Curriculum

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.

Prior to matriculation, students must complete all pre-professional course requirements at a U.S. 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.

Program Progression

PCOM utilizes a trimester system with each term lasting approximately 13 weeks. The first three professional years of the PharmD curriculum are comprised of primarily didactic coursework and laboratories combined with Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPEs) in community and hospital pharmacies. The fourth professional year curriculum is divided into eight, 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 (IPPEs and APPEs) are located within the state of Georgia and the southeastern United States.

 

Required Rotations

Required rotations for Doctor of Pharmacy are:

  • Inpatient/Acute Care/General Medicine
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Health System Pharmacy
  • Community
  • Community Management

Elective Rotations

Elective rotations will include rotations such as (but not limited to):

  • Cardiology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Pediatrics
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Psychiatry
  • Nuclear Pharmacy
  • Nutritional Support
  • Compounding Pharmacy
  • Pharmaceutical Industry Management

A comprehensive examination will be given during the second and third professional years. These examinations assess knowledge and skills acquired during the curriculum. All students must pass the comprehensive exams to progress to the next professional year.