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2016-2017 University Catalog 
2016-2017 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

About the University

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At University of the Sciences, students embark on a challenging learning experience in a proving ground for successful professionals in the science and healthcare-related fields. A private institution dedicated to education, research, and service, and distinguished as the nation’s first college of pharmacy, the University has produced leaders in the science and healthcare marketplaces since its founding in 1821. Students in USciences’ four 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 through such disciplines as pharmacy, biology, chemistry, psychology, physics, physical therapy, healthcare business, and health policy.


The mission of University of the Sciences 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 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.


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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.



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University of the Sciences is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; 267.284.5000.

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 135 S. LaSalle St., Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60603-4810; 312.664.3575. The agency website is www.acpe-accredit.org. 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) and doctor of occupational therapy (DrOT) programs are 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, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449; 301.652.6611, ext. 2914. Their website is www.acoteonline.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; 703.706.3245. 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; 800.333.9511. Their website is www.chemistry.org.

The program in medical laboratory science is affiliated with hospital programs that are accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). The address is 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018; 773.714.8880. Their website is www.naacls.org.

The master of science in physician assistant studies (MSPAS) program has received accreditation – provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc (ARC-PA). 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 ARC-PA. The address of ARC-PA is 12000 Findley Road, Suite 150, Johns Creek, GA 30097; 770.476.1224. The agency’s 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.

Student Grievance Policy

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A grievance is a complaint or allegation made by a student who feels that an action (or lack of action) by the University is unfair; is arbitrary, capricious, or unjust; or does not comply with University policies. Some grievances, however, cannot be initially addressed through the Student Grievance Policy. These include allegations of discrimination related to gender (including sexual harassment), race, ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation, all of which must be referred to the Affirmative Action Office (AAO). The AAO and/or the director of Human Resources may conduct an investigation into the allegations. If warranted, Human Resources may take appropriate disciplinary actions against any University employee as described in the Employee Handbook, or they may refer the situation to the dean of students for resolution under this Grievance policy. In addition, conduct matters cannot be grieved, as stated in the Student Conduct Policy.

It is the policy of the University to provide a mechanism by which grievances can be openly and objectively reviewed, with a goal of reconciliation or resolution of University-related issues. If an issue cannot be resolved informally, students may use the Student Grievance Policy and procedures without fear of reprimand or reprisal.

Further information about the Student Grievance Policy and associated procedures is available in the most recent version of the USciences Student Handbook which is available online at www.usciences.edu/studenthandbook/.

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 Strategy and Planning at 215.596.8542.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Statement

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University of the Sciences 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. USciences 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 USciences 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:

Rosalie I. Jones
Executive Director, Human Resources & AAO
University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Telephone: 215.596.8697
Fax: 215.895.1100
Email: r.jones@usciences.edu

Compliance Hotline


University of the Sciences in Philadelphia is committed to excellence at all levels and strives to support the USciences community in practicing the highest standards of ethical conduct. To facilitate this, the university has selected EthicsPoint, Inc. to provide an on-line system to confidentially report activities involving misconduct, violations of government regulations or university policies, or otherwise inappropriate, unethical or illegal activities involving the USciences community. While the reporter has the option to file reports anonymously or non-anonymously, most reports cannot be thoroughly investigated if the reporter is unwilling to confer with the assigned investigator and provide information requested by the investigator in a timely manner. The online site enables the reporter to carry on a dialogue with the investigator even if the reporter chooses to remain anonymous. After a report is filed via EthicsPoint, a determination will be made as to whether the report will be investigated internally, by USciences, or externally, through EthicsPoint. No one will lose their right to file a complaint or have a complaint investigated because it is filed via EthicsPoint rather than directly to the office designated in a particular policy. Links to EthicsPoint can be found at the USciences website, www.usciences.edu, and in the Blackboard system.

The university asks that reports are made in a good faith effort to address legitimate issues and concerns or to otherwise provide reliable information. This reporting service does not replace existing reporting methods already in place for reporting problems or concerns, and you are encouraged to continue to report these to your supervisor, Human Resources or other campus entities, as appropriate. The EthicsPoint reporting system simply provides an additional means of reporting such issues when the reporter wishes to remain anonymous. The reporter should check the status of their reports regularly and a report will be closed out if the reporter does not respond in a timely manner to questions from the assigned investigator.