Temple University of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education

School of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Joan Hankins

Office of Admissions

3307 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19140

Phone (Work): (215) 707-4900

Phone (Fax): ( 215)707-3678


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: March 1, 2019

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation

Program Information (back to top)

Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? No
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 Yes
If Yes, Check all that apply:
  • PharmD/M.S.
  • PharmD/M.B.A
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)? Yes
Alternative enrollment options available
  • Early Assurance
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:

Program Description (back to top)

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 62 semester hours (e.g., 2 years) of pre-professional 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., infectious disease, immunology, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, pharmaceutics), followed by courses in clinical pharmacy practice (i.e., pathophysiology/therapeutics, drug information/literature evaluation, and pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics), pharmacy administration (i.e., pharmaceutical economics, health care delivery) and pharmacy law. Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences which are integrated with the didactic course work are completed over the first three professional years of the curriculum.  Temple University School of Pharmacy offers over 350 pharmacy practice sites for experiential education and numerous opportunities for inter-professional interactions.


 The curriculum enables students to differentiate their degrees and build professional portfolios by pursuing specialty Elective Tracks and Certificates in Clinical Trials, Business, Drug Safety, and Advance Clinical Practices during the third professional year. Pharm.D. Candidates can begin to earn an MBA through the Fox School of Business or an MS in Pharmacovigilance from the RA/QA Program at the School of Pharmacy.  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.) degree, we offer the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Pharmaceutics, Pharmacodynamics and Medicinal Chemistry. Additional pharmacy graduate programs include the M.S. in Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance, Pharmaceutical and Regulatory Sciences, and Global Clinical and Pharmacovigilance Regulations. 

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 300+
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 200
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 150
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: To be determined
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: 150 in-state or out-of-state
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: 150 in-state or out-of-state
Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.70 (recommended)
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.70 (recommended)
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: 50th percentile (recommended)
Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 1 to 2 years, no degree (1-60 sem hrs)
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 45%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 55%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.30
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 18-37
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 5:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

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 2019 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 (Recommended)   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: pharmacy.temple.edu/academics/pharmd/prerequisites-pharmd

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

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Deadline: 03/01/2019Postmarked by deadline
Supplemental Application fee: $50.00
Obtaining the Supplemental Application:

The supplemental application must be submitted electronically. In order to gain access to our supplemental application, you must first acquire a PharmCAS number.  The actual document is ONLY available online.  An additional non-refundable $50.00 fee is required.  

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


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?


Note:Select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS.
Other required tests or credentials:

Applicants must have a social security number and provide documentation that they have completed all required immunizations prior to matriculation. http://www.temple.edu/StudentHealth 

Experience (back to top)

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

Residency (back to top)

Is proof of state residency required? Yes
Is preference given to state residents? No
Is preference given to residents of other states? No

Foreign Applicants (back to top)

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

School only accepts evaluations from WES.  Students must have a social security number before matriculation.

Letters of Reference (back to top)

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:


  • Employer
  • Faculty Adviser
  • Health Care Professional
  • Pharmacist
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • Professor (Liberal Arts)
  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)
  • Supervisor
  • Teaching Assistant


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
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

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Multiple applicants with one or more interviewers
Interview Dates:
  • Rolling

Interviews are one hour and are conducted by a faculty member. Applicants will have an opportunity to interact with current PharmD students during a tour of the facility and Health Sciences Campus. 


Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? 2 to 4 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?


Amount: $1,000.00
Due: 14 days from the date of acceptance
Refundable? No
Details: Deposit is $1,000.00 and is non-refundable but applied to tuition.
New Student Orientation Information:
  • August 2019
First day of classes and/or matriculation: Academic Calendar - http://www.temple.edu/registrar/documents/calendars/18-19.asp
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes