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Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) — Direct Entry

Location: Boston
Start Term: Fall, Spring

As a pharmacist, you are part of patients’ daily lives and pivotal healthcare moments. This program educates students to become practicing pharmacists, critical thinkers and responsible healthcare professionals.

This full-time, six-year direct entry Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program includes a two-year pre-professional phase that combines the liberal arts, communications, and basic sciences followed by a four-year professional phase that focuses on the pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy practice. And, because the program is direct-entry, you don't need to reapply at the end of the pre-professional phase. You’ll have the opportunity to work alongside professional experts through clinical experiences in our immersive laboratories and through clinical rotations covering inpatient medicine, institutional pharmacy, ambulatory care, and community pharmacy at more than 1,000 partners across the country.

First-year applicants may view the admission requirements and deadlines on our Undergraduate Applicants page.  

Transfer and Graduate Admission Deadlines

June 1 – Applicants seeking admission into the professional phase of the PharmD program

August 15 – Applicants seeking admission into year 1 or year 2 of the pre-professional phase of the PharmD program

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications submitted and completed earlier in the process will be considered more favorably for admission and scholarships, including when you could be invited to campus to interview for the program.

Transfer and Graduate Admission Requirements

Students with 12 or more college credits may transfer in to the first or second year of the program depending on availability of seats. Courses must have been completed at a regionally accredited college or university with a grade of C or better for transfer. Math and science courses taken more than ten years prior to the anticipated date of matriculation to MCPHS will not be accepted.

While there are no specific required courses for entry into the first year of our program, the admission committee will look for success in any math and science courses you have already taken. If you complete any of the non-math/non-science courses listed below, you may receive transfer credit and your first year course load may be lighter. However, due to the block registration nature of MCPHS programs, entering the first year of the program with transfer credits will not change the total length of your program. Courses, other than elective courses, may not be moved forward in your schedule. All students transferring in to the first year of the PharmD program must complete all math and science courses at MCPHS and therefore may need to repeat courses previously completed.

Required courses for entry into Year II:

Linked courses are available through the MCPHS School of Professional Studies

Required courses for entry into Year III:

One course from each of the following Distribution Elective categories, for three total Distribution Electives:

  • Humanities elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include Literature, Creative Writing, Philosophy, Ethics, Religious Studies, Select Fine Arts, Advanced Level Languages)
  • Behavioral Science elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include any upper level psychology course)
  • Social Science elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include History, Political Science/Government, Anthropology, Upper-level Sociology, American Studies, Women Studies, Ethnic Studies, Geography, Economics)



Year I-Fall

BIO 151 Biology I: Cellular and Molecular Biology 3
CHE 131 Chemical Principles I (w/ lab) 4
ITM 101 Introduction to the Major 1
LIB 111 Expository Writing I 3
MAT 150/151 Precalculus OR Calculus I 3

Year I-Spring

BIO 152 Biology II: Biology of Organisms (w/ lab) 4
CHE 132 Chemical Principles II (w/ lab) 4
LIB 112 Expository Writing II 3
LIB 120/133 Introduction to Psychology OR
American Culture, Identity, and Public Life
MAT 151/152* Calculus I OR Calculus II* 3
 * Students must complete MAT 152 prior to progression into PHY 270 Foundations of Physics I

Year II-Fall

BIO 255** Medical Microbiology (w/ lab) 4
CHE 231 Organic Chemistry I (w/ lab) 4
LIB 120/133 Introduction to Psychology OR
American Culture, Identity & Public Life
PHY 270** Foundations of Physics I OR Distribution Elective 3
PPB 210 Introduction to Pharmacy 1
MAT 152 Calculus II

Year II-Spring

CHE 232 Organic Chemistry II 3
LIB 220** Introduction to Interpersonal Communication for Health Professionals** 3
MAT 261** Statistics 3
PHY 270** Foundations of Physics I OR Distribution Elective 3
PSB 255 Anatomy and Physiology for Pharmacy 3
Distribution Elective 3

** Students will be block registered for their required courses in Year II. These courses may be taken either semester. 

Professional Years III-VI


Year III (First Professional Year)-Fall

PPB 325 Introduction to Practice Management I (w/ lab) 3
PSB 328 Physiology/Pathophysiology I 4
PSB 337 Medical Biochemistry I 3
PSB 349 Dosage Forms and Drug Delivery Systems 3
PSB 353 Pharmaceutical Calculations I 2
PSB 320**** Introduction to Healthcare Delivery OR Distribution Elective 3

Year III (First Professional Year)-Spring

PSB 329 Physiology/Pathophysiology II 4
PSB 338 Medical Biochemistry II 3
PPB 335 Introduction to Practice Management II (w/ lab) 2
PSB 3XX Pharmaceutical Calculations II 2
PSB 359L Dosage Forms Laboratory 1
PSB 424 Research Methods in Pharmacoepidemiology 2
PSB 320**** Introduction to Healthcare Delivery OR Distribution Elective 3
 **** These courses may be taken either semester.

Year IV (Second Professional Year)-Fall

PPB 419 Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience I 2
PPB 485 Drug Literature Evaluation 3
PSB 441 Medicinal Chemistry I 3
PSB 451 Pharmacology I 4
PPB 445 Therapeutics I 3
PSB 450 Pharmaceutical Biotechnology 3

Year IV (Second Professional Year)-Spring

PPB 414 Virology and Anti-infectives 4
PPB 446 Therapeutics II 3
PSB 430 Pharmacokinetics I 3
PSB 442 Medicinal Chemistry II 3
PSB 454 Pharmacology II 4
PPB 430 Clinical Application of the Pharmacists' Patient Care Process  1

Year V (Third Professional Year)-Fall

LIB 512 Healthcare Ethics OR Professional Elective ***** 3
PPB 519 Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience II 1
PPB 502 OTC Drugs / Self-Care 3
PPB 545 Advanced Practice Management I (w/ lab) 3
PPB 555 Advanced Therapeutics I 4
PPB 551 Advanced Therapeutics Seminar I 1
PSB 432 Pharmacokinetics II 3

Year V (Third Professional Year)-Spring

LIB 512 Healthcare Ethics OR Professional Elective ***** 3
PPB 546 Advanced Practice Management II (w/ lab) 4
PPB 552 Advanced Therapeutics Seminar II 1
PPB 556 Advanced Therapeutics II 4
PSB 411 Pharmacy Law 3
Professional Elective 3
 ***** May be taken either semester.

Year VI (Fourth Professional Year)

PPBC 601 - 606 Advanced Pharmacy Experience Program Rotations 36
PPBC 700 NAPLEX Review Modules and Board Review 0

Total credits to complete degree*: 206

Sixth Year

(Fourth Professional Year)

During the final year of study, PharmD students earn 36 credit hours by completing 36 weeks of advanced experiential rotations. The rotations start as early as May and run consecutively through late November or December. The rotations resume in January and finish in May.

Students are required to complete rotations in internal medicine, institutional pharmacy practice, ambulatory care, and community pharmacy practice. Additionally, students complete two elective rotations from areas such as administration, cardiology, community practice, critical care medicine, drug information, emergency medicine, gastroenterology, infectious diseases, nephrology, oncology/hematology, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, poison information, and psychiatry.

Elective rotations chosen by the student are reviewed by the coordinators of experiential education to determine whether the rotations provide appropriate emphasis and balance to the student's overall program.  Scheduling of the rotations is completed by the Office of Experiential Education and may be modified at the discretion of the coordinator(s).

Students must also successfully complete on-line NAPLEX review modules and regularly scheduled assessments (i.e. RxPrep) during the 6th year as a condition for graduation. Although no credits or grade are assigned, students will be required to achieve a minimum score on assessments. Students must also attend a required Board Review during the last week of the final APPE rotation and complete a mandatory diagnostic exam.


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Each student must have access to a laptop for the duration of each year. (Please note - tablets (e.g., iPads) are currently not compatible with the newer features of ExamSoft ExamID and ExamMonitor.)

To begin utilizing ExamSoft software at this time, students need to ensure that their laptops fulfill the following minimum requirements based on the type of device they choose to use with ExamSoft:

Windows Computers

Mac OS Computers

Students in the Boston PharmD program may elect to apply for the 5-Year Accelerated PharmD Pathway and complete the professional phase of their degree in three years (instead of four) by transferring to the Worcester or Manchester campus after the initial two years of pre-professional study in Boston. Interested students are eligible to apply in the spring of the second year of the program, provided they have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and submit an internal application of intent. (Students with these qualifications will receive a guaranteed interview at the campus of their choice).

The five-year pathway features a year-round, concentrated curriculum in the professional phase. Upon transferring to the Worcester or Manchester campus, students will enroll in eight classes during the Fall P1 year and complete the PharmD curriculum in a total of 8 semesters that include two summer terms. The transfer process is seamless— MCPHS ‐ Boston students will maintain their existing scholarships.

The Doctor of Pharmacy Honors Program offers highly motivated and academically talented students the opportunity to pursue their professional interests and advance their skills and talents beyond the level possible in the standard PharmD curriculum.

Honors students will:

  • Participate in small class seminars with peers that foster the development and improvement of research and presentation skills
  • Work closely with faculty members during seminars and research activities
  • Be matched with an individual faculty research mentor
  • Conduct a research project under the supervision of their research mentor in Pharmaceutical, Clinical, or Pharmaceutical Business and Administrative Sciences


  • Enhanced professional and career advancement
  • Gain research and presentation skills through seminars and their research project, which help students become stronger professional candidates in their academic and professional pursuits
  • Close working relationships with faculty and their research mentor, which have the potential for work that may be presented at conferences or published
  • Honors designation at graduation with completion of all program requirements

School of Pharmacy-Boston

The School of Pharmacy – Boston (SOP-B) is committed to the development and delivery of quality programs that prepare a culturally diverse student body to become qualified practitioners of patient-centered care, services and research in the pharmaceutical professions while maintaining a multidisciplinary environment conducive to excellence in teaching, scholarship and professional advancement.

Strategic Plan

The School of Pharmacy – Boston undertakes planning and evaluation in order to accomplish and improve the achievement of its mission. Long-term planning objectives are articulated in the School of Pharmacy Boston Strategic Plan

Number of degrees conferred 298
On-time graduation rate 84%
Graduates entering post-graduate training (Residency or Fellowship) 18%
Graduates employed at graduation 63.7%
First time pass rate on 2019 NAPLEX 84%

MCPHS University – Boston School of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy program is 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:

MCPHS' pharmacy programs utilize the industry leading PioneerRX pharmacy software. This software enhances the learning experience for students through hands-on simulations featuring the functions and workflow processes found in pharmacies. Learn more about PioneerRx's cutting-edge pharmacy software.


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