May 22, 2022  
2020-2021 University Catalog 
2020-2021 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

About the University


At University of the Sciences, students embark on a challenging learning experience in a proving ground for successful professionals in the science and healthcare-related fields. A private institution dedicated to education, research, and service, and distinguished as the nation’s first college of pharmacy, the University has produced leaders in the science and healthcare marketplaces since its founding in 1821. Students in USciences’ three colleges learn to excel in scientific analysis and to apply their skills to improving healthcare in their communities and in the lives of people worldwide through such disciplines as pharmacy, biology, chemistry, psychology, physics, physical therapy, and healthcare business.


University of the Sciences prepares students to become leaders, innovators, and skilled practitioners in the sciences, the health professions, and related disciplines. We deliver excellence in teaching, research, and service through a safe and supportive environment in which our students live, learn, and succeed.


University of the Sciences will be recognized as a leader of science and healthcare education and research. We provide interdisciplinary, collaborative educational experiences and global opportunities that inspire our graduates, faculty, and staff to promote positive change. Graduates will be pursued because they are compassionate healthcare providers, critical thinkers, and diplomats of change, effecting innovative transformation for the betterment of society.


  • We champion innovation in inter-professional education, teaching, and research.
  • We embrace scholarship, developing technology, and life-long learning.
  • We foster entrepreneurship, professionalism, and collaboration, building upon our proud legacy as the first pharmacy school in the country.
  • We cultivate respect, diversity, citizenship, civility, and inclusiveness.
  • We pursue quality, integrity, and sustainability in all aspects of university life.
  • We support our community and contribute to its economic vitality.



The proud legacy of University of the Sciences began when 68 Philadelphia apothecaries met in Carpenters’ Hall in 1821 to establish improved scientific standards and to train more competent apprentices and students. These visionaries sought to enhance their vocation, as well as protect public welfare. A year later, they organized and incorporated the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (PCP), the first college of pharmacy in the nation. Thus, education in the profession of pharmacy in the U.S. was born.

The college began to grow in enrollment, curriculum, and stature. Although matriculation was originally limited to men, the college became coeducational in 1876. The college initially emphasized the biological and chemical sciences as mainstays of the curriculum in pharmacy but later instituted separate curricula in three other areas: bacteriology, biology, and chemistry.

In 1921, the name of the institution 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.

As the world of science continuously made advancements throughout the decades, the college evolved and expanded its curriculum to prepare students for the new wave of scientific breakthroughs. The college also enhanced the role of the humanities and social sciences in its science-based curricula. Primarily a commuter campus in its early days, the institution began to transform into one in which residential life and extracurricular activities played a larger role in student development.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania approved the institution’s application for university status in February 1997. In recognition of the broad spectrum of new health and science programs introduced by the institution, the college changed its name to reflect the broader range of academic opportunities offered to its students. On July 1, 1998, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science officially unveiled its new identity as University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.



University of the Sciences is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The Commission’s offices are located at 3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West, Philadelphia, PA 19104; 267.284.5000. Their website is

The doctor of pharmacy degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). The ACPE is an autonomous and independent agency whose Board of Directors is derived through the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), and the American Council on Education (ACE). ACPE’s offices are located at 190 S. LaSalle St., Suite 2850, Chicago, IL 60603- 3410; 312.664.3575. The agency website is ACPE requires that colleges of pharmacy respond to any written complaints related to the accreditation standards. Students should submit written complaints to the Office of the Dean of Pharmacy (GH Suite 2000); they will receive a written response to their complaint within two weeks of its receipt. If a student feels that their complaint has not been adequately heard or addressed by the College, they can submit their complaints directly to ACPE (see the ACPE website at

The master of occupational therapy (MOT) and doctor of occupational therapy (DrOT) programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929. ACOTE’s telephone number, C/O AOTA, is 301.652.AOTA, and its web address is

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email:; website:  If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call 215-596-8677 or email  

The master of business administration (MBA) and bachelor of science (BS) programs in pharmaceutical and healthcare business are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The address for the accrediting agency is 11520 West 119th Street, Overland Park, KS 66213; 913.339.9356. Their website is

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the University of the Sciences Physician Assistant Program sponsored by the University of the Sciences. Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students. Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class. The address for ARC-PA is 12000 Findley Road, Suite 275, Johns Creek, GA 30097; 770.476.1224. Their website is

The bachelor of science (BS) degrees in chemistry, biochemistry, and pharmaceutical chemistry offered through the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry are certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS), provided students complete the specified curriculum, including in-depth courses and a minimum of 400 hours of laboratory experience in four out of five areas of Chemistry (Analytical, Biochemistry, Inorganic, Organic, and Physical). The address for the ACS is Office of Professional Training, 1155 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036; 202.872.4589. Their website is

The bachelor of science (BS) in biochemistry program is accredited by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB). The address for the ASBMB is 11200 Rockville Pike, Suite 302, Rockville, MD 20852-3110; 240.283.6600. Their website is

The bachelor of science (BS) in exercise physiology program is accredited by the National Wellness Institute (NWI). The address for the NWI is PO Box 827, 1300 College Court, Stevens Point, WI 54481; 715.342.2969; e-mail: Their website is In addition, the BS in exercise physiology program has received endorsement as an educationally recognized program by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). The address for NSCA is 1885 Bob Johnson Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80906; 719.632.6722; and, website:

The program in medical laboratory science is affiliated with hospital programs that are accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). The address is 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018; 773.714.8880. Their website is

State Authorization 

University of the Sciences, established as an institution of higher learning in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is an authorized Pennsylvania degree-granting institution. 

The University meets all the criteria for approval for veterans’ education under the provisions of Title 38, United States Code, Section 3675. 

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement  

Pennsylvania is a member state of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), and University of the Sciences (USciences) is approved as a SARA participating institution. As a SARA participating institution, USciences is authorized to provide distance education to students who reside in another SARA member state. Presently, 49 states, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia and are SARA members (only California is not a member). More information about SARA can be found at

Although the USciences health professions degree programs are not distance education programs (e.g., occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy), provisions of SARA facilitate the placement of enrolled students at experiential learning (e.g., clinical) sites located outside of Pennsylvania. However, each state has the legal authority to independently determine its requirements and processes for professional licensure, and SARA has no effect on such requirements/processes nor does it provide reciprocity for professional licensure requirements in any state or territory. It has been determined that graduates of the USciences Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT), Doctor of Occupational Therapy (DrOT), Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD), Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), and Physician Assistant (MSPAS) Programs presently meet the respective educational eligibility requirements needed to pursue professional licensure in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It is important to also note that: 1.) the educational eligibility requirements necessary to pursue professional licensure in a given state are subject to change; and, 2.) states often have other eligibility requirements, in addition to education, that must be satisfied in order to seek professional licensure. For additional information regarding SARA and professional licensure requirements, contact the Office of the Provost (215.596.8865).

Student Grievance Policy


A grievance is a complaint or allegation made by a student who feels that an action (or lack of action) by the University is unfair; is arbitrary, capricious, or unjust; or does not comply with University policies. Some grievances, however, cannot be initially addressed through the Student Grievance Policy. These include allegations of discrimination related to gender (including sexual harassment), race, ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation, all of which must be referred to the Affirmative Action Office (AAO). The AAO and/or the Director of Human Resources may conduct an investigation into the allegations. If warranted, Human Resources may take appropriate disciplinary actions against any University employee as described in the Employee Handbook, or they may refer the situation to Student Affairs for resolution under this Grievance policy. In addition, conduct matters cannot be grieved, as stated in the Student Conduct Policy. It is the policy of the University to provide a mechanism by which grievances can be openly and objectively reviewed, with a goal of reconciliation or resolution of University-related issues. If an issue cannot be resolved informally, students may use the Student Grievance Policy and procedures without fear of reprimand or reprisal. 

Further information about the Student Grievance Policy and associated procedures is available in the most recent version of the USciences Student Handbook which is available online at

Student Complaint Process for Out-of-State Distance Learning and Field Experience Students

University of the Sciences (USciences) is committed to resolving student grievances, complaints and concerns in an expeditious, fair and amicable manner. Students located outside of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania while attending USciences who desire to resolve a grievance should follow the University’s Student Grievance Policy, as provided in the most recent USciences Student Handbook. In addition, students may find it helpful to consult with their academic advisor and/or program director regarding the various means for resolving student grievances, complaints and concerns.

If the student bringing a complaint is not satisfied with the outcome of USciences’ student grievance process, the student may file a complaint with the Pennsylvania Department of Education (complaints may be filed by students located in any state). To lodge a complaint with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, complete and follow the procedure process on the appropriate form. For additional information, contact: Division of Higher & Career Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education - Postsecondary and Adult Education, 333 Market Street, 12th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333, 717.783.8228,

Assessment of Academic Programs and Student Services


The University continues to enhance its activities to assess academic and student service programs. Program assessment is 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.

Student academic performance data (such as course grades, test, and assignment scores) are sometimes used for academic program assessment purposes—that is, analyzing how well students, as a whole, are achieving the learning goals of a major program or general education. All student performance data is aggregated and completely anonymous—no individual student information is analyzed or reported. Assessment of student learning enables the University to better understand student academic performance and helps our programs continually improve the educational experiences for our students. For additional information regarding program assessment or assessment of student learning, contact the Office of the Provost (215.596.8865).

Affirmative Action


University of the Sciences 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. USciences 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, gender identity, or in violation of federal, state, and local laws or executive orders.

The Affirmative Action Officer is responsible for addressing all grievances related to discrimination and, 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 USciences adheres to equal opportunity, affirmative action, and nondiscrimination policies.

For all questions and concerns regarding Affirmative Action policies, or if you require assistance with resolving an issue related to discrimination, please contact:

Marcia Conrad 
Affirmative Action Officer
Senior Human Resources Manager
University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Telephone: 215.596.7533

Sexual Misconduct (Title IX)


University of the Sciences is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy educational and work environment in which no member of the University community is denied the benefits of, or discriminated against as it relates to, any University program or activity, on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Gender-based and sexual harassment, including sexual violence, are forms of sex discrimination in that they deny or limit an individual’s ability to participate in or benefit from University programs or activities.

For additional information, including one’s rights, prohibited behavior, resources, and options following an incident, visit the Sexual Misconduct website.

For information or to ask questions without the disclosure of personally identifiable information or notification to the Title IX team, one may seek the assistance of a confidential resource:

Student Health and Counseling (SHAC)
Whitecar Hall – Suite 1200

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

For additional questions or to report an incident, one may seek the assistance of the University’s Title IX Team:

Jessica Rickmond, Title IX Coordinator
Telephone: 215.596.7635 (this phone number may also be used after business hours)

Ross Radish, Deputy Title IX Coordinator - Students Title IX Coordinator
Telephone: 215.596.8950

Caroline Kelleher, Title IX Investigator
Telephone: 215.596.7041

To submit an anonymous report:

EthicsPoint Compliance Hotline
Telephone: 888.266.0218

Ethics Point

University of the Sciences in Philadelphia is committed to excellence at all levels and strives to support the USciences community in practicing the highest standards of ethical conduct. To facilitate this, the University has selected EthicsPoint, Inc. to provide an on-line system to anonymously and confidentially report activities involving misconduct, violations of government regulations or university policies, or otherwise inappropriate, unethical or illegal activities involving the USciences community.

Reports can be made via telephone toll-free 888.266.0218 or the web at: