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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.

The curriculum components include:


Pharmacy students in the lab
  • 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. Tthe integrated nature of this course emphasizes the interrelationship of these areas that is vital to understanding the basis of patient-centered pharmaceutical care.
  • 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:
    • Pediatrics
    • Self-Care
    • Community Pharmacy Ownership
    • Issues in Public Health
    • Illicit Drugs
    • Psychiatry
    • Biologics and Biopharmaceuticals
  • 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
Last Updated: 10/13/14