Undergraduate Bulletin Updated for 1997-1998

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School of Pharmacy

founded 1901
Peter H. Doukas, Dean

Beginning in fall 1998 the only entry-level professional degree in pharmacy offered at Temple will be the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.). Information on this six-year program is available from the School of Pharmacy.


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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Goals and Objectives

The undergraduate program of the School of Pharmacy provides men and women a means to acquire knowledge in the sciences basic to the profession of pharmacy, and to apply that knowledge in relevant clinical settings. The pharmacist is trained with the ability, knowledge, and ethics to aid in solving the health-related problems of individuals and the community, including the selection, preparation, distribution, control, and monitoring of drugs and pharmaceuticals in the treatment of disease.

The School is committed to providing an environment for sound teaching and learning. The program attempts to develop an awareness of the value of life-long learning, and the need for continuous improvement in professional competency. The School is committed to supporting the highest level of achievement in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical setting.

The School fosters research and graduate education in order to add new knowledge to the pharmaceutical sciences. The School has an obligation to provide the pharmacist and other health professionals, through continuing education, with information on the latest advances in the pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy practice, a changing and broadening field. Throughout the years of professional education, the student is sensitized to an appreciation of professional ethics and the concept of pharmacy as a service profession.

Graduates who are awarded a Bachelor of Science or Doctor of Pharmacy degree are qualified to take the national examination leading to licensure within the field. Graduates of the School find career opportunities in community and hospital 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: B.S. in Pharmacy; entry-level Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.); post B.S. Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.); M.S. in Quality Assurance; M.S. and Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry.

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Preprofessional Requirements

Because admission into the program is highly competitive, it is strongly recommended that applicants apply to the School of Pharmacy subsequent to completion of the first pre-professional year, which is one year prior to admission into the professional program. The period for the receipt of applications for admission begins June 1 and ends October 31 of each academic year.

Applicants must complete two years of preprofessional collegiate study at an accredited institution. The Recommended Prerequisite Course Sequence is a guide for students registered in a liberal arts, junior, or community college. For students completing pre-pharmacy requirements at Temple University, advising is provided by the College of Arts and Sciences. The applicant's preprofessional collegiate study must total a minimum of 67 semester hours. Students must achieve transferable grades in all prerequisites and have a competitive grade point average (GPA) for initial consideration as part of the applicant pool. Individuals who have a baccalaureate degree in another field are eligible for admission at the undergraduate level.

In general, while applicants with competitive cumulative and prerequisite GPA's are invited for an interview, the Admissions Committee reserves the right to request an interview. This is followed by a second evaluation phase. Candidates are notified of a final decision in a letter from the Assistant Dean of the School. Applicants will be required to confirm their acceptance of admission with a $200 tuition 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 preprofessional institutions, there will necessarily be variation in course credit designation.

An application form can be obtained by writing to:

or by calling:

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

  1. Complete all sections of the application except where optional or the statement does not apply.
  2. Submit completed application with a check or money order made payable to Temple University in the amount of $30.
  3. Direct preprofessional 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.
  4. No more than three (3) letters of recommendation can 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.

Recommended Prerequisite Course Sequence
First Year
Fall Semester 14-15 s.h.

Spring Semester 17-18 s.h.

Second Year
Fall Semester 17 s.h.

Spring Semester 17 s.h.

* Transfer students from Temple University may take R050 composition to fulfill two core areas.
+ Math - For Fall semester 1995 and after, all applicants are required to take a calculus course. For applicants who complete a one-semester Calculus (4 s.h.) course equivalent to Calculus C075 or C085 or C095 offered at Temple University, will satisfy this segment of the Core Curriculum. For applicants who complete a less advanced calculus course (3 s.h.) that is equivalent to Intuitive Calculus C066 offered at Temple, you must take a second semester of one of the following equivalent courses in order to satisfy the prerequisite math requirement: College Mathematics C055 or a computer science course like Programming in Pascal C061 or a logic course like Introduction to Logic C066 or statistics.
$ Electives should include courses in the Core areas of American Culture (3 s.h.), Studies in Race (3 s.h.), International Studies or Foreign Language (6 s.h.) levels I & II; (3 s.h.) intermediate level), and The Arts (3 s.h.). For more detailed information about these areas, see Core Curriculum in the Temple University Bulletin.
% Intellectual Heritage, at Temple University, is a comparative interdisciplinary course that provides undergraduate students with opportunity to achieve a common cultural literacy, through intense study and discussion of selected topics from major texts that have influenced our thinking and social behavior over three millennia. For more detailed information on Intellectual Heritage I and II, see Core Curriculum in the Temple University Bulletin.
++ Physics may be a non-calculus based course.

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Academic Support Programs

The Office of Student Services coordinates all support programs for Pharmacy majors. The functions include: registration, billing, handling of transcripts, tutorial programs, coordinating student activities, and providing personal support to students. For further information and inquiries contact Ms. Eileen Lichtenstein, Director of Student Services and Alumni Affairs, at 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 707-4900.Professional, Government, and Honor Societies.

The Academy of Student Pharmacists of the American Pharmaceutical Association is actively concerned with promotion of professionalism among pharmacy students. Members of the Association attend state and national conventions of importance and sponsor monthly meetings at which timely issues pertaining to pharmacy practice are discussed and debated. The Rho Chi Society is a national pharmaceutical honor society which has chapters in colleges that are members of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. The Beta Lambda Chapter of Rho Chi Society at Temple University was established in 1955. The Student Council of the School of Pharmacy is composed of representatives of each of the classes in the School and directs the self-government activities on the campus. The Student Council meets periodically with the Dean and members of the faculty, thereby serving as liaison between the student body and the administration of the School of Pharmacy. Other professional organizations on campus are the Student National Pharmaceutical Association, which is devoted to the development and promotion of professionalism among pharmacy students of African descent; Pennsylvania Society of Hospital Pharmacists (Student Chapter), which is dedicated to keeping students abreast of current developments in hospital pharmacy; and the Student Chapter of the National Association of Retail Druggists, which is concerned with issues affecting retail pharmacy.

Three professional fraternities are represented by chapters on the School of Pharmacy Campus. They are Kappa Psi, Lambda Kappa Sigma, and Phi Delta Chi. Many of the social activities of the School are promoted by the fraternities, but the fraternities are best known for their community concern. Projects which fraternities have been engaged in over the years include the raising of funds for the Leukemia Society, giving to a building fund of Hebrew University, and visits to the children's wards of local hospitals on holidays with refreshments and gifts.

Financial Aid
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.

For further information, see Financial Aid.

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Policies and Regulations

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:

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. As a student in a professional school, it is assumed that each individual has respect for others and will not receive or provide information or thoughts. 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 which lists all full-time students who have achieved a GPA of 3.5 or better for the period reported.

Statement of 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.

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Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy

Students are admitted into the full-time undergraduate program during the Fall semester of an academic year. They are committed to the successful completion of five years of study. The degree of Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (B.S. Pharmacy) may be conferred upon a student by recommendation of the faculty and upon the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 167 semester hours of credit with a cumulative GPA of 2.00. These credit hours will be earned in two requirement categories:

  1. Preprofessional Prerequisite Requirements (includes University Core Curriculum)
  2. School of Pharmacy Course Requirements

The goal of the professional curriculum is to educate students in the basic principles of pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy practice as well as allow for individualization of this experience to meet personal career objectives. The curriculum course sequence requires students to take four semesters of core courses followed by a semester of clinical clerkship and a semester of ÒtrackÓ electives.

Candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy must have completed the prescribed curriculum with a cumulative average of 2.0 or better.

Professional Curriculum

First Year
Fall Semester 17 s.h.

Spring Semester 17 s.h.

Second Year
Fall Semester 18 s.h.

Spring Semester 19 s.h.

Third Year 16-17 s.h.
Fall and Spring Semesters**

* Pathophysiology/Therapeutics is taught as individual modules. Each module focuses on an organ system. Individual modules are between 1 and 3 credits. Students will receive a grade for each module.
** In the fall semester, while one-half of the senior class participates in the clinical clerkship, the remaining half completes their elective requirements. In the spring semester the sections are reversed.

Requirements for the Entry-Level Doctor of Pharmacy Degree

Pharmaceutical education is undergoing dramatic change. The evolution from the traditional five-year undergraduate Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Pharmacy program to the six-year entry-level Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program serves as a mechanism for meeting the changing demands of the profession, the health care system, and society. The entry-level Pharm.D. program inculcates students with the values necessary to serve society as caring ethical, learning professionals and enlightened citizens. The program is designed to provide students with fundamental basic pharmacy science courses as well as to foster attitudes that encourage students prior to and after graduation to take active roles in shaping policies, practices, and future directions of the profession.

Our program will also provide students with experiences in practice management and the provision of pharmaceutical care in a diversity of contemporary pharmacy practice settings; and in developing interpersonal communications and problem-solving skills. The didactic coursework and expanded clerkship experience provide the student with the opportunity to apply the concept of pharmaceutical care in a variety of clinical settings.

All students will be admitted into the full-time program leading to a B.S. degree. During the fall semester of their second professional year individuals will have the opportunity to apply to the Doctor of Pharmacy program. Application and consideration for this program will be on a competitive and limited basis. Students who are accepted into this program will track into the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum at the start of the fall semester of their third professional year. The degree of Doctor of Pharmacy may be conferred upon a student by recommendation of the faculty and upon the successful completion of four years of professional study. Students who remain in the traditional undergraduate program may be awarded a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree upon the recommendation of the faculty and upon the successful completion of three years of professional study.

Curriculum requirements for the first and second professional years are the same in both the B.S. program and the entry-level Pharm.D. program. Following are requirements for the third and fourth professional years of the entry-level Pharm.D. program.

Third Professional Year

Fall and Spring semesters* 16-19 s.h.

Spring semester 16-18 s.h.

Fourth Professional Year
Summer, fall, and spring semesters*** 33 s.h.

***Students are assigned to 8 four-week rotations throughout the year.

Individuals interested in receiving more information about the Doctor of Pharmacy programs, the School of Pharmacy's program at the Harrisburg Center, and application forms should contact: Dr. Ina Lee Stiles, Chair, Department of Pharmacy Practice, Director, Doctor of Pharmacy Program, Temple University School of Pharmacy (215) 707-4934

Post-Baccalaureate Doctor of Pharmacy Program

Temple University School of Pharmacy has developed a 12-month program leading to a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree for individuals who have a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Pharmacy degree. Students may choose to complete the post-baccalaureate Pharm.D. degree full-time over one year, or by flexible schedule over two to four years. Although the flexible program has a structured timetable, it provides students with the unique opportunity to achieve career goals and maintain income resources while completing the Pharm.D. degree requirements. The post-baccalaureate Pharm.D. programs consists of didactic and experiential components.

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