Doctor of Pharmacy (Accelerated PharmD)

Location: Worcester and Manchester
Start Term: Fall

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 accelerated, full-time 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.

We prioritize the review and admission of applications submitted earlier in our rolling admission process, so it is to your advantage to submit your application as soon as possible.

All applicants are automatically considered for scholarship with their application. We have a rolling admission process, and the sooner you submit your application, the more favorably you will be considered both for admission and scholarship.

February 1 - Decision deadline for fall applicants

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.

Required Courses For Students with a U.S. or Canadian Bachelor's Degree:

  • General Biology I & II with lab (8 credits)
  • General Chemistry I & II with lab (8 credits)
  • Microbiology with lab (3 credits)
  • Organic Chemistry I & II with lab (8 credits)
  • Calculus (3 credits)
  • Math or Computer Science Elective (3 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits) (Acceptable substitutions include Basic Statistics, Biostatistics, Psychological Statistics, Economic Statistics)
  • Physics with lab (3 credits)

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, 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)
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 Biochemistry I 2
PSW 311 Pharmaceutics 3
PSW 323 Immunology 2
PPW 350 Service and Care in the Community (a pass/fail course) 1
PSW 360 Pharmacy Law 2
PSW 380 Dean’s Seminar 0
Total Semester Hours 16

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 Pharmaceutics II (w/ lab) 2
PSW 313 Pharmacokinetics/Biopharmaceutics 3
PSW 335 Introduction to Physiology/Pathophysiology 2
PPW 378 Pharmacy Administration/Pharmacoeconomics 3
Total Semester Hours 17

Year I-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 435 Human Physiology and Pathophysiology I 2
PPW 384 Drug Literature Evaluation and Informatics in Healthcare II 1
Elective 2
Total Semester Hours 13

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
PPW 325** Human Physiology and Pathophysiology II 1
Total Semester Hours
* Four weeks ^14 weeks ** Six weeks
18

Year II-Spring

PPW xxx Patient Care Seminar II (w/lab) 2
PPW xxx Pharmacotherapeutics III 6
PPW xxx Pharmacology / Toxicology / Medicinal Chemistry III 7
PSW xxx Human Physiology and Pathophysiology III 2

Elective 2
Total Semester Hours 19

Year II-Summer

PPW xxx Patient Care Seminar III (w/lab) 2
PPW xxx Pharmacotherapeutics IV 5
PSW xxx Pharmacology / Toxicology / Medicinal Chemistry IV 3
PSW xxx 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 Course 2
Total Semester Hours
*Six weeks each
38

Total credits required to complete degree requirements

133

 

 

 

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Laptop Requirements

Beginning Fall 2017, the Accelerated PharmD Program will be using ExamSoft (electronic testing software) in all classes and also administering the Pharmacy Curriculum Outcomes Assessment (PCOA) exam. All students are required to bring a laptop meeting the minimum specifications below in order for you to be able to sit for your exams and also take the PCOA. Please note, the laptop must be a Mac or PC that meet the minimum specifications listed below in order to use both ExamSoft and the PCOA. Either a Surface Pro or an iPad are not supported by the PCOA.

PC Requirements

Mac Requirements

Mission Statement

MCPHS University School of Pharmacy-Worcester/Manchester educates students to become competent pharmacists, capable of providing contemporary pharmacy care to patients in all practice areas and in collaboration with other healthcare providers. The school provides an accelerated learner-centered environment that promotes critical thinking, problem solving, communication skills development, scholarship, professionalism, and a spirit of caring and responsibility through the use of innovative and creative teaching methods, state-of-the-art technology, and an expert, dynamic and diverse faculty.

Core Values

The School of Pharmacy - Worcester/Manchester embraces the following set of core values that reflect commitment to the faculty and staff and to preparing competent, caring, ethical pharmacy professionals to meet the public's need for high quality health care.

  • Honesty, integrity, professionalism, and personal responsibility
  • Respect for diversity and appreciation of cross-cultural perspectives

  • Adaptability and flexibility in response to the ever-changing external environment

  • Effective and efficient use of resources to maximize value to those we serve

  • Excellence and innovation in pharmacy education, scholarship, and service (including outreach to the community)

  • A productive, satisfying work and learning environment

  • Integration of the pharmaceutical sciences with professional studies

  • Scholarship that contributes to knowledge development, improvement of pharmacy education, and promotion of pharmacy care and health outcomes

  • Experiences which foster interprofessional collaboration among health care team members delivering patient-centered care

  • Leadership opportunities that advance personal and professional goals

  • Lifelong learning and continuing professional development

  • Retention, development, and engagement of students and alumni

  • Growth and development of certificate programs, dual degrees, and postgraduate training opportunities

Curricular Outcomes

The curriculum for the Accelerated Doctor of Pharmacy program was designed to be relevant to the lives of our students as future pharmacists and citizens in a diverse world. Our curricular outcomes address the main question: What should a graduate of the Accelerated Doctor of Pharmacy program know, be able to do, and value?

Strategic Plan

MCPHS University School of Pharmacy-Worcester/Manchester  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-Worcester/Manchester Strategic Plan

Number of Degrees Conferred (Class of 2017)

263

On-time (3-year) Graduation Rate

78.95%

Graduates entering post-graduate training (Residency or Fellowship)

7.6%

First time pass rate on 2016 NAPLEX

64.39%

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.

 

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