3 Saint Joseph's Physician assistant students giving oxygen in a simulation lab

Preparing Compassionate

Turn your passion into a profession with practical training and experience at the School of Health Professions.

Become a Health Innovator

Whatever your path, the School of Health Professions offers a wide range of opportunities to help you reach your goals. Our programs feature a rigorous, established curriculum paired with the Jesuit, liberal arts core, as well as accelerated models for undergraduate students who want to pursue advanced careers in occupational therapy, physical therapypharmacy and physician assistant studies. Our School is also home to the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, the first college of pharmacy in North America.

Find Your Program

Gain the knowledge and skills to enter the booming healthcare job market or advance your education towards a health profession.

Earn a traditional master's or PhD in pharmaceutics and pharmacology and toxicology.

Our top-ranking, accredited PharmD program features a unique competency-driven professional curriculum and accelerated pathway for undergraduate students.

Our accredited DPT program offers a condensed curriculum that allows undergraduate and graduate students to enter the field quickly.

Our 24-month master's PA program features a career-focused curriculum centered on clinical practice and interprofessional education.

Featured News

OT and Pharmacy Students Join Forces to Tackle the Administration of Cannabis Oil

Saint Joseph’s occupational therapy and pharmacy students teamed up to analyze the accuracy and usability of a new cannabis oil dispenser, potentially helping millions of patients suffering from illnesses avoid overdose.

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Saint Joseph’s Institute of Clinical Bioethics (ICB), its Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (PCP) and its School of Education and Human Development (SEHD) will be working arm in arm with the University’s Center for Addiction and Recovery Education (CARE) to build out three proposed opioid remediation programs in Delaware County using the funds.

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Nabila Enam, OTD, and Christopher Yang, DrOT USP ’14 ’16 (OTD), are treating disordered sleep using highly effective, holistic approaches based in mindfulness. Enam and Yang are sharing their evidence-based success with providers and clients in an effort to make this treatment more readily available, particularly for patients with traumatic brain injury.

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Hands-On Approach

As a student in the School of Health Professions, you'll use state-of-the-art tools in a nurturing environment that supports your passions and gain experience in real-world settings, like Philadelphia's world-class medical centers and research facilities. You'll also benefit from expert practitioner faculty in your field of study, providing you with unparalleled mentorship and opportunities for groundbreaking research. You'll leave here ready to innovate and lead the future of healthcare.

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Program Spotlight

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

Designed for those who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher, Saint Joseph’s University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) is an accredited doctoral program that prepares graduate students for a fulfilling career in physical therapy.

An accelerated curriculum that focuses on experiential learning, our 31-month Doctor of Physical Therapy program will teach you evidence-based techniques and empower you to practice independently and work collaboratively in diverse health care environments.

The intensive curriculum in these programs paired with our Jesuit, liberal arts core challenges Saint Joseph’s students to think critically, problem solve creatively, and communicate effectively."

Cathy Poon, PhD

Cathy Y. Poon, BS, PharmD, FPPA, FCPP, FNAP,

Interim Dean of the School of Health Professions


Labs for hands-on research as early as your first year.


Life sciences, pharmaceutical and biotech companies in the Greater Philadelphia area.


Clinical and practice sites for students in our professional health programs.


Direct-entry, accelerated professional degree programs for incoming first-year and transfer students. 

Dive Into Research

In addition to honing your skills in the country’s medical and research centers and clinics, you’ll train using state-of-the-art equipment in our innovative labs and facilities. You’ll work collaboratively with students and expert faculty within and outside of your discipline, gaining critical research skills and making meaningful scientific discoveries. Here's what you can expect:


Housed in the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, the Industrial Pharmacy Laboratory (IPHL) is a full-scale pharmaceutical research facility offering drug delivery research services, including preformulation, formulation development and drug delivery systems development.


Physical therapy students have the opportunity to engage in research alongside our faculty, as well as independent community projects. Examples of recent projects include an online exercise program for people diagnosed with cancer and an interactive exercise for people with traumatic brain injuries.


Find state-of-the-art clinical laboratories and equipment in the Glasser/Woodland Hall complex, including our BTE Technologies™ Advanced Training and Research Lab, which lets our OT and PT students learn about the most effective treatment options on the most advanced tech in the field.

200 Years of Proven Success

Join the Nation’s First Pharmacy School

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. Today, it’s home to programs in pharmacy (PharmD), pharmaceutical sciences, and pharmacology and toxicology, continuing the tradition of excellence with our hands-on approach.