Important Information for Graduate Professional Pharmacy Students, accepted for 2018

New Student Welcome Event

To get ready for your first semester, all new transfer students are invited to campus
on Monday, July 30th  from 12 PM-4 PM for our Transfer Student Welcome Event.

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

A full schedule for the day will be provided closer to the event, along with your RSVP
confirmation, so be sure to register now.

First Day of Class for Pharmacy Students

The first professional year of the pharmacy curriculum begins on August 20, 2018, 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 20, 2018.

Course Registration

Philadelphia College of Pharmacy Dean’s office will handle all course registrations for students starting their first professional year in fall 2018.  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

The Student Health Record is to be completed, and uploaded to the Student Health Portal. For students starting in Summer/Fall 2018, your completed Health Record should be uploaded to the Student Health Portal no later than August 5th.

If you will be residing in University Housing during the summer session, you must submit proof of Meningococcal vaccination (after the age of 16) no later than May 15, 2018You will need to make a copy of parts of the health record to upload to the physical therapy electronic record management system, as well. Please make sure to have copies ready to upload to that system once you are on campus.

For questions or concerns, please visit 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).
  • Explore housing options.  Please visit our Residence Life page for more information about on- and off-campus housing options.
  • Review tuition and fee information.