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Philadelphia College of Pharmacy

Discover your future at the nation’s first pharmacy school.

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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; 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.


Philadelphia College of Pharmacy
Academic Programs

Degree Programs

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Launch a career in research and the pharmaceutical industry with hands-on learning in our unique pharmaceutical sciences or pharmacology & toxicology programs.

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Masters and PhD

Masters and PhD

Prepare to further your career in the pharmaceutical industry through research-focused curriculum taught by renowned faculty in the historic Philadelphia College of Pharmacy.

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One program - two pathways. Become a practice ready pharmacist at the nation's first college of pharmacy with a unique, competency-driven professional curriculum with an experiential learning component that prepares students for real-world pharmaceutical environments.

Featured News

Saint Joseph’s Celebrates PCP Founders’ Day with Old Traditions and New Awards

Saint Joseph’s University will celebrate the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy’s (PCP) founding 202 years ago for the first time since its merger with the University of the Sciences. 

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Closeup of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy building in winter

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.

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


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.

Saint Joseph's University PharmD students in a lab looking at a microscope and lab work.

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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