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Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)

Help patients manage their health, every day.

Medication is an integral part of healthcare, and as a pharmacist, you are an integral part of the healthcare team. You prepare and dispense life-saving medications. You evaluate each patient’s medication use, educating and guiding them on adherence and interactions. And you play an ever-expanding role in clinical care, from helping to manage chronic disease to offering smoking cessation services.

Become a highly skilled pharmacist.

MCPHS offers two distinct full-time paths to earning a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD): an accelerated program and a direct entry program.

Located in Boston, MA, the Direct Entry PharmD program includes a two-year preprofessional phase followed by a four-year professional phase. The four-year professional phase of the Direct Entry PharmD program runs through the fall and spring semesters, allowing students to spend their summers gaining additional hands-on or clinical experience. As a student living in Boston, you'll be surrounded by an urban cityscape filled with top-tier healthcare and scientific institutions, as well as endless dining, event, and entertainment options.

Offered on our Worcester and Manchester campuses, our year-round, three-year Accelerated PharmD program provides students the opportunity to start practicing ahead of their peers. Students matriculate into the program having already satisfied the requirements of the preprofessional phase through external coursework. They then begin their professional studies in either Worcester or Manchester, where they participate in digital distance learning, allowing them to seamlessly connect with one another and build a community that extends beyond state borders. The Worcester and Manchester campuses also share academic resources and faculty.

Though the Worcester and Manchester programs follow an identical curriculum, their distinct locations provide unique environments for students to live and learn. Situated in the heart of the second largest city in Massachusetts, the MCPHS–Worcester campus offers a vibrant, energetic culture and rich history. Incredible housing options dot the campus, allowing students to easily explore this bustling city. Further north, Manchester affords students unmatched access to New England's natural wonders, and the campus's smaller cohort size produces a strong sense of community in an intimate learning environment. Students experience the convenience of a small city without compromising on their ability to explore the outdoors.

Questions about our PharmD programs? Connect with our Admission Office. Boston: 617.879.5964, Worcester: 508.373.5607, Manchester: 603.314.1701

Modern Facilities

Our patient assessment laboratory, clinical simulation laboratory, and professional pharmacy practice and pharmaceutics laboratory mirrors what graduates will use in their careers.

Immersive Clinical Experience

In addition to our on-campus facilities, students gain real-world experience in a variety of practice settings throughout New England.

Early Introduction

Students begin introductory clinical experience early in their education and receive advanced clinical experience in the field as their education progresses.

Direct-Entry Program

Our Direct-Entry PharmD program is a full-time, six-year program that includes a two-year pre-professional phase and four-year professional phase. Because the program is direct-entry, students don't need to reapply at the end of the pre-professional phase.

Accelerated Program

Our Accelerated PharmD program is a year-round, full-time, 34-month program. Students receive an intensive professional course of study leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy, including ten months of Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs).

Unique Programs

Our Accelerated PharmD program is one of only a handful of its kind in the U.S.

Postgraduate Opportunities

A Postgraduate Training Certificate of Achievement is available to students interested in pursing residency or fellowship training in a focused area of study.

Experiential Education

With rotations in a wide range of pharmacy settings, students apply classroom learning, develop skills in a practice setting, and network with established clinical practitioners.

Sought-After Certification

Students can become well-rounded pharmacists with clinical experience through optional certification in administering immunizations, optimizing drug therapy, improving patient outcomes, and more.

A field of growth

Demand for pharmacists is projected to grow in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals and clinics. This demand is due in part to the aging baby-boom generation, since older people typically use more prescription medicines than younger people, as well as higher rates of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, among all age groups. And as more people have access to insurance coverage, more pharmacists will be needed to fill their prescriptions and to consult with patients about their medications. Pharmacists will be needed in to oversee medications prescribed to patients as well as to provide patient care, including testing a patient’s blood sugar or cholesterol.


With innovative training and immersive clinical opportunities, our graduates are extremely well prepared to enter and advance as pharmacists. Clinical education experiences are varied so that students are prepared as leaders in the field.


Pharmacists rank #21 in U.S. News’ list of the best paying jobs across all industries, due in part to opportunities for advancement and salary leading to above average upward mobility. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for pharmacists was $126,120 in May 2018, with the highest 10% earning $161,250.

Job satisfaction

Pharmacists rank #22 in the U.S. News’ list of the Best Health Care Jobs of 2019. Jobs are ranked according to their ability to offer an elusive mix of factors, including salary, the number of expected openings, advancement opportunities and career fulfillment.


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