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
PharmD, Doctor of Pharmacy
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 successfully pursue a pharmacist degree.
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 Doctor of Pharmacy program will
be the first pharmacy program to deliver a competency-driven professional curriculum with Ready + 4.
- Students seeking a pharmacist degree 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
- 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: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-health-schools/pharmacy-rankings
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Pharmacy Rotation Provides Students First-Hand View of Healthcare Needs in Guatemala
August 06, 2018
Giving a new perspective on the meaning of acting in the public health, a group of student pharmacists traveled to Panajachel, Guatemala in July as part of their Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs) rotations providing care to underserved communities in clinics, home care visits, and installing water filtration devices and stoves.
Pharmacy Professor Speaks to Middle Schoolers About Health Care Careers at Summer Program on Campus
August 01, 2018
Speaking to a classroom of 6th and 7th grade students attending the Steppingstone Scholars STEM summer program at USciences in July, Tyan Thomas, PharmD, explained to the students what it is like to be a pharmacist and how they participate in the patient care team with doctors and nurses.
USciences Professor Educates Police Officers About Diabetes
August 01, 2018
Katherine Koffer PharmD, CDE, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, took her instruction out of the clinic and classroom, and to the police station to help officers from the Lower Makefield Police Department learn about diabetes.
Dan Hussar P'62, MS'64, PhD'67 Retires After More Than 50 Years at Philadelphia College of Pharmacy
June 18, 2018
At a retirement reception for alumni held on campus on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, a line formed out the door to greet Dr. Hussar and thank him for the impact he has had on so many.
Pharmacy Students Fight for Fair Reimbursement at PA Capitol
April 19, 2018
The Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association held its Annual Pharmacy Legislative Day on April 16, 2018, at the Capitol Complex in which over 250 students, including those from USciences' Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, attended to help fight for fair reimbursement.
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