Pharmacy, Pharm.D.


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 (Pharm.D.) degree program trains pharmacists who will pursue career paths in community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, long term care, managed care, the pharmaceutical industry, government, and more.

The Pharm.D. curriculum prepares you 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 Practice Experiences (IPPE) scheduled during the first three years of the program and the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) in the fourth year allow students to gain real world supervised experience as members of the health care team. You will be introduced to a variety of environments, to help you decide on your first step in your pharmacy career.

Specialization can mean differentiation in the job market. Elective tracks in Clinical Trials, Drug Safety, and Advanced Clinical Practice allow you to customize your degree based on your interests. You can 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 Pharm.D. program.

An abundance of extracurricular activities complements academics. The School of Pharmacy hosts and supports student chapters of all the major pharmacy associations, recurring professional and social events, clinical mission trips, and other opportunities for you to become a well-rounded professional. The School of Pharmacy Alumni Association is a built-in network committed to helping you 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 where food is made with love, and the Research Library at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine.

The Temple University School of Pharmacy's Pharm.D. program gives you the chance to pursue excellence and opportunity in education, scholarship, research, and practice.

Time Limit for Program Completion: 4 years

Campus Location: Health Sciences Campus

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

Admission Requirements and Deadline

Application Deadline:

March 1

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; however, applicants need to complete the prerequisites for the Pharm.D. program.

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APPLY ONLINE to this program via PharmCAS.

Prerequisites for the Pharm.D. Program

Whether you complete two, three or four years of pre-pharmacy coursework before starting your professional Pharm.D. degree program, it is required that you complete and pass the following courses at either Temple University or another fully accredited institution of higher learning.

All prerequisites must be completed before you begin the Pharm.D. program, but you are free to apply while still taking these prerequisites. Make sure you appropriately list coursework that is still in progress when you apply through PharmCAS.

If your school 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
General Chemistry I3
General Chemistry I Lab1
Biology I 13
Biology I Lab1
General Chemistry II3
General Chemistry II Lab1
Biology II 13
Biology II Lab1
Organic Chemistry I3
Organic Chemistry I Lab1
Organic Chemistry II3
Organic Chemistry II Lab1
Physics I 23
Physics I Lab1
Anatomy/Physiology I 33 to 4
Anatomy/Physiology II 33 to 4
English Discipline
Analytical Reading and Writing English Composition 43 to 4
Economics Discipline
Microeconomics or Macroeconomics3
Electives: Students must complete a minimum of 18 elective credits in the following disciplines and must meet the minimal requirements defined. 518
Social Sciences Discipline
Minimum 6 credits; must take courses from at least two different departments.
Political Sciences
Humanities Discipline
Minimum of 6 credits; must take courses from at least two different departments.
Fine Arts
Communication/Public Speaking
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 P145Immunology/Biotechnology3
PS P161Pharmaceutics I3
PS P151Medicinal Chemistry I4
PS P155Principles of Infectious Diseases3
PP P140Professional Practice1
PS P171Pharmacy Lab I1
PP P146Drug Information1
 Term Credit Hours16
PS P164Pharmacology4
PS P162Pharmaceutics II3
PS P152Medicinal Chemistry II4
PP P142Soc & Econ Aspcts/Hlthcare2
PS P172Pharmacy Lab II1
PP P148Introduction to Pharmacy Care2
PP P136IPPE 112
Faculty Shadow/Reflection
Community Pharmacy Experience
IPE Workshops2
Self-Selected Co-Curricular Activity (CPD)3 
 Term Credit Hours18
Year 2
PS P265Pharmacology II3
PS P261Concepts in Pharmacogenomics3
PS P251Medicinal Chemistry III and Natural Products4
PP P248Communication Skills1
PS P271Pharmacy Lab III1
PP P233Path/Ther Cardiopulm I43
PP P235Pathophysiology/Therapeutics: Pediatrics41
PP P239Pharm Care Rec I1
Self-Selected Co-Curricular Activity (CPD)3 
 Term Credit Hours17
PS P262Pharmacokinetics3
PP P254Bio Stat/Med Lit Eval2
PP P280Pharmacist Directed Care3
PP P260Contemporary Pharmacy [WI]2
PS P272Pharmacy Lab IV1
PP P234Path/Ther Cardiopulm II42
PP P237Path/Ther Endocr/Meta Di43
PP P246Pharm Care Rec II1
PP P236IPPE 212
PY-4 Student Shadow/Reflection
Hospital Pharmacy
Disaster Planning POD
IPE Workshop and IPE Community Service Activity
Self-Selected Co-Curricular Activity (CPD)3 
 Term Credit Hours19
Year 3
PP P312ADRS Organ Systems Appr2
PP P352Economics of Pharm Pract3
PP P325Pathophysiology/Therapeutics - Infectious Diseases43
PP P321Pathophysiology/Therapeutics Neurology/Psychiatry43
PP P347Pharm Care Rec III1
Self-Selected Co-Curricular Activity (CPD)3 
 Term Credit Hours16-18
PP P341Pharmacy Law2
PP P313Clin Pharmacokinetics3
PP P338Pathophysiology/Therapeutics - Gastroenterology/Nutrition and Renal Disorders43
PP P323Pathophysiology/Therapeutics of Oncology and Immunology43
PP P348Pharm Care Rec IV1
PP P336IPPE 312
Inpatient or Clinic - Patient and Interprofessional Communications
IPE Community Service Activity
Self-Selected Co-Curricular Activity (CPD)3 
 Term Credit Hours18-20
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: 140-144


  • All PY-3 students are required to take the PCOA Exam as 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 on-line 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