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Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) — Accelerated

Location: Worcester and Manchester
Start Term: Fall
Application Deadline: June 1

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

In this program, one of only a handful of its kind in the U.S., you will build on your previous bachelor’s degree or sufficient credits to earn your degree in just 34 months, so that you can become a practicing pharmacist and responsible healthcare professional. 

In this full-time accelerated Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program on both the Worcester and Manchester campuses, you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside professional experts through clinical experiences in our immersive laboratories and through clinical rotations available at a large number of qualified clinical sites throughout New England.

Application Deadline

June 1 - Application deadline for fall applicants.

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.

Admission Requirements

Students with a bachelor's degree or the appropriate amount of college credits and prerequisites may apply to the accelerated PharmD program. 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. MCPHS does not require the PCAT for admission.

Students with international coursework must submit a course-by-course evaluation from World Education Service ( or Education Credential Evaluators ( Please note that a WES or ECE evaluation is not required for applicants with coursework from English-Speaking Canadian universities and colleges.

Required courses for students with a U.S. or Canadian Bachelor's Degree or a U.S. Master's Degree:

Linked courses are available through the MCPHS School of Professional Studies.

Additional courses required for students without a U.S. or Canadian Bachelor's Degree:

  • English Composition (3 credits)
  • English Elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include any additional English course including Introduction to Literature, Poetry, Women Writers, English Composition II, or English Literature)
  • Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
  • Introduction to History or Political Science (3 credits)
  • Economics (3 credits)
  • Humanities elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include Literature, Creative Writing, Philosophy, Ethics, Religious Studies, Select Fine Arts, Advanced Level Languages)
  • Social Science Elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include Cultural Studies, Anthropology, Government, American Studies, Women's Studies, Economics, Ethnic Studies, or an additional History or Political Science course)
  • Behavioral Science elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include any upper level psychology or sociology course)

Year I-Fall

PPW 340 U.S. Healthcare and Public Health Systems 3
PPW 330 Introduction to Patient Care I 3
PSW 300 Pharmaceutical Biochemistry I 2
PSW 311 Pharmaceutics I 3
PSW 350 Service and Care in the Community (a pass/fail course) 1
PPW 360 Pharmacy Law 2
Total Semester Hours 14

Year I-Spring

PPW 331 Introduction to Patient Care II 2
PPW 379 Drug Literature Evaluation & Informatics in Healthcare I 2
PSW 301 Biochemistry II/Nutrition 3
PSW 312 Pharmaceutical Calculations 2
PSW 312L
Pharmaceutics II with Lab  1
PSW 313 Pharmacokinetics/Biopharmaceutics 3
PSW 325 Introduction to Physiology/Pathophysiology 3
PPW 378 Pharmacy Administration/Pharmacoeconomics 2
PPW 411* Student Personal and Professional Development I 1
Total Semester Hours 19
*Delivered over the year I fall and spring semesters. Credit is awarded after the spring semester.  

Year 1-Summer

PPW 333 Introduction to Patient Care III (w/lab) 2
PPW 348 Self-Care Therapeutics/Pharmacotherapeutics I 3
PSW 385 Pharmacology/Toxicology/Medicinal Chemistry I 3
PSW 335 Human Physiology/Pathophysiology I 3
PPW 384 Drug Literature Evaluation and Informatics in Healthcare II 1

Elective 2
Total Semester Hours 14

Year II-Fall

PPW 401* Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences - Community (a pass/fail course) 4
PPW 402* Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences - Institutional (a pass/fail course) 4
PPW 460^ Ethics, Professionalism, and Leadership 2
PPW 440** Patient Care Seminar I 1
PPW 450** Pharmacotherapeutics II 4
PSW 445** Pharmacology/Toxicology/Medicinal Chemistry II 2
PSW 435** Human Physiology/Pathophysiology II 1
Total Semester Hours
* Four weeks ^14 weeks ** Six weeks

Year II-Spring

PPW 445 Patient Care Seminar II (w/lab) 2
PPW 453 Pharmacotherapeutics III 6
PSW 475 Pharmacology/Toxicology/Medicinal Chemistry III 7
PSW 470 Human Physiology and Pathophysiology III 2
PPW 412* Student Personal and Professional Development II 1

Elective 2
Total Semester Hours 20
 *Delivered over the year I summer and year II fall/spring semesters. Credit is awarded after the spring semester.  

Year II-Summer

PPW 448 Patient Care Seminar III (w/lab) 1
PPW 457 Pharmacotherapeutics IV 6
PSW 485 Pharmacology/Toxicology/Medicinal Chemistry IV 3
PSW 473 Pharmacogenomics 2
Total Semester Hours 12

Year III

PPWC 500* Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience 1 6
PPWC 501* Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience 2 6
PPWC 502* Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience 3 6
PPWC 503* Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience 4 6
PPWC 504* Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience 5 6
PPWC 505* Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience 6 6
PPWC 550 Graduate Project 2
PPW XXX Student Personal and Professional Development III 1
Total Semester Hours
*Six weeks each

Total credits required to complete degree requirements


Our students learn from faculty who are leaders in their fields and are committed to the success of each student. Discover our full list of Accelerated PharmD Faculty

The Accelerated PharmD Program uses electronic testing (ExamSoft/Examplify) for all courses and for administering the Pharmacy Curriculum Outcomes Assessment (PCOA) exam. All students are required to bring a laptop (Mac or PC) meeting the minimum specifications linked below in order for you to be able to sit for your exams and take the PCOA. When referring to the minimum specifications, take note of the requirements mentioning ExamID and ExamMonitor which require your electronic device to be equipped with a webcam and microphone. Please also note that, if fall classes are held remotely due to COVID-19 restrictions, a desktop computer may be used in place of the aforementioned laptop.

Each student will be required to purchase a privacy screen or privacy filter that fits their device.

PC Requirements

Mac Requirements


Improve health care by preparing graduates who can lead change and contribute to patient well-being; participate in interprofessional team-based care using knowledge, skills, abilities, behaviors, and attitudes that are consistent with professional expectations; and continuously advance their personal and professional development. The program is delivered by collaborative faculty who embrace program assessment and regularly engage in scholarship and service as part of their commitment to advancing knowledge and the pharmacy profession.


MCPHS School of Pharmacy Worcester/Manchester will be a community of educators, support staff, and students focused on promoting excellence in pharmaceutical education, research, and service.

Core Values

Our School believes that the following characteristics serve as an anchor for all activities and are integral to how we function.

  • Adaptability. Willfully responding to necessary changes in areas of responsibility to ensure continual provision of meaningful educational experiences that are consistent with changes in the profession and grounded in reflective practices.
  • Accountability. Demonstrating the willingness to adhere to commitments, to follow-through on promised deliverables, and to engage in self-reflection.
  • Excellence. Performing at a level that exceeds expectations.
  • Honesty. Utilizing self-reflection and demonstrating transparency in all activities.
  • Innovation. Willing to develop new solutions to address challenges.
  • Professionalism. Demonstrating integrity and engaging in conduct consistent with the expectations of the profession into which student pharmacists are striving to gain membership.
  • Respect. Treating others in a manner that values diverse viewpoints and backgrounds.
  • Collaboration. Working with community members to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Compassion. Embracing a spirit of caring for other members of our communities.

The curriculum for the Accelerated Doctor of Pharmacy program is student-centered and designed to prepare graduates to lead change and contribute to improving healthcare and patient well-being. Our Curriculum Outcomes answer the question: What should a graduate of the Accelerated Doctor of Pharmacy program know, be able to do, and value?

Category Value

Number of degrees conferred (class of 2020)


On-time graduation rate (3-year) 


Graduates entering post-graduate training (residency or fellowship)


 NAPLEX passing rate for first time takers
(published on the NABP website)

Class of 2019: 74.8%

The Doctor of Pharmacy, Accelerated program on the Worcester and Manchester campuses are 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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