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University of the Sciences in Philadelphia is an independent institution of higher education with a commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and service. Since its founding in 1821, the institution has steadily grown, evolving from its initial incarnation as Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (the first college of pharmacy in North America) to Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in 1921 to University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, its name as of July 1998. This name reflects the university status granted the institution by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1997 and represents the depth of our current program offerings.
The mission of University of the Sciences in Philadelphia is to provide undergraduate, professional, and graduate education in the health professions and sciences. The University recognizes the following as essential components of its mission:
- To ensure the highest quality standards in our educational programs and services.
- To assist students in acquiring the scientific and technical knowledge, competencies, and skills required for successful practice and advancement in their chosen profession.
- To provide a foundation of general education that prepares students intellectually, culturally, and ethically for their professional and personal lives.
- To create an environment that fosters learning as well as an appreciation of, and respect for, individuals of diverse cultural backgrounds.
- To promote the advancement and dissemination of knowledge through research and scholarly activity consistent with the educational mission of the University.
- To cultivate in faculty, staff, and students a commitment to service for the professions and the community.
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia upholds the following values:
- We believe that the University is a partnership of people. Our students, faculty, staff, and alumni are our principal assets.
- We accept teaching as primary to our mission and recognize the contribution of scholarly activity to the learning process.
- We support a personal educational experience in which intellectual, social, and professional development of the individual student is of paramount concern.
- We recognize the unique composite of liberal and scientific learning as the basis of education at the University.
- We equip our students with the tools for lifelong learning, recognizing that knowing how to continue learning will be more important than any single set of skills acquired in school.
- We affirm that the University is a scholarly community where students, faculty, alumni, and staff participate together in personal and professional growth.
- We value the loyalty and commitment of individuals to the institution.
- We accept our responsibility to conduct our affairs in a collegial manner and with a firm sense of integrity.
- We acknowledge our commitment to provide responsibly managed, high-quality programs at reasonable costs.
- We accept our responsibility to contribute to the communities in which we live and work.
- We strive to continually improve our academic and service programs.
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia was founded in 1821 as Philadelphia College of Pharmacy by a group of 68 Philadelphia apothecaries who met in Carpenters’ Hall to establish improved scientific standards and to train more competent apprentices and students. Although matriculation was originally limited to men, the institution became coeducational in 1876.
From the beginning, the institution emphasized the biological and chemical sciences as mainstays of the curriculum in pharmacy. Later, separate curricula in bacteriology, biology, and chemistry were instituted. In 1921, the name was changed to Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, with state authorization to grant not only the baccalaureate degree but also the master’s and doctorate in all four disciplines.
Subsequently, master of science and PhD programs were established in biochemistry, chemistry, health policy, pharmaceutics, pharmacognosy, and pharmacology and toxicology as well as a master of science in pharmacy administration. The baccalaureate degree program offerings were expanded to include:
- Medical technology (1965)
- Pharmacology and toxicology (1979)
- Biochemistry (1983)
- Microbiology (1987)
- Pharmaceutical chemistry (1993)
- Environmental science (1997)
- Health psychology (1997)
- Pharmaceutical sciences (1998)
- Pharmaceutical marketing and management (1998)
- Bioinformatics (2001)
- Computer science (2001)
- Health science (2001)
The advanced professional program in pharmacy leading to the degree of doctor of pharmacy was inaugurated in 1967, and the entry-level doctor of pharmacy program and the flexible option doctor of pharmacy program for licensed pharmacists were initiated in 1994. Integrated undergraduate professional degree programs were established that lead to a BS in health science and a master of physical therapy (1982), now a doctor of physical therapy, and a BS in health science and master of occupational therapy (1994). A joint degree program in physician assistant studies, leading to a BS in health science from the University and an MS from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, was established in 1997.
In fall 1990, a science teacher certification program was introduced. Master of science programs in biomedical writing, cell biology and biotechnology, and health psychology were established in 1997 and in bioinformatics in 2000. The executive MBA in pharmaceutical business was added in 2002.
In February 1997, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania approved the institution’s application for university status, and on July 1, 1998, the institution changed its name to University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. The University consists of four colleges:
- Misher College of Arts and Sciences
- College of Health Sciences
- Philadelphia College of Pharmacy
- College of Graduate Studies
Many founders and leaders of major pharmaceutical companies have graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. Among them are:
- Dr. Eli Lilly (1907) and Josiah K. Lilly (1882), of Eli Lilly and Company
- Gerald F. Rorer (1931), of what is now Aventis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
- William R. Warner (1856), of Warner-Lambert Company, Inc.
- Robert L. McNeil, Jr., (1938) and Robert McNeil (1876), of what is now McNeil Consumer Products Company
- John Wyeth (1854), of what is now simply Wyeth
- Silas M. Burroughs (1877) and Sir Henry S. Wellcome (1874), of what is now GlaxoSmithKline
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 215.662.5606. The Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
The doctor of pharmacy degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). The ACPE is an autonomous and independent national agency whose board of directors (the decision and policy-making body) includes pharmacy educators, pharmacy practitioners, state board of pharmacy members/executives, and public representatives. A three-member public interest panel also provides public perspectives in the policy- and decision-making processes of accreditation. ACPE’s offices are located at 20 North Clark Street, Suite 2500, Chicago, IL 60602-5109, 312.664.3575; the agency website is www.acpe-accredit.org.
The master of occupational therapy (MOT) program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). The agency is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. ACOTE can be contacted at 4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220, 301.652.2682 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The doctor in physical therapy (DPT) program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) of the American Physical Therapy Association. The agency is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, and by the House of Delegates of the American Physical Therapy Association. The address for the accrediting agency is 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; 703.684.2782.
BS degrees offered through the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry are certified by the American Chemical Society, provided students include in their program specified chemistry electives.
The program in medical technology is affiliated with hospital programs that are accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 8410 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, Suite 670, Chicago, IL 60631-3415, 773.714.8880; the agency website is www.naacls.org.
The science teacher certification program is accredited by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Teacher Education, Bureau of Teacher Preparation and Certification. University of the Sciences in Philadelphia grants Pennsylvania Department of Education secondary certifications in biology, chemistry, and general science in addition to a K-12 certification in environmental education. The Bureau of Teacher Preparation and Certification has reciprocal agreements with the District of Columbia and the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming. The address of the Department of Education is 333 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333, 717.783.6788; the agency website is www.pde.state.pa.us.
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Department of Physician Assistant Studies has completed an accreditation review and is judged to be in compliance with the nationally established standards as set forth by the Accreditation Review Committee on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), 1000 North Oak Ave., Marshfield, WI 54449-5788; the agency website is www.arc-pa.org.
All degree programs of the University are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
The University meets all the criteria for approval for veterans’ education under the provisions of Title 38, United States Code, Section 3675.
Assessment of Academic Programs and Student Services
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The University will continue to enhance its activities to assess academic and student service programs. Program assessment is developing into an ongoing, prospectively planned, comprehensive set of activities to collect information on the quality of the education and student services at the University. Essentially every student and faculty member of the University, plus many staff members, will have a role in program assessment. Students may be asked to complete surveys, participate in discussion groups, answer knowledge-based questions, demonstrate skills, complete portfolios, and participate in other methods of data collection.
Students may also be asked to help in the design, analysis, and critique of assessment activities. Alumni will also be asked to participate in assessment program activities. It is the responsibility of each student and alumnus to participate honestly in these activities. The information collected in assessment activities will be analyzed, communicated, and then used to improve the educational experience at the University and the assessment process.
Nondiscriminatory/Affirmative Action Policies
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (USP) recognizes that a diverse campus community is essential to enriching intellectual exchanges and enhancing cultural understanding and, as such, values equality of opportunity, mutual respect, and diversity. USP does not discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs on the basis of gender, age, disability, race, religion, creed, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity or in violation of federal, state, and local laws or executive orders.
The Affirmative Action Office (AAO), in cooperation with the Office of Human Resources and the Division of Student Affairs, seeks to support and advance these principles by providing leadership and coordination to ensure that USP adheres to equal opportunity, affirmative action, and nondiscrimination policies.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding Affirmative Action and/or Equal Employment Opportunity policies, please contact:
Affirmative Action Officer
Executive Assistant to the President
Office of the President
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia is in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended. A copy of the policy established pursuant to the Act may be obtained from the Registrar’s Office.
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The University has operated as a private, nonprofit institution of higher education since its founding. In keeping with its private, nonprofit status, the University receives the majority of its income from student tuition and fees and subsidizes its educational services with its own institutional and endowed funds.
The endowment’s income supports the many scholarships and grants that are offered, and these enhance a student’s academic and life experiences on campus.
Published four times a year, the Bulletin of University of the Sciences in Philadelphia is sent without charge to alumni and friends of the University. Its content reflects the accomplishments and growth of the University and its alumni.
The University is responsible for publication of Remington: The Science and Practice of Pharmacy, the most widely used textbook and reference work on pharmaceutical sciences in the nation. Publication of the text was begun in 1885 by Joseph Price Remington, professor and later dean at the University, as Practice of Pharmacy. Subsequent to his death, the copyright for this text was assigned to the University by the heirs of Professor Remington.
Remington (as it is commonly called) has provided a comprehensive source of knowledge about the science and practice of pharmacy. The book provides information to help both students and practitioners serve effectively as members of the health professions team. The 21st edition of the book will be published in 2005.
Campus Facilities and Resources
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Griffith Hall, the principal University building, houses state-of-the-art multimedia lecture halls, laboratories, and many of the administrative and faculty offices, including the offices of the President, the Vice President for Executive Affairs, the Dean of the Misher College of Arts and Sciences, the Dean of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Admission, the Department of Occupational Therapy, and Financial Aid.
The Center for Advanced Pharmacy Studies (CAPS) is a 6,000-square-foot facility located at 208 Griffith Hall that encompasses three primary units: a multifunctional laboratory, a physical assessment unit, and a health information unit. The CAPS lab is designed to integrate realistic applications of state-of-the-art health science information and technology with advanced computer-assisted learning in the support of education, research, and training.
Information Technology (IT) services include all telephone and voicemail, Internet and Intranet access, e-mail, cable TV, database management, the IT Help Desk, and all administrative and desktop computing.
The University is home to approximately 10,000 pharmaceutical containers, medicines, botanicals, and other equipment dating back over five centuries. The Marvin Samson Center for the History of Pharmacy houses this rare collection and features the exhibit Eclectic Road to Health.
Among the laboratories are the teaching laboratories in biology, chemistry, physics, pharmacy practice, and industrial and manufacturing pharmacy.
The Pharmacology/Toxicology Center houses classrooms, teaching and research laboratories, faculty offices and conference rooms, a vivarium, and a multimedia auditorium.
The Robert McNeil Graduate Study and Research Center houses the research laboratories for pharmaceutics and chemistry. The office of the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies is located here. Atop McNeil is the Albert Penick Experimental Greenhouse, used for graduate study in medicinal chemistry and pharmacognosy.
Kline Hall houses the Vice President for Finance and Administration; Auxiliary Services and the Cashier’s Office, Student Accounts; the Controller’s Office, the offices for the Department of Social Sciences, and IT’s Database Management component.
The East Building houses offices for the Department of Humanities.
4140 Woodland Avenue houses Advanced Concepts Institute and Student Health and Counseling Center.
The Student Affairs Complex, Career Services, the Registrar’s Office, the Office of Institutional Advancement, the Alumni and University Relations Offices, the Teaching and Learning Center, offices for faculty, and the University bookstore are located in Whitecar Hall, as are the Writing Center, the Academic Success Center, and the Darkroom Media Center.
The Teaching and Learning Center provides faculty members with the resources to help students learn more effectively. The center offers consultation services to faculty members who are interested in exploring new teaching strategies and helping students become active participants in their own learning.
The Writing Center provides students, faculty, and staff with assistance in all writing tasks. Students may get help with writing assignments for any class. The Writing Center also provides English as a Second Language (ESL) assistance to nonnative-English-speaking students in writing, grammar, pronunciation, and speaking. Computers are available for use with writing projects, and help with resumes and applications is also available. Tutoring sessions are scheduled by appointment, but drop-ins are also welcome. The center is staffed by faculty and peer tutors. Hours are posted each semester.
The Academic Success Center is designed to assist students in the development of effective academic skills and habits, as well as to assist highly motivated and committed students with course content when needed.
The 78,000-square-foot Athletic/Recreation Center, completed in 2003, houses state-of the-art facilities including a swimming pool, an elevated jogging track, cardio theatre, free weights, and basketball and volleyball courts.
Alumni Hall serves as a testing classroom and houses the rifle range.
Rosenberger Hall contains two large classrooms, one smaller seminar-style classroom, and one office. The 4500 Woodland Avenue Building houses classrooms and the Security Office.
Glasser Hall is located adjacent to the 4500 Woodland Avenue Building. This facility houses the Dean of the College of Health Sciences and administrative and faculty offices and laboratories of the Departments of Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant Studies.
The Joseph W. England Library contains books, periodicals, and electronic resources to support study in all the curricula. Its collection of pharmaceutical literature has a national reputation.
Students and faculty have access to more than 6,000 electronic journals and all relevant computer databases. Users may access the library’s electronic resources 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from nearly anywhere the Internet is accessible.
Our students may also use Drexel University’s library and 35 other Delaware Valley college libraries that are members of the Tri-State College Library Cooperative.
The library’s Learning Resource Center provides a number of services for students. A microcomputer lab has word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software and is open 92 hours a week. Laser printers and color scanners are also available for student use.
The center also contains audiovisual equipment available for either review purposes or entertainment-VCRs and disk and tape players. Students who need to prepare audiovisual aids for classroom presentations will find both equipment and materials to make computer presentations, overhead transparencies, signs, charts, graphs, and labels.
The library staff provides orientation and instruction in library use with an emphasis on acquiring the skills necessary for locating and using information, whether in print or electronic form. After graduation, alumni may continue to use the library. In addition to a library card, alumni receive special rates for online searching, document delivery, and use of the library’s electronic resources.
The McNeil Athletic Fields include a jogging track, women’s softball field, and tennis courts. Adjacent to the fields is 10 acres of open space in The Woodlands, reserved for the exclusive use of the University community.
The Wilson Student Center provides student meeting rooms, recreation, residence hall space, and a dining facility, as well as a computer teaching and learning laboratory, the board room, and the President’s Dining Room.
Undergraduate Residence Options
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A four-story brick-faced building that accommodates 363 residents, Goodman Hall is located next to Wilson Student Center. Most rooms are designed for two or three students. A limited number of single rooms are available, primarily for resident advisors, students with disabilities, and some upper-class residents. Quiet study rooms are provided on three floors, and TV lounges and laundry facilities are located on two floors. The first floor has two game-room areas for activities such as pool, table games, and ping-pong. Residents must participate in a food service plan. Meals from this plan are served in the Wilson Student Center. Goodman Hall has a live-in resident director and an upper-class resident advisor for every 40-45 students.
Located on 42nd Street, one block north of the University, Osol Hall has separate apartment-like suites for 197 students, with an adjacent parking lot. Nine students can be accommodated in each unit composed of four bedrooms, a study and living room, a complete bath, and kitchen facilities. There is a live-in resident director and an upper-class resident advisor for every four suites. First-, second-, third-, and fourth-floor residents must participate in a food service plan. Meals from this plan are served in the Wilson Student Center.
This is an “honor hall,” designed for upperclass students who are serious about maximizing their University experience and desire an atmosphere conducive to learning and their personal growth and development. It is a two-floor residence hall housing 86 students. Each floor has two large bathrooms, a lounge/TV room, and a study room. Residents must participate in a food service plan. Meals from this plan are served downstairs in the Wilson Student Center. Wilson Hall has a resident advisor for every 42 students and is managed by the live-in director of Goodman Hall.
Information concerning local rental units including rooms, apartments, efficiencies, and houses that are generally situated within walking distance of the University is maintained and updated by the Office of Student Life on the webpage: www.usip.edu/offcampushousing/.
Advanced Concepts Institute
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Advanced Concepts Institute, a research group of University of the Sciences in Philadelphia brings health care organizations together to analyze the relationships, trends, and turning points along the diverse pathways leading to and from the moment a drug is taken. Advanced Concepts Institute provides research, education, and publishing services focused on providing critical insight into how, why, and when people seek, get, and take prescription drugs. Advanced Concepts believes that it’s not just how medicines treat people, it’s how people treat medicines.
Advanced Concepts Institute has always played an integral role in promoting the mission of USP. Advanced Concepts Institute began back in 1987 when, through the support of a three-year grant from the Pew Foundation, the Geriatric Pharmacy Institute (GPI) was formed. The mission of the GPI was to develop interdisciplinary education and training programs for pharmacists, focusing on drug use in the elderly. In 1991, at the end of the grant term, the GPI began to seek new opportunities for sponsorship and expanded its program offerings to include accredited continuing education programs, consulting services, and sales training programs for the pharmaceutical industry. The GPI was then integrated into the newly formed Office of Professional Programs (OPP) in 1993. The OPP was comprised of three main divisions:
- Advanced Concepts-sales training for the pharmaceutical industry
- Institute for Health Economics-pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research
- Geriatric Pharmacy Institute-educational programs, drug utilization reviews, and drug monographs
These three divisions expanded the original reach of the GPI and provided a broader springboard by which the University could provide educational, training, and consultative services to the pharmaceutical industry and others. In addition to providing exceptional value to external customers, the OPP also generated revenue that helped to support tuition costs and other University initiatives.
In 2001, OPP was renamed Advanced Concepts USP to reflect the repositioning of the product and service offerings of the strategic business unit. The offerings of the three divisions were retained with additional focus on strategic consulting.
In 2004, Advanced Concepts USP further evolved into the Advanced Concepts Institute, with a greater focus on specialized research, education, and publishing. Advanced Concepts Institute helps its clients understand:
- How doctors learn about and prescribe medications
- How patients learn about and seek drug treatments
- When and why patients resist compliance … and what can be done about it
Our projects result in unmatched insight into why, how, and when people seek, get, and receive their medications. For some companies, such knowledge is nothing short of the difference between success and failure, profit and loss.
Corporations take advantage of our experience-and work with us to develop groundbreaking research into the often overlooked realm of what influences behavior in the health care marketplace.
Our experienced team of physicians and PharmDs, along with other health care and business professionals, often collaborates with USP faculty and other leading experts in the relevant fields of study when needed.
Please visit our website: www.advancedconceptsinstitute.com.
Management of Advanced Concepts Institute
S. Michael Ross, MD, MHA
Vice President, Strategic Businesses
Shawn P. Curtin, CPA
Executive Director, Finance & Operations