Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson School of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019:  June 3, 2019

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    **PCAT exam not required but may be submitted using code 104** **Early Decision acceptances will not be required to make a deposit**

    • Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? No
    • 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:
      • Dates:  
      • Details:  
      • Dates: July 20, 2017 
      • Details: Jefferson College of Pharmacy events for prospective applicants include programs with a focus on the application process and the profession. How to Make an A+ Impression Register by email to: JCPApplication@Jefferson.Edu  
    • 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 ↑ 

    The JCP 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. 

    Students in the JCP 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.

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 250
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 120
    • Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 75
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: N/A
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: N/A
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: N/A
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.7
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: NA
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: NA
    • 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? No
      • Details: 
    • Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 40%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 60%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.38
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 21-32
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 5.4

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 72
    • 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: 118
    • 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 72  118 
      Anatomy & Physiology I or Anatomy with lab 
      Anatomy & Physiology II or Physiology with lab 
      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 
      Remaining credits may be candidates choice  12 
    • 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. Social Sciences course examples include: psychology, sociology, anthropology, political Science, economics, geography, and history.  Humanities course examples include: languages, literature, philosophy, religion, and the Arts. AP credits will be accepted if they appear on a college transcript. A total of 72 semester credit hours must be completed prior to matriculation, 68 of those are specifically required as noted in the pre-requisite coursework and the remaining 4 credit hours may be candidates choice.


      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.     

    • Does your program accept AP credits for prerequisite coursework? Yes

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? No

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? No
      • Details: 
      • 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  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:





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

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? No
      • Details: 
    • 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: 06/03/2019 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 (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: Conditionally Accepted
      • Details: We prefer individual letters but will accept a committee letter. A committee letter is accepted as 1 letter of reference.
      • 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. A composite letter will count as one letter of reference.
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with one interviewer
    • Interview Dates:
      • September - March/April 
    • Details: 

      Eary Decision:  September - October 2018

      Regular Decision: October 2018 - March 2019


      Each applicant who is invited to interview will meet individually with faculty and current students from the Jefferson College 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 an opportunity to ask questions during the interview.  Applicants should prepare for the interview and 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, within 1 week 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: $300
      • Due: Required within two weeks of date of offer as indicated in the acceptance letter.
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: Deposit is non-refundable but will be applied to the college of pharmacy fall tuition.
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • 08/2018 
      • Details: Thomas Jefferson University orientation TBD - typically a Tuesday in mid-July. Orientation for Fall 2019 has yet to be determined but is anticipated to be Aug 19 and 20. Attendance at both orientations is required.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: The first day of class is anticipated to be August 21, 2019.
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: If an accepted student would like to defer their admission, a request should be directed to Dr Hess in the College of Pharmacy.