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.
Progression in the doctor of pharmacy program is defined as the year-to-year advancement in the program, based on satisfactory completion of all coursework, achievement of minimum academic and program-specific grade point averages, and meeting any additional academic requirements including proficiencies, in a timely manner.
Entry-level doctor of pharmacy students admitted into the classes of 2012 and 2013 (Catalog Years 2006 and 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 USciences 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.
For entry-level doctor of pharmacy students admitted into the classes of 2014 and later (Catalog Year 2008 and later), progression from U2 (second undergraduate year) into P1 (first professional year) is automatic when the following criteria are met: all required coursework since matriculation is taken at University of the Sciences; all required first- and second-year coursework is successfully completed by the end of spring semester of second year; and both a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 and a natural science/math GPA of 2.50 are achieved by the end of spring semester of second year. Students who do not meet all three criteria will be withdrawn from the program; if their cumulative GPA is above 2.50, these students will be reviewed for readmission into P1 of the program on a competitive basis, space permitting. If not readmitted, students may apply to other programs. Students admitted into the classes of 2016 and later (Catalog Years 2010 and later) must successfully complete an interview prior to progression into the first professional year (P1) of the program.
In the professional years of the PharmD program (i.e., P1–P4, years 3–6), students who achieve below a semester GPA of 2.30 will receive program probation. Students who exceed two program probations or do not complete program requirements within the maximum number of years of residence in the program will be withdrawn from the program. Students must achieve a minimum grade of “C-” (“P” if taking pass/fail election) for satisfactory completion of all nonelective required courses with the prefix PA, PC, PH, or PP. 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. The Office of the Dean of PCP monitors compliance with all academic standards as well as student progression through 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 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 (P3). 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 (P2). 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 (P4). 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.