Since its founding in 1821 as the first college of pharmacy in the Western Hemisphere, the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (PCP) has continued its mission to educate pharmacists, scientists and other professionals who develop, promote, and enhance the standards of patient care, pharmaceutical development and innovation, and healthcare business and management.
Early graduates of PCP founded and led pharmaceutical manufacturing companies of national and international prominence, aided in part by our location in the heart of the Pennsylvania-Delaware-New Jersey pharmaceutical industry corridor. The college, through its faculty and alumni, has consistently provided leadership in pharmaceutical discovery and the evolution of pharmacy practice and education via elected positions in local, regional and national professional organizations, research discoveries, and editorial roles.
The Philadelphia College of Pharmacy launched the post-baccalaureate doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) in 1967, one of the earliest such programs on the East Coast. Graduates from this program have led the development of PharmD programs at other schools of pharmacy, have established practice innovations now considered the standard of practice, and have demonstrated and validated the wide variety of roles that are now expertly ﬁlled by pharmacists. In 1994, the PharmD degree was approved as the entry-level program for all entering students seeking a career as pharmacy practitioners.. In 2018, a new and innovative competency driven PharmD curriculum, one of the first in the country, was launched.
Opportunities to meet the shortage of research- and industry-focused BS graduates have been met through the four-year BS programs in pharmacology and toxicology (begun in 1979) and pharmaceutical sciences (begun in 1999). Through these programs, the college is able to provide the pharmaceutical industry and research employers with capable, well-educated professionals. These BS program options also enable interested students to enter graduate or other professional programs.
In 2018, the department of pharmaceutical and healthcare business (formally part of Mayes College) was merged into PCP. The BS (begun in 1998) and MBA (begun in 2002) programs in pharmaceutical and health care business are one of the few specialized programs in the country dedicated exclusively to the pharmaceutical and healthcare business. The department also offers three post-graduate certificate programs and three minors in business.
Providing a high quality and innovative education for pharmacy practitioners, scientists and business professionals remains the mission of the college into the 21st century. The expertise of the faculty in Philadelphia College of Pharmacy includes community, ambulatory and acute care pharmacy practice, pharmacy administration, pharmaceutics, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, toxicology, pharmacokinetics, and pharmaceutical product and medical device development. Our pharmaceutical and healthcare business faculty bring expertise in marketing, finance, healthcare systems, management, leadership and entrepreneurship. The approach to education is learner-centered and developmental, building knowledge, skills, and self-conﬁdence incrementally, with a focus on “learning and knowing by doing”, whether in a laboratory, classroom or in a clinical or other experiential setting. Whether the class is a lecture, recitation, conference, or laboratory, the emphasis is on active engagement by students and faculty, and on individual student success.
The PharmD program is a professional program supported by faculty in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (DPS) and the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacy Administration (DoPP/PA), and is fully accredited by ACPE (Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education). DPS also supports two undergraduate programs, the BS in pharmacology and toxicology and the BS in pharmaceutical sciences, as well as graduate level (MS, PhD) programs in pharmaceutics, pharmacology/toxicology, and industrial pharmacy. DoPP/PA offers several postgraduate (residency and fellowship) training opportunities for advanced pharmacy training. Faculty in the Department of Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Business (PHB) are renowned professors with real-world experience in the business of health care. The BS and MBA in pharmaceutical and healthcare business programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), a leading specialized accreditation association for business education supporting, celebrating, and rewarding teaching excellence.