Since its founding in 1821 to establish improved scientific standards and to train competent apprentices and students, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy has continued in its mission to educate practitioners and prepare professionals who can promote and enhance the standards of pharmaceutical practice and healthcare.
A program leading to the advanced professional practice degree of doctor of pharmacy was inaugurated in 1967 and was one of the earliest such programs on the East Coast. Graduates have led the development of doctor of pharmacy programs at other schools of pharmacy, have established practice innovations now considered the standard of practice, and have demonstrated and validated the variety of roles that can be expertly filled by professionals prepared to provide pharmaceutical care.
In 1994, the doctor of pharmacy degree was approved as the entry-level program for all entering students seeking a career as pharmacy practitioners.
The bachelor of science in pharmacology and toxicology program, which was begun in 1979, and the bachelor of science in pharmaceutical sciences program, which was begun in 1999, prepare BS-level scientists for the pharmaceutical industry, as well as candidates for graduate and professional schools.
A significant number of earlier graduates of the college founded and led pharmaceutical manufacturing companies of national and international prominence. Our location in the heart of the Pennsylvania-Delaware-New Jersey pharmaceutical industry has nurtured the linkages between the college and its alumni employed in these companies. The college, its faculty, and its alumni have consistently supported national, regional, and local branches of professional associations through their positions of elected leadership and in editorial roles that have influenced pharmacy practice and education across the country.
The closure of the bachelor of science in pharmacy program in 2001 created new opportunities to meet the shortage of research- and industry-focused entry-level graduates through the four-year bachelor of science program in pharmaceutical sciences and the four year bachelor of science program in pharmacology and toxicology. The college is able to provide pharmaceutical industry and research employers with capable, well-educated staff with graduates from these programs. These options also enable interested students to begin graduate study or advanced professional education at the completion of a four-year bachelor of science program.
The education of pharmacy practitioners and of highly qualified technical and management support staff for the development of pharmaceutical and other products for the healthcare industry remains the mission of the college into the 21st century. The expertise of the faculty in Philadelphia College of Pharmacy ranges from community pharmacy, institutional pharmacy, and clinical pharmacy through pharmacy administration, pharmaceutics, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, toxicology, pharmacokinetics, and pharmaceutical product development. The approach to education is learner-centered and developmental, building knowledge, skills, and self-confidence incrementally, with a focus on “learning and knowing by doing.” Whether the class is a lecture, recitation, conference, or laboratory, the emphasis is on active engagement and individual student success.
The doctor of pharmacy program is a professional program supported by faculty in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (DPS) and the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacy Administration (DoPP/PA). DPS also supports two undergraduate programs, the BS in pharmacology and toxicology and the BS in pharmaceutical sciences, as well as graduate level (MS, PhD) programs in pharmaceutics, pharmacology/toxicology, and industrial pharmacy. DoPP/PA also supports the MS in pharmacy administration as well as several postgraduate (residency and fellowship) training opportunities for advanced pharmacy training.