I have a bachelor’s degree and prerequisite courses
If you have earned a bachelor’s degree and will have completed all required pre-pharmacy coursework by the summer of 2018, 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:
Transcripts must be submitted directly to PharmCAS
Any foreign coursework must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES) Inc. and submitted directly to PharmCAS
Northeastern deadline is February 1, 2018
PCAT EXAM (Pharmacy College Admission Test)
Scores must be submitted directly to PharmCAS (use PCAT score code 104)
Register for exam here. Test must be taken no later than February 2018
Bachelor’s degree (in any field/major) must be completed no later than summer 2018
Preferred completion by spring of 2018, with allowance for some coursework in summer of 2018
Students may apply while coursework is in progress
THREE LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
Must be submitted directly to PharmCAS
At least one of the three letters must be from a science professor OR a pharmacist
Pre-requisites required for Direct-Entry into first professional (P1) year of the program
* Only grades of C (2.0) or higher are acceptable to fulfill a prerequisite course. An overall prerequisite science grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 is preferred.
Prerequisites For Fall of 2018 Admission
Semester Hours Pre-requisites
General Chemistry I with Lab
General Chemistry II with Lab
General Biology I with Lab
General Biology II with Lab
English – Writing Intensive Course
Arts or Humanities Elective
Organic Chemistry I with Lab
Organic Chemistry II with Lab
Human Physiology I with Lab *
Human Physiology II with Lab *
Physics with Lab
TOTAL PREREQUISITE CREDIT HOURS
Students may apply while coursework is in progress – all prerequisites and bachelor’s degree need to be completed by end of summer term of 2018 for admission in fall of 2018. Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II (with lab) sequence may be considered to fulfill Human Physiology I and II requirement. AP credit for coursework will be considered if listed on transcript and accepted by the undergraduate institution.
Transcripts in languages other than English must be submitted for verification through World Education Services (WES) Inc. A course-by-course GPA and degree equivalency evaluation is required and must be submitted through PharmCAS application.
Note: Due to the volume of applications and coursework received, we will evaluate equivalencies of coursework only after a student has applied to the program. Final review occurs as part of the admission process.
I have some college coursework and am interested in undergraduate transfer admission
Students may apply for UNDERGRADUATE TRANSFERadmission into the pharmacy major. Students admitted via this pathway will be required to complete at least 12 semester hours of science prerequisite coursework at Northeastern, and must meet all other progression requirements before being considered for admission into the first professional (P1) year of the PharmD program. The Northeastern University Undergraduate Admission website has more information, including required application materials and application deadlines.
Transfer students are admitted as undergraduate pharmacy majors and must complete at least 12 semester hours of the science courses listed below at Northeastern University. Transfer students are accepted and start in the fall term only. A typical undergraduate transfer student will have completed one year of study at their current institution (or about half or more of the credits required below) and will complete remaining requirements at Northeastern. Students cannot be admitted directly into the first professional (P1) year via this admission pathway.
(**see note below regarding course equivalency determination and links to progression requirements)
Prerequisites For Doctor of Pharmacy Program – Early Assurance
Note: Students admitted as early-assurance students must successfully complete all required progression requirements in order to enter the P1 year. Please see the Northeastern catalogue for complete details (see Undergraduate Full-Time Day Programs Catalogue for the current academic year).
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.
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.
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 Coursework for Early Assurance Students
Advance Practice Pharmacy Experiences consist of 6 six-week rotations assigned over the one year time period above.
Curriculum subject to change
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:
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.
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.
Current software requirements for all pharmacy students include (you do not need to download the software until your instructors provide you with instructions to do so):
Computers should have a PDF reader available to open cases loaded in ExamSoft software
Citrix receiver client to connect to Meditech software (see systems requirements under http://www.citrix.com/downloads). Meditech used as electronic medical record software in courses and labs.
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
The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) is the national agency for the accreditation of professional degree programs in pharmacy education in the United States. The Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program at Northeastern University School of Pharmacy is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) through June 30, 2024. The school’s Continuing Professional Education Program is fully accredited by ACPE through June 30, 2022. 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
(*in 2016, NAPLEX format changed for all schools)
2015 Pass Rates
First Time Attempts
2016 Pass Rates
First Time Attempts
2017 Pass Rates
First Time Attempts
Residency and Fellowship Placements
2017 Graduating Class 41 Residencies, Fellowships, and other post-graduate programs (42%)
2016 Graduating Class
61 Residencies, Fellowships, and other post-graduate programs (47%)
2015 Graduating Class
49 Residencies, Fellowships, and other post-graduate programs (38%)
On-Time Graduate Rate
133 students entered the first professional year of the program in 2013 (as the class of 2017).
PharmD in 4 years
PharmD in progress
Other NU Degree
PharmD in 4 years (72%), PharmD in progress (19%); Other NU Degree (8%); Left University (1%)
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 care, provide safe and effective medication therapy management, work as members of interprofessional teams, and make significant contributions to contemporary health care environments.
Upon completion of the Doctor of Pharmacy program at Northeastern University, a graduate will have achieved specifically defined curricular outcomes. Northeastern University School of Pharmacy has adopted the CAPE (Center for the Advancement of Pharmacy Education) 2013 Educational Outcomes to guide its program. For more detailed information about CAPE Educational Outcomes, please visit http://www.aacp.org/documents/CAPEoutcomes071213.pdf.
PharmD/MPH Dual Degree Option
Northeastern University offers Doctor of Pharmacy students the opportunity to apply for the joint Doctor of Pharmacy/Masters in Public Health Program (PharmD/MPH). Applications may be submitted during the spring of the P1 or P2 years. Pharmacy majors enrolled in the joint PharmD/MPH program have the opportunity to take graduate courses in the MPH Program while earning their PharmD. For more information, visit the PharmD/MPH webpage.