Doctor of Pharmacy Degree: A Blend of Science and Patient Care
The pharmacy profession blends science and patient care, and in recent years the role of the
pharmacist has evolved to reflect the changes in the healthcare industry. As
the field grows, highly sought-after PharmD professionals are also being used
in nontraditional roles in the areas of managed care, medical communications,
pharmaceutical sales and marketing, and government service.
We have adapted our curriculum and pedagogy to best prepare future
leaders and innovators in pharmacy. We are excited to be the first in pharmacy
to offer a leading edge, competency-driven and student-centered professional
curriculum. Our exciting professional phase is paired with a general education
curriculum in the undergraduate years to get students ‘Ready’ for their
Introducing: Ready +4* Pharmacy Program, Effective Fall 2016
of the Ready + 4 program refers to the pre-professional phase of the pharmacy
degree. The preparatory phase provides flexibility to accommodate every
student’s learning style and pace. Students who need additional time (more than 2 years) to finish the pre-professional phase to pursue minors, double majors,
or study abroad, can now complete an additional year or years without penalty of losing
their direct-entry seat in the 4-year professional phase of the program.
The ‘+ 4’
refers to the 4-year professional phase of the pharmacy program. The new
competency-driven curriculum centers on the most effective and student-centered methods of professional education
teaching and learning.
Classes will combine both the science and the practice of pharmacy and are
delivered as modules, allowing students to focus on just one or two courses at a time, rather than four or five
courses. Through interprofessional experiences, clinical rotations, and
elective coursework, students will tailor their program to match their unique interests, preparing them to be
leaders and innovators in the evolving field of pharmacy.
students only (graduate students start in +4 phase)
Why University of the Sciences Should Be Your First Choice
Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, founded in 1821, was the first pharmacy school in North America.
- Early graduates of the College receiving a
pharmacy degree went on to found six top pharmaceutical companies.
- The flexible pre-professional phase (The ‘Ready’ portion of our Ready + 4 program) leading up to the professional years will prepare you
for success in your professional curriculum.
- The 4-year professional curriculum is
innovative, competency-driven, and fully integrated, with rich
interprofessional education and real world practice experiences starting right
from day one. This phase of our program will prepare you to be a
leader and innovator in the field of pharmacy. We will be the first pharmacy
program to deliver a competency-driven professional curriculum, starting with the professional class of 2018.
- The program’s direct-entry admission option
allows for a seamless transition from the pre-professional years to the
profession curriculum. No application or PCAT is required for direct entry
candidates, and degree completion is possible in as little as 6 years.
- Our curriculum is designed for you to gain
hands-on pharmacy experience early in your professional program and build upon
it through graduation.
- Integrated competency assessments allow you to
develop and demonstrate your knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors in a
sequential and iteratively complex manner, thus highlighting your evolving
clinical and management expertise, and building your confidence in preparation
for professional practice.
- Personalized learning support is provided to identify
and address problematic content or learning issues as they occur, enhancing
timely and confident progression of student pharmacists through the
- Faculty members are award-winning scientists, researchers and innovators
and leaders in the evolution of 21st century pharmacy practice. All courses are taught by
faculty, rather than graduate assistants.
- Our location near and partnerships with so many hospitals,
pharmacies, and pharmaceutical research, manufacturing and business facilities
gives you nearly unlimited options for internships and post-graduate employment.