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School of Pharmacy
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Founded 1901
Peter H. Doukas, Dean
3307 N. Broad Street
(215) 707-4900 


The School of Pharmacy is accredited by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education, which is sponsored by the American Pharmaceutical Association, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. The purpose of the Council is to advance the standards of pharmaceutical education and to maintain a list of acceptable colleges of pharmacy. 

The School of Pharmacy is also a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, which promotes the interests of pharmaceutical education.

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Students admitted to the Temple University School of Pharmacy will be enrolled in the six-year Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree program. The Pharm.D. degree is now the only entry-level professional degree in pharmacy offered at Temple University. 

The Pharm.D. program of the School of Pharmacy prepares students to promote and deliver pharmaceutical care in a variety of evolving health care environments by providing them with the skills, competencies, and the technical, scientific, and clinical bases essential for a professionally successful and personally satisfying practice.

The School is committed to promoting the exploration and application of new educational methods, to assist the continued professional and personal development of students, faculty and staff, to nurture respect for life-long learning, and to provide the skills necessary for independent study.

The School fosters research and graduate education in order to contribute to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge in the pharmaceutical and clinical sciences, professional practice, and education by developing individuals qualified to pursue these important areas of inquiry.

The School is committed to heightening students' sensitivity to patients and communities of diverse origin, and to encourage their commitment to integrity and ethical principles in their personal and professional lives.

The School is committed to the provision of service and assistance to the University, the profession, and the wider community on a local, regional, and national level, utilizing a collaborative model for addressing issues of concern, and to encourage student, faculty and staff involvement in these efforts.

The School supports the development of innovative approaches that enable students and practitioners to anticipate, respond to and formulate beneficial changes in the dynamics of health care.

Graduates who are conferred a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree are qualified to take the national examination leading to licensure within the field. Graduates of the School find career opportunities in community, institutional (hospital), consultant, and managed care pharmacy, the pharmaceutical industry, governmental agencies and academia. The School engages in the full range of basic and clinical pharmaceutical sciences, and provides the following degree opportunities: M.S. in Quality Assurance/Regulatory Affairs, M.S. and Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences (with concentrations in Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry). 

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Pre-professional Requirements

Applicants should apply to the School of Pharmacy after completing the first pre-professional year (one year prior to admission into the professional program). You must complete a minimum of 63 hours of pre-professional collegiate study at an accredited institution. You must also achieve transferable grades in all prerequisites and have a competitive grade point average (GPA) for initial consideration. 

If you are currently a Temple undergraduate student, the University’s Academic Resource Center (ARC) will provide advising on completing your prerequisites. If you are a liberal arts student at another university or junior/community college, please follow the Recommended Prerequisite Course Sequence below as a guide. Regardless of your eligibility for the 45+ Transfer Core or Core-to-Core Transfer versions of the university undergraduate Core Curriculum, the School of Pharmacy requires completion of the full Core, as outlined in the Recommended Prerequisite Course Sequence. Individuals who have a baccalaureate degree in another field are also eligible for admission at the undergraduate level. 

Applicants with competitive cumulative GPAs and necessary prerequisites are invited for an interview. The Admissions Committee may request interviews for other reasons. A second evaluation phase follows. The Assistant Dean of the School notifies applicants of the final decision in writing. 

Accepted applicants are required to confirm their acceptance with a $200.00 deposit. 

Application Requirements

To avoid delay in processing, applicants should carefully review prerequisite requirements prior to application. For prerequisite courses in the sciences (e.g., Biology, General Chemistry, Physics, and Organic Chemistry) a laboratory component is mandatory. Because students will be applying from many different pre-professional institutions, there will necessarily be variation in course credit designation. 

An application form can be obtained by writing to: 
Office of Admissions 
Temple University School of Pharmacy 
3307 N. Broad Street (602-00) 
Philadelphia, PA 19140 
Attn: Ms. Joan Hankins 

or by calling: 

(215) 707-4900 

e-mail: jhanki00@nimbus.ocis.temple.edu

Upon receipt of the application, the applicant is directed to: 

  • Complete all sections of the application except where optional or the statement does not apply. 
  • Submit completed application with a check or money order made payable to Temple University in the amount of $35. 
  • Direct pre-professional institution(s) to forward college transcript(s) upon completion of the first year of collegiate study. Make certain that all credentials and communications are specifically directed to the School of Pharmacy of Temple University. 
  • No more than three (3) letters of recommendation may be submitted.
Please note that the Office of Admissions of the School of Pharmacy will provide, and must receive, students' application forms. Requests for applications should not be directed to Undergraduate Admissions at Conwell Hall or Temple University Graduate School at Carnell Hall.

Recommended Prerequisite Course Sequence

First Year

Fall Semester 17-18 s.h. 

General Chemistry I   4 s.h. 
General Biology I    4 s.h. 
Mathematics a   3-4 s.h. 
Composition *   3 s.h. 
Elective b   3 s.h. 
Spring Semester 17-18 s.h.  General Chemistry II   4 s.h. 
General Biology II   4 s.h. 
Mathematics a   3-4 s.h. 
Intellectual Heritage I  3 s.h. 
Electives b  3 s.h. 
Second Year

Fall Semester 17 s.h. 

Organic Chemistry I  4 s.h. 
Physics I c  4 s.h. 
Intellectual Heritage II  3 s.h. 
Electives b  6 s.h. 
Spring Semester 17 s.h.  Organic Chemistry II  4 s.h. 
Physics II c  4 s.h. 
Macroeconomics  3 s.h. 
Electives b  6 s.h. 
*Transfer students from Temple University may take English R050 (College Composition) to fulfill two CORE areas. a Math -  All applicants are required to take a calculus course. A one-semester Calculus (4 s.h.) course equivalent to Calculus C075 at Temple University will satisfy this segment of the Core Curriculum. Applicants who complete a calculus course equivalent to Math C066 (Intuitive Calculus; 3 s.h.) offered at Temple must take a second semester of one of the following equivalent courses to satisfy the prerequisite math requirement: Math C055 (College Mathematics) or CIS C061 (Programming in Pascal) or Philosophy C066 (Introduction to Logic) or a Statistics course. 

b Electives should include courses in the Core areas of American Culture (3 s.h.),

Studies in Race (3 s.h.), The Arts (3 s.h), and International Studies or Foreign Language (6 s.h.). For more detailed information about these areas, see Core Curriculum in the Temple University Bulletin. Studies in Race courses focus on the impact of race and racism on social, cultural, and political institutions. Certain courses which fulfill this requirement may also satisfy other CORE areas. It is sometimes possible to satisfy two CORE areas with one course. For example, Sociology C064/X064/R064 (American Ethnicity) will fulfill two core areas (American Culture and Studies in Race). 

c Physics may be a non-calculus based course. 

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The Office of Student Services at the School of Pharmacy coordinates all support programs for pharmacy majors once they have been accepted. This includes registration, billing, transcripts, tutorial programs, student activities, and access to personal counseling services. For further information and inquiries contact Ms. Eileen Lichtenstein, Director of Student Services and Alumni Affairs, at 215-707-2429. 

The Office of Admissions provides academic advising for Pre-Pharmacy majors. Applicants are assisted in prerequisite course selection and the processing of their files. For further information and inquiries contact Ms. Joan Hankins, Administrative Assistant for Admissions, at 215-707-4900. 

The Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) is a consolidated grant that combines the activities of the Schools of Pharmacy, Medicine and Dentistry to further increase the number of graduates from underrepresented minority and other socially disadvantaged backgrounds. HCOP provides tutorial services for enrolled students during the academic year. For more information refer to the section on Special Programs

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TempleRx Scholars Program 
William D. Nathan, Ph.D. 
Director, Pre-Health Admissions
Temple University 
Sullivan Hall
(215) 204-8669

Marquette L. Cannon-Babb, Pharm.D., Assistant Dean 
Temple University School of Pharmacy 
(215) 707-4900 

See the TempleRx Scholars Program in the Early Admissions section of the Bulletin.

This program provides an opportunity for freshmen admitted to one of Temple’s baccalaureate degree programs, who demonstrate exceptional scholastic aptitude, to be granted provisional acceptance into the six-year TUSP Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) Program. Students who successfully complete two (2) years of pre-pharmacy prerequisites based on early admission guidelines will then matriculate in the Doctor of Pharmacy Program for four (4) years of professional study. 

Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) Grant 
Marquette L. Cannon-Babb, Co-Principal Investigator 
Joan Hankins, Program Coordinator 
Temple University School of Pharmacy 
3307 N. Broad Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19140 
(215) 707-1435 

The HCOP Program is a consolidated grant that combines the activities of the Schools of Pharmacy, Medicine and Dentistry to further increase the number of graduates from underrepresented minority and other socially disadvantaged backgrounds. The purpose of the Program is to recruit, facilitate entry, and retain these students in the undergraduate pharmacy program. 

With regard to first professional year pharmacy students, the HCOP Program is designed to meet the following objectives: 

    • To decrease the failure rate of admitted disadvantaged students in the professional curriculum. 
    • To build skills necessary to compete successfully in a rigorous professional curriculum. 

    • To provide supportive personal counseling in order to reduce the stress generated by non-academic factors. 
During the academic year, the Program will provide qualified individuals with personal and educational counseling, student skills workshops and tutorial sessions by faculty and peers. 

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We strongly encourage students to participate in professional organizations. Chapters of several national student organizations are represented on campus, including the following:

The Academy of Student Pharmacists of the American Pharmaceutical Association is actively concerned with the promotion of professionalism among pharmacy students;

The Rho Chi Society is a national pharmaceutical honor society with chapters in colleges belonging to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy; 

The Student National Pharmaceutical Association, is devoted to the development and promotion of professionalism among pharmacy students of African descent; 

The Student Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Health Systems Pharmacists is concerned with the current developments in hospital pharmacy; 

The Student Chapter of the National Community Pharmacists’ Association is concerned with retail pharmacy issues; 

Phi Lambda Sigma, a student leadership group, crosses all organizations and recognizes leadership in professional endeavors;

The Committee of Substance Abuse and Addiction heightens awareness of substance abuse and addiction, particularly in the pharmacy profession;

The Pennsylvania Pharmacists’ Association is a state organization representing all aspects of pharmacy practice;

The Temple University Asian Pharmacy Association promotes academic, professional and social development of its members.


Three professional fraternities, Kappa Psi, Lambda Kappa Sigma, and Phi Delta Chi, have chapters on campus.They promote many social activities, but are best known for their community service including the raising of funds for a number of charitable endeavors.

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Temple University's Financial Aid program provides assistance in the form of scholarships, loans, grants, and part-time employment for students whose resources are insufficient to meet the costs of higher education. The Financial Aid staff reviews all applications and awards assistance in the forms and amounts it deems most appropriate to the needs of the student. Inquiries concerning aid should be forwarded to: Health Sciences Center Financial Aid Office, Faculty/Student Union Building, Broad and Ontario Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19140, (215) 707-2667. 

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The University policies and regulations generally apply to all undergraduate students and provide a framework within which schools and colleges may specify further conditions or variations appropriate to students in their courses or programs.

Attendance and Promotion

Attendance will be taken in each lecture and laboratory. The professor will announce the specific course policy the first week of classes. However, the general policy will be as follows: 

    • 3 credit lecture = 3 absences per semester 
    • 2 credit lecture = 2 absences per semester 
    • 1 credit lecture = 1 absence per semester 
    • labs = 1 absence per semester 
There will be no excused absences. Exceeding the established number of absences may result in a drop of letter grade, being dropped from the course, or the necessity of making up the lab work. 

A student shall have satisfactorily completed all of the courses of each year and maintain a GPA of 2.00 before being advanced to the next year. 

Code of Conduct
Plagiarism and academic cheating are not to be tolerated in the School of Pharmacy. Further, it is assumed that, if a student witnesses the improper transmission of information, he/she will report such a transaction. Students may obtain a copy of the Code of Conduct and Discipline Procedures from the Office of Student Services. 

Dean's List
A Dean's List is published following each semester listing all full-time students who have achieved a GPA of 3.5 or better for the period reported. 

Statement on Professionalism
Candidates for graduation from the School of Pharmacy must be of good moral character consistent with the requirements of the profession of pharmacy. It is the position of the faculty that anyone who uses, possesses, distributes, sells, or is under the influence of narcotics, dangerous drugs, or controlled substances, or who abuses alcohol or is involved in any conduct involving moral turpitude, fails to meet the ethical and moral requirements of the profession and may be dismissed from any program or denied the awarding of any degree from the School of Pharmacy.

Doctor of Pharmacy Program

Temple's Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) Program is an advanced-degree program meets the challenges of all areas of pharmacy practice. Our guiding philosophy is to inculcate values necessary for students to serve society as caring, ethical, and learning professionals while making them enlightened citizens. 

Temple's Pharm.D. Program requires six years of study that is divided into two components. The first component requires the completion of two years of pre-professional education at Temple University or at an accredited institution of higher learning. The professional component requires four years of study at the School of Pharmacy. All students at the professional level must begin in the fall semester. Because of the intensity of study, newly admitted student must be prepared to utilize their critical thinking and study skills effectively. 

The professional program unfolds as a continuum of topics that range from the fundamentals of drug action and dosage form design up to and including the safe and efficacious use of therapeutic agents in the provision of pharmaceutical care to patients. Many of the courses are structured as a mix of didactic lectures and problem-based small group recitations.

In the first three years of the professional program, the student must successfully complete the following course clusters: the science of dosage form design, development and application (pharmaceutics, biopharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics); drug action and use (medicinal chemistry, pharmacology; biostatistics, literature evaluation, therapeutics); normal and abnormal physiologic states (anatomy, physiology, infectious disease; immunology, biochemistry, pathophysiology); law, pharmacoeconomics, drug information, patient counseling, and professional/specialty electives. The fourth professional year is comprised of clerkship rotations in a variety of community, hospital, and institutional settings wherein students apply the concepts of pharmaceutical care and refine their problem-solving and interpersonal communication skills. Rotations are scheduled over a 12-month period beginning in June, and, in addition to patient care venues, may also include other professional settings that broaden the student’s experience. 

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First Professional Year  
Fall Semester 17 s.h.
Anatomy/Physiology  5 s.h. 
Pharmaceutics I 3 s.h. 
Medicinal Chemistry I 4 s.h. 
Principles of Infectious Disease /Immunology  4 s.h.
Professional Practice  1 s.h.
Spring Semester 16 s.h.
Pharmacology 4 s.h. 
Pharmaceutics II 4 s.h.
Medicinal Chemistry II 3 s.h.
Social and Economic Aspects Health Care 2 s.h. 
Drug Information Skills 1 s.h. 
Anti-infective Agents 2 s.h. 
Second Professional Year  
Fall Semester 18 s.h. 
Pharmacology II  3 s.h. 
Pharmaceutics III 4 s.h.
Medicinal Chemistry III/ Natural Products 3 s.h. 
Pathophysiology/ Therapeutics Modules* 7 s.h. 
Communication Skills 1 s.h. 
Spring Semester 17 s.h. 
Biopharmaceutics/Pharmacokinetics 4 s.h. 
Pathophysiology/Therapeutics Modules*  6 s.h. 
Biostatistics/Medical Literature Evaluation 2 s.h. 
Drugs Devices & Consumers 3 s.h.
Contemporary Pharmacy 2 s.h. 

* Pathophysiology/Therapeutics is taught in modules focusing on a specific organ system. Students receive a grade for each module.
Third Professional Year  
Fall Semester 16-18 s.h. 
Pathophysiology/Therapeutics Modules* 6 s.h. 
Advanced Pharmacokinetics 3 s.h. 
Economics of Health Care 3 s.h.
Electives** 4-6 s.h. 
Spring Semester 13-15 s.h. 
Pathophysiology/Therapeutics Modules* 7 s.h. 
Pharmacy Law 2 s.h. 
Electives** 4-6 s.h. 

* Pathophysiology/Therapeutics is taught in modules focusing on a specific organ system. Students receive a grade for each module.

**Students are required to complete a total of 10-12 hours of elective credits. Students who take Nuclear Pharmacy may complete seven elective credits to fulfill the didactic requirements for this elective track. Students also have the opportunity to fulfill elective requirements and earn a certificate in business from the Fox School of Business.

Fourth Professional Year 

All students are required to complete six 5-week clerkship rotations. These rotations are scheduled throughout the fourth professional year (May-May).  Three 5-week vacation rotations will be randomly scheduled during the year.  All students are off during the University Winter Recess between the fall and spring semesters. 

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Peter H. Doukas, Dean
Ina Lee Calligaro, Associate Dean for Curricular and Clinical Affairs
Marquette L. Cannon-Babb, Assistant Dean for Admissions
Thomas W. O'Connor, Jr., Director of Continuing Education 

Department of Pharmacy Practice

Marquette L. Cannon-Babb, Pharm.D., Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science.
Michael R. Jacobs, Chair, Pharm.D., Wayne State University. 
Elaine Mackowiak, Ph.D., Thomas Jefferson University.
Thomas W. O'Connor, Jr., Pharm.D., Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science; M.B.A., Babson College.
Stephen H. Paul, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh.
Salvatore J. Turco, Pharm.D., Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science.
Albert I. Wertheimer, Ph.D., Purdue University. 

Joseph I. Boullata, Pharm.D., University of Maryland.
Ina Lee Calligaro, Pharm.D., Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science.
Steven Gelone, Pharm.D., Temple University.
Michael Mancano, Pharm.D., Temple University.
Joel Shuster, Pharm.D., Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science. 

Rachel J. Clark-Vetri, Pharm.D., Temple University.
Cynthia Gobin, Pharm.D., Temple University.
Karissa Kim, Pharm.D., University of California.
Tanya C. Knight, Pharm.D., Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science. 
Patrick McDonnell, Pharm.D., Temple University.
Kristen Mooney Schwetschenau, Pharm.D., University of Cincinnati.
Melissa L. Sanders, Pharm.D., University of South Carolina 

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Peter H. Doukas, Ph.D., Temple University.
Reza A. Fassihi, Director of Graduate Program, Ph.D., Brighton University.
Chana Kowarski, Ph.D., Hebrew University.
Tully J. Speaker, Ph.D., University of Connecticut.
Robert Raffa, Ph.D., Temple University.
Robert S. Thompson, Ph.D., Temple University. 

Michael R. Borenstein, Chair, Ph.D., Temple University.
Daniel J. Canney, Ph.D., Temple University.
Cherng-Ju Kim, Ph.D., McMaster University.
Joy B. Reighard, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh. 

Kadriye Ciftci, Ph.D., University of Hacettepe, Ankara-Turkey.
Ivo P. Nnane, Ph.D., University of London, United Kingdom.

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