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 2019:  May 1, 2019

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? No
    • Institution Type: Private
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? No
    • Type of academic term: 
      • Semester (two terms per academic year)
    • Dual Degree Programs No
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 0-6 (no prepharmacy requirements)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? Yes
    • Open House Information:
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
    • Alternative enrollment options available
      • Early assurance
    • Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)? No
    • Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    University of the Sciences has prepared leaders and practitioners in the healthcare and science fields since its founding in 1821 as Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (, the first college of pharmacy in North America. In that time, USciences has grown to over 30 degree-granting programs -- from bachelor’s through doctoral degrees -- in the health and bench sciences, as well as healthcare business and policy. Our tradition of hands-on research and experiential learning is evident in every graduate. The results are rewarding, well-paying careers showing why USciences graduates are proven everywhere they go (

    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 planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 40
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 35
    • Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 140
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 100
    • 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: 3.0
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.5
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: 25, 50 preferred
    • 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: 3.4
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 20-22
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 0:0

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 0-67
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 0-36
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: n/a
    • 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 0-67  n/a 
      General Biology I with Lab (NOT Anatomy & Physiology)   
      General Biology II with Lab (NOT Anatomy & Physiology)   
      General Chemistry I with Lab    
      General Chemistry II with Lab    
      Organic Chemistry I with Lab    
      Organic Chemistry II with Lab    
      Microbiology with lab   
      Human Anatomy & Physiology I with lab (bench or virtual)   
      Human Anatomy & Physiology II with lab (bench or virtual)   
      Calculus I   
      Physics with lab   
      Economics (e.g., Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Health Economics)   
      Social/Behavioral Science (Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology, etc.)   
      Writing Intensive English (if bachelor degree earned before enrolling = 3 credits required; no bachelor degree = 6 credits required)   
      Intro to Communication or Public Speaking   
      Humanities (NOT required if earned a bachelor degree prior to enrolling at USciences)   
    • Additional Information:

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

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? No

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: June 2013
      • Details: 

        The Janaury PCAT will be accepted for 2019 consideration

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

        International applicants are required to submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores, if their native language is not English, or if their college level studies were not conducted in English.  A minimum score of 90 (6.5 IELTS) is required.

      • 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: 3/1/2019 Received by deadline
    • Details: 

      International transfer students must have college coursework evaluated by WES (World Education Services) or ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators).  Foreign course evaluations must be received by the application deadline (3/1/19).

      All applicants must have a social security # prior to the start of the program in August.

  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
      • 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? Yes
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
    • Interview Dates:
      • September 2018 until seats are full 
    • Details: 

      Selected applicants will be asked to attend an interview day which will consist of a PCP department information session, followed by an interview with two or more faculty interviewers. At the conclusion of the faculty interview, 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 has been completed.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Deposit is required within 2 weeks (14 days) of date 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 (14 days) of date of acceptance
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • mid-July 
      • Details: 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: Late August
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No
      • Details: