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 PharmD Program Leads to Opportunity for Alumna
October 10, 2017
As she moves forward in her career, Dorela Priftanji PharmD'17 hopes to work toward advancing pharmacy services to improve patient care.
Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association Honors USciences Faculty and Alumni
October 02, 2017
The Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association honored assistant professor of clinical pharmacy Dr. Daniel Ventricelli and PJ Ortman P'77, RPh.
On Guatemalan Mission Trip, Pharmacy Students Learn Compassion, Collaborative Care
August 24, 2017
This summer, seven Philadelphia College of Pharmacy students participated in an elective rotation that provided them the opportunity to travel to Panajachel, Guatemala.
Students Get Better Grasp of Addiction at Institute of Alcoholism and Drug Dependencies
July 20, 2017
Students and faculty from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy attended the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Institute of Alcoholism and Drug Dependencies in Salt Lake City this past spring.
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