The Temple University School of Pharmacy COVID-19 Response

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The School of Pharmacy complies with the policies and procedures set forth by Temple University’s Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR).

Department of Pharmacy Practice/Doctor of Pharmacy Program

On August 24, 2020, the Fall 2020 semester started with a hybrid learning format. Lectures, recitations, and team-based active learning activities will be held virtually. Lecture recordings will be posted for students to review and prepare for their exams. All exams will be offered with both in person and remote options up until Thanksgiving Break after which all exams will be offered remotely. All students will receive necessary support for accessing lecture materials and exam resources. Minimal in-person learning components, such as labs, will be held for groups of 20 students or fewer at a time.

All clinical faculty continue their clinical practices in the inpatient and outpatient settings. The majority of patients are managed via telemedicine with particularly complex patients seen in person.   

Virtual experiential education will be hosted for most practice sites. We are hopeful that live experiential education will resume at most sites in the very near future. 

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences/Graduate Programs

Distance learning was implemented for didactic education as of March 14, 2020 and will continue into Fall 2020 without interruption. Students will receive necessary support in accessing materials and resources and oral preliminary examinations and thesis defenses  continue on schedule. 

Postdoctoral associates and graduate students re-started their benchwork after return-to-lab plans were developed and approved by the Associate Dean for Research and EHRS. All lab workers have been trained in, and are rigorously following, Temple University’s four pillars of safety during the pandemic

For Fall 2020, all graduate courses offered by the department are utilizing either a virtual or hybrid format. All courses are being offered as scheduled. Incoming graduate students have started various training sessions (lab safety, graduate student orientation, Teaching Assistant orientation) for starting at Temple University. All wet-bench research activities will continue within the parameters of Temple University’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.

See also “Research” above.

Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance 

Over the summer months, RAQA  de-densified classroom space by adjusting the number of tables and chairs available in each room. Directional signs are posted throughout the building and hand sanitizer will be available at the building entrance and in each classroom. Plexi-glass screens have also been installed at each teaching podium.

The majority of RAQA Fall 2020 courses will be offered entirely online using Zoom. However, the program will also offer several on-campus courses, which will also have online access to accommodate students who cannot attend the course in person on-campus. 

Global Clinical and Pharmacovigilance Regulations

All Fall 2020 Global Clinical and Pharmacovigilance Regulations courses will be entirely online  using Zoom.

Pharmaceutics (Non-Thesis MS)

The majority of Non-Thesis Pharmaceutics courses will be offered online during Fall 2020 semester using Zoom. Pharmaceutical Analysis (8002) will be offered on-campus but will also have an online section to accommodate students who cannot attend the course in person on-campus.    


Normal application submission and review processes remain in place. Prospective student interviews are taking place virtually. In-person building tours are suspended. Get a glimpse of our campus now.

The Doctor of Pharmacy program admissions application deadline is May 1, 2021 for Fall 2021 entry. Click here to apply for admission. 

Student Services

The School of Pharmacy created a Student Emergency Fund to help those students who are facing a financial crisis as a result of the pandemic. Students can apply for assistance here. Click here to support this Fund. 

The School will host the 2020 Virtual Career Expo on Tuesday, September 8 at 6:00-8:00 p.m. for PY4 PharmD students and on Wednesday, September 16 at 5:00-7:00 p.m. for PY1-3 PharmD students. Company delegates are encouraged to register to participate.

The 2020 White Coat Ceremony will be held virtually on Tuesday, September 29 at 12:00 p.m. Return to this page and check for updates coming soon.

On Friday, May 8, 2020, the School of Pharmacy hosted a virtual celebration for 132 Doctor of Pharmacy graduates, five Doctor of Philosophy graduates and one Master of Science graduate. Click here to experience the tribute, including videos.

Alumni Association

The next Alumni Association meeting will be held virtually on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. All alumni are welcome to register.

Community Service

David Lebo, PhD, RPh, Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Director of Current Good Manufacturing Practice Services, and his assistant Justine Williams are producing and donating up to 50 liters of hand sanitizer per day for Temple Health and other facilities at the School of Pharmacy. Click here to support this effort. Read more here.

As volunteers for the Philadelphia Medical Reserve Corps, Clinical Professor Christina Rose, PharmD, BCCCP and alumna Suzanne Brown, MS, co-established Pharmacy Services at the COVID Surge Facility at Temple University’s Liacouras Center. Their collaboration resulted in licensure, guidelines and a formulary, and a staff training protocol. They will continue to volunteer in an advisory capacity until the effective closure of the facility.