Important Information for Graduate Professional Pharmacy Students, accepted for 2019

New Student Welcome Event

To get ready for your first semester, all new transfer students will be invited to campus in July for our Transfer Student Welcome Event. Details and date will be available in the Spring semester

On this day you’ll be able to:

  • Receive your Student ID card
  • Meet your advisors, faculty, staff, and fellow students
  • Tour campus, including student services areas
  • Enjoy lunch

First Day of Class for Pharmacy Students

The first professional year of the pharmacy curriculum begins on August 19, 2019, one week prior to the first day of classes at the university. The pharmacy orientation course takes place during this time and it is critical that you be in attendance. Please make plans to begin pharmacy coursework starting on Monday, August 19, 2019.

Course Registration

Philadelphia College of Pharmacy Dean’s office will handle all course registrations for students starting their first professional year in fall 2019.  Please check your email throughout the late spring/early summer for more information about this. Contact Bernadette Kelly, PCP Student Academic Specialist, at with any questions about course registrations or scheduling.


Philadelphia College of Pharmacy requires that all students have a mobile technology device for classroom use prior to the start of the professional curriculum (e.g. laptop, iPad, etc). You will be using your device in class to participate in active learning activities, quizzes, exams, and other activities as determined by the instructors. Many students also use their device for research, writing papers, and other scholarly activities; therefore, we recommend that you choose the platform (e.g. PC, Mac) that is most comfortable and user-friendly for you.

Student Health Requirements

Student Health Record

For students starting in Summer 2018/Fall 2019, the Student Health Record is to be completed, and uploaded to the Student Health Portalno later than August 2, 2019.

For questions or concerns, please consult the Student Health and Counseling Center webpage, or call 215-596-8980.

Health Checks

In addition to the Student Health Record, you will have other health and background check requirements for the Pharmacy program so you may participate in patient contact.  Please contact Dr. Kristin Motley, Field Supervisor and Pharmacy Compliance Coordinator, at to determine what additional clearances you will need to start your P1 year.

Pharmacy Professional Organizations

Philadelphia College of Pharmacy has a vibrant student community with a number of active pharmacy professional organizations. To encourage participation,  Philadelphia College of Pharmacy will pay your membership dues for one pharmacy professional organization during your first professional (P1) and third professional (P3) years. This is an excellent first step toward many of the co-curricular goals that you will set during your time as a student here, including professionalism, community service, leadership, and career planning. Read more about the organizations.

Philadelphia College of Pharmacy Social Media

Philadelphia College of Pharmacy has an active social media presence and is highly engaged with our students, faculty, staff, and alumni.  Follow us on Instagram (pcp_philapharmacy_usciences) and Facebook (Philadelphia College of Pharmacy) to see more about student life and connect with the PCP community.

Next Steps

  • Submit your FAFSA as soon as possible to be considered for financial aid.
  • Send final transcripts. All final transcripts should be received by the first day of class. Students taking coursework that will be completed after the first day of class are required to submit evidence of academic good standing in that course(s).
  • Plan to attend the Graduate Student Social at University of the Sciences on Wednesday, March 13 from 5:30-7pm. More information, including registration, will be sent in February
  • Explore housing options.  Please visit our Residence Life page for more information about on- and off-campus housing options.
  • Review tuition and fee information.