In This Section
- Admission Entry Options
- Curriculum and Duration
- Experiential Opportunities
- Cost and Financial Aid
- Career Outcomes
- Faculty, Pharmacy Practice and Administration
- Faculty, Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Technical Standards for the PharmD Program
- PharmD Program Outcomes
North America’s first college of pharmacy. The first competency-driven PharmD curriculum. The one-of-a-kind Ready + 4 program. Options to enter as a direct-entry freshman, transfer or graduate student. It’s all part of the pioneering legacy of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, ranked as the area’s top pharmacy school*.
Our Ready + 4 program mirrors the complex realities of modern practice, preparing students to thrive in today’s pharmacy environment. Our distinctive two-phase education features a curriculum that adapts to the needs of undergraduate, transfer, and graduate students.
The Ready Phase
The first part of the program—the pre-professional, or Ready, phase—combines a strong foundation in pharmacy studies with a well-rounded undergraduate education. Typically completed in two years, this phase empowers undergraduate and transfer students to acquire the knowledge necessary to thrive as 21st-century pharmacists.
The flexible Ready phase accommodates students’ varied learning styles and interests. While our PharmD program is designed to be completed in six years, students wishing to pursue minors, double majors, or study abroad and who need more than two years to finish the Ready phase can complete up to two additional years without losing their direct-entry seat in the four-year professional phase.
The + 4 Phase
Four years of focused, professional development based on a unique, competency-driven curriculum highlight the second part of the program. The curriculum builds on foundational knowledge and skills, encouraging proficiency in a range of subjects, from human disease and pharmacology to pharmaceutics, therapeutics, and pharmacoeconomics.
Graduate and transfer students entering at this phase benefit from hands-on experience gained through our more than 300 clinical affiliation partner sites across the country—including some of the most renowned hospitals, medical centers, pharmaceutical companies, and regulatory agencies. Undergraduate students transition seamlessly from the pre-professional years to the professional curriculum through the program’s direct-entry admission option—no application or PCAT required.
What Sets Us Apart?
- Founded in 1821, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy was the first pharmacy school in North America.
- Our alumni founded six of the top pharmaceutical companies in the world.
- Starting with the professional class of 2018, our PharmD program will be the first
pharmacy program to deliver a competency-driven professional curriculum with Ready + 4.
- Students transition seamlessly from the pre-professional years to the professional
curriculum through the direct-entry admission option—no application or PCAT required.
- 300+ clinical affiliation sites where students gain hands-on pharmacy experience throughout the professional program
- Our student-centered curriculum includes personalized learning support.
- Our faculty members are award-winning scientists, researchers, innovators, and leaders.
- Here, you’re in the heart of the health science industry, where you are surrounded by 250 medical facilities and within two hours of 75% of
all U.S. pharmaceutical firms.
- Our students are prepared to thrive: 91% of PharmD graduates pass the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination on their first try—higher than the national average—and they have scored 5% higher than the national pass rate for two years in a row
*U.S. News & World Report, Best Pharmacy Programs: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-health-schools/pharmacy-rankings
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USciences Signs Articulation Agreement with Bucks County Community College
November 17, 2017
University of the Sciences and Bucks County Community College signed a professional bridge articulation agreement allowing students who graduate from Bucks with specified associate degrees to enter into USciences pre-professional programs in physical therapy and pharmacy.
Matching Funds Double #GivingTuesdayUSciences Impact
November 15, 2017
Tuesday, Nov. 28 is a day for giving back. Give Online and participate in #GivingTuesdayUSciences this holiday season. Each gift is being matched thanks to the generosity of a USciences alumna.
Patricia Kienle Receives USciences Annual Alumnus Award
October 30, 2017
Kienle, who is director of accreditation and medication safety at Cardinal Health Innovative Delivery Solutions, was selected to receive the Annual Alumnus Award through her contributions "in outstanding fashion to the professions, to science, and/or to mankind."
In the Footsteps of Giants: Alumnus at the Helm of Diabetes Drug Maker
October 27, 2017
As a student at USciences, Mike Castagna P'00, MBA, PharmD, often found himself thinking of the iconic names in pharmacy whose education was molded at Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and dreaming of making an impact like they did.
PA Pharmacists Association Installs USciences Alumni to President and Director Positions
October 25, 2017
The Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association (PPA) recently installed a USciences alumnus as its new board president as well as two alumni to director positions during PPA's 2017 Annual Conference held at the Kalahari Resorts and Convention Center on Sept. 23, 2017, in Pocono Manor, Pa.
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