Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)—Direct Entry

School of Pharmacy

Location: Boston
Start Term: Fall, Spring

As a pharmacist, you are an integral part of patients’ daily lives and pivotal healthcare moments.

A Well-Rounded Education with Invaluable Professional Opportunities

This full-time, six-year program at our Boston campus begins with a two-year preprofessional phase, followed by a four-year professional phase, which focuses on the pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy practice. As part of your course of study, you will also be awarded a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and Life Sciences, which is a STEM degree. Upon completion of this program, you will be equipped with the knowledge, skills, and experiences to pursue careers in a variety of industries, including pharmacy, biopharmaceuticals, and the life sciences.

Your Six-Year Journey

“Direct entry” means that you move into the professional phase after successful completion of preprofessional requirements, attainment of a minimum GPA of 2.8 and successful completion of an oral interview and writing proficiency exam (Progression Interview).

First-Year Experience

  • study biology, chemistry, and calculus and participate in associated labs
  • refine your skills in expository writing
  • explore the healthcare implications of human psychology and American culture, identity, and public life

Second-Year Experience

  • begin your introduction to pharmacy and learn anatomy and physiology for pharmacy
  • study physics, medical microbiology, and organic chemistry and attend associated labs
  • hone the interpersonal communication skills necessary to be an effective health professional

Third-Year Experience (First Professional Year)

  • become familiar with healthcare delivery and the management of healthcare practices
  • learn physiology, medical biochemistry, and pharmaceutical calculations
  • explore research methods in pharmacoepidemiology and begin opportunities in personal and professional development
  • participate in a dosage forms laboratory

Fourth-Year Experience (Second Professional Year)

  • study pharmacology, therapeutics, medicinal chemistry, and pharmaceutical biotechnology
  • learn about virology, anti-infection, and pharmacokinetics
  • explore the clinical application of the pharmacists’ patient care process
  • begin your pharmacy practice experience and continue your personal and professional development
  • earn your Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and Life Sciences

Fifth-Year Experience (Third Professional Year)

  • study healthcare ethics, clinical pharmacokinetics, and pharmacy law
  • develop an understanding of OTC drugs and patient self-care
  • learn advanced therapeutics and attend associated seminars
  • continue to build your understanding of practice management and attend required labs
  • complete the Pharmacy Curriculum Outcomes Assessment Exam

Sixth-Year Experience (Fourth Professional Year)

  • complete required rotations in internal medicine, institutional pharmacy practice, ambulatory care, and community pharmacy practice, as well as two elective rotations in areas such as administration, critical care medicine, gastroenterology, and infectious diseases
  • complete advanced pharmacy experience rotations
  • begin NAPLEX review modules and board review

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Advance Your Career in Pharmacy at MCPHS

Founded in 1823, MCPHS is the second-oldest university of pharmacy in the United States and has prepared more students for careers in pharmacy than any other university in the world.

#1 Best Pharmacy School

For Bachelor's students in the U.S., as ranked by College Factual.

$128,570 median salary

Average annual compensation for pharmacists / U.S. News & World Report, Best Healthcare Jobs, 2022

Diverse career options

Career opportunities for pharmacists extend far beyond the retail counter, from hospitals, to labs, to research, and many more.

Dual-Degree Options for Boston PharmD Candidates

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)—Direct Entry students can apply for our unique dual degree programs. Choose to earn a Master of Science in Clinical Research or a Master of Science in Regulatory Affairs simultaneously with your PharmD, earning two advanced degrees in six years.

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Additional Options for Doctor of Pharmacy at MCPHS

We offer two paths to a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in addition to our PharmD—Accelerated option.

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)—Accelerated

Non-Traditional Doctor of Pharmacy (NTDP)

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