Located on the east and west side of the Rock River, Rockford has more than 150,000 residents. The city is home to several academic programs from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

College of Medicine

Since 1972, the College of Medicine at Rockford (UICOMR) has focused on building an academic medical institution committed to education and advocacy, dedicated to research and continuous innovation, and centered on clinical service in the surrounding communities. UICOMR has a variety of programs for medical and postgraduate students. The college operates the LP Johnson Family Health Center, its family medicine residency clinic, as well as University Outreach Services in Rochelle. A collaborating center to the World Health Organization, competitive academic curriculum and acclaimed research opportunities attract top students and faculty worldwide to the 20-acre campus.

The Rockford regional campus also has the Crawford Library of the Health Sciences.

College of Nursing

The UIC College of Nursing Rockford Regional Program opened in 1992. The nursing regional site offers access to a wide variety of graduate programs in diverse specialties. In addition to several master’s programs, the program offers the Doctorate of Nursing Practice.

Classes are offered in a variety of formats – in person, videoconference and online. Clinical experiences are arranged and supervised by faculty at a variety of sites in and around the Rockford area.

College of Pharmacy

In a direct response to the continuing shortage of pharmacists in Illinois, the College of Pharmacy created its Rockford regional program. The first class of students was admitted in 2010 and will complete all four years of pharmacy education on the Rockford campus and at clerkship sites throughout the state.

Students in the Rockford program will complete all of the same coursework as students on the Chicago campus. Select students from rural backgrounds will be admitted to the rural pharmacy (RPharm) program, training with medical students from the College of Medicine at Rockford Rural Medical Education (RMED) program.