University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
Philadelphia College of Pharmacy



  1. Contact Information ↑ 


  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2014:  March 3, 2014


  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 


  4. Program Information ↑ 




  5. Program Description ↑ 

    Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, founded in 1821, was the first educational institution in North America to teach pharmacy to students.  Early graduates of the College went on to found six of today’s top pharmaceutical companies.  The comprehensive curriculum combines courses in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, social sciences and the liberal arts with professional courses and pharmacy practice experiences. Our curriculum is designed for you to gain hands-on pharmacy experience early in your professional program and build upon it through graduation.  You will have other options to enhance your education, including residencies and fellowships in pharmacy as well as opportunities to earn a minor or additional degree.  Capstone courses allow you to explore drug therapy in the management and prevention of many disease states, work directly with data systems records that simulate those used in pharmacy practice, and develop drug therapy regimens using data from actual patients.  Faculty members are award-winning scientists, researchers and practicing pharmacists.  Professional courses on campus allow you to develop mentoring relationships with pharmacists from all types of practice settings.  Our location near and partnerships with so many hospitals, pharmaceutical research, manufacturing and business facilities gives you nearly unlimited options for internships and post-graduate employment.


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2013 entering class: 20
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2013 entering class: 797 freshman, 22 transfer
    • Estimated fall 2013 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 239 freshman and transfer
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: n/a
    • Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: 22
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 10
    • Estimated percent of males in 2013 entering class: 43%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2013 entering class: 57%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.5
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: n/a
    • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2014 entering class: n/a
    • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2014 entering class: n/a
    • Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2014 entering class: 15
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 3.0
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 3.0
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: 75 (no subscore below 60)
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 1 to 2 years, no degree (1-60 sem hrs)

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 65
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 44
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Spring 2014 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 65   
      General Biology I with Lab    
      General Biology II with Lab    
      Organic Chemistry I with Lab    
      Organic Chemistry II with Lab    
      General Physics I with Lab    
      General Physics II with Lab    
      Microbiology   
      General Chemistry I with Lab    
      General Chemistry II with Lab    
      Math Analysis I (Pre-Calculus)    
      Math Analysis II (Calculus)    
      Writing and Rhetoric I   
      Writing and Rhetoric II    
      Introduction to Sociology    
      Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II    
    • Additional Information: 

      Other clarifying information: Intellectual Heritage I & II are unique interdisciplinary courses that are part of the USciences curriculum.  A sequence of courses designed to achieve a balance between specialized study and exposure to a diversity of ideas, perspectives and modes of thinking.  Year three transfer students most often satisfy this requirement through courses in the take courses in the humanities, social sciences, fine arts, moral reasoning/philosophy or historical studies.

      † Both Anatomy & Physiology I & II are needed in an A & P sequence course in order to complete the required “head to toe” material. A & P course for pre-med students is preferred and must have a Biology pre-requisite.

      • General Education requirements can be fulfilled through the following Social Sciences: Anthropology, Communication, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Science or Humanities: Arabic, Art, Chinese, Classics, English, French, German, History, Humanities, Latin, Music, Philosophy, Spanish, World Cultures.

      ^ May be waived through department approval if not fulfilled.


  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? No

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: June 2009
      • Details: 

        The Janaury PCAT will be accepted for 2014 consideration

      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? Yes
      • Details: 

        Required if English is not native language

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

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  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: 3/5/13 Received by deadline
    • Details: 

      International transfer students must have college coursework evaluated by WES (World Education Services) or ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators).


  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: 
    • LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED: 
      • Co-Worker
      • Employer
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Supervisor
      • Teaching Assistant
    • 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
      • Family Member
      • Friend
      • Politician
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Dates:
      • November 1, 2013 through March 15, 2014 
    • Details: 

      Selected applicants will be asked to attend an interview day which will consist of a pharmacy department information session followed by an interview with 2 faculty members. After the faculty interviews, applicants will tour campus and enjoy lunch with current pharmacy students.


  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Decision letters will be mailed approximately 2 weeks after the candidate's interview.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Deposit is required within 2 weeks of receipt of acceptance
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $500
      • Due: Deposit is required within 2 weeks of receipt of acceptance
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • mid-July 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: The last Monday in August.
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No