Thomas Jefferson University

Jefferson School of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Devin M. Sullivan Phillips
Admissions Counselor

Office of Admissions

130 S. 9th Street
Suite 100
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107

Phone (Work): 215-503-9847

Dr. Mary Hess
Associate Dean of Student Affairs

Jefferson College of Pharmacy

901 Walnut Street
Suite 901 C
Philadelphia , Pennsylvania 19107

Phone (Work): 215-503-6448


Program Deadline (back to top)

Application Deadline for Program? June 1, 2020

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation

Program Information (back to top)

Satellite/Branch Campuses:
  • No
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 (2 terms per academic year)
Total # of PharmD seats filled in the last entering class:
Dual Degree Programs Yes
If Yes, Check all that apply:
  • PharmD/M.P.H.
Structure of your PharmD program: 4
Is a Baccalaureate degree required or preferred for admissions? Not Required
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

Program Description (back to top)

The Doctor of Pharmacy program at the Jefferson College of Pharmacy provides students:

  • Active learning through Interprofessional education with other health professional students
  • Immediate exposure to the practice of pharmacy
  • Multiple opportunities for personal professional development and networking
  • Solid knowledge base to build your professional career on

The program begins with courses that establish the basis to build your knowledge of disease state management, wellness, literature evaluation, healthcare policy, and practice standards. Included will be the opportunity to experience many different pharmacy practice settings and to learn how to best serve patients as a member of the healthcare team through Interprofessional courses and activities. Students at Jefferson are involved in professional organizations, community service, leadership and research activities to enhance personal skills and abilities to complement knowledge gained. All leading toward becoming a practice-ready pharmacist at the program conclusion. 

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Program Statistics (back to top)

Total entering class size for current calendar year including early assurance advancing to the P1 year: 75
Number of early assurance students advancing to the P1 year in the current calendar year:

Program Criteria (back to top)

Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.7
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: NA
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? No

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

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: 112
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Subject Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Total 72  112 
  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 

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 by August 1, 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. Exceptions to the 5 year rule include continuous study 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.     

Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?

Not Required or Considered

Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: NA
Non-native speakers must submit official TOEFL scores:



All students must demonstrate English language proficiency for admission. Specific information may be found at:

Examples that will satisfy the requirement:

  • A degree from an accredited U.S. college/university. At least 60 college credits earned from no more than three (3) U.S. colleges or universities.
  • Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  Send  score to PharmCAS code 8246. 
Note:Select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS.
Do you accept or require other admission tests:


Do you require accepted applicants to have CPR certification prior to matriculation: No

Residency (back to top)

Is preference given to state residents? No
Is preference given to residents of other states? No

Foreign Applicants (back to top)

Are foreign citizens considered (excluding Canadian citizens)? Yes
Eligible citizenship type for admission:
Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS

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.


Evaluations (Letters of Reference) (back to top)

Are letters of reference (LORs) required by your institution? Yes
Number of LORs required: Two (2)
Institution Specific Details:

Please review the list of acceptable references. Clergy may be accepted if they served as a course instructor or in a supervisor role. All faculty are acceptable but science faculty are preferred. 

Please indicate your LOR type requirements.

  • Clergy: Other

  • Co-Worker: Not accepted

  • Employer: Recommended but not required

  • Faculty Advisor: Recommended but not required

  • Family Member: Not accepted

  • Friend: Not accepted

  • Health Care Professional: Recommended but not required

  • Pharmacist: Recommended but not required

  • Politician: Not accepted

  • Pre-Health Advisor: Recommended but not required

  • Professor (Liberal Arts): Recommended but not required

  • Professor (Math): Recommended but not required

  • Professor (Science): Recommended but not required

  • Supervisor: Recommended but not required

  • Teaching Assistant: Not accepted

What is your college/school policy on committee letters? 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
What is your college/school policy on composite letters? Conditionally Accepted
Details: We do not require 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

Interviews (back to top)

Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with one interviewer

Interviews occur on a rolling basis beginning in September following receipt of an interview invitation. The interview will focus on the applicant's understanding of and commitment to the profession of pharmacy, verbal communication skills, and program fit. Applicants will have opportunities to ask questions. Applicants should prepare for the interview and plan to spend a half-day for the interview process. Early decision candidates will be interviewed first.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $300
Refundable? No
Details: Deposit is non-refundable but will be applied to the college of pharmacy fall tuition.
Web link or URL of your institutional web page: First day of class is anticipated to be August 17, 2020. Orientation to the college of pharmacy will occur the week prior and attendance is required. All pre-requisite courses must be completed by August 1. Pre-matriculation requirements must be complete and cleared by the respective department prior to starting the program. A university orientation is also required and typically is scheduled for the 2nd Tuesday of July.