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Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) — Postbaccalaureate Pathway

Location: Online
Start Term: Fall

As a pharmacist, you are part of patients’ daily lives and pivotal healthcare moments. This program allows U.S.-licensed practicing pharmacists who have already earned a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy to advance their careers by earning the terminal PharmD degree.

This part-time program is offered online for practicing pharmacists who wish to continue to practice while earning their PharmD. Most experiential work can be fulfilled through the student’s current work site. And students are assigned to a required four-week clinical rotation at the end of the program.

Attendance at an in-person orientation on the Boston campus in early August is required for all new students prior to Fall enrollment.

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 an accredited college or university
  • Have licensure to practice pharmacy in the United States
  • Be employed in a patient-care setting

Application Requirements

  • Completed MCPHS 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 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 1 — Fall

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

Phase 2 — Spring

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

Phase III — Summer

PPB 623 Pharmacotherapeutics I* 5
PPB 623A Pharmacotherapeutics Practice I** 1
Total Semester Credit Hours 6

Phase III — Fall

PPB 625 Pharmacotherapeutics II* 6
PPB 625A Pharmacotherapeutics Practice II** 1
Total Semester Credit Hours 7

Phase III — Spring

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

Phase III — Summer

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

Total semester hours to complete degree requirements: 37

* Pharmacotherapeutics I, II, III (17 semester hours)

Three pharmacotherapy courses employ a problem-based approach to pharmacotherapy that involves lectures, literature review, and faculty case discussions. Lectures and faculty discussion are conducted online using textual and audio presentations and interactive discussions. One on-campus meeting will occur each semester for faculty review and student presentations.

**Pharmacotherapeutics Practice I, II, III, IV (7 semester hours)

Following lectures and faculty discussion, practitioners are asked to apply the therapeutic information to patients using patients from their worksites (~ 5 hours per week in direct patient care activities at an approved worksite are required). Efforts are directed at determining appropriate pharmacotherapeutic care plans and detecting and solving patient drug-related problems through a series of evaluations and interventions. Each student is assigned a faculty preceptor who will evaluate and guide the student through patient care assignments and project work each semester.

Students are also expected to lead case discussions among their classmates and participate in others presentations. Two case presentations are expected each semester. One will be presented online and the second live at the campus-based meetings.

***Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (3 semester hours)

The Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience consists of a four-week, full-time clinical rotation under the supervision of an MCPHS University preceptor. 

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:

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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