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Undergrad Profile


Prepared here.
Proven Everywhere.


University of the Sciences prepares students for successful careers in health, science, and the pharmaceutical industries. Founded in 1821, USciences continues to build on a culture of innovation in patient care, clinical practice, and hands-on learning. As a leader in interprofessional health care education, USciences offers you the opportunity to learn in an environment that includes students from a variety of disciplines and programs, including several of the 25 best jobs in the US, such as pharmacist, dentist, physician, physical therapist, physician assistant, and occupational therapist (U.S. News & World Report, 2016).

Ready for the real world of health care
USciences fosters a hands-on approach to learning, helping students develop their critical-thinking, reasoning, and problem-solving skills. Our students participate in research projects early and often, with access to a host of internship opportunities and clinical rotations with leading health care companies and facilities. With a student-faculty ratio of 10:1, our faculty will know your name and what drives you to be successful. 

Live and learn in Philadelphia
With a population of approximately 2,700 students from around the world and located in the University City section of Philadelphia, USciences’ 36-acre campus shares a vibrant neighborhood with theaters, shops, restaurants, other universities, and over 40,000 college students. 

A 10-minute trolley ride puts you in the heart of Philadelphia, bursting with history, food, music, fashion, art, and sports. Our location—within a two-hour drive of 75% of all pharmaceutical companies—offers 197 hospitals, seven medical schools, 15 leading pharmaceutical firms, and 700 core life science companies in our backyard. 

Work hard, play harder
From day one you will be embraced by a community of individuals and engaged by an abundance of activities. We have 12 intercollegiate NCAA Division II varsity sports teams and over 90 student clubs and groups, including a variety of cultural, scientific, intramural sports, and arts organizations. 

Direct-entry programs
When accepted into USciences as a first-year student in Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, or Occupational Therapy, you’ll be simultaneously accepted into the professional program. As long as you meet academic standards, you won’t have to reapply to gain a seat in the professional phase. Direct-entry programs prepare you for professional licensure on an accelerated timeline.
• Pharmacy: 95% pass rate
• Physical Therapy: 98% pass rate
• Occupational Therapy: 100% pass rate

Pharmacy
Founded in 1821 as the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (PCP), North America’s first college of pharmacy, PCP is the first to offer a competency-driven and student-centered professional curriculum. Our Ready +4™ program pairs the professional phase with a general education curriculum in the undergraduate years to prepare students for their professional studies. The new competency-driven curriculum combines both the science and the practice of pharmacy and is delivered as modules, allowing students to focus on just one or two courses at a time. Through interprofessional experiences, clinical rotations, and elective course work, students tailor their program to match their unique interests, preparing them for the evolving field of pharmacy.

Physical Therapy
The Department of Physical Therapy educates Doctor of Physical Therapy students to practice autonomously within an evolving, complex, and diverse health care environment. You’ll become a health care professional distinguished by leadership, innovation, and excellence in a dynamic and diverse global society. As the life expectancy for Americans lengthens, the need for graduates from physical therapy schools to care for them will increase.

Occupational Therapy
USciences is one of only a handful of universities in the US to offer an accelerated pathway to the clinical Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (DrOT). Our OT program gives you the necessary knowledge and skills to make an impact on a broad range of patient/client challenges. The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education requires all graduates of OT programs to have a minimum of a master’s degree. USciences’ DrOT will put you ahead, setting you up to be a leader in the growing field of occupational therapy.

Physician Assistant
USciences undergraduate Physician Assistant Studies program will prepare you for the next steps in your career. You can choose an accelerated three-year option or a more traditional four-year path. When you have successfully finished the program, you can progress to either the USciences three-year graduate professional PA program or a 27-month, year-round PA program at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Starting with a comprehensive curriculum based on a rigorous natural science core, ours is one of just a few programs nationwide to offer specific course work in patient history taking and physical exam skills—both of which will prepare you for the scope of practice of a physician assistant.

 


AT A GLANCE

96% of our graduates are employed or accepted for an advanced degree within six months of graduation.

USciences’ graduates are in the top 10 in the nation for salary after graduation.

Our on-time graduation rates are 10-15points higher than the national average.

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