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Philadelphia College of Pharmacy

Discover your future at the nation’s first pharmacy school. For more than two centuries, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy has trained leaders and innovators in pharmacy practice, research and education. Our graduates discover and deliver the innovations that advance patient care. Are you ready to be a pharmacy pioneer?

Home to programs in pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacology and toxicology, the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (PCP) is where modern pharmacy started. Since its founding in 1821 as the first college of pharmacy in North America, names like McNeil, Lilly, Wyeth — founders of the top pharmaceutical companies in the world — and many others have launched their careers here. We continue that tradition of excellence with our hands-on approach, offering future pharmacists clinical experience — practically from day one.

Graduates of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy play important roles in pharmacies, managed care organizations, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, and regulatory agencies.

In addition to our historical and well-respected PharmD program (which features a direct-entry pathway) for first-year students, PCP offers undergraduate degrees in pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacology and toxicology; and graduate degrees in pharmaceutics (MS, PhD) and pharmacology and toxicology (MS, PhD). Many of our pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacology and toxicology students continue their educations through our MS and PhD programs in pharmacology/toxicology and pharmaceutics.

Welcome to PCP! The knowledge and skills our students gain here follows them well beyond the campus.

edward foote, associate dean of school of health professions at sju

Edward Foote BS ’87, PharmD ’91

John Wyeth Dean, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Associate Dean School of Health Professions

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Department of Pharmacy Practice

The Department of Pharmacy Practice at Saint Joseph’s University prepares students to become leaders and innovators, blending science and patient care to improve people’s lives in the vibrant fields of pharmacy practice and administration. This department offers postgraduate residencies and fellowships.

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Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

The Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences builds students’ mastery of how drugs work and unlocks their talent for translating research into therapy. Students in the pharmaceutical sciences, pharmacology and toxicology and pharmaceutics programs learn the in-demand skills to advance in these dynamic fields. The department also offers an Explorers and Scholars Program, which allows undergraduate students to gain valuable research skills starting their first year.

Meet Our Faculty

Our faculty members are award-winning clinicians, scientists, innovators and leaders who train students to become leaders in pharmacy, research and healthcare fields.

Karen Tietze

Karen Tietze is a professor of clinical pharmacy who has authored numerous textbook chapters and articles in pulmonary and critical care therapeutics. She’s also the author of the textbook Clinical Skills for Pharmacists: A Patient-Focused Approach, published by Mosby.

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