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The Partners

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Rosalind Franklin has more than 2,000 students in over 30 graduate health profession and science programs. It is recognized for its forward-thinking curriculum that emphasizes interprofessional practice and collaborative care. Its students experience a wide range of practice settings with greater access to patient care early in the treatment plan thanks to a strong national network of hospitals and health care community partners. That's why nearly 10,000 students applied for the 743 spots in Rosalind Franklin's master's and doctoral programs last year. The university includes:

  • The Chicago Medical School is one of the largest single-campus medical schools in Illinois. About 97 percent of its graduates obtain preferred residency matches in highly competitive residency programs across the country, including prestigious institutions such as Harvard, Johns Hopkins, the Cleveland Clinic and the Mayo Clinic, to name a few.
  • The Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, one of only nine accredited podiatric institutions in the nation, educating more than 350 students each year. It has educated nearly one-third of all podiatric physicians in the nation. Its Center for Lower Extremity Ambulatory Research provides more student research opportunities than any other academic podiatric school.
  • The College of Health Professions, which enrolls more than 600 students in doctoral, master's and certificate programs in eight areas: Nurse Anesthesia, Nutrition, Pathologists' Assistant Studies, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, Interprofessional Healthcare Studies, and Psychology.
    • The Physical Therapy program boasts a 100 percent employment rate for graduates and 100 percent pass rate on the National Physical Therapy Examination. The department maintains more than 300 affiliations with partners throughout the nation to provide clinical opportunities for students.
    • The Pathologists' Assistant Studies program is the largest in the country and its graduates have a 100 percent pass rate for 8 consecutive years on the ASCP Certification exam.
    • More than 800 students have graduated from the Physician Assistant Studies program; many have become state and national leaders in the profession.
    • The Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences is designed for students who need to enhance their science credentials prior to applying to medical schools or other highly competitive health professional degrees.
  • The College of Pharmacy uses an interprofessional approach to prepare students for pharmacy careers in health systems, community pharmacy, industry, academic and public health. About 70 new students are admitted each year out of over 1,000 applicants. The college has strong relationships with the pharmacy industry, prominent national and global pharmaceutical companies such as Walgreens, CVS/Caremark and Takeda.

The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies offers combined MD/PhD and DPM/PhD programs for students pursuing careers as scientists as well as practitioners.

DePaul University

DePaul has more than 23,000 students enrolled in some 300 degree programs and concentrations. Its academically rigorous programs are nationally recognized for incorporating hands-on, service-based learning that takes full advantage of Chicago's urban environment and resources.

The College of Science and Health houses DePaul's science and health programs. With more than 2,500 undergraduate and 760 graduate students enrolled, it's the fastest growing college at DePaul, underscoring both the university's reputation and student demand.

  • DePaul's bachelor's degree in Health Sciences specifically prepares students for health careers by combining biomedical instruction with an understanding of how societal factors impact health. The degree offers concentrations in bioscience and in health care policy and practice; students in both tracks learn to address health issues as part of a team.
  • DePaul was the first school in Illinois to offer a Master's Entry into Nursing program for college graduates who wanted to enter the nursing field. Our students' NCLEX-RN examination pass rate is consistently well above the national average.
  • The School of Nursing also offers nurse practitioner programs in Advanced Adult Nursing, Advanced Family Nursing, and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice.
  • Pre-professional students learn in top-notch facilities in the $12 million William G. McGowan Biological Sciences Center. It includes teaching laboratories and faculty research laboratories dedicated to biological sciences.
  • The Andrew J. McGowan Environmental Science and Chemistry Building, a state-of-the-art, $40 million facility, supports teaching and research opportunities for students and faculty in chemistry and environmental sciences. It received a Gold LEED® certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, a first for university science buildings in Illinois.
  • The college has dedicated full-time faculty members, a diverse blend of leading scholars and distinguished education professionals who bring real-world experience to the classroom.

The alliance also benefits from the breadth and vitality of the programs in DePaul's nine other colleges and schools. Strategic connections are forged between Rosalind Franklin and programs such as:

  • Growth in Health Professions between 2010 & 2020

    Physicians & surgeons | 24%
    Nurses | 26%
    Pharmacists | 25%
    Physical Therapists | 39%
    Physician assistants | 30%
    Podiatrists | 20%
    Pathology assistants | 15%

    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Rosalind Franklin boasts a 100 percent board pass rates for graduated cohorts.