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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.

July 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:

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

  • 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 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 

P1-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 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
18

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) 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
Total Semester Hours
*Six weeks each
38

Total credits required to complete degree requirements

133

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. All students must bring a laptop or iPad meeting the minimum specifications below in order to sit for these exams. During the program, all student must also sit for the required national standardized Pharmacy Curriculum Outcomes Assessment (PCOA). This exam must be taken on a laptop (not an iPad).

PC Requirements

Mac Requirements

If you choose to purchase an iPad in addition to a laptop, it must meet the minimum specifications below.

Ipad Requirements

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

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 2019)

n=270

On-time graduation rate (3-year) 

78.7%

Graduates entering post-graduate training (residency or fellowship)

11.1%

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: 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.

 

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