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Academic Program Overview

Academic Program

The Doctor of Pharmacy program at the Jefferson School of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. Throughout the curriculum, faculty incorporate active learning, simulated patient-care experiences and other strategies to facilitate the continued development and application of critical thinking and clinical skills. Team based learning is also used extensively throughout the curriculum. The curriculum has been created vertically such that material learned in earlier years is further developed and built upon in the latter years. Successful completion of each semester, with a grade of "C" or better in all required coursework, is necessary for progression to the subsequent semester.

Prerequisite Work

Students must complete 68 credits of prerequisite coursework in anatomy and physiology, biology, chemistry, physics and humanities before beginning the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum. Courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or above, and must be completed no longer than five years prior to your application to Jefferson.

Doctor of Pharmacy Curriculum

The curriculum at the Jefferson School of Pharmacy will prepare its graduates to provide patient-centered and population-based care that ensures optimal health outcomes. It will also prepare its graduates to practice in diverse patient care environments and to become valued members of the health care team. Its graduates will embrace the need for life-long, self-directed learning.

Further, upon completion of the Doctor of Pharmacy program, the graduates will have and/or exhibit the following in functioning as effective members of the health care team in the provision of patient-centered and population-based care.

  • The knowledge, understanding and application of the biomedical sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, social/behavioral/administrative sciences, and clinical sciences.
  • The ability to think critically and problem solve.
  • Effective communication through both written and verbal means.
  • The highest level of professional, legal, and ethical behavior.
  • The professional acumen to identify and analyze emerging health-related issues.
  • A working knowledge of how legislation, regulations and related programs affect the practice of pharmacy.

The Jefferson School of Pharmacy, by curricular year, is outlined here.

Performance Requirements/Technical Standards

Students participating in the Pharmacy program at Thomas Jefferson University must have essential skills to perform successfully as a student. These requirements apply to classroom, laboratory and clinical environments. Please review the Performance Requirements/Technical Standards for the pharmacy program