The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)
degree program is designed to develop the knowledge, professional skills, attitudes
and values that are required for an entry-level generalist pharmacist.
View the PharmD course sequence and descriptions
Prior to matriculation, students must complete all pre-professional course requirements
at a US Department of Education-accredited institution. While a bachelor’s degree
is not required, the School of Pharmacy Admissions Committee gives preference to those
applicants who have earned a bachelor's degree or higher. View Admissions-related FAQs.
The first three professional years of the PharmD curriculum is comprised of primarily
didactic coursework and laboratories combined with Introductory Pharmacy Practice
Experiences (IPPEs) in community and hospital pharmacy. The fourth professional year
curriculum is divided into 8 five-week Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs)
covering multiple areas of pharmacy practice, including community, hospital, general
medicine and ambulatory care. At present, the majority of the School of Pharmacy clinical
experiences are located within the state of Georgia and the Southeastern United States.
PCOM utilizes a trimester system with each term lasting approximately 13 weeks. Learn more about PharmD clinical practice and experiential education opportunities.
Pharmacy students in the lab
The curriculum components include:
- Courses in foundational biomedical sciences; pharmaceutical sciences; social, behavioral
and administrative sciences; and clinical sciences.
- An Integrated Therapeutics course sequence that teaches the pharmacology, medicinal
chemistry and therapeutics of drugs. The integrated nature of this course emphasizes
the interrelationship of these areas that is vital to understanding the basis of patient-centered
- Five Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) that expose students to a
variety of pharmacy practice settings designed to introduce students to the profession
of pharmacy. IPPEs help students develop the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes
and values for the provision of patient-centered care.
- Didactic elective courses in the third professional year that provide students an
opportunity to enhance their knowledge of topics in specific areas. Electives may
include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Community Pharmacy Ownership
- Issues in Public Health
- Illicit Drugs
- Biologics and Biopharmaceuticals
- Seminars in Cardiology
- Topics in Men's Health
- Pharmaceutical Marketing and Industry in the Information Age
- Case Studies in Critical Care and Nutrition Support
The fourth professional year of the program consists of the Advanced Pharmacy Practice
Experiences (APPEs) in which students are required to complete eight different rotations,
each rotation consisting of five weeks at a particular pharmacy practice site. Five
of the required rotations include:
- Advanced Inpatient/Acute Care General Medicine
- Advanced Ambulatory Care
- Advanced Health System Pharmacy
- Advanced Community
- Advanced Community Management