Why Northeastern?

  • Co-op Advantage

    Affiliated with world-class practice sites in metropolitan Boston and beyond, no other US school of pharmacy offers co-op.

  • Student Life

    Our students have the opportunity to participate in lab-based and field research, global experiences, leadership, and political advocacy

  • Results!

    • 92% of Northeastern graduates employed full-time or enrolled in graduate school within 9 months of graduation

Admissions

I am a high school student

Most of our pharmacy students are admitted as freshmen directly from high school via our EARLY-ASSURANCE admission pathway.

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:

Fall 2018 Application Requirements
  • COMPLETED APPLICATION  http://www.pharmcas.org
    • 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
    • Bachelor’s degree (in any field/major) must be completed no later than summer 2018

 

  • PREREQUISITE COURSES
    • 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
Prerequisites

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 4
General Chemistry II with Lab 4
General Biology I with Lab 4
General Biology II with Lab 4
Calculus 4
General Psychology 3
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 3
Physics with Lab 4
TOTAL PREREQUISITE CREDIT HOURS 54

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 TRANSFER admission 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.

(If you are a CURRENT Northeastern student, click for information on Changing your Major to Pharmacy)

Prerequisites

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Pre-requisites

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 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
Interpreting Cultures Elective (NU Path) 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
Physics with Lab 4
Intro to the Profession of Pharmacy 1
Intro to Pharmacy Practice and Lab 3

 

** 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: 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.

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 Coursework for Early Assurance Students
  • Fall Semester

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

  • Spring Semester

    • General Chemistry 2 / Lab / Recitation
    • General Biology 2 / Lab
    • College Writing
    • NU Path Interpreting Culture Selective/Elective
    • Introduction to the Profession of Pharmacy

  • Fall Semester

    • Organic Chemistry 1 / Lab / Recitation
    • Human Physiology 1 / Lab
    • Physics for Pharmacy / Lab
    • NU Path Interpreting Culture Selective or Open Elective

  • Spring Semester

    • Organic Chemistry 2 / Lab / Recitation
    • Human Physiology 2 / Lab
    • Intro to Pharmacy Practice / Lab
    • Advanced Writing for the Health Professions

  • Summer Semester

    • Coop / Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE)

  • Fall Semester

    • Biochemistry
    • Health Care Systems
    • Pharmacology / Medicinal Chemistry 1
    • Pharmaceutics 1 / Lab

  • Spring Semester

    • Coop / Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE)

  • Summer Semester

    • Pharmacy Care Management
    • Educational/Behavioral Interventions
    • Pharmacology / Medicinal Chemistry 2
    • Pharmaceutics 2 / Lab

  • Fall Semester

    • Coop / Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE)

  • Spring Semester

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

  • Summer Semester

    • Anti-Infectives
    • 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
    • Drug Literature Evaluation
    • APPE Prep 1
    • 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

    • BS in Pharmacy Studies degree awarded after completion of spring of year 5
    • Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) for PharmD degree begin immediately in the summer term. (See P4 year curriculum)

  • Summer Semester

    • Advanced Practice Experience (APPE)

  • Fall Semester

    • Advanced Practice Experience (APPE)

  • Spring Semester

    • Advanced Practice Experience (APPE)

6 six-week APPE rotations assigned over the one year time period. PharmD degree awarded after completion of spring of P4 year.

Sample Direct Entry PharmD Curriculum Plan

For students entering the program as direct-entry students.

  • Fall Semester

    • Intro to Pharm Practice / Lab
    • Pharmacology/Medicinal Chemistry I
    • Pharmaceutics I
    • Health Care Systems

  • Spring Semester

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

  • Summer Semester

    • Pharmacy Care Management
    • Educational/Behavioral Interventions w/ Lab
    • Pharmacology/Medicinal Chemistry 2
    • Pharmaceutics 2 / Lab

  • Fall Semester

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

  • Spring Semester

    • Pharmacokinetics and Biopharmaceutics
    • Immunology
    • Research Methodology & Biostat
    • Comprehensive Disease Management (CDM) 1
    • Comprehensive Disease Management Seminar

  • Summer Semester

    • Anti-Infectives
    • Pharmacy Jurisprudence
    • Comprehensive Disease Management (CDM) 2
    • Comprehensive Disease Management Seminar
    • Comprehensive Disease Management Skills Lab
    • Elective/Capstone

CDM = Comprehensive Disease Management Course Sequence

  • Fall Semester

    • Comprehensive Disease Management 3
    • Comprehensive Disease Management Seminar
    • Comprehensive Disease Management Skills Lab
    • Drug Literature Evaluation
    • APPE Prep 1
    • Elective/Capstone

  • Spring Semester

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

    • Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) for PharmD degree begin immediately in the summer term. (See P4 year curriculum)

CDM = Comprehensive Disease Management Course Sequence

  • Summer Semester

    • Advanced Practice Experience (APPE)

  • Fall Semester

    • Advanced Practice Experience (APPE)

  • Spring Semester

    • Advanced Practice Experience (APPE)

Advance Practice Pharmacy Experiences consist of 6 six-week rotations assigned over the one year time period above.

Curriculum subject to change

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.

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):

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 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)

NAPLEX Results

(Pharmacy)

2015 Pass Rates

First Time Attempts

2016 Pass Rates

First Time Attempts

2017 Pass Rates

First Time Attempts

Northeastern 93.44% 88.10% * 96.15%
National Average 92.64% 85.86% * 90.22%

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

  • Left University

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.

Accreditation
ACPE Accreditation
Contact Info

Admissions
617.373.7000
admissions@northeastern.edu