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At University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, students embark on a challenging learning experience in a proving ground for successful professionals in the healthcare-related fields. A private, coeducational institution dedicated to education, research, and service, and distinguished as the nation’s first college of pharmacy, the University has produced leaders in the healthcare marketplace since its founding in 1821, including founders of six of the top pharmaceutical companies in the world. With undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs in such disciplines as pharmacy, bioinformatics, physical therapy, healthcare business, and health policy, the 3,000 students in University of the Sciences’ five colleges learn to excel in scientific analysis and to apply their skills to improving healthcare in their communities and in the lives of people worldwide.
The mission of University of the Sciences in Philadelphia is to educate students to become leaders and innovators in the sciences, the health professions, and emerging related disciplines. Building on our legacy as the nation’s first college of pharmacy, we provide excellence in teaching, research, and service.
We accomplish our mission by achieving the following objectives:
- Our graduates will have the knowledge, skills, and values to be successful in their professional careers.
- Through academic and personal development, our graduates will gain the intellectual, cultural, and ethical understanding and awareness needed to become leaders and innovators in a global society.
- Our students will embrace the value of service.
- The University will promote the advancement and dissemination of knowledge through teaching, research, and scholarly activity.
- The University will provide a student-centered learning and living environment.
- The University will foster and cultivate an environment of respect and appreciation for diversity among people, cultures, and ideas.
- The University will be an active partner with our local communities to promote the values and practice of responsible citizenship.
- The University will commit itself to institutional effectiveness and continuous improvement throughout the organization.
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia upholds the following values:
- We believe that the University is a partnership of people. Our students, faculty, staff, and alumni are our principal assets.
- We accept teaching as primary to our mission and recognize the contribution of scholarly activity to the learning process.
- We support a personal educational experience in which intellectual, social, and professional development of the individual student is of paramount concern.
- We recognize the unique composite of liberal and scientific learning as the basis of education at the University.
- We equip our students with the tools for lifelong learning, recognizing that knowing how to continue learning will be more important than any single set of skills acquired in school.
- We affirm that the University is a scholarly community where students, faculty, alumni, and staff participate together in personal and professional growth.
- We value the loyalty and commitment of individuals to the institution.
- We accept our responsibility to conduct our affairs in a collegial manner and with a firm sense of integrity.
- We acknowledge our commitment to provide responsibly managed, high-quality programs at reasonable costs.
- We accept our responsibility to contribute to the communities in which we live and work.
- We strive to continually improve our academic and service programs.
The proud legacy of University of the Sciences began when 68 Philadelphia apothecaries met in Carpenters’ Hall in 1821 to establish improved scientific standards and to train more competent apprentices and students. These visionaries sought to enhance their vocation, as well as protect public welfare. A year later, they organized and incorporated the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (PCP), the first college of pharmacy in the nation. Thus, education in the profession of pharmacy in the U.S. was born.
The college began to grow in enrollment, curriculum, and stature. Although matriculation was originally limited to men, the college became coeducational in 1876. The college initially emphasized the biological and chemical sciences as mainstays of the curriculum in pharmacy but later instituted separate curricula in three other areas: bacteriology, biology, and chemistry.
In 1921, the name of the institution was changed to Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, with state authorization to grant not only the baccalaureate degree, but also the master’s and doctorate in all four disciplines.
As the world of science continuously made advancements throughout the decades, the college evolved and expanded its curriculum to prepare students for the new wave of scientific breakthroughs. The college also enhanced the role of the humanities and social sciences in its science-based curricula. Primarily a commuter campus in its early days, the institution began to transform into one in which residential life and extracurricular activities played a larger role in student development.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania approved the institution’s application for university status in February 1997. In recognition of the broad spectrum of new health and science programs introduced by the institution, the college changed its name to reflect the broader range of academic opportunities offered to its students. On July 1, 1998, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science officially unveiled its new identity as University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.
In the course of its nearly two centuries of existence, the University has launched the careers of many innovative and pioneering individuals in the field of healthcare, including the founders of six of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies:
- Dr. Eli Lilly (Class of 1907) and his father, Josiah K. Lilly (Class of 1882) – Eli Lilly and Company
- Gerald F. Rorer (Class of 1931) – founder of Rorer Pharmaceuticals, which is now Sanofi-aventis
- William R. Warner (Class of 1856), founder of Warner-Lambert Company, Inc., which merged with Pfizer Inc.
- Robert L. McNeil, Jr. (Class of 1938) and his grandfather, Robert McNeil (Class of 1876) – founder of McNeil Laboratories Inc., which was split into two separate corporations: McNeil Consumer Products Company (now McNeil Nutritionals) and McNeil Pharmaceutical (now part of Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc.).
- John Wyeth (Class of 1854), founder of John Wyeth & Brother, which after becoming Wyeth, merged with Pfizer Inc.
- Silas M. Burroughs (Class of 1877) and Sir Henry S. Wellcome (Class of 1874), founders in England of Burroughs Wellcome and Company, which is now part of GlaxoSmithKline
Today, the University continues to build on that esteemed reputation and is now home to over 40 undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in five colleges. Its 3,000 students have enrolled in premier programs in the health sciences, ranging across pharmacy with its direct-entry doctoral program to pre-med to physical therapy to healthcare business and health policy. Students study almost the entire range of the health sciences in one of its five colleges:
- Philadelphia College of Pharmacy
- Misher College of Arts and Sciences
- Samson College of Health Sciences
- College of Graduate Studies
- Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy
Alumni have made significant contributions in fields beyond pharmacy, from pioneering the use of X-rays (Martin Wilbert, Pharmacy – 1890) to motor oil additives (Vincent J. Cease, Pharmacy – 1956) to rechargeable batteries (Paul J. Nigrey, Chemistry – 1970).
Numerous modern-era alumni have made contributions in nearly every aspect of pharmacy, science, and health sciences. Some of our alumni’s remarkable discoveries have had a global impact.
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; 215.662.5606.
Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
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 Public Interest Panel serves in an advisory capacity. The ACPE appointee and the Public Interest Panel ensure a public perspective in policy and decision-making processes. ACPE’s offices are located at 20 North Clark Street, Suite 2500, Chicago, IL 60602-5109; 312.664.3575. The agency website is www.acpe-accredit.org.
Student Comments and Complaints
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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.
The master of occupational therapy (MOT) program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). The agency is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. ACOTE can be contacted at 4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220; 301.652.2682. Their website is www.aota.org.
The doctor of physical therapy (DPT) program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association. The agency is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, and by the House of Delegates of the American Physical Therapy Association. The address for the accrediting agency is 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; 703.684.2782. The agency website is www.capteonline.org.
BS degrees offered through the department of chemistry and biochemistry are certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS), provided students include in their program specified chemistry electives. The address for the ACS is 1155 16 th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036; 202-659-2650. Their website is www.chemistry.org.
The program in medical technology is affiliated with hospital programs that are accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). The address is 8410 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, Suite 670, Chicago, IL 60631-3415; 773.714.8880. Their website is www.naacls.org.
The science teacher certification program is accredited by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Teacher Education, Bureau of Teacher Preparation and Certification. University of the Sciences in Philadelphia grants Pennsylvania Department of Education secondary certifications in biology, chemistry, and general science in addition to a K–12 certification in environmental education. The Bureau of Teacher Preparation and Certification has reciprocal agreements with the District of Columbia and 45 states. The address of the Department of Education is 333 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333; 717.783.6788; their website is www.pde.state.pa.us.
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine department of physician assistant studies has completed an accreditation review and is judged to be in compliance with the nationally established standards as set forth by the Accreditation Review Committee on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Their address is 12000 Findley Road, Suite 240, Duluth, GA 30097; 770.476.1224. The agency website is www.arc-pa.org.
All degree programs of the University are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
The University meets all the criteria for approval for veterans’ education under the provisions of Title 38, United States Code, Section 3675.
Assessment of Academic Programs and Student Services
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The University will continue to enhance its activities to assess academic and student service programs. Program assessment is developing into an ongoing, prospectively planned, comprehensive set of activities to collect information on the quality of the education and student services at the University. Essentially every student and faculty member of the University, plus many staff members, will have a role in program assessment. Students may be asked to complete surveys, participate in discussion groups, answer knowledge-based questions, demonstrate skills, complete portfolios, and participate in other methods of data collection.
Students may also be asked to help in the design, analysis, and critique of assessment activities. Alumni will also be asked to participate in assessment program activities. It is the responsibility of each student and alumnus to participate honestly in these activities. The information collected in assessment activities will be analyzed, communicated, and then used to improve the educational experience at the University and the assessment process.
Student academic performance data (such as course grades, test, and assignment scores) is sometimes used for academic program assessment purposes—that is, analyzing how well students, as a whole, are achieving the learning goals of a major program or general education. All student performance data is aggregated and completely anonymous—no individual student information is analyzed or reported. Assessment of student learning allows the University to better understand student academic performance and helps our programs continually improve the educational experiences for our students. If you have any questions or concerns about program assessment of student learning, please contact the Office of Institutional Effectiveness at 215.596.8542.
Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Statement
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University of the Sciences in Philadelphia recognizes that a diverse campus community is essential to enriching intellectual exchanges and enhancing cultural understanding and, as such, values equality of opportunity, mutual respect, and diversity. USP does not discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs on the basis of gender, age, disability, race, religion, creed, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity or in violation of federal, state, and local laws or executive orders.
The Affirmative Action Office (AAO), in cooperation with the Office of Human Resources and the Division of Student Affairs, seeks to support and advance these principles by providing leadership and coordination to ensure that USP adheres to equal opportunity, affirmative action, and nondiscrimination policies.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding Affirmative Action and/or Equal Employment Opportunity policies, please contact:
Sara M. Campbell
Vice President and Chief of Staff
Affirmative Action Officer
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495
Published three times a year, the USP Bulletin is produced by the Marketing Department and is sent without charge to alumni and friends of the University. Its content reflects the accomplishments and growth of the University and its alumni. Copies are also available online at www.usp.edu/smc/publications.shtml. The University is responsible for the publication of Remington: The Science and Practice of Pharmacy. For more than 100 years, Remington has been the definitive reference for all aspects of the science and practice of pharmacy and is used for pharmaceutics, therapeutics, and pharmacy practice courses in primary curricula. Publication of the text was begun in 1885 by Joseph Price Remington, professor and later dean at the University, as Practice of Pharmacy. Subsequent to his death, the copyright to this text was assigned to the University by the heirs of Professor Remington. The 21 st edition of the book was published in 2005.
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia is located in the University City section of Philadelphia, a tree-lined residential area that is also home to the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University. More than 45,000 college students live in University City. The campus comprises 21 buildings, athletics fields, and gardens, situated on 35 acres. The University sits adjacent to the historic nine-acre Clark Park to the west and The Woodlands, a 54-acre National Historic Landmark, to the east.
For more information, including a map of the campus, please visit: www.usp.edu/virtualtour/.