search for a permanent dean of the College of Pharmacy. I thank the administration, the faculty, staff, and students for the confidence that they have placed in me during this transitional time. Additionally, if you are considering submitting your application to the College or here just for more information, I thank you for including Chicago State University in your search for programs. We believe that you have found the right place for learning, growing, and enhancing the profession of pharmacy.


“Preparing pharmacists from diverse backgrounds to provide care for a global community!” has been a mantra embodied by the Chicago State University College of Pharmacy since its inception in 2007. In doing so, we celebrate the rich diversity of our faculty, staff, and students that are providing high quality patient care and leadership in pharmacy research, scholarship, and service. In our mission, we have identified cultural competency as an issue that is important to us and have put this tenet into action by recruiting and retaining a student body that has consistently been ranked in the top 10 of enrollment of underrepresented minority students*. We resemble our vibrant city of Chicago and its diverse neighborhoods by uniting people with strong, yet different backgrounds, to assemble a community of scholars that will impact the health care needs of the nation and the world.

The College of Pharmacy boasts a dynamic curriculum that is student-centered. Using small group learning communities, students are engaged in the learning process with their faculty mentors. Student pharmacists are strongly encouraged to achieve through early integration of experiential learning, intentional professional development, capstone research, and exceptional didactic foundational and clinical knowledge. Students are permitted to expand their knowledge outside of the classroom and into a myriad of professional settings, including community, institutional, ambulatory care, and public health. Chicago State University College of Pharmacy students have been repeatedly recognized locally and nationally at professional conferences and scientific symposia.


Once again, we welcome you to explore the rich offerings that our program has and are sure that you will find yourself more than just satisfied, but enriched and enlightened. If you have questions or need more information about the College of Pharmacy, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of the Dean or Office of Pharmacy Student Affairs.


Yours in the Profession of Pharmacy,

Dr. C

Carmita A. Coleman, PharmD, MAA

Interim Dean