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. A PharmD Program with a unique competency driven professional curriculum. Options to enter as a direct-entry freshman, transfer or graduate student. A lower, fixed tuition. 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
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Chicago, IL 60603
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What Sets Us Apart?
- 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.
- Our Doctor of Pharmacy program is one of the first pharmacy programs to deliver a competency-driven professional curriculum. Our student-centered curriculum includes personalized learning support.
- 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.
- Students benefit from a lower, fixed tuition and general fee†. So you’ll know the full price to earn that degree from the day you begin—no hidden
fees, price increases, or surprises during the course of your education.
- 300+ clinical affiliation sites where students gain hands-on pharmacy experience throughout the professional Pharm D program
- Our faculty members are award-winning clinicians, scientists, researchers, innovators,
- 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: For the graduating class of 2018, 94% of PharmD graduates passed the North American
Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) on their first try—and they scored 6% higher
than the national pass rate. Source: https://nabp.pharmacy/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/NAPLEX-Pass-Rates-August-2019.pdf
- Lessen 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
Decades Apart, Grandmother and Granddaughter Share a Career Path and Legacy
August 08, 2019
For Dominique Fields P'95, PharmD'99 her grandmother, Marie R. Kern (Ranere) BAC'36, P'61, was always a role model. Fields followed in Kern's footsteps, working at the same job in the same hospital.
Decoding Substance Use Disorder: Students Shift Perspective During "Life Changing" Conference
July 25, 2019
Described as "by far one of the best decisions I've made in college" by one student, attending the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Institute on Substance Use Disorders in Salt Lake City, Utah has been an annual experience for students of George Downs PharmD'72 for 31 years.
Pharmacy Students Serve Nearly 1200 Patients During Jamaican Mission Trip
July 16, 2019
Jamaica in the summer sounds like a vacation, but for one group of USciences students, it was another step in their academic career to prepare them for a job in the healthcare industry.
* U.S. News & World Report, Best Pharmacy Programs: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-health-schools/pharmacy-rankings
† This pricing does NOT include room and board, health insurance, or any professional,
clinical, or transportation fees.
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