Doctor of Pharmacy (NTDP)—Non-Traditional Pathway

School of Pharmacy

Location: Online
Start Term: Fall

This program is designed for US-licensed pharmacists who would like to advance their careers by earning a Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

Education that Leverages Your Work Experience

The Non-Traditional Doctor of Pharmacy (NTDP) pathway at MCPHS is designed to provide the broad knowledge and experience that will help you to advance in a wide range of pharmacy careers. This part-time online program allows you to continue working as a pharmacist while earning your PharmD. As a result, you can leverage your work experience in pursuit of your degree—and apply the knowledge you are building at MCPHS on the job. The program begins in the fall.

Your Three Phase Journey

This part-time online program includes 27 credits, five semesters of didactic and active learning, and up to 16 credits of experiential education.* 

Phase One

  • attend an in-person orientation on the Boston campus.
  • learn the principles of pharmaceutical care, clinical pharmacokinetics, and pharmacoepidemiology.
  • gain a deep understanding of drug literature resources and evaluation.

Phase Two

  • begin a series of pharmacotherapeutic courses to expand your drug therapy knowledge.

Phase Three

  • complete up to four 160-hour (four weeks) clinical rotations in the areas of ambulatory care, health systems, internal medicine, and community in the state in which you hold a pharmacy license.

*Note: You may apply to waive up to three of the four core rotations at two points: upon admission and at the start of phase two of the curriculum. Your ability to waive rotations will be based on verified prior work experience (minimum eight weeks of experience in the rotation area), board certification, or other qualifications. Your waiver evaluation will include a formalized faculty interview to document competence related to the rotation area.

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.

That Essential Quality: Flexibility

Bisni Narayanan, PharmD '15, MS, pharmacist and mother of two, needed a flexible schedule to fulfill her PharmD degree. The NTDP was the answer.

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$128,570 median salary

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

Diverse Career Opportunities

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

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Related MCPHS Programs

We offer two paths to a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in addition to our PharmD—Non-Traditional Option.

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)—Accelerated

Full-time program on the Worcester and Manchester campuses. Earn your degree in 34 months.

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)—Direct Entry

Six-year, full-time program on the Boston campus.