PharmD, Doctor of Pharmacy

North America’s first college of pharmacy. The first competency-driven PharmD 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 PharmD 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 Pre-Professional Phase

The first part of the program—the pre-professional phase—combines a strong foundation in pharmacy studies with a well-rounded undergraduate education. Designed to be completed in just two years, this phase empowers students to acquire the knowledge necessary to successfully pursue a pharmacist degree.

The flexible pre-professional 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 pre-professional phase can complete up to two additional years without losing their direct-entry seat in the four-year professional phase.

The Professional Phase

Four years of focused, professional development based on a unique, competency-driven curriculum highlight the professional part of the Pharm.D. 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 Pharm D program through the program’s direct-entry admission option—no application or PCAT required.


University of the Sciences, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy's Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
190 South LaSalle Street, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60603
312-664-3575, FAX 866-228-2631


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What Sets Us Apart?

  1. Founded in 1821, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy was the first pharmacy school in North America whose alumni have founded six of the top pharmaceutical companies in the world.
  2. Starting with the professional class of 2018, our Doctor of Pharmacy program will be the first pharmacy program to deliver a competency-driven professional curriculum. Our student-centered curriculum includes personalized learning support.
  3. Students seeking a pharmacist degree transition seamlessly from the pre-professional years to the professional PharmD program through the direct-entry admission option—no application or PCAT required.
  4. 300+ clinical affiliation sites where students gain hands-on pharmacy experience throughout the professional Pharm D program
  5. Our faculty members are award-winning clinicians, scientists, researchers, innovators, and leaders.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. Lesson the total time and cost to complete a USciences MS or PhD—the integrated graduate credit program allows qualified undergraduate and professional students to take up to 15 additional credits of graduate coursework at no extra cost

*U.S. News & World Report, Best Pharmacy Programs:

  • Honorary Titles Awarded at Founders' Day Ceremony

    February 28, 2019

    A well-respected professor of clinical pharmacy with more than 46 years at University of the Sciences, George E. Downs PharmD'72 was honored with the title of Linwood F. Tice Professor of Pharmacy during the University's 198th Founders' Day Ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. The Dean of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, Edward Foote P'87, PharmD'91 was also honored with the John Wyeth Endowed Deanship as part of the Founders' Day Ceremony.

  • USciences Celebrates Its 198-Year History at Founders' Day

    February 18, 2019

    With pomp and circumstance, USciences faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends marked 198 years since the University was established at a special Founders' Day ceremony on Feb. 14, 2019.

  • The Comeback Pharmacy: Alumnus Mayank Amin PharmD'09 Works To Revive Community Pharmacy

    February 08, 2019

    In high school, he started his career in pharmacy by taking a job as a technician at a local pharmacy just a few miles away from his home. "I was initially unsure if I wanted to pursue pharmacy but as I got a better understanding of how important pharmacies/pharmacists are in the community, I decided I want to make a difference and I chose pharmacy," said Dr. Amin. Fast-forward a few years, he graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 2009.

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