Online Pharmacy Postbac

Postbaccalaureate Doctor of Pharmacy Pathway (PharmD) Program

Program Overview

Are you a U.S.-licensed practicing pharmacist with a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy? Have you considered pursuing your Doctor of Pharmacy, the terminal degree for practicing pharmacists since 2000, or considered exploring other avenues within pharmacy? Then the Postbaccalaureate PharmD Pathway program at MCPHS Online is for you!

Our part-time, distance-learning program is designed for licensed, practicing pharmacists to earn a PharmD degree while continuing to practice. Most of the coursework can be completed online. An on-campus orientation is required at the start of the program as well as one Saturday visit per semester. Students must be practicing at or have access to a practice site with opportunities for the provision of pharmaceutical care. All experiential work may be completed at the student’s current practice site. A four-week clinical rotation is required at the completion of the program.

Mandatory Orientation

This program holds a mandatory orientation for new students prior to the start of the fall semester. Students are expected to attend and participate in every day of orientation for its entirety. The College’s offer of admission will be rescinded if the student fails to attend and participate in the full orientation.

Innovative Programs

Using the latest technology to deliver high-quality content, the Postbaccalaureate PharmD Pathway program educates practicing pharmacists to develop a wide range of skills and abilities which include:

  • Designing a pharmaceutical care plan in collaboration with other health professionals, based on identified, patient-specific problems and literature support while giving consideration to pathophysiologic, pharmacotherapeutic, pharmacokinetic, economic and ethical/legal principles, and the patient’s specific needs and desired outcome
  • Making reasonable assumptions and/or drawing reasonable conclusions when data is incomplete or modifying the therapeutic plan should the initial regimen fail to produce desired effects
  • Using effective interpersonal communication to provide counseling, to patients and/or their caregivers, relative to the purpose, proper use, and expected effects of medications
  • Planning and performing ongoing patient evaluations to identify additional medication-related problems and make changes to the pharmaceutical care plan
  • Explaining dosage recommendations and associated rationale to other healthcare providers
  • Documenting pharmacy practice activities to facilitate communication and collaboration among providers
  • Retrieving, evaluating and managing professional information and literature
  • Fostering the safe, effective and economic use of medications by providing factual medication information to health practitioners, students, healthcare managers, patients and the general public
  • Interacting effectively with individuals, within group situations, and within professional organizations and systems
  • Providing written information to patients and healthcare professionals by effective means in consults, newletters, informational pamphlets and literature evaluations
  • Performing self-assessment to determine learning needs, and to design, implement, and evaluate strategies to promote intellectual growth and continued professional competence
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Prerequisites

While there is no specific prerequisite coursework that must be completed prior to admission, all applicants to this program must:

  • Have a bachelor of science in pharmacy from an accredited college/university
  • Have licensure to practice pharmacy in the United States
  • Be employed in a patient-care setting before admission/orientation

Curriculum

The Postbaccalaureate PharmD Pathway is organized into three phases.

Phase I — Fall

COURSE TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
PPB600 Principles of Pharmaceutical Care
3
PSB421 Pharmacoepidemiology
2
  Total Semester Credit Hours
5

Phase II — Spring

COURSE TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
PPB672 Drug Literature Resources and Evaluation
3
PPB681 Clinical Pharmacokinetics
2
  Total Semester Credit Hours
5

Phase III

Pharmacotherapeutics I, II, III (17 semester hours)

Three pharmacotherapy courses employ a problem-based approach to pharmacotherapy that involves lectures, literature review, and faculty case discussions. Lectures and faculty discussion are conducted online using textual and audio presentations and interactive discussions. One on-campus meeting will occur each semester for faculty review and student presentations.

Pharmacotherapeutics Practice I, II, III, IV (7 semester hours)

Following lectures and faculty discussion, practitioners are asked to apply the therapeutic information to patients using patients from their worksites (~ 5 hours per week in direct patient care activities at an approved worksite are required). Efforts are directed at determining appropriate pharmacotherapeutic care plans and detecting and solving patient drug-related problems through a series of evaluations and interventions. Each student is assigned a faculty preceptor who will evaluate and guide the student through patient care assignments and project work each semester.

Students are also expected to lead case discussions among their classmates and participate in others presentations. Two case presentations are expected each semester. One will be presented online and the second live at the campus-based meetings.

Project Module (3 semester hours)

Options for the Project Module include a full-time clinical rotation (one continuous four-week rotation) conducted at a College-affiliated site or a major project at the student’s practice site.


Phase III — Summer

COURSE TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
PPB623 Pharmacotherapeutics I
5
PPB623A Pharmacotherapeutics Practice I
1
  Total Semester Credit Hours
6

Phase III — Fall

COURSE TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
PPB625 Pharmacotherapeutics II
6
PPB625A Pharmacotherapeutics Practice II
1
  Total Semester Credit Hours
7

Phase III — Spring

COURSE TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
PPB633 Pharmacotherapeutics III
6
PPB633A Pharmacotherapeutics Practice III
1
  Total Semester Credit Hours
7

Phase III — Summer

COURSE TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
PPB668A Pharmacotherapeutics Practice IV
4
PPB668 Project Module
3
  Total Semester Credit Hours
7

Total semester hours to complete degree requirements: 37

Tuition & Fees

Students enrolled in this degree program at MCPHS Online during the 2014–2015 academic year will pay $850/credit hour.

There are no fees in addition to the cost of tuition for MCPHS Online students in the 2014–2015 academic year, so students can estimate that a three-credit course in this program will cost $2550. Books are not included in the cost of tuition and must be factored in separately. The cost of books will vary by course.

Financial Aid

An education is an investment. And we don’t think you’ll find a better return on your investment than by earning your degree from MCPHS University. Our Office of Student Financial Services (SFS) is available to guide students through the process of securing funding to cover education costs. A dedicated staff member will help you apply for financial aid, review all sources of funding available to you and assist you with completing the paperwork necessary for disbursement.

For more information, contact Student Financial Services at 603.314.1729.

Next Steps

If you are applying for admission to MCPHS Online for 2014, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov after January 1, 2014. The MCPHS University college code for the FAFSA is 002165. You do not need to be accepted at the University in order to apply.

Admission

Once your application is received, the Admission Office will notify you of any missing items that we require for your application to be considered complete. We review all files on a "rolling basis" and will make a decision once all application materials are received.

Priority Filing Date

The priority filing date for this program is June 1 each year for a fall semester start. We continue to review applications until all available seats in the program have been filled.

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Information for MCPHS University Alumni

If you are a graduate of MCPHS University and need to request your transcripts for admission to an MCPHS Online program, please click here to learn how to request your official transcript.

Questions?

Feel free to call 617.879.5022 or e-mail us with any questions you have about the application process.

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Technical, Non-Academic Standards

In conjunction with the applicable academic and accreditation standards, the faculty in each of the programs at MCPHS University has established certain abilities and characteristics defined as technical standards. Candidates for enrollment in programs at MCPHS University must meet these technical standards, which may include but are not limited to observation, communication, sensory and motor coordination and function, intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative abilities, and behavioral and social attributes. These standards may be met with or without reasonable accommodations. Please carefully review the technical standards for the program to which you have applied. The standards can be found in the MCPHS University College Catalog on the MCPHS University website. If you have questions regarding technical standards, please contact the Office of Admission immediately.

Frequently Asked Questions

   

Who is this program for?

This program is for licensed, practicing pharmacists to earn a PharmD degree while continuing to practice.

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Must I have a pharmacy license in order to participate in the program?

Yes, you must be a licensed pharmacist. You also must practice pharmacy at or have access to a practice site that allows for the provision of pharmaceutical care.

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When does the program begin?

Coursework for entering students begins in the fall semester. However there is a three-day orientation in the summer prior to coursework.

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How long is the program?

The program can be completed within two years if all courses are taken consecutively. The didactic courses must be completed within three years and all experiential requirements must be completed within four years.

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Do I have to listen to course lectures at a specific time?

The audio PowerPoint files for lectures are posted on a course site on the Internet and students have a period of time, usually weeks, to listen to the lecture and run the slides. You do not need to be online at a specific time to view lectures.

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How often will I have to come to campus?

With the exception of the three-day orientation at the onset of the program, there is only a one-day (Saturday) campus requirement each semester. Students will be notified of the campus meeting date 4–6 months in advance.

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Can I take time off between courses?

Courses are taken consecutively and are only offered within given semesters. You are able to take time off but will need to wait until your course is offered again (one year). All didactic coursework must be completed within three years and all experiential requirements must be completed within four years.

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How will I be tested?

Tests are administered online, usually open-book essay and short-answer.

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Will I get a chance to meet my peers and the faculty?

There is a three-day orientation program at the Boston campus at the start of the program. In addition, students and faculty get together once a semester. There are online discussion boards for the program and for each course where students and faculty can interact.

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How is my work evaluated?

Students are assigned a faculty advisor to work with throughout the program.

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Must I work directly with patients or patient information?

You must have access to patients or patient information to complete experiential requirements. If you currently work in a position that does not allow for this, you may need to locate a site part-time, or as a volunteer, to complete these experiential requirements. You may contact us with any questions.

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Can I complete all clinical rotations at my current work site?

Most experiential work can be fulfilled through the student’s current work site. Students are assigned to a required 4-week rotation at the end of the program.

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Can I get financial aid?

Yes. A minimum of five credits per semester is required for eligibility. Contact Student Financial Services at 603.314.1729 for more information.

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I am a foreign pharmacist, so can I take the Postbaccalaureate PharmD Pathway program to receive my licensure in the United States?

Unfortunately, this program will not give you the license to practice pharmacy in the United States. In order to be eligible for the Postbaccalaureate PharmD Pathway program at MCPHS Online, you must already hold U.S. licensure. If you are a foreign pharmacist and wish to receive licensure to practice pharmacy in the United States, you need to contact The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) to see if you qualify. Please visit www.nabp.net for more information.

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