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Non-Traditional Doctor of Pharmacy (NTDP)

Location: Online
Start Term: Fall

The Non-Traditional Doctor of Pharmacy (NTDP) is designed for U.S. licensed pharmacists (graduates of a U.S. or international school of pharmacy) who would like to advance their careers by earning their Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree.

This 24-month online program is part-time, allowing pharmacists to continue to practice while earning their PharmD degree. Most experiential work can be fulfilled through the student’s current work site. A four-week clinical rotation is required at the end of the program and completed in the state in which they are licensed.

An in-person orientation is required for all new students prior to fall enrollment on the Boston campus in early August. Additionally, one in-person campus visit is required per semester in Phase II of the curriculum.

While there is no specific prerequisite coursework that must be completed prior to admission, all applicants to this program must:

  • Have a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from a U.S. accredited college or university or have graduated from a recognized/accredited school of pharmacy in a non-U.S. country.
  • Have licensure to practice pharmacy in the United States
  • Be employed in a patient-care setting

Application Requirements

  • Completed MCPHS Graduate Application
  • Official transcript from the college where your BS in Pharmacy was earned.
  • Official transcripts from non-U.S. secondary schools, colleges, or universities must also be sent to World Education Services or Educational Credential Evaluators for a course-by-course evaluation.
  • Photocopy of an active pharmacist license
  • Current resume
  • Personal Statement (500-1,000 words)
  • One professional letter of recommendation

Once all required materials are received, your application will be reviewed by the Admission Committee. Materials can be sent to the address below. Required supporting materials may be emailed to

MCPHS Admission Office
179 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115


Phase I — Fall

PPB 600 Principles of Pharmaceutical Care 3
PSB 421 Pharmacoepidemiology 2
Total 5

Phase I — Spring

PPB 672  Drug Literature Resources and Evaluation 3
PPB 681  Clinical Pharmacokinetics 2
Total 5

Phase II — Summer

PPB 623 Pharmacotherapeutics I 5
PPB 623A Pharmacotherapeutics Practice I 1
Total 6

Phase II — Fall

PPB 625 Pharmacotherapeutics II 6
PPB 625A Pharmacotherapeutics Practice II 1
Total 7

Phase II — Spring

PPB 633 Pharmacotherapeutics III 6
PPB 633A Pharmacotherapeutics Practice III 1
Total Semester Credit Hours 7

Phase II — Summer

PPB 668A Pharmacotherapeutics Practice IV** 4
PPB 668 Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience*** 3
Total 7

Total 37 credit hours

  • Didactic – 27 credit hours
  • Experiential – 10 credit hours
Online tuition is calculated at a cost-per-credit rate based on the program you choose and the number of credits for which you register. Learn more about Online tuition and fees here.

MCPHS University – Boston School of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy program is 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:


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Bisni Narayanan, full-time pharmacist and mother of two, needed a flexible schedule to fulfill her PharmD degree.

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