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Bouvé College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University

School of Pharmacy

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)

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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.

Distinctive Features

  • 0 - 6 pharmacy program - most students are admitted as freshmen
  • Cooperative education (Co-op), a program unique among US schools of pharmacy, provides for three 4-month experiences, with a total of 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)
  • Opportunities for participation in:
    • lab-based and field research
    • global experiences
    • leadership, and
    • political advocacy
  • A Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy Studies (non-licensing) degree is conferred following the successful completion of the didactic portion of the curriculum
  • A Doctor of Pharmacy degree is conferred following the successful completion of the Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy Studies degree and six 6-week Advance Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE), after which graduates qualify to take the national board examination, NAPLEX, to become licenses pharmacists.


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.

Read the PharmD curriculum plan for the 0 - 6 students.

Read the Post Baccalaureate PharmD curriculum plan for students entering the program as direct-entry students.

Read the Curricular Outcomes for the Doctor of Pharmacy program.

Experiential Learning

The pharmacy curriculum includes introductory (cooperative education) and advanced pharmacy practice experiences.  These pharmacy practice experiences are provided primarily under the direct supervision of qualified pharmacist preceptors and occasionally with other qualified health care professionals.  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.  Although every effort is made to accommodate individual circumstances and requests, students should be prepared to travel outside of the Boston area to complete some of their pharmacy practice experiences.  Availability of a car may be required, as some sites are not accessible by public transportation.  All expenses associated with the pharmacy practice experiences, including travel and housing, are the responsibility of the student.

Cooperative experiences are an integral part of a Northeastern education.  Learn more about the PharmD employers and opportunities on the Northeastern Pharmacy Co-op page.

How to Apply

Northeastern offers a 0–6 (early assurance) program for freshman student admission.  Seats are also available for transfer student admission and post-baccaulaureate admission into the first professional (P1) year of the program.  Please see our APPLY for PharmD page for more details on applying.

Licensure Pass Rate

The first attempt pass rate for the Northeastern Class of 2013 taking the NAPLEX exam was 98.4%.  Click to see a summary of other PharmD Quality Program Indicators.

Contact Info

School of Pharmacy
140 The Fenway
Mailstop R218TF
Tel: 617.373.3380
Fax: 617.373.7655

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