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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 (www.wes.org) or Education Credential Evaluators (www.ece.org). 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 effective beginning fall 2022:

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)

A transfer student is any student who 1) was or is enrolled in an ACPE-accredited Doctor of Pharmacy degree program and 2) seeks to apply credits from that program to the SOP-W/M Doctor of Pharmacy program.

The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Standard 16 (Admissions), Key Element 16.8 (Transfer and waiver policies) states that: A college or school offering multiple professional degree programs, or accepting transfer students from other schools or colleges of pharmacy, establishes and implements policies and procedures for students who request to transfer credits between programs. Such policies and procedures are based on defensible assessments of course equivalency.

Due to the highly integrated and sequential nature of the didactic and experiential components of the SOP-W/M Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum, the School will consider requests for transfer of credits only on a case-by-case basis. Because curricula in Doctor of Pharmacy programs vary greatly, students might not transfer at the same level achieved in the previous program. Transfer applicants will only be admitted as an incoming professional first-year (P1) student.

Acceptance of transfer students is dependent upon the applicant's qualifications, the curricular compatibility of prior coursework to the required SOP-W/M Doctor of Pharmacy coursework, and space availability in the SOP-W/M Doctor of Pharmacy program. Application of transfer credit may require passing a competency exam.

Consideration will only be given to students who are in good academic, professional, and ethical standing at an ACPE-accredited School of Pharmacy. Applicants must meet the same prerequisites and requirements applied to all SOP-W/M Doctor of Pharmacy applicants and provide legitimate reasons for seeking transfer. Credits accepted for transfer must have been awarded from an ACPE-accredited school of pharmacy within the year prior to matriculation into the SOP-W/M Doctor of Pharmacy program.

The SOP-W/M will review transfer applicants through submission of a complete PharmCAS application. Applicants seeking transfer must also submit the following supplemental documentation.

  • A letter from the Dean of the Doctor of Pharmacy program in which the applicant is/was enrolled. The letter must summarize the applicant's credentials and verify that the applicant is in good academic, professional, and ethical standing and is eligible to continue in or return to that program.
  • A formal request for transfer outlining circumstances for seeking a transfer.

SOP-W/M may request a syllabus for each pharmacy course completed in the current/previous Doctor of Pharmacy program. Applicants should not submit course syllabi unless requested.

Decision on transfer applications are made by the SOP-W/M Admissions Committee. This committee may also seek consultation with the SOP-W/M Curriculum Committee.

All applicants are reviewed in the same holistic manner regardless of whether or not they are transfer applicants. Qualified transfer applicants must participate in the School's formal interview process.

COURSE TITLE S.H.

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
PPW 411  Student Personal and Professional Development I
(continues in Year I - spring)
0
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
PPW 412 Student Personal and Professional Development II
(continues in Year II – fall/spring)
0
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
PPW 412 Student Personal and Professional Development II
(continues in Year II – spring)
0
Total Semester Hours
* Four weeks ^14 weeks ** Six weeks
18

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
PSW 413 Applied Clinical Pharmacokinetics  1
PPW 413 Student Personal and Professional Development III (continues in Year III) 0
Total Semester Hours 13

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 413 Student Personal and Professional Development III 1
Total Semester Hours
*Six weeks each
39

Total credits required to complete degree requirements

137

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.

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

PC Requirements

Mac Requirements

Mission

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.

Vision

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 2021)

n=213

On-time graduation rate (3-year) 

80.9%

Graduates entering post-graduate training (residency or fellowship)

9.9%

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

Class of 2020: 73.3%

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: www.acpe-accredit.org.

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.

In conjunction with the applicable academic and accreditation standards, the faculty in each of the programs at MCPHS has established certain abilities and characteristics defined as technical standards. Candidates for enrollment in programs at MCPHS must meet these technical standards, which may include but are not limited to observation, communication, sensory and motor coordination and function, intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative abilities, and behavioral and social attributes. These standards may be met with or without reasonable accommodations.

 

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