PharmD - Doctor of Pharmacy Program

PharmD - Doctor of Pharmacy Program

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 professional studies.

Introducing: Ready +4* Pharmacy Program, Effective Fall 2016

The ‘Ready’* 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.

*undergraduate 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 professional curriculum.
  • 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.
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