Philadelphia College of Pharmacy - USciences no longer requires PCAT test scores for admission
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Contact Information

Philadelphia College of Pharmacy - USciences no longer requires PCAT test scores for admission
600 S. 43rd Street, Box 4
United States

Program Application Deadline

May 2, 2022
USciences operates on a rolling admission basis - we accept qualified applicants throughout the year, and until the class is filled. The sooner you apply, the better your chances will be of gaining admission. Only complete applications can be reviewed.

Program Information

Full Accreditation
Semester (2 terms per academic year)
* 0 - 6/7
Not Required
Affiliation or articulation agreement with undergraduate institution(s), Early assurance

Last Entering Class


Dual and Concurrent Degrees

Select Masters and/or PhD programs are available.
Students in the PharmD program complete a curriculum which includes certifications in immunizations, medication therapy management, diabetes management and SBIRT motivational interviewing; additional certificates may also be available

Program Description

USciences has prepared leaders and practitioners in the healthcare and science fields since its founding in 1821 as Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (, the first college of pharmacy in North America. In that time, USciences has grown to over 30 degree-granting programs-from bachelor’s through doctoral degrees-in the health and bench sciences, as well as healthcare business. Our tradition of hands-on research and experiential learning is evident in every graduate. The results are rewarding, well-paying careers showing why USciences graduates are proven everywhere they go (

The comprehensive curriculum combines courses in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, social sciences and the liberal arts with professional courses and pharmacy practice experiences. Our curriculum is designed for you to gain hands-on pharmacy experience early in your professional program and build upon it through graduation. You will have other options to enhance your education, including residencies and fellowships in pharmacy as well as opportunities to earn a minor or additional degree. Capstone courses allow you to explore drug therapy in the management and prevention of many disease states, work directly with data systems records that simulate those used in pharmacy practice, and develop drug therapy regimens using data from actual patients.

GPA and Credit Hour Criteria


Course Prerequisites

Course Subject Course Title Semester Hours (Min) Quarter Hours (Min)
Biology/Biological Science General Biology I with Lab (NOT Anatomy & Physiology) 4
Biology/Biological Science General Biology II with Lab (NOT Anatomy & Physiology) 4
Chemistry General Chemistry I with Lab 4
Chemistry General Chemistry II with Lab 4
Chemistry Organic Chemistry I with Lab 4
Chemistry Organic Chemistry II with Lab 4
Microbiology Microbiology with lab 4
Anatomy & Physiology Human Anatomy & Physiology I 3
Anatomy & Physiology Human Anatomy & Physiology II 3
Math Calculus I 3
Physics Physics with lab 4
Statistics Statistics 3
Economics Economics (e.g., Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Health Economics) 3
Social/Behavioral Science Social/Behavioral Science (Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology, etc.) 3
English Composition / Writing Writing Intensive English (if bachelor degree earned before enrolling = 3 credits required; no bachelor degree = 6 credits required) 6
Communication / Speech (Verbal) Intro to Communication or Public Speaking 3
Humanities Humanities (NOT required if earned a bachelor degree prior to enrolling at USciences) 6
Accepted students must complete all course prerequisites prior to their first day of class in August.
  • Science Course Prerequisites with Labs: Varies
  • Science Course Prerequisites without Labs : Varies
  • Non-Science Course Prerequisites: Varies
USciences understands the constraints on students during the recent COVID pandemic, and will accept pre-requisites from online courses completed during this time.
  • Science Course Prerequisites with Labs: Not sure at this time
  • Science Course Prerequisites without Labs : Not sure at this time
  • Non-Science Course Prerequisites: Not sure at this time
Students with a bachelor's degree, applying for the 1st professional year of the Pharmacy program may view additional pre-requisite information on our website at

College students who have not yet earned a bachelor's degree,and interested in applying to the pre-professional level of the Pharmacy program should consult our website for additional information regarding pre-requisite requirements. Applicants will be evaluated for placement in the program based on prior college experience.

Supplemental Materials


PCAT and Other Tests

USciences does NOT require PCAT tests for admission. Applicants who wish to submit PCAT test scores (official or unofficial) may do so, but PCAT scores are not required for admission.

Observation Hours

Recommended, but not required
Observation or shadowing hours are not required, but are recommended.

Evaluations (Letters of Reference)

Two (2)
  • Clergy: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Co-Worker: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Employer: ACCEPTED
  • Faculty Advisor: ACCEPTED
  • Family Member: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Friend: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Health Care Professional: ACCEPTED
  • Pharmacist: ACCEPTED
  • Politician: NOT ACCEPTED
  • Pre-Health Advisor: ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Liberal Arts): ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Math): ACCEPTED
  • Professor (Science): ACCEPTED
  • Supervisor: ACCEPTED
  • Teaching Assistant: ACCEPTED
No Answer
No answer



International Applicants

US Citizens, US Permanent Residents, US Temporary Residents, Canadian Citizens, Foreign (non-US) Citizens with a Visa, Foreign (non-US) Citizens, Other Non-Citizens (e.g. DACA Students)
Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS
International transfer students must have college coursework evaluated by WES (World Education Services) or ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators). Foreign course evaluations must be received by the application deadline (5/2/2022). All applicants must have a social security # prior to the start of the program in August.
International applicants are required to submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores, if their native language is not English, or if their college level studies were not conducted in English. A minimum score of 90 (6.5 IELTS) is required.


Individual applicants with one interviewer, Individual applicants with two or more interviewers, Multiple applicants with one or more interviewers
Selected applicants will be asked to attend an interview day on campus, which will include the following: an interactive presentation about the PCP PharmD program; discussion of current medical literature relevant to pharmacy; an interview with two faculty and/or professional staff interviewers; a tour of the USciences campus with a focus on the cutting-edge pharmacy facilities; interaction with current pharmacy students, faculty and administrators; and lunch. If an on-campus visit is not feasible, the interview day will be conducted using virtual technology to replicate the in-person experience as closely as possible.

Accepted Applicants

Accepted students must accept their offer of admissions by submitting a non-refundable deposit of $500. Deposits are due typically 2-4 weeks after date of acceptance. Specific deposit deadlines and information will be included in official in admit letter.
  • Aug 29, 2022
Accepted students must have satisfied all pre-requisites and all conditions of admission noted in official admission letter prior to their first day of class.

Background Checks and Drug Screenings