Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson School of Pharmacy



  1. Contact Information ↑ 


  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

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


  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 


  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • Institution Type: Private
    • 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.P.H.
    • 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
      • 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:
      • No 



  5. Program Description ↑ 

    Students in the JSP Doctor of Pharmacy program will develop the knowledge and experience  to practice in a wide range of pharmacy settings including community or retail settings, hospitals, clinics, and long-term care facilities. They may also choose to work in pharmaceutical industry or related fields such as pharmaceutical advertising and publishing companies.


    The JSP program is four years in length.  Students will complete a minimum of 141 credits in this program.  The program includes both classroom instruction (didactic component) and hands-on (experiential) learning. The experiential component will encompass approximately 30% of the entire program. 


    In the classroom, students will engage in discussion and learn through integration and application of basic, clinical and administrative sciences.  Our curriculum is designed to help  students effectively collaborate with other health care professionals to ensure that all patients receive safe and effective drug therapy and to understand how pharmacists can influence the health care system and positively impact public health.  


    The experiential learning component of the program will begin in the first semester.  These experiences will take place every semester during the first 3 years of the program.  During the final year of the program, the student will participate in full-time clinical experiences (approximately 40 hours/week) in a variety of pharmacy settings.  Four of these experiences are required and include Community Pharmacy, Hospital/Health System Pharmacy, Ambulatory Care, and Inpatient/Acute Care.  Students will also have the opportunity during this time to select additional elective experiences to meet their personal and/or career needs. 

     


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2014 entering class: 2016
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2014 entering class: 180
    • Estimated fall 2014 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 75
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: N/A
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: N/A
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 132
    • Estimated percent of males in 2014 entering class: 41%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2014 entering class: 59%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.3
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 191
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: N/A
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: N/A
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2015 entering class: N/A
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.7
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.7
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: 50, however 70 is considered competitive
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 18-37
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 8.1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 68
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 44
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 106
    • 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 68  106 
      Anatomy & Physiology I or Anatomy with lab 
      Anatomy & Physiology II or Physiology with lab 
      Calculus  
      Microbiology with lab 
      English Composition  
      Social Sciences   15 
      Humanities   15 
      General Biology I with lab 
      General Biology II with lab 
      General Chemistry I with lab 
      General Chemistry II with lab 
      Physics I algebra or calculus-based with lab 
      Physics II algebra or calculus-based with lab 
      Organic Chemistry I with lab 
      Organic Chemistry II with lab 
    • Additional Information: 

      Physics may be algebra or calculus-based.  All science courses require both lecture and lab.  8 credits of A&P I and II or 4 credits of Human Anatomy  and 4 credits of Human Physiology. Labs must be included. Algebra or Calculus-based. Social Sciences are comprised of psychology, sociology, anthropology, political Science, economics, geography, and history.  Humanities are comprised of languages, literature, philosophy, religion, and the Arts.

       

      All science courses must be completed within 5 years of application to Jefferson. Exceptions to the 5 year rule include continuous enrollment that exceeds 5 years and/or continuous work experience since graduation in a laboratory/science setting. Courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or above to be eligible for transfer. A grade of “C-“ or below will not be eligible for transfer.     


  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Deadline: March 30, 2015 Received by deadline
      • Supplemental Application fee: $25.00
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        Jefferson Office of Admission will send an email with a link to our supplemental application along with a logon ID once we have downloaded the pharmacy application from PharmCAS.  Jefferson will send a second email with the PIN to access the supplemental.


  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? Yes
      • Details: 

        All international students and U.S. permanent residents must demonstrate English language proficiency as one of the conditions for admission to Jefferson. Jefferson Schools will accept any one of the following items to satisfy the proficiency requirement:

        • Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with an overall score of at least 87 and individual section scores as follows: Writing -21, Speaking -23, Reading -21 and Listening -22. Scores should be sent to PharmCAS using code 8246.
        • Associate degree or higher from an accredited U.S. college or university.At least 60 college credits earned from no more than three (3) U.S. colleges or universitiesU.S. national or state licensure or certification in a nursing or allied health field.*
        • Score of 508 or higher on the Critical Reading (formerly Verbal) section for the SAT for applicants entering Jefferson directly from high school.

         

        *Follow the following link for the country list:  http://www.jefferson.edu/content/dam/tju/jshp/Files/Admissions/TOEFL%20Requirements%20by%20Country.pdf

         

      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

        Applicants are encouraged to seek opportunities that will gain exposure to pharmacists and to learn about opportunities within the profession.  Engagement in leadership and community service while successfully completing a full course load is considered desirable. 


  11. Residency ↑ 

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

  12. Foreign Applicants ↑ 

    • Is proof of U.S. residency required? No
    • 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
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: 03/02/2014 Received by deadline
    • Details: 

      Details originating from academic institutions outside of the U.S. must be translated and a course-by-course evaluation performed by the World Education Services (WES) or comparable credential evaluation service.

       


  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: 
      • Employer
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Supervisor
    • LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED: 
      • Employer
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Supervisor
    • 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? Yes
      • A Composite Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
      • Details: we do not required a composite letter but we do accept them.
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Dates:
      • September - March/April 
    • Details: 

      Eary Decision:  October 2014

      Regular Decision: October 2014 - March 2015


      Each applicant who is invited to interview will meet individually with faculty and current students from the Jefferson School of Pharmacy.  The interview will focus on the applicant's understanding of and commitment to the profession of pharmacy as well as their verbal communication skills. The applicant will have ample opportunity to ask questions during the interview.  Applicants should plan to spend a half-day for the interview process.


  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Letters regarding admission decisions will be sent to applicants on a rolling basis by email, usually within 2 weeks of the interview.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Required within two weeks of date of offer as indicated in the acceptance letter.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $1,000
      • Due: Required within two weeks of date of offer as indicated in the acceptance letter.
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • 08/2015 
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No