Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Doctor of Pharmacy Degree

Academic Program Overview

The Doctor of Pharmacy program at the Jefferson College of Pharmacy (JCP) 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. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in order to remain in good academic standing.

Prerequisite Work

Students must complete 72 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 College of Pharmacy.

Doctor of Pharmacy Curriculum

The curriculum at JCP 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 healthcare 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 healthcare 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

Learn more about the JCP curriculum.

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 our Performance Requirements/Technical Standards for the pharmacy program.