Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Frequently Asked Questions

Application Process

All applicants must submit their application through PharmCAS. PharmCAS typically opens in July and will close for Jefferson on June 1. Applications must be complete before the Admissions Committee will review. Applicants are encouraged to complete their application early in the admission cycle to optimize their opportunity for seat availability.

PharmCAS application, verified transcript, 2 letters of reference, PCAT admissions test. Once transcripts have been submitted, PharmCAS will verify it, this could take up to 2 weeks.

Individuals who have demonstrated success in their current studies and engagement in their community. The committee considers a cumulative GPA > 3 and a composite PCAT > 50 to be competitive.

Jefferson requires two references, preferably an academic science professor or pharmacist. We do not accept the following references unless they served as a supervisor or in a professional role: politician, friends, co-workers, clergy, etc.

Individuals should be professionally dressed and arrive on time. If there is an arrival delay, it is helpful to communicate that information. Individuals are encouraged to practice interviewing before the scheduled date. Individuals should watch for Jefferson emails and communicate in a timely manner.

Once the application is complete it will be forwarded to the Admission Committee for review. Following admissions review, invitations will be sent by email for those identified for an interview. This generally occurs within 2 weeks.

Ideally the process will begin about a year and a half before your first day of pharmacy school. PCAT registration typically opens in March for the first test date and PharmCAS typically opens in June. Your best chance to be in the next pharmacy class is to complete the admissions process by December.

Example time line:

March 2015 – Register for PCAT
June 2015 – PharmCAS opens
September 2015 – Respond to Interview Request/Interview
August 2016 – Begin the Jefferson College of Pharmacy

PCAT & Prerequisite Information

Send PCAT scores to PharmCAS using code 104.

Visit to the PCAT website for more information about the admission test, registration and test dates.

No, scores must be within two years of the time of application.

Yes, ideally by the end of the Summer 1 term. All pre-requisites must be completed before beginning the PharmD program. 

Yes if the course is accepted by another college or university and appears on that transcript.

No, but in order to fulfill the requirements prior to starting the program, you will need to have approximately 50% of them complete (or be enrolled in) at the time of application.

Please note that ALL science courses require a laboratory component.

Yes, courses may be taken at any accredited college or university. You are advised to confirm that the course will meet the intent of the requirement prior to taking it. You may look at our course equivalency guide, or call University Admissions Office at (215) 503-8890.

General Information

It will take you a minimum of 4 years to earn your Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Jefferson.

Both are fully accredited. Thomas Jefferson University is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Pharmacy.

On average each semester of the program contain courses accounting for  ~ 17 credit hours. Classes are scheduled every day of the week. The timing of classes is dependent upon the semester you are in.

The first three years of the program you will include an Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE). These occur during the semester rather than during the summer break.


Foreign transcripts should be submitted for evaluation to WES and then included in your PharmCAS application. English translation is required.

Yes, any foreign transcripts should be submitted to WES for evaluation and translation into English. Upon receipt this information will need to be uploaded into your PharmCAS application.

For individuals with fewer than 60 credit hours taken in the US, the TOEFL exam will be required.