Thomas Jefferson University

Jefferson School of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Leslie Hindman
Admissions Counselor

Office of Admissions

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

Phone (Work): 215-503-9848

Phone (Fax): 215-503-7241

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

Phone (Fax): 215-503-3082


Program Deadline (back to top)

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

    October 13, 2018


    Open House - October 13, 2018 and Spring TBD Information Sessions are held from September through May, registration is available online at:

  • Dates


  • Dates

    July 20, 2017


    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

Program Description (back to top)

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.

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

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
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

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
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  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 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.     

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
TOEFL® required?



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:

Experience (back to top)

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

Residency (back to top)

Is proof of state residency required? No
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? 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 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.


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 (Math)
  • Professor (Science)
  • Supervisor



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
Does it count as more than one LOR? No
Details: We prefer individual letters but will accept a committee letter. A committee letter is accepted as 1 letter of reference.
Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
A Composite Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
Does it count as more than one LOR? No
Details: We do not required a composite letter but we do accept them. A composite letter will count as one letter of reference.

Interviews (back to top)

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

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.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

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?


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
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