Northeastern offers a 0 – 6 (early assurance) pathway for freshman admission and undergraduate transfer admission. Seats are also available for direct-entry admission into the first professional (P1) year of the program.

Distinctive Features

  • Co-op / Experiential Learning

    Co-op / Experiential Learning

    The school is affiliated with many world-class practice sites in metropolitan Boston and throughout the United States

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  • Student Experience

    Student Experience

    Our students have the opportunity to participate in lab-based and field research, Global Experiences, Leadership, Political Advocacy

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    Quality Indicators

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    Quality Indicators

Pharmacists are professionals who have studied drug development, use and distribution. Pharmacists work with physicians and other health-care professionals to create, implement, and monitor drug treatment plans. Pharmacists require clinical drug therapy knowledge, excellent critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as effective communication capability.

Northeastern University Bouvé College of Health Sciences provides a unique educational experience, combining the best in classroom, laboratory and experiential learning under the direction of a world class faculty, right in the heart of Boston.

Admissions

I am a high school student

Most of our PharmD students are admitted as freshmen directly from high school via our 0-6 (early assurance) admission pathway.

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I have a bachelor’s degree and prerequisite courses

If you have earned a bachelor’s degree and have completed all required pre-pharmacy coursework, you may apply for admission into the first professional (P1) year of the PharmD program via the PharmCAS application. If you are interested in direct-entry admission:

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Prerequisites

Pre-requisites required for Direct-Entry into first professional (P1) year of the program

Matriculating students (via this admission pathway) will be considered by the university to be graduate students for all four professional years (P1 through P4) of the PharmD program, and will be held to expectations associated with such status. **See note below regarding course equivalency determination

Prerequisites For Fall of 2015 Admission Semester Hours Pre-requisites
General Chemistry I with Lab 4
General Chemistry II with Lab 4
General Biology I with Lab 4
General Biology II with Lab 4
Calculus 4
General Psychology 4
English – Writing Intensive Course 4
Arts or Humanities Elective 4
Organic Chemistry I with Lab 4
Organic Chemistry II with Lab 4
Human Physiology I with Lab 4
Human Physiology II with Lab 4
Biochemistry 4
Physics with Lab 4
TOTAL PREREQUISITE CREDIT HOURS 56

** If you would like to see if a course you have taken has already been evaluated for equivalency by Northeastern University, please visit our equivalency data base link: http://neubos3ss375v.nunet.neu.edu/transfercredit/TransferCreditevaluatedstudent2.asp

Note: Due to the volume of applications and coursework received, we will evaluate equivalencies of coursework only after a student has been admitted to the program.

I have college prerequisite courses

If you have completed some pre-pharmacy coursework or have completed all required pre-pharmacy coursework but do not have a bachelor’s degree, you may be considered for transfer admission through our undergraduate admission process. Transfer students are accepted during the fall term only. The Northeastern University Undergraduate Admission website has more information, including required application materials and application deadlines.

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Prerequisites

Pre-requisites required for Direct-Entry into first professional (P1) year of the program

If admitted as an undergraduate transfer student, placement in the PharmD program will be determined after admission, and after review of completed pre-requisite coursework. Transfer student are accepted for start in the fall term only.
(**see note below regarding course equivalency determination)

Prerequisites For Fall of 2015 Admission Semester Hours Pre-requisites
General Chemistry I with Lab 4
General Chemistry II with Lab 4
General Biology I with Lab 4
General Biology II with Lab 4
Calculus 4
General Psychology 4
English – Writing Intensive Course 4
Arts or Humanities Elective 4
Organic Chemistry I with Lab 4
Organic Chemistry II with Lab 4
Human Physiology I with Lab 4
Human Physiology II with Lab 4
Biochemistry 4
Physics with Lab 4
TOTAL PREREQUISITE CREDIT HOURS 56

** If you would like to see if a course you have taken has already been evaluated for equivalency by Northeastern University, please visit our equivalency data base link: http://neubos3ss375v.nunet.neu.edu/transfercredit/TransferCreditevaluatedstudent2.asp

Note: Due to the volume of applications and coursework received, we will evaluate equivalencies of coursework only after a student has been admitted to the program.

Experiential Learning

Cooperative education (Co-op), a program unique among US schools of pharmacy, provides for up to 48 weeks of full-time practical experience, that satisfy the Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) requirement of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). The school is affiliated with many world-class practice sites in metropolitan Boston and throughout the United States, providing students with access to experienced clinicians and scholars.

Sample Curriculum

The Doctor of Pharmacy program provides a foundation of basic science and targeted liberal arts course work, a comprehensive, integrated professional course curriculum and extensive professional work experience that prepares students for work in a wide variety of pharmacy practice settings.

Sample PharmD Curriculum Plan for the 0 - 6 Students
  • Fall Semester

    • General Chemistry 1 / Lab / Recitation
    • General Biology 1 / Lab
    • Foundations of Psychology
    • College Writing
    • College: An Introduction

  • Spring Semester

    • General Chemistry 2 / Lab / Recitation
    • General Biology 2 / Lab
    • Calculus 1
    • Arts or Humanities Elective
    • Introduction to the Profession of Pharmacy

  • Fall Semester

    • Organic Chemistry 1 / Lab / Recitation
    • Human Physiology 1 / Lab
    • Physics for Pharmacy / Lab
    • Comparative Study of Cultures Elective

  • Spring Semester

    • Organic Chemistry 2 / Lab / Recitation
    • Human Physiology 2 / Lab
    • Intro to Pharmacy Practice / Lab
    • General Elective

  • Summer Semester

    • Coop / Experiential Learning

  • Fall Semester

    • Biochemistry
    • Advanced Writing in the Health Professions
    • Pharmacology / Medicinal Chemistry 1
    • Pharmaceutics 1 / Lab

  • Spring Semester

    • Coop / Experiential Learning

  • Summer Semester

    • Health Care Systems
    • Educational/Behavioral Interventions
    • Pharmacology / Medicinal Chemistry 2
    • Pharmaceutics 2 / Lab

  • Fall Semester

    • Coop / Experiential Learning

  • Spring Semester

    • Pharmacokinetics and Biopharmaceutics
    • Immunology
    • Research Methodology and Biostatistics
    • Comprehensive Disease Management 1
    • Comprehensive Disease Management Seminar 1
    • Seminar Elective/Capstone

  • Summer Semester

    • Anti-Infectives
    • Drug Literature and Evaluation
    • Pharmacy Jurisprudence
    • Comprehensive Disease Management 2
    • Comprehensive Disease Management 2 Seminar
    • Comprehensive Disease Managment Skills Lab
    • Elective/Capstone

  • Fall Semester

    • Comprehensive Disease Management 3
    • Comprehensive Disease Management 3 Seminar
    • Comprehensive Disease Management 3 Skills Lab
    • Pharmacy Care Management
    • APPE Prep 1
    • Elective/Capstone
    • Elective/Capstone

  • Spring Semester

    • Comprehensive Disease Management 4
    • Comprehensive Disease Management 4 Seminar
    • Comprehensive Disease Management 4 Skills Lab
    • Economic Evaluation
    • APPE Prep 2
    • Elective/Capstone
    • Elective/Capstone

  • Summer Semester

    • Advanced Practice Experience (APPE)

    6 six-week APPEs assigned over the one year time period

  • Fall Semester

    • Advanced Practice Experience (APPE)

  • Spring Semester

    • Advanced Practice Experience (APPE)

BS degree awarded after completion of spring of year 5. PharmD degree awarded after completion of spring of year 6.

Sample Direct Entry PharmD Curriculum Plan

For students entering the program as direct-entry students.

  • Fall Semester

    • Intro to Pharm Practice / Lab
    • PCOL/Medchem I
    • Pharmaceutics I/Lab
    • Elective

  • Spring Semester

    • Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE)/Co-op

  • Summer Semester

    • Health Care Systems
    • Educational/Behav Interventions w/ Lab
    • PCOL/Medchem II
    • Pharmaceutics II / Lab

  • Fall Semester

    • Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE)/Co-op

  • Spring Semester

    • Biopharm/Kinetics
    • Immunology
    • Research Methodology & Biostat
    • Comp Dis Mgmt (CDM) 1 / Sem
    • Elective/Capstone

  • Summer Semester

    • Antiinfectives
    • Drug Literature Evaluation
    • Pharmacy Jurisprudence
    • CDM 2 / Seminar / Skills Lab
    • Elective/Capstone

CDM = Comprehensive Disease Management Course Sequence

  • Fall Semester

    • CDM 3 / Seminar / Skills Lab
    • Pharmacy Care Management
    • APPE Prep 1
    • Elective/Capstone
    • Elective/Capstone

  • Spring Semester

    • CDM 4 / Seminar / Skills Lab Economic Evaluation
    • APPE Prep 2 Elective/Capstone Elective/Capstone

  • Summer Semester

    • Advanced Practice Experience (APPE)

    Students will complete 6 six-week rotations in the last year totaling 36 SH. Rotations will be assigned.

CDM = Comprehensive Disease Management Course Sequence

  • Fall Semester

    • Advanced Practice Experience (APPE)

  • Spring Semester

    • Advanced Practice Experience (APPE)

Other Info

Technical Standards for the Doctor of Pharmacy Program

The Doctor of Pharmacy program at Northeastern University is a rigorous and challenging academic program that requires students to possess specific characteristics and abilities within the cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains, referred to here as technical standards. To successfully progress in and ultimately complete the didactic, laboratory and experiential components of the Doctor of Pharmacy program, students must meet the following standards:

Intellectual Abilities
Students must have well-developed problem solving and critical thinking skills. Cognitive function must be appropriate to integrate, evaluate and apply information gained through measurement, analysis, calculation, and reasoning. Students must have the capacity to learn efficiently in classroom, laboratory, small group, and experiential settings, and through independent study. Students are required to demonstrate the ability to integrate course content knowledge with clinical practice applications to optimize medication therapy management.

Communication Skills
Students must be able to communicate effectively with colleagues, professors, patients, families, and healthcare providers. This includes efficiently comprehending, speaking, reading, and writing in English. Students must be able to process and use appropriate non-verbal cues and be proficient in the use of electronic communication media.

Behavioral and Social Attributes
Students must demonstrate maturity, integrity, honesty, compassion, and respect when relating to others. Students must have sufficient mental and emotional health to complete work and responsibilities using good judgment. Students must be able to tolerate and adapt to stressful workloads and situations, and modify behavior based on constructive criticism. Students must be able to function in accordance with the legal and ethical standards of practice.

Observation and Motor Skills
Students must have functional use of visual, auditory, and tactile senses. Students must be able to observe and perform experiments, physical assessments, patient interviews, and medication order processing. Students must be able to distinguish physical characteristics of medications by inspection. Students must have coordination of gross and fine muscular movements sufficient to perform pharmacy-related tasks including compounding and dispensing medications, administering medications, and using computers and other technology necessary for learning and professional practice.

Computer Requirements for PharmD Program

School of Pharmacy students must have a current laptop computer (see below for suggested specifications) during the professional years of the program (P1 – P4 years).

Pharmacy educators and pharmacy practitioners depend on graduates being functional users of information technology and networked information resources. Pharmacists rely extensively on information systems in the provision of patient care. Our school of pharmacy will ensure that students are well-prepared to optimally use information technologies for life-long learning, professional practice and research.

Laptop computers are used for a variety of tasks including, but not limited to: Conducting on-line research; corresponding via email; completion of course evaluations; in-class electronic testing; presentation design development and delivery; accessing and downloading of on-line course materials; installation of prescription software; accessing electronic medical records; submission and review of portfolios; transmission and access to general course work, laboratory and seminar information; and submission of assignments. Each year, new uses are integrated into the curriculum.

New computer purchase recommendations and options may be found at http://www.northeastern.edu/resnet/?p=394 Netbooks and Ultrabooks are acceptable to meet the laptop requirement. In addition to outlined specifications, battery life of at least four hours may be necessary for computer use for electronic testing or in laboratories and seminar rooms.

iPads and other tablets can to used to satisfy many, but not all of the programmatic requirements, therefore, students can consider them as optional devices in addition to the laptop.

PharmD Program Quality Indicators
ACPE Accreditation

Accreditation Status

The Northeastern University School of Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the national agency for the accreditation of professional degree programs in pharmacy education in the United States. The next on- site evaluation of the School of Pharmacy for purposes of accreditation review is scheduled to occur during the 2015-16 academic year. Policies and regulations pertaining to the accreditation process are available on the ACPE website (www.acpe-accredit.org) or by calling their office at 312-664-3575.

Naplex Passing Rates for First Attempts

2013 Graduating Class Pass Rate0%
2012 Graduating Class Pass Rate0%

Residency and Fellowship Placements

2014 Graduating Class
44 Residencies
7 Fellowships

2013 Graduating Class
42 Residencies
4 Fellowships

On-Time Graduate Rate

155 students entered the first professional year of the program in 2010 (as the class of 2014)

Graduated On-Time0%
Still Enrolled0%

Co-operative Education Program

Students in the PharmD program participate in Northeastern University’s signature cooperative education (co-op) program, which provides up to three 4-month full-time work experiences alternating with full-time campus-based academic work. The school offers the only pharmacy co-op program in the country. Northeastern is affiliated with many world-class practice sites in Metropolitan Boston and throughout the United States, providing students with access to experienced clinicians and scholars in quality health care settings.

Curricular Outcomes for the Doctor of Pharmacy program

The goal of the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum is to prepare graduates for the present and future practice of pharmacy and the advancement of the profession by providing a strong foundation in science and practice that stresses integration and application. Graduates will be prepared to deliver patient-centered, evidence-based medication therapy management, work as members of inter- professional teams, and make significant contributions to contemporary health care environments.

Upon completion of the Doctor of Pharmacy Program at Northeastern University, a graduate will:

Conceptual, Scientific and Mathematical Foundations

  • Demonstrate evidence-based knowledge of the scientific foundations of medication therapy management
  • Apply scientific knowledge and principles of biological sciences, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacogenomics to the design of rational therapeutic strategies
  • Design and modify therapeutic strategies based on scientific evidence to optimize medication therapy management
  • Relate knowledge of drug discovery, development and approval processes to the introduction of new drugs into clinical practice
  • Apply quantitative principles in the calculations of compounding, dosing and pharmacokinetics

Communication

  • Use communication and information technology effectively and appropriately
  • Retrieve, analyze, interpret, synthesize, and manage professional, lay, and scientific
    information and literature
  • Collaborate and communicate with patients, care-givers, and other members of an inter-
    professional health care team.
  • Demonstrate compassion and cultural competency when interacting with patients, families,
    and other health care professionals

Pharmacotherapy Management

  • Design, implement, monitor, evaluate, modify, and document patient-specific, outcomes- based therapeutic regimens in cooperation with patients and other health care providers and in accordance with established, evidence-based standards of practice
  • Plan and perform ongoing patient evaluations to identify, assess, and resolve drug-related problems and implement changes in the medication therapy management plan
  • Counsel and educate patients to promote adherence to pharmacotherapy management plans and improve outcomes
  • Ensure that medication therapy management is provided in the context of patient-specific cultural, economic, and quality of life factors, while balancing individual, health care system, and society needs

Systems Management

  • Accurately and safely prepare, dispense, and administer medications according to state and federal laws and regulations
  • Manage systems for acquisition, storage, preparation, and dispensing of medications, and supervise technical personnel who may be involved in such processes
  • Contribute to continuous quality improvements of a health care system with emphasis on the reduction of medical and medication errors
  • Demonstrate project management skills including project design, implementation, and control

Public and Population Health

  • Identify health needs of populations and develop strategies to improve the health of those populations
  • Promote health improvement, wellness, and disease prevention in cooperation with patients, communities, at-risk populations, and other members of an inter-professional health care team

Personal and Professional Development

  • Demonstrate critical thinking, self-reflection, and problem-solving abilities
  • Demonstrate professional, interpersonal, and leadership skills
  • Exhibit ethical behavior and resolve dilemmas that arise in the pharmacy practice setting
    based on ethical principles
  • Actively participate in the pharmacy community through involvement in professional
    organizations and societies
  • Demonstrate a personal commitment to social responsibility and service
  • Maintain and enhance professional competence through a commitment to life-long learning

Accreditation InformationSchool of Pharmacy Contacts
Accreditation
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Contact Info

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617.373.7000
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