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Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) — Accelerated

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 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.

Admission Deadlines

September 3 – Early Decision Application deadline for fall applicants.

If MCPHS is your first choice for your Doctor of Pharmacy degree, then you can choose Early Decision when you apply. If admitted, you are committed to enrolling at MCPHS. Applying Early Decision will give you earlier access to interviewing for the program, earlier decision notification, and earlier consideration for scholarships. Please contact the Admission Office if you have any questions about Early Decision or to help determine if it is the right fit for you.

February 3 - 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:

  • 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)

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 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 (a pass/fail course) 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 


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 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 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
PPW 475 Pharmacology/Toxicology/Medicinal Chemistry III 7
PSW 470 Human Physiology and Pathophysiology III 2

Elective 2
Total Semester Hours 19

Year II-Summer

PPW 448 Patient Care Seminar III (w/lab) 2
PPW 457 Pharmacotherapeutics IV 5
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
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 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 or Ipad meeting the minimum specifications below in order for you to be able to sit for your exams and also take the PCOA.

Each student will be required to purchase a Privacy Screen or Privacy Filter that fits on their PC, MAC or tablet.

PC Requirements

Mac Requirements

Ipad 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

Category Value

Number of degrees conferred (class of 2019)


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 2018: 77.45%

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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Career Pathways for Pharmacists

Female pharmacist working with dog and dog's owner in pharmacy.

Career opportunities in pharmacy extend far beyond the retail counter.