Philadelphia College of Pharmacy
Discover your future at the nation’s first pharmacy school.
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.
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, as well as 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.
Philadelphia College of Pharmacy
Saint Joseph’s to Celebrate Philadelphia College of Pharmacy Founders’ Day 2024
Saint Joseph’s Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, the nation’s first college of pharmacy, was founded in 1821.
Nishaminy Kasbekar PCPS ’93, PCPS ’95 (PharmD), was recently named president-elect of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, an organization of more than 60,000 members serving as patient care providers across the U.S. For Kasbekar, part of that responsibility means paving the way for women and pharmacists of color.
The books explore topics ranging from over-the-counter medications and healthcare careers to how and why medications are prescribed.
The NIH R15 research grant will enable pharmaceutical sciences faculty Isabelle Mercier, PhD, and Jean-Francois Jasmin, PhD, and Saint Joseph’s students to study targeted therapies that could treat triple-negative breast cancer.
Welcome to PCP! The knowledge and skills our students gain here follows them well beyond the campus."
Edward Foote BS ’87 ’91 (PharmD)
John Wyeth Dean, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Associate Dean School of Health Professions
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.
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.
Industry Connections to Build a New Drug Development Masters
Saint Joseph's University faculty and Philadelphia College of Pharmacy alumni partner to launch industry-focused graduate program.
The Drug Development & Industrial Pharmacy (DDIP) MS curriculum is heavily experiential, which distinguishes it from more thesis-driven master’s programs in the field. Students will work in the University’s Industrial Pharmacy Laboratory, a GLP-compliant pharmaceutical research facility equipped for complete drug delivery research services.
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.
Andrew Peterson is the John Wyeth Dean Emeritus and professor of pharmacy at Saint Joseph's University. With 30 years of research experience in pharmacy management and health policy, Peterson led the development of University’s Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) approved medical cannabis training program for physicians, pharmacists, nurses and physician assistants to become recommenders or prescribers.
Adeboye Adejare is a professor of pharmaceutical sciences. His research interests included drug targeting, mechanisms of neurodegeneration, chemistry of fluoroaromatic compounds and pharmaceutical profiling.
Angela Bingham is an associate professor of clinical pharmacy whose practice, teaching and research activities are focused on pharmacotherapy in critical illness including nutrition support therapy. She is also the associate editor for Nutrition in Clinical Practice and assistant editor for DiPiro's Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach.