Established in 1899, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) is one of the nation’s oldest osteopathic medical institutions and a multidisciplinary, multi-state health science educational institution.
The College encompasses a main campus in Philadelphia and a branch campus, Georgia Campus—Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA–PCOM), established in 2004 and located in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia (Suwanee, Gwinnett County).
The College offers the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree and joint D.O./M.B.A., D.O./M.P.H., D.O./Ph.D., D.O./M.S., and D.O./M.Sc. degrees, as well as graduate programs in biomedical sciences, clinical psychology, mental health counseling, counseling and clinical health psychology, school psychology, organizational development and leadership, physician assistant studies, forensic medicine, aging and long-term care administration, and pharmacy. Integral to all programs is the strong osteopathic tradition upon which the College was founded, an approach that teaches to practice a whole-person approach—to treat people, not just symptoms.
Although the College is solidly focused on teaching, research is also an important component of the institution’s mission; in fact, the College houses a Center for Chronic Disorders of Aging for collaborative research. Integral, too, is the institution’s commitment to community service. This is exemplified in the College’s establishment of five affiliated Healthcare Centers that serve the medical needs of urban and rural Pennsylvania communities.
About PCOM School of Pharmacy—Georgia campus
PCOM School of Pharmacy—Georgia Campus offers a four-year Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree program.
The Pharm.D. program provides a comprehensive curriculum designed to prepare generalist pharmacists capable of practicing in many different health care environments. During the program’s first three years, students split time between the classroom and introductory experiential learning. In its fourth year, the program is fully hands on, as students take part in eight five-week clinical rotations, gaining exposure to multiple pharmacy specialty areas and practices.
As part of this professional program, students work in state-of-the-art classrooms and teaching laboratories, including a sterile products lab, a compounding lab, and a simulated pharmacy practice lab. Other advanced resources include a Pyxis automated dispensing machine and laminar flow hoods to prepare sterile products such as intravenous solutions. Clinical learning and assessment laboratories utilizing simulated patients, as well as a cadaver anatomy lab, are other resources available to the program.
This is a real-world, hands-on, cutting-edge pharmacy education—one that prepares pharmacists to hit the ground running starting day one.
PCOM and GA–PCOM campuses are noted for their spirit of collegiality and camaraderie rather than competitiveness. There is a warm family atmosphere that inspires friendly interaction and advances academic and personal growth as well as professional and career development.
Students are encouraged to participate in community service and cocurricular activities. More than 50 chapter and national organizations, academic-interest groups, athletic teams, and charitable groups and clubs offer social activities and leadership opportunities. Those who embrace the College’s osteopathic philosophy are often drawn to service; PCOM and GA–PCOM students actively participate in blood drives, fundraising events, medical mission trips, and free health screenings in community locations and PCOM Healthcare Centers.
Pharm.D. program highlights
• Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).
• The Pharm.D. Program requires four years to complete.
• Although their primary focus is teaching, School of Pharmacy faculty also conduct research in basic, clinical, and administrative sciences and share their subject expertise and scholarly work with students and colleagues alike.
• A required clinical rotation, Advanced Community Management, is designed to expose students to the managerial and business side of operating a pharmacy.
Your future as a pharmacy professional
• The Pharm.D. program is designed to prepare a well-rounded student trained to practice in many specialty areas.
• The role of the pharmacist continues to evolve with opportunities in community/retail practice, clinics, compounding, mail-order or pharmaceutical industry, health care and government agencies, and pharmaceutical research and development.
• More than 70% of pharmacy graduates enter a community retail practice.
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