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School of Pharmacy Updates


Latest News:  July, 2013


Accreditation Updates

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy program has been granted Candidate status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 South LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 60503, 312/644-3575; FAX 312/664-4652, web site www.acpe-accredit.org.  Please refer to the ACPE web site for a full explanation of the accreditation process.

Candidate Status

With respect to clarification of the meaning of Candidate accreditation status, graduates of a program so designed would, in the opinion of ACPE, have the same rights and privileges of those graduates from a fully accredited program. The Candidate accreditation status denotes a developmental program that is expected to mature in accord with stated plans within a defined time period. It should be underscored, however, that decisions concerning eligibility for licensure by examination or reciprocity reside with the respective state boards of pharmacy in accordance with their state statutes and administrative rules. Should Candidate accreditation status be awarded to a program, ACPE would, however, make its position known and make recommendations consistent with that position.

The Doctor of Pharmacy program of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy was awarded continued Candidate accreditation status during the June 19-23, 2013, meeting of the ACPE Board of Directors based upon an on-site evaluation conducted April 18-19, 2013, and discussion with College and School officials. If the program continues to develop as planned, full accreditation of the Doctor of Pharmacy program will be considered by the Board following the graduation of students from the program.



The PCOM School of Pharmacy enrolled its third entering Pharm.D. class on August 20, 2012. 

The School of Pharmacy at the Georgia Campus officially opened on August 11, 2010, has been granted ACPE Candidate Status.

The School of Pharmacy leadership team, faculty and support staff congratulate the students of the first and second entering Pharm.D. classes, the Classes of 2014 and 2015, who successfully completedtheir first or second year of pharmacy study at the PCOM School of Pharmacy.  We especially look forward to June 2014, when our first pharmacy students will graduate with their Pharm.D. degrees. 

The 2012 first-year class numbers 109 students (53% female/47% male), chosen from more than 1500 applications.  The new class arrived in August  and includes 52 students  from the State of Georgia. Other states represented include Florida, Virginia, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama.

The class is also rich in diversity, with 65% of the class comprised of minority students, including 21% African-American students.  The age of our new class ranges from 20 to 50 years.

The admission process for the class entering Fall 2013 has begun, and another large increase in the applicant pool is anticipated.  Our pharmacy faculty continues to grow to meet the needs of the growing student body and a strong network of clinical sites for experiential education has been developed in Georgia and the Southeast.

PCOM is dedicated to the education of students in medicine, health and behavioral sciences and now pharmacy. The College is committed to the advancement of knowledge and intellectual growth through teaching and research, and to the well-being of the community through leadership and service. The Georgia Campus shares the PCOM mission but articulates a focus of improving the quality of life for those living in Georgia and the southeast by providing professional and graduate-level degree programs to prepare healthcare practitioners and professionals to address the social, economic, and health care needs of the region. The professional degree in pharmacy will have a strong regional emphasis and a focus on increasing the number of practicing pharmacists in Georgia and the southeast.

Other notes:

  • Biographical profiles of the faculty and pharmacy leadership team have been posted in the faculty section of this website.

  • If you have any questions about admission, please do not hesitate to call the PCOM School of Pharmacy at (678) 407-7330.


School of Pharmacy Development


Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has established its newest school, the PCOM School of Pharmacy, offering a four-year doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree at its Georgia campus (GA-PCOM).

The GA-PCOM campus, a 19-acre site located approximately 25 miles northeast of Atlanta in Gwinnett County, Georgia, also serves 434 medical and 129 graduate students. The new pharmacy program is designed to respond to the need for pharmacists in Georgia, the southeast and the nation. The Pharm.D. program emphasizes patient-centered care, a model consistent with the emphasis of PCOM's other graduate and medical programs.

In October 2008, Mark P. Okamoto, Pharm.D. was appointed founding Dean and Chief Academic Officer of the School of Pharmacy. Dr. Okamoto  appointed a group of distinguished pharmacy educators to form the PCOM School of Pharmacy's leadership team and faculty.  Over its first three years of operation, the faculty and staff of the PCOM School of Pharmacy have grown dramatically.

Construction of a multi-million dollar facility for the pharmacy school at the Georgia Campus was completed in June, 2010, which featured  state-of-the-art teaching laboratories, faculty and administrative offices, student service space and large lecture halls.  The PCOM School of Pharmacy enrolled its first class in August 2010 and was granted ACPE Candidate accreditation status in June 2011.

In addition to a partnership with the Georgia Statewide Area Health Education Centers Network, partnerships with a number of clinical training sites have already been secured, and we expect rapid progress on the completion of a high-quality regional training network that will include institutional and community pharmacy practice sites in both rural and urban settings.

Students entering the Doctor of Pharmacy program have completed pre-pharmacy courses in bachelor's degree programs at a variety of undergraduate colleges, and the four-year PharmD program is characterized by three years of didactic coursework in pharmaceutical, clinical and administrative sciences at the Georgia campus followed by one year of advanced pharmacy practice experiences at clinical sites throughout Georgia and the southeast. Introductory pharmacy practice experiences are also part of the three-year didactic program so that students can gain practical experience and begin developing ideas for the type of pharmacy practice they will choose after graduation.