Frequently Asked Questions

Admissions & Financial Aid

How much is the cost of tuition at PCOM?

The estimated cost of attendance for each PCOM program can be viewed online here.

Does my parents’ income affect my financial aid eligibility as a graduate student?

As a graduate or medical student, you are considered to be an independent student on the FAFSA. Graduate and medical students are not required to record their parents’ income information on the FAFSA to be eligible for Federal student loans. However, if you wish to be considered for PCOM’s financial need scholarship funding, PCOM requires students to record your parent information on the FAFSA if you are age 26 and younger as of December 31, 2013. If you are 27 and older as of January 1, 2014, parent information is NOT required on the FAFSA to be considered for PCOM’s financial need scholarships.

Does PCOM Offer Religious Accommodations?

Yes, PCOM may offer religious accommodations. PCOM acknowledges respect for the religious diversity of PCOM students by providing opportunities, where possible, for accommodation in cases where conflicts exist between students’ religious beliefs/practices and educational activities. Such accommodations must honor, where applicable the primacy of a commitment to patient care, not unduly burden faculty or disproportionately affect the general student population involved in the affected educational activity, while ensuring that the requirements of the prescribed curriculum are upheld.

How do I find out about scholarships and eligibility?

There are numerous institutional and private scholarship resources available to students. Please click here for scholarship information:

Does the amount of aid I received as an undergraduate affect my aid as a graduate student?

No. In general, the graduate or medical student financial aid process is generally different from undergraduate aid. Your financial aid awards from undergraduate will not affect your graduate or medical student financial aid awards.

Biomedical Sciences

Is the program is designed to help a student increase one’s MCAT scores?


Graduate work in anatomy, infectious process and biochemistry are not directly designed for MCAT review but helps with content knowledge. There is no MCAT prep component to the curriculum.

Who does the letter of recommendation have to come from?


Preferably, we require a letter from your pre-medical advisor or committee letter. However, if that is not possible, a letter from a science faculty member may substitute.

Do all prerequisites classes have to be taken at a 4-year institution?


No, as long as the courses are taken at a regionally accredited institution then we will accept the credit. However, in order to stay competitive it is best to take the course at a 4-year institution.

Does the program offer a committee letter of recommendation for professional students?

Yes, students may request a committee letter of recommendation from the faculty.

Is an interview required?


Interviews are not a part of the admissions process for the certificate portion of biomedical sciences program. Once enrolled, however, if one wishes to advance into the MS program, an interview with a faculty member from the corresponding concentration is required.

What term can I apply for?

Most candidates will begin their studies in the fall term (mid-August start).

What is the deadline to apply for admission?


PCOM operates on rolling admissions basis, and therefore it is strongly encouraged that candidates for admission submit their completed applications EARLY. For fall enrollment, we typically fill our entering class to capacity by the month of June.

What is the length of the program?


The first three consecutive terms (Fall, Winter, Spring) can be completed for a certificate. The masters curriculum begins in either the summer or fall of the same year and candidates graduate the following July. Candidates have five years to complete the degree program.

What is the total number of credits for each year of the program?


The first year of the program is 29 credits over three terms while the second year (leading to the masters degree) is an additional 21 to 24 credits depending on the concentration (research, non-thesis, forensic biology, or organizational leadership).

What types of jobs do our master’s graduates receive if they ultimately do not enter professional school?


Students have found the preparation a good base for additional graduate work in a PhD program, employment in biomedical research/development lab work, biotechnology, or in the pharmaceutical industry. It also can serve as a base for life science teaching at high school or community college level.

What is the percentage of students who enter professional school after completion of the certificate? How many attend PCOM?


Approximately 1/2 of the biomedical sciences students enter professional schools each year. A large percentage of that enrolls at PCOM in the DO program but the number varies from year to year. The Biomedical Science program does not have any connection to the PCOM DO program admissions process and seats are not saved in the DO program for biomed students. If a certificate or degree candidate applies for admission to our DO program, he/she is guaranteed an interview only if students have complete application files, are in good academic standing, and maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 with no F’s or W’s at the conclusion of the second term of the certificate year or in the second year.

Is this program only applicable to DO schools or can I still apply to other medical schools?


You can apply to any professional school in which you are interested. Every year we have students applying to dental school, podiatry school, optometry school, allopathic medical school and of course, osteopathic medical school.

What is the cost of tuition?


For the 2012-2013 academic year, candidates are paying $777 per credit.

Where can I find the curriculum for the program?


Click here for the Adobe pdf version of the College Catalog for easy review and printing.

What standardized test scores are required for admission?


Official valid test scores from any of the following exams are acceptable for the biomedical sciences program: MCAT, GRE, OAT or DAT. Waivers of any exam are not permitted in the admissions process.

What is the prerequisite coursework?


Candidates applying for admission to the biomedical sciences program need to have completed the standard pre-medical coursework in order to enroll (8 credits in General Biology, 8 credits in Inorganic Chemistry, 8 credits in Organic Chemistry, 8 credits in General Physics, biochemistry recommended). All courses must have a lab component. It is acceptable to have any of those courses “in progress” so long as an acceptable grade is earned prior to the start of classes in August.

Are there GPA and/or test score minimum requirements?


No. Every candidate for admission is reviewed on an individual basis and test scores and GPAs of admitted candidates vary. However, the averages for those admitted in 2012 were:

Undergraduate GPA – 3.21

MCAT: Physical = 7.32 Verbal = 7.36 Biological = 8.09



Can this program be taken on a full or part time basis? When are classes held?


The curriculum is designed to be completed on a full time basis but students may drop to part time if necessary. Courses are taught three weekday nights in 14 week terms so it is possible for a candidate to have a full time job while completing the program full time.

Psychology Programs

When can I expect to hear if I have been selected to interview?

On-campus interviews are required for enrollment to each Department of Psychology program. Candidates are selected to interview as applications are received and are deemed eligible, based on the competitiveness of the larger application pool. Interviews begin in October and continue monthly until desired class sizes are reached. A candidate can be selected for interview at any time between October and June. Those not selected for interview will receive final notification in July.

In the admissions process, are students ever waitlisted?

Yes. After an interview, a candidate can receive a wait list decision. The wait list is not ranked or ordered and a candidate can be selected to attend at any time prior to the start of classes.

May I apply to more than one program at PCOM at the same time?

Yes. Candidates may apply to more than one program at PCOM as each program has its own application process and corresponding Faculty Committee on Admissions. A candidate will receive a unique decision for each application, depending on the strength and size of each applicant pool.

Does PCOM allow a student to defer admission to another term?

Accepted candidates may request a deferral in writing providing rationale for the request. If granted, a candidate is required to submit the required tuition deposit and his/her seat will be held for one year only.

Who should I contact if I have questions about applying for admission?

Inquiries about the application process can be made via email at admissions@pcom.edu or via phone at 215-871-6700

Where do I find the specifics of the admissions process, deadlines, and requirements for my program?

Information on the application process to each program offered at PCOM, including application requirements and timelines, can be found here.

PCOM uses a rolling admissions process for all Department of Psychology programs therefore, an early application is recommended. Candidates who apply prior to March 1st are given priority and there is no posted application deadline as applications will be accepted until the desired class sizes have been reached.

What is the interview format and what should I expect?

Our interview days are approximately four hours in length and include a light meal, a tour of campus and an academic presentation by program faculty. Each candidate will experience an individual panel interview as well as a group interview, conducted by program faculty. Most programs also require a timed writing exercise in our computer lab. Decisions are rendered and submitted via US Postal Service within 4-6 weeks of the interview date.

If denied admission, may I re-apply at a later date?

Yes. Candidates may reapply. We recommend conducting a thorough self-assessment and improving the application where there may be deficiencies to improve one’s chances for enrollment.

Osteopathic Medicine

What is a DO?


D.O. stands for Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. The Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine is a fully trained physician who prescribes drugs, performs surgery and selectively utilizes all accepted scientific methods of treatment to maintain and restore health. D.O.s graduate from colleges of osteopathic medicine and are qualified to be licensed to practice all branches of medicine and surgery in all 50 states. D.O.s employ the osteopathic philosophy which states that D.O.s treat disease in the context of the whole person, considering the function and interrelation of all body systems, as well as such factors as nutrition, environment and psychology. D.O.s also believe that the musculoskeletal system can impede essential blood and nerve supply. To correct disorders that arise from this and restore proper functioning, D.O.s use manipulative therapy as an additional modality of treatment. For more information about Osteopathic Medicine click here.

What is OMM?


Osteopathic manipulative medicine, or OMM, is hands-on care. It involves using the hands to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury. Using OMM, an osteopathic physician will move your muscles and joints using techniques including stretching, gentle pressure and resistance.

What career opportunities will I have as a DO?


Osteopathic medicine’s comprehensive approach serves the general practitioner superbly. Sixty-five percent of D.O.s enter one of the primary care specialties including general practice, general internal medicine, OB/GYN and pediatrics. An osteopathic education will also give you a strong foundation for pursuing any specialty or subspecialty of your choice.

Where will I do my clerkships?


PCOM considers the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the state of Georgia as its campuses. Third and fourth year clinical clerkships take place in affiliated hospitals, five health care centers and in numerous outpatient facilities and physicians’ offices, in both rural and urban settings. It is also possible to arrange elective rotations throughout the U.S. and around the world. For more information about clinical rotations click here.

Who attends PCOM?


In 2012, the entering D.O. Class of 2016 consisted of 268 first-time students from different colleges and states. The average class GPA was 3.46, the science GPA was 3.37 and the mean MCAT score was 28. Students averaged 23 years of age with a range from 21 to 39; 49 percent are women and 18 percent are under-represented minorities.

Where is PCOM located?


PCOM is one of the oldest colleges of osteopathic medicine founded in 1899. Our campus is located on 17 park-like acres that are only 15 minutes from the historic area of Philadelphia and close to Philadelphia’s prestigious Main Line. PCOM-Georgia Campus, founded in 2005, is located just north of downtown Atlanta. The campus’s curriculum, activities and academic calendar mirror that of the Philadelphia campus.

How will I finance my education?


Tuition and Fees are $42,965. Applicants should not be discouraged by the high cost of a medical education. Funds are available. PCOM offers a variety of financial aid programs from scholarships to low-interest loans, and provides counseling and financial planning seminars for all students. For more information about financial aid click here.

Can I take prerequisites courses at a community college?

Yes, as long as take the courses are taken at a regionally accredited institution, then the admissions committee will accept the credits. However, in order to stay competitive for the program it would be better to take the courses at a four-year institution.

What is the interview process like?


If the committee would like an interview, you will be contacted with an e-mail invitation. On your day of your interview, you will either go to breakfast or lunch and will meet individually with several members of the admissions committee for an open file interview. After all of the interviews are conducted, there will be a student lead campus tour.

Do I need a letter of recommendation from a DO?


No, a letter from a DO is not required but is strongly recommended.

How do I apply?

PCOM participates in AACOMAS, the centralized application service for colleges of osteopathic medicine. Beginning in early May, prospective osteopathic medical students may submit their application through a secure Web server, AACOMAS-On-Line. Applicants may still submit a paper application which may be downloaded and printed from the website or requested by calling (301) 968-4190. PCOM supplemental applications are sent to all applicants upon receipt of the completed AACOMAS application.

What is the deadline to apply for the DO program?


The deadline for the AACOMAS application is February 1st, and the deadline for the PCOM Supplemental application is March 1st. However, PCOM operates on a rolling admission basis, and EARLY applications are strongly encouraged.

Where can I find the curriculum for the program?


Click here for the Adobe pdf version of the College Catalog for easy review and printing.

Do you accept international students?


Yes, we do accept international students; however, one would have to show the ability to pay since one would not be eligible for Federal aid.

Is it ok to take the MCAT more the once?


You may take the MCATs more than once, but MCAT scores are only valid for 3 years from desired matriculation. We will take your highest valid score and look at that break down when we make our evaluation.

Do you accept AP credits for prerequisites?


Yes, we will accept AP credits as long as your undergraduate institution gives you credit for it and it is on your transcript.

Do you accept transfer students into the DO program?

PCOM does not routinely accept transfer students; however, a transfer application may be considered under extenuating circumstances and depending on places available in the class. Consideration will be given only to a student who is in good standing at an AOA-accredited college of osteopathic medicine or
who is eligible for re-admission to the previously attended college of osteopathic medicine.

The initial request for transfer must originate from the dean of the college or university from which the student wishes to transfer and must be directed to the dean of the PCOM campus to which he or she is applying. Application materials must be submitted and a formal interview with the Faculty Committee on Admissions will be required. Application materials include an AACOMAS application (a copy of their original will be accepted from the current COM), a PCOM supplemental application, an official transcript from their current COM, a statement from the applicant indicating the reason(s) for transfer, a letter from their current COM (Dean or Associate Dean of the COM) supporting the transfer and COMLEX score(s) if applicable.

If accepted, a transfer student will be given credit for courses successfully passed at the previous college that meet PCOM’s curriculum requirements. A minimum of two years must be completed at PCOM for a student to be eligible to receive the DO degree. All academic information is forwarded to the Registrar’s Office and Dean’s Office for the necessary evaluation of credits and registration for PCOM classes.

What are the prerequisites of the DO Program?


The Admissions Committee requires the following courses: 8 credit hours each of: General Biology with Lab 
General Chemistry with Lab 
Organic Chemistry with Lab 
General Physics with Lab 

Additionally 3 credits of English Composition and 3 credits of Literature are required.

Physician Assistant Studies

Can this program be taken on a full or part time basis? When are classes held?


The PA Studies program can only be taken on a full-time basis. Classes are generally held Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (individual days vary throughout the term) for the entire 26 month program.

What is the prerequisite coursework?

Along with a bachelor’s degree, candidates need to have completed the following with a grade of C or better:

SCIENCE and MATH
Biology I
4 credit hours
With a lab

Biology II
4 credit hours
With a lab

Other Biology Coursework
3 credit hours
Examples: Genetics, Microbiology, Cell Biology, Developmental Biology

Anatomy and Physiology
8 credit hours
Can be taken as separate courses or combined as Anatomy and Physiology I & II

General Chemistry I
4 credit hours
With a lab

General Chemistry II
4 credit hours
With a lab

Other Chemistry Coursework
3 credit hours
Examples: Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry

Health related Science Course or Physics
3 credit hours
Examples: Physics, Nutrition, Immunology, Virology, etc.

Social Sciences
9 credit hours
Examples: Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, etc.

Math
6 credit hours
Statistics is an acceptable Math course

Generally, it is acceptable to have 1-2 of those courses “in progress” so long as the acceptable grade of C or better is earned prior to the start of classes in June. All science and math prerequisites must have been completed within the last 10 years. Applicants with graduate degrees and/or over five years of health care experience may be considered on an individual basis.

What should I expect if I get placed on the wait list?


The wait list is utilized to fill seats that open after interviews have concluded in February. The wait list is not ranked or ordered. Typically, candidates are selected as seats become available from February until classes begin in June. After all expected candidates arrive for orientation in June, those not selected will be sent a final decision letter.


What is the deadline to apply for admission? What term can I apply for?


CASPA allows candidates to apply beginning in mid-April for admission the following summer. Applications MUST be submitted through CASPA by December 1st for Summer enrollment. Supplemental applications are sent via email to each candidate once PCOM receives the upload from CASPA. Supplemental applications are due no later than January 1st, however, applicants are reviewed for admission on a rolling basis, so it is strongly encouraged that candidates apply EARLY. All degree candidates begin their studies in the summer term (mid-June start). Candidates are not permitted to begin out of sequence and may not reduce their course load.

Is an interview required?

Yes. Interviews are a required part of the admissions process for the PA Studies program and are by invitation only. Interviews are held on some weekdays throughout the months of September through Febuary.

What standardized test scores are required for admission?

We do not require standardized test scores as part of the admissions process to the PA Studies program.

Is there a minimum GPA requirement?

Yes. Candidates must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (as calculated by CASPA) to be considered. Every candidate for admission is reviewed on an individual basis and GPAs of admitted candidates vary. However, the average for those admitted in 2012 was 3.47. Applicants with graduate degrees and/or over five years of health care experience may be considered on an individual basis.

What constitutes patient contact in meeting the 200 hour requirement?

Candidates complete the requirement in a variety of ways, some of which include: working as a certified nursing assistant, phlebotomist, nurse’s aid, EMT, paramedic, etc. Many have experienced medicine overseas as volunteers in clinics. Basically, any volunteer or paid work in a clinical setting wherein candidates are either providing hands on care or witnessing care can be acceptable, depending on the nature of the role. Shadowing experiences are counted and recommended.

How do I document patient contact hours?


Candidates must indicate in the CASPA application, the title of the position held, the employer and the supervisor’s name and telephone number. No further documentation is required, but is accepted if submitted.

What is the cost of tuition?

For the 2012-2013 academic year, first year candidates pay $31,833 in annual tuition whereas second year candidates pay $25,613.

Do all prerequisites need to be completed before submitting an application?


All prerequisite coursework and patient contact hours must be completed by the program start date. However, it is imperative that candidates submit a plan to complete those requirements in the CASPA application or after submission to CASPA in writing to the Office of Admissions directly. Failure to inform the Office of Admissions of your plans will result a rejection as it will appear from the application that the pre-requisites are not met and indicating ineligibility for enrollment.

Where can I find the curriculum for the program?

Search on the PCOM website for catalog and an Adobe pdf image will appear for easy review and printing.

Is the CASPA application the only application?


Yes. Candidates may not apply for admission in any other manner. If a candidate is reapplying for admission, he/she must apply through CASPA again and the old file will be married with the new one, once received in the Office of Admissions.

What is the total number of credits for the degree program?


The program is 165 credits over seven terms. There are four terms per year approximately 14 weeks in length each.

Forensic Medicine

What are the minimum admissions requirements?

Every candidate for admission is reviewed on an individual basis but we do require an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. Standardized test scores are not required. The required recommendation letter and autobiographical statement should reflect a candidate’s understanding of the diverse field of forensics and prove a candidate’s readiness to take on the challenge of the required fieldwork. Each candidate is expected to have investigated the field and understand one’s career opportunities in it. 


Is an interview required?

Interviews are a required part of the admissions and are conducted on-campus from September through April for Pathway enrollment, and September to July for MS enrollment.

What is the deadline to apply for admission?

PCOM operates on rolling admissions basis, and therefore it is strongly encouraged that candidates for admission submit their completed applications EARLY. Interviews begin in September for enrollment the following Summer or Fall terms.

What is the Pathway Program?

Pathway is a 14 week Pass-Fail summary course in the basic principles of Biology, Chemistry and Anatomy & Physiology. It is for candidates who have bachelor’s degrees in non-science fields such as Criminal Justice, Sociology, etc. If a candidate passes this 3 credit Summer term course, he/she is admitted to begin the MS program in the Fall term immediately following. Pathway courses are taught from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm three evenings per week from late May to mid-August.

What is the prerequisite coursework?

Candidates applying for admission to the master’s degree program need to have completed a bachelor’s degree AS WELL AS 8 credits in General Biology, 8 credits in Inorganic Chemistry and 8 credits in Anatomy and Physiology in order to enroll. It is acceptable to have any of those courses “in progress” so long as an acceptable grade and degree is earned prior to the start of classes in August. Candidates with a bachelor’s degree lacking a science background can apply for admission through the Pathway Program.

What is the cost of tuition?

For the 2012-2013 academic year, candidates are paying $764 per credit.

Where can I find the curriculum for the programs?

Search on the PCOM website for “catalog” and an Adobe .pdf image will appear for easy review and printing.

What kind of field experience can I expect in the first year of study, before the capstone year?

Students taking the course courses of Forensic Medicine I & II will have ample practice labs and in class instruction. Hand-on labs are conducted in the following: Fingerprinting, Blood-spatter, Mock-Crime Scene, Forensic Anthropology, Forensic Entomology, Ballistics, Firearms, and Clandestine Graves.

What is an “integrative capstone project”?

As the M.S. degree is a non-thesis track Masters degree, the capstone integrative experience project is a project that could involve field experience and/or research in the area of forensic medicine. The objective is to afford students the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired through their academic course work in a real life setting in an area of personal interest within the scope of forensic medicine. This project will culminate in a final paper at the conclusion of the experience.

Can the MS program be taken on a full or part time basis? When are classes held?

The 40 credit MS curriculum requires that candidates take one 4 credit course per 14 week term, which is a half time schedule. Half time students do qualify for financial aid, however. In the first year of the program, courses are held one three-day weekend per month from mid-August to June (Friday-Sunday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm). The second year of the program consists of a 112 hour integrative capstone project and an on-line course from June to the following July. It is possible for a candidate to have a full time job while completing this entire program.

Organizational Development & Leadership

Is there a thesis required to complete the Master of Science in Organizational Development & Leadership degree?

In lieu of a thesis, a final capstone project is required for completion of the MS in ODL degree. The capstone project is an action research experience that serves as a tool for faculty to assess students’ competency and skill development. The capstone project process can start as early as halfway through the ODL curriculum, although many students enter the program with a ‘burning issue’ that they want to address as the capstone project and use the coursework to support their action research experience.

Is there a difference between the ODL programs at the two campuses?

We engage as one ODL program with two campuses, and our one program culture is supported by faculty members who teach at both campuses. Our Pennsylvania and Georgia curriculums are almost identical with slight variations. Because our Georgia campus program is still growing and evolving, its course offerings and timing differ slightly from those at the Pennsylvania campus. However, as our Georgia program expands, it will continue to align with the Pennsylvania campus.

What is the quality of the student/faculty relationship?

The quality of the student/faculty relationship is a unique and a special strength of the ODL program. While class sizes vary each semester, class size is moderated to allow faculty to provide meaningful, individualized attention to their students. The majority of the program faculty members are also working in the field and can provide excellent, practical examples in relation to coursework. Many of our students enjoy collaborative relationships with faculty who actively participate in and contribute to the overall leadership development of their students. In providing feedback to our program directors about their experiences, our students and alumni report that our faculty members are caring, respectful and responsive and that our faculty demonstrate their genuine interest and concern for their students through mentoring and collaborative learning both in and outside of the classroom.

Who will teach my courses?

The courses are taught by our exciting community of faculty who are active consultants, practitioners and leaders in the field of ODL—a critical element in providing value-added learning to our students. Our students are learning, testing and applying theory and experience in real-time using the latest tools, methodologies and practices necessary to deliver results for themselves and their organization(s).

Are practical/field experiences a part of the program?

PCOM’s ODL program is focused on action learning. What this means from an intentional design practice is that you—as the adult learner—identify the issues that are most important to you and your organization. We (faculty) design the coursework to promote individual discovery as you integrate ODL theory into your practice, thereby creating the real experience necessary to encourage growth as a leader and practitioner.

Because of the nature of our action learning emphasis, practical/field experiences are specifically aligned with the design intent of the course. In a couple of courses, the primary focus will be a field experience comprised of focused exposure to different organizations. In a couple of other courses, an extended field experience with a single, external organization will serve as a platform for skill development and enhancement as well as an opportunity to view your own organization through different cultural lenses.

What can I do with an MS in ODL?

Our MS in Organization Development & Leadership is a multi-sector and multi-disciplinary program. What does this mean? We have adult learners (leaders/practitioners) from various sectors (profit, not-for-profit, healthcare, government, etc.) and disciplines who are searching for skill enhancement, field advancement and other opportunities to set themselves apart and make a difference in their chosen fields of practice. As PCOM ODL current adult learners or alums, you are immediately adding value to your organizations, being noticed and setting yourself apart from other leaders, aspiring leaders and practitioners by embracing a collaborative leadership mindset to deliver individual and organizational results.

What are the minimum admissions requirements?

Below are the minimum requirements for admission to the Master of Science in Organizational Development & Leadership degree program. Each application is reviewed on an individual basis.

NOTE: GRE scores are not required for admission into any of the ODL programs.

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution with a B average or better.
  • Work experience preferred (in order to take advantage of action learning).
  • ◦ Students may apply for a maximum of 6 credits for life/work experience.

    ◦ Application fee of $50 (checks made payable to PCOM).

  • Application, including autobiographical statement reflecting understanding and interest in ODL.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work.
  • Recommendation letter and form.
  • Curriculum vitae or resume.

More information on Admissions Requirements and Procedures.

Are there any professional organizations affliliated with the ODL program?

Yes, there are two organizations with which our ODL program is affiliated, one in PA and one in GA. Philadelphia Region Organization Development Network (PRODN in PA) and Organization Change Alliance (OCA in GA) are professional networks of organization development practitioners and leaders. Their focus is to provide additional learning and growth opportunities for practitioners and leaders, nurture strong relationships with their communities, and as engaged citizens to provide their skills whenever possible to make a difference and facilitate change. PCOM pays for the first year of membership for all ODL alumni (at their respective campus-affiliated organization).

Are any standardized test scores required for admission?

No. We have found that standardized test scores are not effective indicators of successful ODL students, rather previous education and former/current work experience are key factors in admissions decisions and predictors of student success.

Is it possible to work full- or part-time during the program?

Yes. Our programs are designed for working professionals with all classes meeting on weekday evenings or on weekends. Also, the 2-3 years allotted for completion of the MS degree allows flexibility. In fact, employment during the program may be beneficial in providing real-time experiences for engaging in ODL practice.

Can I attend the program part-time?

Yes. Because the ODL programs are designed for working professionals, most students pursue their degree and/or certification part-time. Our flexible course offerings on weekday evenings and on weekends are intended to provide flexibility for our students.

How long does it take to complete the master’s program?

Most of the students complete the program in two to three years. However, we collaborate with students to work out a schedule that can accommodate the different life experiences and goals of our students. This may mean extending the course work past three years, if it makes sense to meet the needs of our students.

When are classes offered?

In order to accommodate full-time working professionals, ODL classes are held on weekday evenings and on weekends. Turbo courses are conducted only on weekends. Other courses may be held primarily on weekday evenings with an occasional weekend class. Course schedules are designed to allow the greatest flexibility for our students.

What is the deadline to apply for admission?

In order to allow the greatest flexibility for applicants, the ODL program follows a rolling admissions cycle, meaning that there is not a specific deadline for application. However, as the greatest demand for admittance is for the fall and spring terms, early application is strongly encouraged to guarantee placement within the program during the desired term.

What is the cost of the program? Is financial assistance available?

For both the Philadelphia, PA and Suwanee, GA campuses, the following tuition rates apply:
Academic Year: 2013-2014
Tuition (per credit): $755
Comprehensive Fee (Summer Term): $182
Comprehensive Fee (Fall, Winter and Spring): $181 (per term)

For information on financial assistance, please visit the Financial Aid section.

Is an interview required for admission?

Yes. Once all applications materials have been received by the Admissions Office, eligible candidates will be invited to interview with the program leadership.

Who should I contact for more information?

Philadelphia, PA Campus
Jeff Branch, EdD
Program Director
Organizational Development & Leadership Graduate Program
215-871-6947
jeffreybr@pcom.edu

Suwanee, GA Campus
Elizabeth (Beth) P. Levine, MA
Assistant Program Director
Organizational Development & Leadership Graduate Program
678-225-7589
elizabethlev@pcom.edu

General Inquiries
Carly Iannone, MEd
Coordinator of ODL and Programs Recruitment
PCOM Department of Psychology
215-871-6463
CarlyIa@pcom.edu

What are the prerequisites of the D.O. Program?


The Admissions Committee requires the following courses: 8 credit hours each of: General Biology with Lab 
General Chemistry with Lab 
Organic Chemistry with Lab 
General Physics with Lab 

Additionally 3 credits of English Composition and 3 credits of Literature are required.

Pharmacy

Do I need a college degree to apply to and/or attend PCOM School of Pharmacy?

No. Qualified applicants who have satisfactorily completed all pre-requisite coursework but do not attain a Bachelors degree can apply and enroll at PCOM. Qualified applicants may also apply and be offered admissions without having completed all pre-requisite coursework. However, all applicants must successfully complete prerequisite coursework before matriculating to the School of Pharmacy. Note, also, that while a Bachelor’s degree is not required, that the Admissions Committee gives preference to those students who have attained a Bachelor’s degree.

What factors are considered for admission to PCOM?

Students will be evaluated on a variety of criteria. Academic performance in science courses, as well as overall academic performance, as determined by Grade Point Average (GPA) are major criteria utilized by the Admissions Committee. Competitive scores on the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) are also considered. Professional preparedness, motivation, decision making and written and verbal communication skills are also evaluated. Prior degrees earned and previous pharmacy related work experience are additional considerations.

How many students apply each year? How many students are accepted every year?

For the 2012-2013 admissions cycle, PCOM received 1046 PharmCAS applications and enrolled 100 new students in August, 2013. The School of Pharmacy is expected to admit 110 students to start in August, 2014. In general, schools of pharmacy in Georgia have > than a 10:1 ratio of applicants to matriculants.

What are the prerequisites for the Doctor of Pharmacy program?

The prerequisites for the Doctor of Pharmacy program can be found here.

The School of Pharmacy is based in Suwanee, GA. What is it like to live in Suwanee?

Suwanee offers an outstanding quality-of-life.  Suwanee is approximately 30 miles northeast of Atlanta and offers close proximity to a large metropolitan environment with world-class shopping, restaurants, points-of-interest like the Georgia Aquarium, sporting events, indoor and outdoor concert arenas, theme parks like Six Flags, and yet is still close enough to great outdoor sporting areas like Lake Lanier and natural environments for hunting, hiking and fishing. For more information about Suwanee, please visit the Suwanee web site.

Is there University housing available for pharmacy students?

PCOM has no on-site housing for students at the Georgia Campus. However, Student Services will assist students in finding housing close to the campus. You can also find listings for apartments that the college has a working relationship with in the housing section on the website. For students choosing to do 4th year rotations at distant sites, the School of Pharmacy will assist students in finding temporary housing at such sites.

Is a laptop computer required/recommended for this program?

A laptop computer is required. The School of Pharmacy utilizes state-of-the-art technology in the program, and thus access to email and the internet are critical. Communication with students is often done via email, and you will receive a PCOM email account before orientation. Curricular coursework is posted online via Blackboard educational software, and students may be taking some of their examinations online as well. The specifications of the laptop will be provided and it is the students’ responsibility to ensure that their laptops meet the specifications. Depending on the models, both PCs and Macintosh computers can be utilized.

Can I work while attending pharmacy school?

Yes.  However, pharmacy school can be quite rigorous and significantly different from your undergraduate experience. Students must be able to maintain a balance between school, part-time work and an active social life. It is important that each student be able to manage their time effectively. Also, please note, while participating on experiential rotations, students shall not, under any circumstances, receive financial remuneration from the experiential site.

Does the PharmD program have an Early Decision application?

Yes, the PCOM PharmD program does have a Early Decision application. The Early Decision application deadline is September 2, 2014. In addition to completing the PharmCAS application, you must arrange for PharmCAS to receive all of your official transcripts and fee by September 2nd. If your application, transcripts, or fee arrive after the deadline, PharmCAS will automatically change your file from early decision status to regular status.

You may be offered early admission, denied admission, or deferred to regular applicant status. If you are offered admission as an Early Decision applicant, you are obligated to accept the offer and you will not be permitted to apply to other PharmCAS institutions. Interviews for Early Decision will be September 12th and October 2nd.  Please refer to your PharmCAS application instructions for additional information about the Early Decision Process. Click here for more information.

PCOM will make admission decisions on early decision applicants by October 15th.  

 

Is work experience in a pharmacy required to be admitted to PCOM School of Pharmacy? If I do have relevant experience, how do I document it?

No. It is, however, strongly recommended that all applicants gain some form of experience in pharmacy through employment as a technician, shadowing, or volunteer work. Candidates who have prior experience in a pharmacy environment do receive consideration during the application process. Previous pharmacy-related work experience is not required for admissions. However students with such work experience are given greater consideration in the admissions process. On the Supplemental Application, you will be asked to provide a history of your pharmacy work or volunteer experience and be required to sign your name acknowledging the accuracy of the information provided.

What is the proper dress attire for the interview?

Professional attire is required for the interview.

If I’m granted an interview, who will interview me?

Applicants can expect to be interviewed by faculty, current pharmacy students, preceptors and staff.

What information is required to be granted an interview?

Students with a complete application file who the Admissions Committee determines are qualified will be offered an interview. A completed application file is one where all of the following materials have been received by PCOM:

• Completed PharmCAS Application,

• Completed PCOM Supplemental Application

• Official PCAT score

Does the PCOM School of Pharmacy participate in the PharmCAS application service?

Yes. The deadline for completing your PharmCAS application is March, 1, 2014. To get more information in regards to PharmCAS, click here.

Can one class count toward multiple prerequisites?

No. Courses may not be counted for more than one prerequisite requirement.

How long is the PharmD program?

The PharmD Program requires 4 years to complete.

What are the pharmacy intern requirements?

An applicant may register with the Georgia Board of Pharmacy as a pharmacy intern if they are registered in an accredited school/college of pharmacy. All students at the PCOM School of Pharmacy – Georgia Campus will be required to obtain their Georgia Pharmacy intern license during the first semester.  The school will assist you with the application process.

Any applicant with a history of substance abuse, a previous felony conviction or any other issue that would be revealed in a criminal background check is advised to consult with the state board of pharmacy in Georgia prior to matriculation in the school (the Georgia State Board of Pharmacy phone number is (478) 207-2440). Any changes resulting from criminal or civil actions should also be disclosed to the state board of pharmacy. Students wishing to gain intern experience outside of the state of Georgia are advised to contact the board of pharmacy in that state to determine the requirements for intern/pharmacist licensure. PCOM School of Pharmacy – Georgia Campus has no authority to determine eligibility of licensure for any intern or pharmacist in any state.

The license requirements for pharmacists and pharmacy interns vary by state and it is recommended that applicants inquire with the board of pharmacy in the state where they intend to practice if they have any questions. In general, in order to take the pharmacist licensure examination, boards of pharmacy will require successful completion of the requirements for the Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an accredited institution and complete a certain number of hours as a pharmacy intern. In Georgia, applicants for pharmacist licensure must be at least 18 years of age, have graduated from an approved school of pharmacy and have completed 1,500 hours of internship under the supervision of a registered pharmacist. Schools of pharmacy in Georgia allow students to claim credit for 1,000 internship hours obtained during experiential rotations and the student is required to obtain 500 additional hours on their own as a licensed pharmacy intern.

How many letters of recommendation are required?

PCOM requires 3 letters of recommendation. We do not accept letters of recommendation from friends or family members. We recommend that you seek out reference letters from individuals who have had direct experience of you in an educational and/or professional setting that can attest to your work ethic, character and skills. Ideally this would include faculty members familiar with your academic abilities, pharmacists whom you have worked with in the past, previous work supervisors, or advisors from experiences you may have had in education, research, patient exposure, community service and/or employment.

Will PCOM accept Pass/Fail classes for prerequisites?

No. PCOM will NOT accept pass/fail classes for prerequisites. All courses used for prerequisites must be passed with a grade of “C” or better.

If I take coursework after submitting my PharmCAS application, how will PCOM know this?

You must update your PharmCAS application following the fall term. This information will be forwarded to PCOM once you have completed the updated PharmCAS.

Can I apply for a transfer from another PharmD program to PCOM?

PCOM School of Pharmacy does not routinely accept transfer students; however, a transfer application may be considered under extenuating circumstances and depending on availability. Consideration will be given only to a student who is currently in good standing at an ACPE-accredited College or School of Pharmacy. Students who have been on probation, temporarily or permanently suspended, required to repeat classes, or involved in any adverse action as a result of conduct violations or academic dishonesty are not eligible for transfer.

To initiate a transfer, students should send a letter detailing the reason for the transfer request to the PCOM School of Pharmacy, Associate Dean for Academics and Assessment along with an official transcript of all coursework in the College/School of Pharmacy and a letter from the Dean of the College/School of Pharmacy stating that the student is currently in good standing and has never been on probation, suspended, required to repeat classes or had any adverse action taken as a result of conduct violations or academic dishonesty. A formal interview with the Admissions Committee may be required and the committee will decide whether to accept the transfer student and grant, if appropriate, credit for courses successfully completed at the previous college/school that meet PCOM’s curricular requirements. A minimum of two years must be completed at PCOM School of Pharmacy for a student to be eligible to receive the PharmD degree.

Does PCOM require immunizations to enroll in the PharmD program?

Yes. Students will be exposed to a number of different health care environments and will be in contact with many patients. In order to protect yourself and to minimize the possibility of transmitting diseases to other patients, certain immunizations are required. Updated immunization information will be sent to each student upon acceptance of an offer of admissions. Please note that a failure to provide adequate documentation of these requirements may result in your invitation for admission to be withdrawn.

When do classes begin and when do they end?

The academic year begins in August and ends the following June. For the first 3 years, each academic year is composed of three terms, each 12 weeks long (plus a final exam week).  In the summer before the third year of instruction, students will also be required to participate in experiential clinical experiences/rotations during the months of June or August. These experiences will last about 2 weeks (80 hours). In the fourth year of the program, students will complete eight, 5-week long Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiential (APPE) rotations.  These APPEs begin in May and continuing until the following May. Students may be assigned to areas outside the metro Atlanta area and will be required to secure transportation and/or lodging at these distant sites.

How/when will I be informed of my admissions decision?

The Admissions Committee will review all interviewed applicants and the most-qualified applicants will be selected for the incoming class. You will be notified typically within a few weeks after the interview. Accepted applicants will be informed in writing by mail or e-mail of their admission to the school, and will be provided a packet of information necessary for matriculation. Students who interview but are not immediately selected for admission will be placed on a wait list. A student on the wait list may be accepted into the program if a position becomes available. Students that apply to the program that are not granted an interview will be placed on a hold list if they meet the minimum qualifications but are not as competitive as other students. Such students may receive an interview at a later date. Students not meeting the minimum qualifications will be notified at the end of the cycle in writing. PCOM does not disclose applicant’s position on the official wait list.

How do I convert quarter hours to semester hours?

In general, to convert from quarter hours to semester hours multiply the quarter hours by 2/3. Please use the following conversion chart as a guide.

Quarter Hours  Semester Hours
1= 0.67
2= 1.33
3= 2.00
4= 2.67
5= 3.33
6= 4.00
7= 4.67
8= 5.33

Can the PharmD program be taken on a part-time basis?

No. Unlike undergraduate education where a student may progress at their desired speed, the PharmD program is a professional program where the curriculum is pre-determined by the school and the curriculum is scheduled to be completed in 4 years.

Will PCOM accept Advanced Placement (AP) credits for prerequisites?

Yes, PCOM will accept AP credits. All AP credits must be given a grade equivalent of “C” or higher at the institution you attended and received credit.

Does PCOM require the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT)? What is the minimum score needed to apply?

Yes. In order to qualify for an interview and be granted admission to the School of Pharmacy, students are required to take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). Information regarding the PCAT can be found here. For the 2013-2014 testing cycle, the PCAT will be administered at Pearson VUE Test Centers on one or more dates during the months of July, September, October/November and January. Although no minimum PCAT score is required, students with composite scores <40% or subscores in science-related areas < 25% are not likely to be competitive for admission.

Am I required to have health insurance before I can attend PCOM?

Yes. All pharmacy students are required to have health insurance to attend PCOM, and be able to provide proof of your coverage. Students must enroll in the PCOM student health insurance plan or provide proof of health insurance coverage with an outside carrier.

If I am accepted and wish to attend PCOM, does PCOM require a seat deposit?

Yes. To confirm your place in the incoming class, we must receive a $500 seat deposit. This deposit is non-refundable and must be received within the time frame noted in your acceptance letter (usually within 14 days of date of acceptance letter). Your deposit will be credited toward your first tuition payment for the Fall Term. The balance of your tuition and fees minus your anticipated financial aid will be due at the beginning of the fall term.

Will PCOM provide transportation to/from rotation sites or lodging at distant sites?

No.  PCOM does not provide transportation or lodging for students. It is strongly suggested that students have their own car during all 4 years of the program.

What does the “rolling application process” mean?

The rolling application process means that we review applications on an on-going basis from the beginning of the application year until all seats in the class are full. Once we receive completed applications, they are reviewed by the Admissions Committee.  Interviews will be offered throughout the year to qualified students. If the interview is acceptable and there are seats remaining to be filled, then the candidate may be offered admission shortly following the interview. It is to your advantage to turn your application in as early as possible because of this process. Once the seats in the class are filled, qualified applicants will be placed on a waiting list. As positions become available, students on this list will be offered seats in our program

What is the total number of credits in the PharmD program?

At the current time, the total number of credits is 151 for the 4 years of the program.

What is the current accreditation status of the School of Pharmacy?

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL  60503, 312/664-3575;  FAX 312/664-4652, website www.acpe-accredit.org

Where can I complete my prerequisite coursework?

Students may complete their pre-professional course requirements at any regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.

Will January PCAT scores be accepted?

Yes. Keep in mind that students with complete applications will be invited for interviews first. Early applicants have an increased chance of an offer for an interview and acceptance into the school. Your application is not complete until the PCAT score is received along with all other admissions requirements. If the PCAT examination is taken in January, the School may not receive the student’s score until March and interviews will not be scheduled until the School has received the student’s PCAT score.

Will you accept my course work taken in a foreign university?

Students with international transcripts must have their transcripts analyzed by a foreign transcript service. These foreign transcript evaluation reports are submitted to PharmCAS. PharmCAS will send PCOM this information. PCOM will accept evaluations from WES, ECE or Josef Silny & Associates. Please visit the PharmCAS website for more information on this process and to view the contact list of Foreign Transcript Evaluation Services.

Does PCOM require a Criminal Background Check (CBC) and Drug Screen prior to matriculation?

Yes. PCOM participates in CBC and drug screen programs offered to all participating PharmCAS institutions through third party vendors. All accepted applicants to PCOM are required to complete a CBC and drug screen through these PharmCAS programs prior to enrolling. Information and instructions on these programs and how to complete them will accompany your acceptance letter.

Does PCOM require a Supplemental Application?

Yes. When PCOM receives and processes your completed PharmCAS application, PCOM will send you a Supplemental Application via email.  The Supplemental Application must be fully completed and sent back to PCOM before you can be considered for an interview.  For the 2014-2015 Admissions cycle, there is no cost for the Supplemental Application.  The deadline for submitting a completed Supplemental Application is April 1st.

Where can I find information regarding the curriculum for the program?

The PharmD Program is a 4-year professional program. In any program, the curriculum is always subject to change, but the most recent version can be found here.

If I have taken the PCAT multiple times, which PCAT score will the Admissions Committee use when they review my application?

The Admissions Committee will take into consideration the highest composite PCAT score (regardless of whether this is the most recent score or not). PCAT scores must be taken within 5 years of the application date in order to be considered valid scores.

What does “Candidate” accreditation status mean?

The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) provides the following definition of terms:
Candidate Status With respect to clarification of the meaning of Candidate accreditation status, graduates of a program so designed would, in the opinion of ACPE, have the same rights and privileges of those graduates from a fully accredited program. The Candidate accreditation status denotes a developmental program that is expected to mature in accord with stated plans within a defined time period. It should be underscored, however, that decisions concerning eligibility for licensure by examination or reciprocity reside with the respective state boards of pharmacy in accordance with their state statutes and administrative rules. Should Candidate accreditation status be awarded to a program, ACPE would, however, make its position known and make recommendations consistent with that position.

What if I have taken classes on the quarter system and after conversion I am short?

PCOM will round up the hours / credits when converting from quarter to semester hours. If the number of credit hours is insufficient after rounding, additional courses must be taken to fulfill the admissions requirements.

As an international applicant do I need to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam?

Every applicant whose native language is not English, or whose undergraduate instruction was not in English, must provide an English proficiency test score. Any applicant whose native language is not English must demonstrate objective competency in English by satisfactory performance on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A score is considered too old, and will not be accepted, if it is more than two years old from the start of the applicant’s admissions term. Country of citizenship does not exempt applicants from this requirement. Language of instruction at the college or university level, and how recent it has been, are the determining factors in meeting this requirement. The minimum required score for the IBT (Internet Based Testing) is 79 and a minimum score of 26 is required for the speaking component. General writing assistance is available for theses and dissertations; however, as an institution offering only graduate and professional programs, PCOM does not offer remedial ESL coursework.

Applicants are exempt if:

      1. English is the exclusive language of instruction at the undergraduate level; or
      2. Student has earned a degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or
      university not more than five years prior to the anticipated semester of
      enrollment; or
      3. Student has completed at least two full-time semesters of graded coursework,
      exclusive of ESL courses, in a U.S. college or university, or at an institution
      outside the U.S. where English is the exclusive language of instruction, not
      more than five years prior to the anticipated semester of enrollment.

What are the tuition and fees for the School of Pharmacy?

For the 2014-15 academic year, tuition and fees for the P1 class has been set at $34,985. Like most other universities/colleges, it is estimated that the tuition would likely increase 3-5% each subsequent year. This tuition is competitive with many private schools of pharmacy.

Where will I complete my clinical experiences/rotations?

The PharmD program will have clinical experiences throughout all four years of the curriculum as mandated by ACPE. The first, second and third year Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) will be completed in various pharmacies and health care facilities in the greater Atlanta area. The fourth year Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) will be completed mostly in the greater Atlanta area but some rotations will be offered throughout the state of Georgia as well.

When was the inaugural class to PCOM School of Pharmacy admitted?

PCOM admitted 79 members in its inaugural class in August, 2010. We graduated 71 students  in May 2014.

Does PCOM require interviews as a component of the admissions process?

Yes. In order to receive an offer of admissions to the PharmD program, you must be invited and participate in an on-campus interview.

Does PCOM accept International Students?

PCOM is authorized to host F-1 visa students only. At the time of confirmation of acceptance, an international student is required to complete a Certificate of Financial Responsibility form and provide financial documentation. The financial documentation must indicate that the confirmed applicant has sufficient funding for tuition, fees and living expenses for the entire duration of his or her program or a maximum of five years. It is the sole responsibility of the confirmed applicant to determine if the degree received from PCOM and any licenses obtained from the United States will be acceptable to practice this field in his or her country. PCOM does not guarantee every international country will allow the practice of the profession for which PCOM’s degrees are received and licensing obtained.

What degree will I obtain from the School of Pharmacy?

The School of Pharmacy offers the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) as its single professional degree. The PharmD degree is awarded in recognition of the attainment of the highest level of professional education in pharmacy.

How is my GPA calculated for admissions consideration?

For Admissions purposes, overall and science GPAs are calculated by PharmCAS: To calculate a GPA, PharmCAS determines your total number of quality points by multiplying semester credit hours attempted by the value of the verified PharmCAS grade. Quarter hours and units are converted to semester hours (quarter hours are multiplied by .667). The quality points are divided by the total number of hours for completed courses. PharmCAS will report your standardized GPA in semester-based 4.0 grading scale.

Will I be required to find my own clinical sites or will the School of Pharmacy locate these for me?

Students are not required to find their own clinical sites. The School of Pharmacy will identify appropriate rotation sites for you, train the preceptors at each site and conduct quality assurance measures to ensure that you will train at a quality site. Preceptors are either full-time faculty members of the School of Pharmacy or licensed pharmacists with affiliation agreements with PCOM.

How do I apply for financial aid?

Information regarding federally-based financial aid for students is available at FAFSA. All questions regarding financial aid should be referred to the Financial Aid office of the Georgia Campus at (678) 225-7533.

Do all prerequisite courses have to be completed before submitting an application or receiving an invitation for an interview?

No. Prerequisite coursework does not have to be completed in order to submit an application or receive an interview invitation. However, all courses must have been successfully completed (with a grade of “C” or higher) no later than July 1 of the year you are applying for admission.

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