Pharmacy PharmD


About the Program

Temple University School of Pharmacy, established in 1901, carries more than a century's worth of history and reliability in pharmacy education. The Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree program trains pharmacists who pursue career paths in community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, long-term care, managed care, the pharmaceutical industry, government and more.

The PharmD curriculum prepares one to capably and confidently deliver pharmacy care in all practice settings. Students engage with faculty in large and small classes, labs and guided simulations. Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE), scheduled during the first three years of the program, and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) in the fourth year allow students to gain real-world supervised experience as members of the healthcare team. Students are introduced to a variety of environments to help them decide on their first step in their pharmacy career.

Specialization can mean differentiation in the job market. Elective tracks in Clinical Trials, Drug Safety, and Advanced Clinical Practice allow students to customize their degree based on their interests. Earn credits toward a Master of Science degree in Global Clinical and Pharmacovigilance Regulations or a Master of Business Administration degree from the Fox School of Business and Management while completing the PharmD program.

An abundance of extracurricular activities complement academics. The School of Pharmacy hosts and supports student chapters of all major pharmacy associations, recurring professional and social events, clinical mission trips and other opportunities toward becoming a well-rounded professional. The School of Pharmacy Alumni Association is a built-in network committed to helping graduates assimilate in the professional world.

The School of Pharmacy is located on the Temple University Health Sciences Center campus in Philadelphia, along with Temple University Hospital, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry, and the College of Public Health. Favorite facilities on campus include the Student Faculty Center with recreation and study areas, the Temple University Hospital Cafeteria, and the Research Library at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine.

The Temple University School of Pharmacy's PharmD program offers the chance to pursue excellence and opportunity in education, scholarship, research and practice.

Time Limit for Program Completion: 4 years

Campus Location: Health Sciences Center

Full-Time/Part-Time Status: The program may be completed on a full-time basis.

Admission Requirements and Deadline

Application Deadline: March 1

APPLY ONLINE to this program via PharmCAS.

Master's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: A master's degree is not required.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: A bachelor's degree is not required, but applicants must complete the prerequisites for the PharmD program. Visit for specific information regarding the application process.

Prerequisites for the PharmD Program: All applicants are required to complete and pass the coursework identified below at either Temple University or another fully accredited institution of higher learning regardless of how many years of pre-pharmacy coursework was taken before starting the professional PharmD degree program,

All prerequisites must be completed before beginning the PharmD program, but application can be made while still taking prerequisites. It is important to appropriately list coursework that is still in progress when applying through PharmCAS.

Note that your institution uses a quarter system instead of a semester system, you can multiply the number of credits you have by 0.66 to translate them into semester hours. Round partial credits of 0.5 and above up to the next semester hour; round credits of 0.4 and below down.

Math Discipline
Calculus I4
Science Discipline
Anatomy/Physiology I 13-4
Anatomy/Physiology II 13-4
Biology I 23
Biology I Lab1
Biology II 23
Biology II Lab1
General Chemistry I3
General Chemistry I Lab1
General Chemistry II3
General Chemistry II Lab1
Organic Chemistry I3
Organic Chemistry I Lab1
Organic Chemistry II3
Organic Chemistry II Lab1
Physics I 33
Physics I Lab1
English Discipline
Analytical Reading and Writing English Composition 43-4
Economics Discipline
Microeconomics or Macroeconomics3
Complete a minimum of 18 credits in the following disciplines, meeting the stated minimums: 518
Social Sciences Discipline
Complete a minimum of 6 credits from at least two different departments:
Political Science
Humanities Discipline
Complete a minimum of 6 credits from at least two different departments:
Communication/Public Speaking
Fine Arts
Mathematics Discipline
Statistics recommended
Total Credit Hours62-65

Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required: 140

Required Courses:

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
PP P140Professional Practice1
PP P145Immunology/Biotechnology3
PP P146Drug Information1
PS P151Medicinal Chemistry I4
PS P155Principles of Infectious Diseases3
PS P161Pharmaceutics I3
PS P171Pharmacy Lab I1
 Term Credit Hours16
PP P136IPPE 112
Community Pharmacy Experience
Faculty Shadow/Reflection
IPE Workshops2
PP P142Soc & Econ Aspcts/Hlthcare2
PP P148Introduction to Pharmacy Care2
PS P152Medicinal Chemistry II4
PS P162Pharmaceutics II3
PS P164Pharmacology4
PS P172Pharmacy Lab II1
Self-Selected Co-Curricular Activity (CPD)3 
 Term Credit Hours18
Year 2
PP P233Path/Ther Cardiopulm I43
PP P235Pathophysiology/Therapeutics: Pediatrics41
PP P239Pharm Care Rec I1
PP P248Communication Skills1
PS P251Medicinal Chemistry III and Natural Products4
PS P261Concepts in Pharmacogenomics3
PS P265Pharmacology II3
PS P271Pharmacy Lab III1
Self-Selected Co-Curricular Activity (CPD)3 
 Term Credit Hours17
PP P234Path/Ther Cardiopulm II42
PP P236IPPE 212
Disaster Planning POD
Hospital Pharmacy
IPE Workshop and IPE Community Service Activity
PY-4 Student Shadow/Reflection
PP P237Path/Ther Endocr/Meta Di43
PP P246Pharm Care Rec II1
PP P254Bio Stat/Med Lit Eval2
PP P260Contemporary Pharmacy [WI]2
PP P280Pharmacist Directed Care3
PS P262Pharmacokinetics3
PS P272Pharmacy Lab IV1
Self-Selected Co-Curricular Activity (CPD)3 
 Term Credit Hours19
Year 3
PP P312ADRS Organ Systems Appr2
PP P321Pathophysiology/Therapeutics Neurology/Psychiatry43
PP P325Pathophysiology/Therapeutics - Infectious Diseases43
PP P347Pharm Care Rec III1
PP P352Economics of Pharm Pract3
Self-Selected Co-Curricular Activity (CPD)3 
 Term Credit Hours16
PP P313Clin Pharmacokinetics3
PP P323Pathophysiology/Therapeutics of Oncology and Immunology43
PP P336IPPE 312
Inpatient or Clinic - Patient and Interprofessional Communications
IPE Community Service Activity
PP P338Pathophysiology/Therapeutics - Gastroenterology/Nutrition and Renal Disorders43
PP P341Pharmacy Law2
PP P348Pharm Care Rec IV1
Self-Selected Co-Curricular Activity (CPD)3 
 Term Credit Hours18
Year 4
Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE)66
Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE)66
Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE)66
 Term Credit Hours18
Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE)66
Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE)66
Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE)66
 Term Credit Hours18
 Total Credit Hours: 140

Additional Requirements:

  • All PY-3 students are required to take the PCOA Exam scheduled during the Spring semester. Students must pass the Frequently Prescribed Medication Competency Exam in the semester prior to starting the APPE component of the curriculum.
  • PY-4 students are required to pass the six Qualifying Exams and to take the online Pre-NAPLEX Practice Test.


Program Web Address:

Department Information:

Office of Professional Admissions

Temple University School of Pharmacy

3307 N. Broad Street, Suite 141

Philadelphia, PA 19140

Submission Address for Application Materials:

Mailing Address for Application Materials:

Office of Professional Admissions

Temple University School of Pharmacy

3307 N. Broad Street, Suite 141

Philadelphia, PA 19140

Department Contacts:


Joan Hankins

Director of Admissions