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2009-2010 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Doctor of Pharmacy Program – Entry Level


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Vision Statement

Our vision is to create and foster dedicated pharmacists who will have a moral commitment to improve the quality of life of individual patients and have a positive impact on society by being an integral part of the healthcare team. Our graduates will be compassionate, innovative, highly sought after, and respected leaders of the pharmacy profession. They will be able to adapt to the dynamic nature of the healthcare system and changing technology and serve as positive role models in the community. Our program will foster these ideals by providing a strong scientific education and promoting communication, problem-solving, and critical-thinking skills through lifelong learning.

The goal of the PharmD program is to prepare a graduate who will be capable of providing patient care, with an emphasis on pharmaceutical care, as a means of achieving optimal patient outcomes. The graduate will be capable of:

  • Independent, analytical thinking and problem solving.
  • Demonstrating proficiency in the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of the basic and applied pharmaceutical sciences.
  • Communicating effectively with patients, caregivers, and members of the healthcare community.
  • Functioning confidently as an integral member of a multidisciplinary healthcare team.
  • Effecting and adapting to change through lifelong learning.
  • Accepting leadership and management responsibilities.
  • Functioning in a manner consistent with professional and ethical standards of practice.
  • Promoting healthcare and the optimal use of medications.

Degree Requirements


To qualify for the doctor of pharmacy degree, a minimum of 206 credit hours of approved courses is required in the six-year curriculum for students admitted into the classes of 2007–2011 (Catalog Years 2001–2005). Students admitted into the class of 2012 and later years (Catalog Years 2006 and later) will require 209 credits to qualify for the doctor of pharmacy degree.

All students admitted to the classes of 2012 and prior years (Catalog Years 2006 and prior) must complete the 56-credit requirements of the core curriculum, while students admitted to the classes of 2013 and later (Catalog Years 2007 and later) must complete the general education requirements. All pharmacy students must enroll for a minimum of 12 credit hours each semester and be enrolled at the University for at least 12 semesters, including 40 weeks of advanced pharmacy practice experience.

Students admitted into the entry-level doctor of pharmacy program, graduating class of 2005 and prior years (Catalog Years 1999 and prior), must achieve a minimum grade of “C-” (“P” if taking pass/fail election) in all courses with the prefix PA, PC, PH, or PP in order to progress in the program. These students must also maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.30 throughout years three through six (the professional years) of the program.

Entry-level doctor of pharmacy students admitted into the graduating classes of 2006–2008 (Catalog Years 2000–2002) must achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.30 by August 15 following the second year and maintain a semester GPA of 2.30 in every semester of years three through six (the professional years) of the Doctor of Pharmacy program.

Entry-level doctor of pharmacy students admitted into the classes of 2009–2011 (Catalog Years 2003–2005) must, by May 15 of the second year, achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50, must successfully complete and pass all required first- and second-year courses, and must have taken all required courses at USP since matriculation. They must maintain a semester GPA of 2.30 in every semester of years three through six (the professional years) of the program.

Entry-level doctor of pharmacy students admitted into the classes of 2012–2013 (Catalog Years 2006–2007) must, by May 15 of the second year, achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.70 and a minimum math/natural science GPA of 2.30, must successfully complete and pass all required first- and second-year courses, and must have taken all required courses at USP since matriculation. They must maintain a semester GPA of 2.30 in every semester of years three through six (the professional years) of the program.

Entry-level doctor of pharmacy students admitted into the classes of 2014 and later (Catalog Year 2008 and later) must, by May 15 of the second year, achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 and a minimum cumulative natural science/math GPA of 2.50, must successfully complete and pass all required first- and second-year courses, and must have taken all required courses at USP since matriculation. They must maintain a semester GPA of 2.30 in every semester of years three through six (the professional years) of the program. They must achieve a minimum grade of “C-” (“P” if taking pass/fail election) in all nonelective required courses with the prefix PA, PC, PH, or PP in order to progress in the program. Students who achieve a grade of less than “C-” upon repetition of the same nonelective required course with the prefix PA, PC, PH, or PP will be dropped from the program.

Passing the writing proficiency examination is a graduation requirement for students who entered in Catalog Year 2008 or earlier (see Catalog Year for Degree Requirements). Students who have failed the examination are urged to seek assistance from the Writing Center. Students admitted into the classes of 2008 and prior years (Catalog Year 2001 and prior years) must pass the writing proficiency prior to progressing to the fourth professional year. Students admitted to the classes of 2008–2012 (Catalog Years 2002–2006) must pass the writing proficiency exam prior to progressing to the third professional year of the program. Students admitted into the graduating classes of 2013 and 2014 (Catalog Years 2007 and 2008) must complete the writing proficiency exam prior to entering the second professional year. Students admitted to the classes of 2012 and prior years (Catalog Year 2006 and prior years) must also pass the computer competency requirement prior to progressing to the third year.

Students must be certified in First Aid/CPR in accordance with the American Red Cross standards prior to beginning their experiential training. Competence in pharmaceutical calculations must be completed in their final didactic semester on campus prior to progressing to the fourth professional year. Students are also required to undergo criminal background checks throughout the professional years to participate in the IPPE and APPE components of the curriculum.

Completing the entry-level doctor of pharmacy program at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy requires full-time (i.e., 12 credits/semester or greater) enrollment from the time the student is admitted. Students admitted into the first professional year of the program must be enrolled for at least four years (i.e., 8 semesters of at least 12 credits/semester) in residency at the college, regardless of the nature or extent of previous academic experience. Such students, however, will receive credit in those basic sciences and general education subjects that are considered equivalent in content and semester-hour credit with similar courses included in the pharmacy curriculum at this University and in which they earned a grade of “C” or better.

Entry-Level Doctor of Pharmacy Curriculum


Students Admitted into Graduating Classes of 2010 and prior years—Catalog Year 2004 and prior years with Core Curriculum (206 credits).

Core Curriculum


  • Core Fundamental Social Sciences
    (Choose two)
    (AN 101, EC 101, PO 101, PS 101, or SO 101)
  • Core Distribution Requirement - World Culture
  • Core Distribution Requirement - History/Literature
  • Core Distribution Requirement - Advanced Social Sciences
  • Core Elective

Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacy Administration


Free Electives (6 credits)


Proficiencies/Competencies


  • Writing Proficiency
  • Computer Competency
  • Adult CPR and Standard First Aid
  • Pharmaceutical Calculations

Entry-Level Doctor of Pharmacy Curriculum Plan


Students entering in Catalog Year 2004 and prior (graduating Classes of 2010 and prior)—with core curriculum.

First Year (U1)


Second Year (U2)


Fall Semester


  • Social Sciences Fundamental Requirement Credits: 3

Intellectual Heritage I Credits: 3


(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 17


Spring Semester


  • Core Distribution Requirements Credits: 6

Intellectual Heritage II Credits: 3


(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 18


Third Year (P1)


Credits/Semester: 16


Spring Semester


  • Core Distribution Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 16


Fourth Year (P2)


Fifth Year (P3)


Credits: 40


Total Credits: 206


Notes:


  1. All students must demonstrate competency in computer applications before progressing to the third year.
  2. Students admitted to classes of 2008–2012 (Catalog Years 2002–2006) must pass the writing proficiency examination prior to progressing to their third professional year (Catalog Year 2001 and prior years). Students admitted to classes of 2007 and prior years must pass the writing proficiency exam prior to progressing to their fourth professional year.
  3. Students must demonstrate competence in pharmaceutical calculations in their final didactic semester on campus prior to progressing to the fourth professional year.
  4. Students must be certified in First Aid/CPR in accordance with the American Red Cross standards prior to progressing to their fourth professional year.

Entry-Level Doctor of Pharmacy Program


Students Admitted into graduating classes of 2011—Catalog Year 2005 (206 credits)—with general education.

Core Curriculum


  • Core Fundamental Social Science (AN 101, EC 101, PO 101, PS 101, or SO 101)
  • Core Distribution Requirement - World Culture
  • Core Distribution Requirement - History/Literature
  • Core Distribution Requirement - Advanced Social Sciences
  • Core Elective

Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacy Administration


Proficiencies/Competencies


  • Writing Proficiency
  • Computer Competency
  • Adult CPR and Standard First Aid
  • Pharmaceutical Calculations

Entry-Level Doctor of Pharmacy Curriculum Plan


Students admitted into graduating classes 2011 with core curriculum, Catalog year 2005 (206 credits).

First Year (U1)


Second Year (U2)


Fall Semester


  • Social Sciences Fundamental Requirement Credits: 3

Intellectual Heritage I Credits: 3


(choose one)

Credits/Semester: 17


Spring Semester


  • Core Distribution Requirement Credits: 6

Intellectual Heritage II Credits: 3


(choose one)

Credits/Semester: 18


Third Year (P1)


Fourth Year (P2)


Fifth Year (P3)


Credits: 40


Total Credits: 206


Notes:


a. All students must demonstrate competency in computer applications before progressing to the third year.
b. Students admitted to Classes of 2008–2012 must pass the writing proficiency examination prior to progressing to their third professional year.
c. Students must demonstrate competence in pharmaceutical calculations in their final didactic semester on campus prior to progressing to the fourth professional year.
d. Students must be certified in First Aid/CPR in accordance with the American Red Cross standards prior to progressing to their fourth professional year.

Entry-Level Doctor of Pharmacy Program


Students admitted into graduating class of 2012—Catalog Year 2006 (208 credits).

Core Curriculum


  • Core Fundamental Social Science (SO 101 or one of AN 101, EC 101, PO 101 or PS 101)
  • Core Fundamental Social Science (SO 101 or one of AN 101, EC 101, PO 101 or PS 101)
  • Core Distribution Requirement - World Culture
  • Core Distribution Requirement - History/Literature
  • Core Distribution Requirement - Advanced Social Sciences

Pharmacy Practice and Administration


  • PA 561 - Pharmacy Law & Ethics Credits: 2
  • PA 562 - Applied Pharmacoeconomics Credits: 2
  • PP 560 - Literature Evaluation II Credit: 1
  • PP 561 - Professional Seminar Credit: 1
  • PP 569 - Clincial Pharmacokinetics Credits: 3

Program (Professional) Electives (8 credits)


Proficiencies/Competencies


  • Writing Proficiency
  • Computer Competency
  • Adult CPR and Standard First Aid
  • Pharmaceutical Calculations

Entry-Level Doctor of Pharmacy Curriculum Plan


Students admitted into graduating class 2012, Catalog Year 2006 with core curriculum (208 credits).

Pre-Professional Year 1 (U1)


Pre-Professional Year 2 (U2)


Professional Year 1 (P1)


Professional Year 2 (P2)


Professional Year 3 (P3)


Fall Semester


  • PA 561 - Pharmacy Law and Ethics Credits: 2
  • PA 562 - Applied Pharmacoeconomics Credits: 2
  • PP 560 - Literature Evaluation II Credits: 1

Credits/Semester: 13


Spring Semester


  • Professional Electives Credits: 8
  • PP 561 - Professional Seminar Credits: 1
  • PP 569 - Clinical Pharmacokinetics Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 19


Professional Year 4 (P4)


Total Credits: 208


Notes:


a. All students must demonstrate compentency in computer applications before progressing to the third year.
b. Students must pass the writing proficiency examination prior to progressing to their third professional year.
c. Students must demonstrate competence in pharmaceutical calculations in their final didactic semester on campus prior to progressing to the fourth professional year.
d. Students must be certified in First Aid/CPR in accordance with the American Red Cross standards prior to progressing to their fourth professional year.

Entry-Level Doctor of Pharmacy Program


Students admitted into graduating classes of 2013–2014—Catalog Years 2007–2008 (209 credits).

General Education


  • Social Science Disciplinary Requirement
    (Suggest courses to fulfill Individual Difference Skill)
  • Humanities Disciplinary Requirements
    (Choose two)
    (Suggest course to fulfill Aesthetics Skill and Ethics Skill)
  • General Education Unrestricted Elective
    (Suggest course to fulfill Informed Citizenship Skill)

Pharmacy Practice and Administration


  • PA 561 - Pharmacy Law and Ethics Credits: 2
  • PA 562 - Applied Pharmacoeconomics Credits: 2
  • PP 418 - Professional Experience II Credits: 3
  • PP 560 - Literature Evaluation II Credits: 1
  • PP 561 - Professional Seminar Credits: 1
  • PP 569 - Clinical Pharmacokinetics Credits: 3

 

Program (Professional) Electives (8 credits)


Proficiencies/Competencies


  • Writing Proficiency
  • Adult CPR and Standard First Aid
  • Pharmaceutical Calculations

Entry-Level Doctor of Pharmacy Curriculum


Students admitted into graduating classes of 2013–2014—Catalog Years 2007–2008 (209 credits).

First Year (U1)


Second Year (U2)


Fall Semester


  • Social Science Disciplinary Requirement Credits: 3
    (Recommend Individual Difference Skill course)

Intellectual Heritage I Credits: 3


(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 17


Spring Semester


  • Humanities Disciplinary Requirement Credits: 3
    (Recommend Aesthetic Skill course)
  • Humanities Disciplinary Requirement Credits: 3
    (Recommend Ethics Skill course)

Intellectual Heritage II Credits: 3


(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 18


Third Year (P1)


Fall Semester


  • General Education Elective Unrestricted Credits: 3
    (recommend Informed Citizen Skill course AN 103, SO 304, or HU 305)

Credits/Semester: 19


Credits/Semester: 15


Fourth Year (P2)


Total Credits – BSPHHCS: 125 (Catalog Year 2008)


Fifth Year (P3)


Fall Semester


  • PA 561 - Pharmacy Law and Ethics Credits: 2
  • PA 562 - Applied Pharmacoeconomics Credits: 2
  • PP 560 - Literature Evaluation II Credits: 1

Credits/Semester: 13


Spring Semester


  • Professional Electives Credits: 8
  • PP 561 - Professional Seminar Credits: 1
  • PP 569 - Clinical Pharmacokinetics Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 19


Sixth Year (P4)


Total Credits: 209


Notes:


  1. Students must pass the writing proficiency examination prior to progressing to their second professional year.
  2. Students must demonstrate competence in pharmaceutical calculations in their final didactic semester on campus prior to progressing to the fourth professional year.
  3. Students must be certified in First Aid/CPR in accordance with the American Red Cross standards prior to progressing to their fourth professional year.

Entry-Level Doctor of Pharmacy Program


Students admitted into graduating class of 2015 and later—Catalog Year 2009 and later (209 credits).

General Education


  • Social Science Disciplinary Requirement
    (Suggest courses to fulfill Individual Difference Skill)
  • Humanities Disciplinary Requirements
    (Choose two)
    (Suggest course to fulfill Aesthetics Skill and Ethics Skill)
  • General Education Unrestricted Elective
    (Suggest course to fulfill Informed Citizenship Skill)

Pharmacy Practice and Administration


  • PA 561 - Pharmacy Law and Ethics Credits: 2
  • PA 562 - Applied Pharmacoeconomics Credits: 2
  • PP 418 - Professional Experience II Credits: 3
  • PP 560 - Literature Evaluation II Credits: 1
  • PP 561 - Professional Seminar Credits: 1
  • PP 569 - Clinical Pharmacokinetics Credits: 3

Program (Professional) Electives (8 credits)


Proficiencies/Competencies


  • Adult CPR and Standard First Aid
  • Pharmaceutical Calculations

Entry-Level Doctor of Pharmacy Curriculum Plan


Students admitted into graduating classes of 2015 and later—Catalog Year 2009 and later (209 credits).

First Year (U1)


Second Year (U2)


Fall Semester


  • Social Sciences Discipline Requirement Credits: 3
    (Recommend Individual Difference Skill course)

Intellectual Heritage I Credits: 3


(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 17


Spring Semester


  • Humanities Discipline Requirement Credits: 3
    (Recommend Aesthetic Skill course)
  • Humanities Discipline Requirement Credits: 3
    (Recommend Ethics Skill course)

Intellectual Heritage II Credits: 3


(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 18


Third Year (P1)


Fall Semester


  • General Education Unrestricted Elective Credits: 3
    (Recommend Informed Citizen Skill course AN 103, SO 304, or HU 305)

Credits/Semester: 19


Credits/Semester: 15


Fourth Year (P2)


Total Credits – BSPHHCS: 125


Fifth Year (P3)


Fall Semester


  • PA 561 - Pharmacy Law and Ethics Credits: 2
  • PA 562 - Applied Pharmacoeconomics Credits: 2
  • PP 560 - Literature Evaluation II Credit: 1

 

Credits/Semester: 13


Spring Semester


  • PP 561 - Professional Seminar Credit: 1
  • PP 569 - Clinical Pharmacokinetics Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 19


Sixth Year (P4)


Total Credits: 209


Notes:


a. Students must demonstrate competence in pharmaceutical calculations in their final didactic semester on campus prior to progressing to the fourth professional year.
b. Students must be certified in First Aid/CPR in accordance with the American Red Cross standards prior to progressing to their fourth professional year.

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