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Doctor of Pharmacy

The PharmD program provides a comprehensive curriculum designed to develop a generalist pharmacist capable of practicing in many different healthcare environments. During the program’s first three years, students split time between the classroom and introductory experiential learning. In the fourth year, students take part in eight, five-week clinical rotations, gaining exposure to multiple pharmacy specialty areas and practices.

As part of this professionally-oriented education, students work in state-of-the-art classrooms and teaching laboratories including a sterile products lab, compounding lab and simulated pharmacy practice lab. Other advanced resources include a Pyxis automated dispensing machine and laminar flow hoods to prepare sterile products using aseptic techniques such as intravenous solutions. Clinical learning and assessment laboratories utilizing simulated patients and a cadaver anatomy lab are other resources offered by the program.

The PCOM School of Pharmacy prepares entry-level generalist pharmacists for careers with the right combination of skills, knowledge, attitudes and values to develop and grow in this rapidly evolving profession.

Career Options

  • The PharmD program is designed to prepare a well-rounded student trained to practice in many specialty areas of pharmacy profession.
  • The role of the pharmacist continues to evolve with opportunities in community/retail practice, clinics or compounding labs, mail order or pharmaceutical wholesalers, healthcare and government agencies, and pharmaceutical research and development.
  • More than 70 percent of pharmacy graduates enter a community/retail practice.

Program Highlights

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)


School of Pharmacy faculty teach and conduct research in basic biomedical, pharmaceutical , clinical and administrative sciences.

Experiential Education

The PharmD program provides hands-on learning and training through pharmacy practice experiences including the managerial and business side of operating a pharmacy.


The curriculum emphasizes patient-centered care and preventive practices, entrusting graduates to create thoughtful, proactive and caring practice environments.


Students learn in state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories with multimedia equipment, break out rooms for team-building exercises, a cadaver anatomy lab and more.


Student support services include strong student affairs resources, faculty advisors and peer mentors.


We emphasize community engagement ranging from experiential training to involvement with local schools and organizations on health education and medical safety.


Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy's Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL  60503, 312/664-3575;  FAX 312/664-4652, web site