Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Tips for Advisors

This page is designed for Pre-Health Advisors assisting students with an interest in pharmacy. The timeline below has been developed to fit our rolling admission process. Given the limited times that the PCAT is offered, we do encourage the student to take this exam in the summer or fall of the year they plan to apply.

Timeline for Application

Timeline for application graphic

Prerequisites

A total of 68 semester or 106 quarter hours as specified below must be completed with a grade of C or better. Please note all science courses require lab. Applicants must successfully complete all course prerequisites by the start of the program.

 

Semester Hours Quarter Hours

Anatomy & Physiology II w/Lab*

4

6

General Biology I w/Lab

4

6

General Biology II w/Lab

4

6

General Chemistry I w/Lab

4

6

General Chemistry II w/Lab

4

6

Physics I w/Lab**

4

6

Physics II w/Lab**

4

6

Organic Chemistry I w/Lab

4

6

Organic Chemistry II w/Lab

4

6

Calculus

3

5

Microbiology w/Lab

4

6

English Composition

3

5

Social Sciences***

9

15

Humanities****

9

15

TOTAL CREDITS

68

106

* 8 credits of A&P I and II or 4 credits of Human Anatomy and 4 credits of Human Physiology; labs must be included
**
Algebra or Calculus-based
***
Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science, Economics, Geography, History
****
Languages, Literature, Philosophy, Religion, Arts

A course equivalency guide is available on the Admissions page.

Our Ideal Candidate

Criteria evaluated in the application process:

  • GPA: 3.0 is considered competitive, a number of additional factors are required to review a GPA less than 3.0
  • Test scores: PCAT composite of 70 is considered competitive, a composite of greater than 50 is desired
  • Written and verbal communication skills
  • An understanding of the profession of pharmacy
  • A commitment to patient care
  • Evidence of leadership and service to the community

Early Decision Option

Students may participate in the Early Decision process at Jefferson. The advantage for the student is their application will be processed first and, if offered admission, are guaranteed a seat. Interested applicants should review the rules and timeline for this option on the PharmCAS website.

Contact Information

Jefferson College of Pharmacy
901 Walnut Street
Health Professions Academic Building
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 503-9000

Mary Hess, PharmD
Associate Dean, Student Affairs
Mary.Hess@jefferson.edu