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In just 34 months, students who have completed prerequisite coursework can earn their doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) on either our Worcester, MA or Manchester, NH campus.
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For students who aspire to become practicing pharmacists and have completed their pre-professional coursework at an accredited college or university, this year-round, full-time, 34-month program provides an intensive professional course of study leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree.
MCPHS University School of Pharmacy‐Worcester/Manchester is one of only a handful of institutions in the country that offers this type of accelerated PharmD program.
The program educates students to become critical thinkers, life-long learners, and responsible healthcare professionals. Graduates are eligible to sit for board examinations and become licensed pharmacists. Some states require accumulation of intern hours as well.
All core courses, except for laboratory courses, are delivered via real time distance education technology between the two campuses.
Biology (General and Human)
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to History and Political Science
Probability and Statistics
Economics (Macro, Micro, or General)
Mathematics or Computer Science
Subtotal for required preprofessional courses
Subtotal for elective preprofessional courses
Total preprofessional credits: 66 s.h.
Introduction to Pharmaceutical Care I
Human Physiology and Pathophysiology I
U.S. Healthcare & Public Health Systems
Service Learning (a Pass/Fail course)
Introduction to Pharmaceutical Care II
Drug Literature Evaluation & Informatics in Healthcare
Pharmaceutics II (w/ lab)
Pharmacy Management & Outcomes Assessment
Introduction to Pharmaceutical Care III (w/ lab)
Human Physiology and Pathophysiology II
Basic Principles of Pharmacology/Toxicology/ Medicinal Chemistry
Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences - Community (a pass/fail course)
Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences - Institutional (a pass/fail course)
Clinical Laboratory & Physical Assessment
Pharmacology/Toxicology/Medicinal Chemistry I
** 6 weeks
Introduction to Advanced Pharmacy Practice I
Clinical Assessment Laboratory
Pharmacology/Toxicology/Medicinal Chemistry II
Introduction to Advanced Pharmacy Practice II
Pharmacology/Toxicology/Medicinal Chemistry III
Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience 1
Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience 2
Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience 3
Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience 4
Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience 5
Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience 6
Graduate Poster Presentation
*Six weeks each
Total credits required to complete degree requirements: 133 s.h.
The following two certificate training programs are incorporated into SOP-W/M curriculum; students have the opportunity to complete this while completing their PharmD degree.
1. American Pharmacists Association’s Pharmacy-Based Immunization
2. American Pharmacists Association’s Delivering Medication Therapy Management Services
The following degree and graduate certificate programs are available for students enrolled in the SOP-W/M program to complete.
1. Medication Patient Safety
2. Public Health
3. Healthcare Management
1. Patient Safety
3. Healthcare Administration
MCPHS University has established merit-based scholarship programs that are awarded to students by the Admission Office without regard for financial need.
Students accepted into the Accelerated Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program at MCPHS University for fall 2016 will automatically be considered for merit-based scholarship based on overall GPA. To qualify for consideration an interview must be completed by May 1.
A) Must have functional English speaking, reading, and writing abilities necessary to communicate clearly and professionally with faculty, staff, peers, patients, and healthcare professionals in a mature and professional manner that reflects the core values of the University.
B) Communication includes both verbal and non-verbal expression, reading, writing, and computer skills
A) Must have critical and logical thinking ability sufficient to engage in clinical judgment and problem solving to address issues and problems within all learning environments
B) Must have ability to multi-task and to perform work in a logical and sequential manner
A) Must possess ability to interact with and relate to faculty, staff, peers, patients, and healthcare professionals in a mature and professional manner that reflects the core values of the University.
B) Demonstrate sensitivity to people from a variety of cultural backgrounds
C) Must possess ability to interact with and respond to needs of patients and caregivers from a variety of cultural backgrounds and with a diversity of emotional, intellectual, and physical health issues
A) Must possess sufficient visual and auditory abilities to gather data from written reference material, oral presentations, illustrations, diagrams, and patient observation
A) Must possess sufficient tactile and motor abilities to prepare pharmaceutical products, evaluate patients, and perform basic laboratory tests
Ten months of off-campus clinical rotations in Experiential Education are an essential component of the Accelerated PharmD program. In a wide range of pharmacy settings, students learn to make decisions based on their professional knowledge and judgment. Students apply classroom learning, develop skills in a practice setting, and network with established clinical practitioners.
The University maintains relationships with a large number of qualified clinical sites throughout New England. Rotations are supervised by University faculty, adjunct faculty, and practice preceptors, and may be scheduled at some distance from the campus. This is necessary to provide a range of diverse learning experiences and to ensure availability and quality of clinical rotation sites.
Please direct questions regarding Experiential Education to:
Cathy Basile, PharmD
Assistant Dean of Pharmacy Experiential Education
For some of MCPHS University's programs placements in clinical rotations at healthcare providers are a required part of the MCPHS University curriculum. Some of those healthcare providers require background screenings and a conviction for a criminal offense might present an issue. It is possible that certain types of criminal convictions, whether prior to being a student at MCPHS University or while attending MCPHS University, could preclude a student from being able to complete a required clinical rotation. If you have any questions, please contact the MCPHS University Chief Compliance Officer.
The School of Pharmacy–Worcester/Manchester Doctor of Pharmacy program and the School of Pharmacy–Worcester/Manchester Doctor of Pharmacy program are each accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), 20 North Clark Street, Suite 2500, Chicago, IL 60602-5109; tel.: 312.664.3575, 800.533.3606; fax: 312.664.4652, website: www.acpe-accredit.org.
MCPHS University is chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is authorized to grant undergraduate and graduate degrees in the health sciences and related fields. MCPHS University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), Inc. through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.
Many of our programs have different admission requirements and deadlines. To see the specific admission requirements for this program, please click on the link below.
Admission Requirements for Pharmacy (Accelerated PharmD) (Manchester, Worcester)
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