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Important Information for Graduate Professional Pharmacy Students, accepted for 2021

New Student Welcome Event

To get ready for your first semester, all new transfer students will be invited to campus in August 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 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 23, 2021.

Course Registration

Philadelphia College of Pharmacy Dean’s office will handle all course registrations for students starting their first professional year in fall 2021.  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. Please see recommended device specifications. Note: a laptop is required to use the exam software used in the professional curriculum; a tablet may only be used as a secondary device. 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

The Student Health and Counseling center (SHAC) will be in touch in the Spring with instructions to complete your Health Requirements. Complete your Student Health Record by the deadline provided. There are several different Student Health Records, so please be sure you select the correct one.  Visit the Student Health and Counseling webpage for more information or call 215-596-7133 or 215-596-8980 with any questions

Health Checks

In addition to the Student Health Record, you will have other health, background check and related requirements for the Pharmacy program so you may participate in patient contact. Prior to the Fall semester, Dr. Kristin Motley, Field Supervisor and Pharmacy Compliance Coordinator, will contact you to let you know what additional items you will need to start your P1 year. Please contact Dr. Motley at or 215-596-8986 if you have not received this information by August 1.

Student Housing and Commuting

Our Department of Residence Life is here to help you with on and off campus housing options. Explore our Off-Campus Housing Website for current listings. Direct any questions that you may have to

Commuting to Campus? 

If you plan to take public transportation: The university partners with SEPTA for a select number of discounted student commuter passes per semester. Passes are purchased on a first come, first served basis. To obtain a SEPTA commuter pass, you will need to obtain a SEPTA Key Card (if you do not already have one) and register your card online. You will find details about where you can obtain a Key Card here. Record your Card Reference ID, which you will need to load your semester pass onto your card. Please email Lisa Corratofrom your USciences email account for more information. The deadlines set by SEPTA for the discounted passes are July 6th (fall passes) and the end of November (spring passes).

If you plan to drive: The university offers parking permits for commuter students on a first come, first served basis for an annual fee.  Please email Terry Reilly starting in early July to apply for a parking permit for a fall semester start or in November for a spring semester start.

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).
  • Review tuition and fee information.