Temple University of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education
School of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2015:  February 2, 2015

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • Institution Type: Public
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? Yes
    • Type of academic term: 
      • Semester (two terms per academic year)
    • Dual Degree Programs No
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
    • Open House Information:
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? No
    • Alternative enrollment options available
      • None
    • Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)? Yes
    • Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    The innovative Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum prepares students for a broad array of careers in pharmacy. Students are admitted to the Pharm.D. program after completing a minimum of 63 semester hours (e.g., 2 years) of preprofessional collegiate study at an accredited college or university. Subsequent to admission, pharmacy students must satisfactorily complete four (4) years of professional study. Pharmacy core courses include the basic pharmaceutical sciences (i.e., anatomy/physiology, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, pharmaceutics, biopharmaceutics), followed by courses in clinical pharmacy practice (i.e., pathophysiology/therapeutics, drug information/literature evaluation, and pharmacokinetics), pharmacy administration (i.e., pharmaceutical economics, health care delivery) and pharmacy law. Introductory Practice Experiences which are integrated with the didactic course work are completed over the first three professional years of the curriculum.


    We offer students the opportunity to differentiate their degree by participating in a series of elective tracks during the third professional year. These tracks include a chance to earn a certificate in Business through a collaborative agreement between the School of Pharmacy and the University's Fox School of Business and Management. Students also have the ability to complete specialty elective tracks in Advanced Clinical Practice, Clinical Research, Drug Safety and Nuclear Pharmacy during the third professional. The fourth year is comprised of 36 weeks of Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences completed under the supervision of a faculty preceptor. In addition to the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm. D.), we offer the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Pharmaceutics, Pharmacodynamics and Medicinal Chemistry. Our Master of Science program in Quality Assurance/Regulatory (QA/RA) is the most comprehensive in the world.

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2014 entering class: 300+
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2014 entering class: 200
    • Estimated fall 2014 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 150
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: N/A
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: All
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted:  30%
    • Estimated percent of males in 2014 entering class: 45%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2014 entering class: 55%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.30
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 300
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: 150 in-state or out-of-state
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: 150 in-state or out-of-state
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2015 entering class: 150
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 3.00
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 3.00
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: 50th percentile
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 1 to 2 years, no degree (1-60 sem hrs)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 19-41
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 7:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 62-65
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 34-36
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: N/A
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2015 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 62-65  N/A 
      General Bio I    
      General Bio I LAB    
      General Bio II   
      General Bio II LAB    
      Physics I (algebra or calculus based)   
      Physics I LAB    
      Calculus I    
      Analytical Reading/Writing English Composition   3-4   
      Economics (Microeconomics or Macroeconomics)   
      Humanities   6-9   
      Social Sciences  6-9   
      General Chemistry I    
      General Chemistry 1 LAB   
      General Chemistry II    
      General Chemistry II LAB    
      Organic Chemistry I   
      Organic Chemistry I LAB    
      Organic Chemistry II   
      Organic Chemistry II LAB   
      Anatomy/Physiology I  3-4   
      Anatomy/Physiology II  3-4   
      Mathematics (Statistics)  0-3   
    • Additional Information: 

      Biology I must be equivalent to Biology 1111 and Biology II must be equivalent to Biology 2112 at Temple University. For more details, refer to the Temple University Undergraduate Bulletin at http://www.temple.edu/bulletin/ugradbulletin/ucd/ucdtoc.html


      Anatomy and Physiology I and II may be taken in either the first or second year. Students may want to consider taking this course in the summer. An Anatomy/Physiology lab is not required. 


      ELECTIVES: Students must complete at least 18 elective credits in the following disciplines and must meet the minimal requirements defined: Social Sciences (6-9); Humanities (6-9); Mathematics (0-3). For more details on Pre-Requisite Course Requirements, refer to the following: http://www.temple.edu/pharmacy/programs/forms/Pre-Req-Temple.pdf or http://www.temple.edu/pharmacy/programs/forms/Pre-Req-Non-Temple.pdf


      Holders of a degree (BA/BS, MA/MS, Ph.D.) may be exempt from completing up to 9 elective credits. Temple University degree holders are exempt from the CORE. Please contact the Office of Admissions at (215) 707-4900 or rxadmis@temple.edu for questions regarding course requirements.

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Deadline:  02/02/2015 Postmarked by deadline
      • Supplemental Application fee: $50.00
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 


  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: Two years from the date of application
      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? No
      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 

  10. Experience ↑ 

    • Is health care-related experience required? Not required but recommended

  11. Residency ↑ 

  12. Foreign Applicants ↑ 

    • Is proof of U.S. residency required? Yes
    • Are foreign citizens considered? Yes
    • Are U.S. permanent residents considered? Yes
    • Are Canadian citizens considered? Yes
    • Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS
    • Details: 

      School only accepts evaluations from WES.

  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
      • Number of LORs you accept: Two (2)
      • Are LORs required? Yes
      • Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Clergy
      • Co-Worker
      • Family Member
      • Friend
      • Politician
      • Teaching Assistant
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Committee Letter is: Recommended but Not Required
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Dates:
      • February & March 

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? 4 to 6 weeks after the interview
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? 14 days from the date of acceptance
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $500.00
      • Due: 14 days from the date of acceptance
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: Deposit is $500.00 and is non-refundable but applied to tuition.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • August, 2015 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: Academic Calendar - http://www.temple.edu/registrar/documents/calendars/14-15.asp
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: Considered