Accreditation Statement

Trust in our accreditation.

We are proud to have continuously maintained our accreditation status.

Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) accreditation is public recognition that Temple's Doctor of Pharmacy program is judged to meet established qualifications and education standards through initial and subsequent periodic evaluations.

The ACPE certifies that the Temple University School of Pharmacy has fulfilled all the accreditation requirements set forth for the Professional Degree Program in Pharmacy and is granted accreditation status through June 30, 2025.

Policies and regulations pertaining to the accreditation processes are available on the ACPE website or by calling the ACPE office at (312) 664-3575.

Temple University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and was last accredited in 2020.

Program Quality Indicators

NAPLEX Pass Rates

  • Class of 2023 First Time Attempts
  • Temple University School of Pharmacy: = 69.1%
  • National Pass Rate = 78.6%

On-Time Graduation Rate

  • Class of 2023
  • On-Time Graduation Rate: 89.5%

Postgraduate Employment/Training for Class Graduating in May 2023

Graduating students complete a postgraduate employment survey; the data for the 2023 graduating class indicates the following:

  • 32/40 (80% or 8 of 10) of all class of 2023 graduates who applied for a first-year residency (known as PGY1) matched  
  • 51% of respondents plan to pursue residency, fellowship, PhD, or master's degrees
  • 32% of all responses indicate a plan to practice in industry, academia, long-term care, consulting, managed care, or a government/regulatory agency

So far, the data for the 2024 graduating class indicates the following:

  • 25/34 of all class of 2024 graduates who applied for a first-year residency (known as PGY1) matched 

Technical Standards

The curriculum, as established by the faculty, represents a core curriculum essential to all pharmacists. Therefore, the Temple University School of Pharmacy expects that each student admitted will be capable of completing the full curriculum of required courses and electives under the established school policies. In the admission of students, all individuals are considered on the basis of total non-academic and academic qualifications. This includes assessment of prior academic achievements, scores on standardized national examinations, and such personal qualifications as motivation and interest in pharmacy, resourcefulness, leadership problem-solving ability, personality, and character. 

Applicants to the Temple University School of Pharmacy are considered without regard to disability but with the expectation that all parts of the curriculum can be completed with or without accommodations. The presence of a disability may impede that individual’s ability on one or more of these areas. In these cases, the school will consider necessary accommodations for an otherwise qualified individual. The school must be fully satisfied that the applicant can make satisfactory progress through the curriculum with or without these accommodations.

The various abilities and skills necessary to be a competent pharmacist include observation, communication, motor function, intellectual –conceptual, integrative and quantitative, and behavioral and social. Technological compensation can be made for some disabilities in certain of these areas but a candidate must be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner.

When a letter of acceptance to the Temple University School of Pharmacy is mailed, a detailed copy of the Technical Standards for the PharmD degree will be included. All students must confirm that they can meet all of the technical standards, with or without accommodation.

Any student requesting accommodation must contact the Disability Resources and Services department (215-204-1280,, and the Office of Student Services.

The candidate for successful completion of the PharmD program must be able to perform the following skills:

1.      Observation:  The candidate must be able to understand and interpret instructional materials required during pharmacy education. A candidate must be able to observe a patient accurately at a distance and close at hand, gather data from written reference material and computer programs, and read and interpret prescription and medication labels and literature.

2.      Communication:  A candidate must be able to communicate in English and observe patients in order to elicit both verbal and non-verbal information and must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with and about patients. Communication therefore includes speech, reading, and writing.  The candidate must be able to communicate in English effectively and efficiently in oral and written form with the patient, the patient’s family, and all members of the healthcare team, including referral sources such as agencies and other physicians or pharmacists.

3.      Motor Function:  Candidates must have sufficient motor ability to use the equipment necessary to prepare and compound various prescription orders, including sterile products. They must have the motor skills which will allow him/her to do basic physical assessments (e.g., measuring blood pressure) and the handling of medication delivery devices including inhalers and syringes. A candidate must be able to execute motor movements reasonably required to provide general care and emergency treatment to patients. In addition, they must have the motor skills to teach medication administration, including the monitoring and counseling of patients regarding their medication. They must be able to use computer-based information systems. They must adhere to universal precaution measures and meet safety standards applicable to inpatient and outpatient settings and other clinical activities.

4.       Intellectual-Conceptual, Integrative, and Quantitative Abilities: These abilities include measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis, and synthesis. Problem solving, the critical skill demanded of pharmacists, requires all of these intellectual abilities. In addition, the candidate must be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and to understand the spatial relationships of structures.

5.      Behavioral and Social Attributes:  A candidate must demonstrate the full utilization of his/her intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, the prompt completion of all responsibility’s attendant to the care of patients, and the development of mature, sensitive, and effective relationships with patients. Candidates must be able to adapt to changing environments, to display flexibility, and to learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems of many patients. Compassion, integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills, interest, and motivation are all personal qualities that are assessed during the admission and education process.

The faculty of the Temple University School of Pharmacy recognizes its responsibility to present candidates for the PharmD degree who have the knowledge, attitudes, and skills to function in a broad variety of clinical situations and to render a broad spectrum of patient care.

Educational Competencies

Global Competencies
1. Think critically and solve complex problems.
2. Communicate effectively
 2a. verbally
 2b. in writing
3. Demonstrate interpersonal skills and a professional demeanor.
4. Make rational, legal, ethical and responsible decisions.
5. Demonstrate sensitivity and tolerance of the cultural, societal and
economic diversity in patients.
6. Assume responsibility for optimizing patient outcomes related to
medication therapy.
7. Maintain professional competency by self assessing learning needs to design, implement
and evaluate strategies to promote intellectual growth and continued professional
Professional Competencies
8. Design, implement, monitor, evaluate, and adjust evidence based patient centered pharmacy care plans that address health literacy, cultural diversity, behavioral and psychosocial issues.
 8a) Integrate and apply evidence-based knowledge of the biomedical, pharmaceutical and/or clinical sciences.
 8b) Collect information to prevent, identify and solve drug related
 8c) Retrieve, analyze, and interpret the professional, scientific and lay literature to
provide drug information and counseling to patients, their families or care givers, and other involved health care providers
 8d) Ensure that each patient is on the correct medication regimen during transitions of care.
 8e) Develop a patient centered pharmacy care plan.
 8f) Monitor patients to determine if the therapy is appropriate, effective and safe.
 8g) Effectively communicate information to patients, caregivers and other health professionals regarding rational drug therapy, wellness and health promotion.
 8h) Document interventions and outcomes in writing.
 8i) Provide initial emergency care by becoming certified in first-aid and CPR.
 8j) Identify, prevent, manage and document adverse outcomes of medication therapy.
 8k) Participate as an active member of an inter-professional healthcare team.
9. Provide population-based care by participating in and contributing to the development of population specific, evidence-based:
• Formulary management decisions
• Disease management programs and protocols
• Criteria for medication use reviews
• Risk reduction strategies that are based upon an analysis of clinical, epidemiologic and pharmacoeconomic data.
10. Evaluate medication use systems, to minimize drug misadventures and optimize patient outcomes by applying patient- and population-specific data, quality improvement strategies, medication safety and error reduction techniques.
11. Manage and use resources to provide, assess, and coordinate safe, accurate, and time- sensitive medication distribution and administration to optimize therapeutic outcomes associated with the use of medications.
 11a) Evaluate drug orders or prescriptions.
 11b) Accurately and safely compound and dispense drugs
 11c) Perform pharmaceutical calculations.
 11d) Ensure that medications are properly administered by communicating with patients, care givers and other health professionals.
 11e) Demonstrate competence in informatics (e.g. online databases, medical literature search engines, electronic health care records and clinical decision support systems).
12. Promote health improvement, wellness, and disease prevention in cooperation with
patients, communities, at-risk populations, and other members of the inter-professional
healthcare team.
13. Identify and explain how human, financial and physical resources are utilized to optimize the medication use process and to implement innovative pharmacy services.

Legend: Number = Competency; Letter = Enabling competency