School of Pharmacy

Cooperative Education Program

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All students majoring in Pharmacy, participate in the Cooperative Education Program (co-op). At Northeastern, co-op fulfills the Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) that is required in all pharmacy curriculum. Students are required to complete both a community and an institutional experience. Students who complete these requirements are eligible to utilize a third co-op for study abroad, international co-op, research, or a specialized pharmacy experience. Some examples are pharmaceutical industry, managed care, compounding, informatics, and nuclear pharmacy. Two full-time faculty, both licensed pharmacists, are responsible for the introductory experience curriculum.

All students are required to participate in a course: Introduction to Pharmacy Practice. This course introduces students to the world of work in pharmacy, professional behaviors, and basic introductory pharmacy practice skills.

Students work in a variety of positions throughout the greater Boston area during co-op and are also able in most cases to obtain positions close to home. All these experiences help students to learn and develop practice skills, expose them to the culture of health care, and to different career paths within pharmacy. The introductory experiences are essential in preparing students for their Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE). See the School of Pharmacy Office of Experiential Education for further information.



Pharmacy Co-op Dates
Fall 2013  9/3/13 – 12/31/13
Spring 2014 1/2/14 – 5/2/14
Summer 2014
5/5/14 – 8/29/14


Contact Information

Professor Mark L. Yorra, MS, MHP, RPh, Ed.D
Professor Robert J. Blaser, MS, RPh

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Contact Info

Co-op Education Office
140 The Fenway Room R130A

Boston, MA 02115
Tel: 617.373.3433
Fax: 617.373.7504

Other Information


Click here to post a co-op job
Please select Bouvé Health Sciences, then Robert Blaser or Mark Yorra in the drop down box. Note that the information will be reviewed by the co-op faculty and if approved for a co-op position, you will be contacted.