Pharmacy, PharmD

North America’s first college of pharmacy. The first competency-driven PharmD curriculum. The one-of-a-kind Ready + 4 program. It’s all part of Philadelphia College of Pharmacy’s pioneering legacy.

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 flexible pre-professional phase—Ready—and four years of focused, professional development—+ 4.

Typically completed in two years, the Ready phase combines a strong foundation in pharmacy studies with a well-rounded undergraduate education. The + 4 phase involves four years of professional study based on a unique, competency-driven curriculum.

What Sets Us Apart?

  1. Founded in 1821, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy was the first pharmacy school in North America.
  2. Our alumni founded six of the top pharmaceutical companies in the world.
  3. 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.
  4. You’ll transition seamlessly from the pre-professional years to the professional curriculum through the program’s direct-entry admission option—no application or PCAT required.
  5. Gain hands-on pharmacy experience throughout the professional program.
  6. Our student-centered curriculum includes personalized learning support.
  7. Our faculty members are award-winning scientists, researchers, innovators, and leaders.
  8. 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. And we have longstanding relationships with many of them.



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University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495


888-996-8747 or 215-596-8810