Since its founding in 1821 to establish improved scientific standards and to train competent apprentices and students, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy has continued in its mission to educate practitioners and prepare professionals who can promote and enhance the standards of pharmaceutical practice and healthcare.
A program leading to the advanced professional practice degree of doctor of pharmacy was inaugurated in 1967 and was one of the earliest such programs on the East Coast. Graduates have led the development of doctor of pharmacy programs at other schools of pharmacy, have established practice innovations now considered the standard of practice, and have demonstrated and validated the variety of roles that can be expertly filled by professionals prepared to provide pharmaceutical care.
In 1994, the doctor of pharmacy degree was approved as the entry-level program for all entering students seeking a career as pharmacy practitioners.
The bachelor of science in pharmacology and toxicology program, which was begun in 1979, and the bachelor of science in pharmaceutical sciences program, which was begun in 1999, prepare BS-level scientists for the pharmaceutical industry, as well as candidates for graduate and professional schools.
A significant number of earlier graduates of the college founded and led pharmaceutical manufacturing companies of national and international prominence. Our location in the heart of the Pennsylvania-Delaware-New Jersey pharmaceutical industry has nurtured the linkages between the college and its alumni employed in these companies. The college, its faculty, and its alumni have consistently supported national, regional, and local branches of professional associations through their positions of elected leadership and in editorial roles that have influenced pharmacy practice and education across the country.
The closure of the bachelor of science in pharmacy program in 2001 created new opportunities to meet the shortage of research- and industry-focused entry-level graduates through the four-year bachelor of science program in pharmaceutical sciences and the four year bachelor of science program in pharmacology and toxicology. The college is able to provide pharmaceutical industry and research employers with capable, well-educated staff with graduates from these programs. These options also enable interested students to begin graduate study or advanced professional education at the completion of a four-year bachelor of science program.
The education of pharmacy practitioners and of highly qualified technical and management support staff for the development of pharmaceutical and other products for the healthcare industry remains the mission of the college into the 21st century. The expertise of the faculty in Philadelphia College of Pharmacy ranges from community pharmacy, institutional pharmacy, and clinical pharmacy through pharmacy administration, pharmaceutical economics, pharmaceutics, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, and pharmaceutical product development. Whether the class is a lecture, recitation, conference, or laboratory, the emphasis is on individual student success.
The doctor of pharmacy degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). The ACPE is an autonomous and independent national agency whose board of directors (the decision- and policy-making body) includes pharmacy educators, pharmacy practitioners, state board of pharmacy members/executives, and a public representative. A three-member public interest panel also provides public perspectives in the policy- and decision-making processes of accreditation. ACPE offices are located at 20 North Clark Street, Suite 2500, Chicago, IL 60602-5109, 312.664.3575, www.acpe-accredit.org. Accreditation status is available at the website.
Student Comments and Complaints
ACPE requires that colleges of pharmacy respond to any written complaints by pharmacy students relating to adherence to the standards, policies, and procedures of ACPE. Students should submit a written comment or complaint to the Office of the Dean of Pharmacy (GH-216). All comments or complaints will be evaluated, and a written response will be provided. Students are also encouraged to visit the ACPE website at www.acpe-accredit.org.
Student Participation in Experiential Education
Students and the University must satisfy requirements imposed by training sites as a condition of student participation in experiential education, starting with Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPEs) in the first professional year (P1) and continuing through P2 and P3, and furthered in the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPEs) in the final year of the program. Additionally, prior to being permitted to begin or continue rotations at off-campus training sites, students may be required to:
- Provide a social security number.
- Provide a medical history including immunity to infectious diseases by documented history of infectious diseases (e.g., measles, rubella, hepatitis B) and/or vaccinations, including titers for certain agents.
- Have a negative PPD or chest x-ray if indicated.
- Complete a physical examination.
- Submit to a criminal background check and other background checks with disclosure to site of any convictions consistent with their criteria.
- Submit to a drug screen with disclosure to site of any positive findings for drugs that are taken without medical supervision.
- Provide evidence of and maintain personal medical insurance coverage at all times while at off-campus training sites.
- Provide First Aid, CPR and other clinical training certifications that are required by site.
Depending on the requirements of the affiliation agreement between the site and the University, the documentation requested may be coordinated by or at the training site or facilitated by the University using campus-based programs or by an external agency. In all cases, the student is ultimately responsible for assuring the requirements have been satisfied, with documentation submitted in a timely manner per deadlines. Placement in experiential sites will depend on timely completion of prerequisites and student identification of preferences, but may be subject to a lottery system if supply and demand are mismatched. Students may be required to obtain their own transportation and to assume associated costs for their own automobile or public transportation to and from experiential sites.
If a student is unable to satisfy the requirements listed above, the University may be unable to place the student in an experiential education setting. As a result, the student may be unable to complete the graduation requirements outlined by the major and may be unable to obtain licensure. Specific licensure requirements for each state’s board of pharmacy and licensure examination pass rates for graduates can be found at the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy website (www.nabp.net).
Doctor of pharmacy students are expected to agree and comply with the conditions of the Pharmacy Practice Professionalism Agreement during pharmacy practice experiential coursework. A student unable to comply with the agreement may be removed from a rotation, may fail a rotation, or may be administratively withdrawn from the doctor of pharmacy program.