Pharmacy, PharmD

The six-year (two years of preprofessional and four years of professional courses) program at Northeastern University leading to the professional Doctor of Pharmacy degree (PharmD) fully integrates campus-based learning with experiential learning, including the university’s signature cooperative education (co-op) program, to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to succeed in the pharmacy profession. Our students promote and ensure the safe and effective use of drugs and provide medication therapy management services. In addition to preparing and dispensing prescribed medications, our students provide information to patients about medications and their uses; advise physicians, other prescribers, and other healthcare practitioners on medication selection, dosages, interactions, and adverse effects; and monitor patient responses to drug therapy.

The pharmacy curriculum includes introductory (cooperative education) and advanced pharmacy practice experiences (IPPEs and APPEs). These pharmacy practice experiences are provided primarily under the direct supervision of qualified pharmacist preceptors and occasionally with other qualified healthcare professionals. The school is affiliated with many world-class practice sites 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 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 pharmacy practice experiences, including travel and housing, are the responsibility of the student.

IPPEs are competitive placements that are based on job availability in a geographic region. The placements are facilitated by School of Pharmacy cooperative education coordinators. Students are required to earn a satisfactory (S) grade on one IPPE in a community setting and on one IPPE in an institutional/hospital practice setting.

APPE placements are provided based on site/preceptor availability and the final approval of the School of Pharmacy Office of Experiential Education (OEE). Students may be able to petition the OEE for out-of-system APPEs; however, availability for such requests is limited.

To be eligible for a Doctor of Pharmacy degree, a student must successfully complete all courses in the curriculum including the IPPEs (co-op) and APPEs; meet the academic progression standards of the program; meet the technical standards of the program; and satisfy all other requirements as stated in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences Undergraduate Student Manual. The pharmacy program, which is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), subscribes and adheres to the standards established by ACPE.

Students enrolled in the PharmD program will be awarded a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy Studies after successful completion of all didactic and laboratory courses in semesters 1 through 10 of the pharmacy curriculum. The Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy Studies does not allow for individuals to pursue licensure for direct patient care in the practice of pharmacy. To earn the PharmD degree, students must complete an additional 36 semester hours of APPEs with an overall GPA of 3.000 or greater in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences graduate program.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

The NUpath requirement Interpreting Culture (IC) is not explicitly satisfied by required courses. Students are responsible for satisfying this requirement with an open elective.

Pharmacy Major (PharmD) Grade Requirement

A grade of C or higher is required in all PHMD and PHSC courses.

Pharmacy Major Requirements

A 3.000 GPA is required at the end of the second year to progress to the third year (first professional year).

PHMD 1000College: An Introduction1
PHMD 1001Introduction to the Profession of Pharmacy1
PHSC 2301
and PHSC 2302
Human Physiology 1
and Human Anatomy Lab
PHMD 1201
and PHMD 1202
Introduction to Pharmacy Practice
and Lab for PHMD 1201
PHSC 2303
and PHSC 2304
Human Physiology 2
and Human Physiology Lab
PHMD 2350Healthcare Systems3
PHSC 2320Biochemistry4
PHSC 4501Pharmacology/Medicinal Chemistry 15
PHSC 3411Pharmaceutics 14
PHMD 2310
and PHMD 2311
Educational and Behavioral Interventions in Pharmacy Practice
and Lab for PHMD 2310
PHMD 5250Pharmacy Care Management3
PHSC 4502Pharmacology/Medicinal Chemistry 25
PHSC 3419Pharmaceutics Laboratory1
PHSC 3412Pharmaceutics 24
PHSC 3430Pharmacokinetics and Biopharmaceutics3
PHSC 2330Immunology3
PHMD 4611Comprehensive Disease Management 16
PHMD 4612Comprehensive Disease Management 1 Seminar1
PHMD 3450Research Methodology and Biostatistics3
PHMD 5330Jurisprudence3
PHSC 5360Anti-Infectives4
PHMD 4621Comprehensive Disease Management 26
PHMD 4622Comprehensive Disease Management 2 Seminar1
PHMD 4623Comprehensive Disease Management 2 Skills Lab0.5
SEMESTER 8 or 9 or 10
PHMD 5600Pharmacy Capstone4
PHMD 5223Evidence-Based Medicine2
PHMD 4631Comprehensive Disease Management 36
PHMD 4632Comprehensive Disease Management 3 Seminar1
PHMD 4633Comprehensive Disease Management 3 Skills Lab0.5
PHMD 4641Comprehensive Disease Management 46
PHMD 4642Comprehensive Disease Management 4 Seminar1
PHMD 4643Comprehensive Disease Management 4 Skills Lab0.5
PHMD 5270Economic Evaluation of Pharmaceuticals and Pharmacy Practice2
PHMD 5450Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience Preparatory Seminar1
A minimum 3.000 GPA is required for Semester 11.
Advanced Practice Experience
Select courses in the following range to complete six, six-week rotations:36

Professional Elective and Capstone Requirements

Open Electives
A minimum of 8 semester hours of open electives are required. Additional electives may be required to fulfill the total semester hours required for your program.10
Professional Elective
Complete at least two semester hours during the professional phase of the program (after semester 4) from the following:2
From the Community to the Intensive Care Unit: Approaching Interdisciplinary Research in the Elderly
Alternative Medicine
Developing an Interdisciplinary Approach to Health Management for Older Adults
The (in)Visibility of (dis)Ability in Society
Clinical Nutrition Applications in Health and Disease
Leadership and Advocacy in Health Professions
Exploring Academic Careers
Cancer Chemotherapy
Research Methods in Health Systems
Special Topics
Contemporary Issues in Geriatric Pharmacy
Junior/Senior Honors Project 1
Junior/Senior Honors Project 2
Directed Study
Junior/Senior Honors Project 2
Directed Study
Concepts in Pharmaceutical Science
Drug Design, Evaluation, and Development
Research Skills and Ethics
Biomedical Chemical Analysis
Behavioral Pharmacology and Drug Discovery
Imaging in Medicine and Drug Discovery
Receptor Pharmacology
Advanced Physical Pharmacy
Pharmacokinetics and Drug Metabolism
Advanced Drug Delivery System
Race, Ethnicity, and Health in the United States
Introduction to Epidemiology
Biostatistics in Public Health
Public Health Administration and Policy
Environmental Health
Health Advocacy
Social Epidemiology
Strategic Management and Leadership in Healthcare
Advances in Measuring Behavior
Evaluating Healthcare Quality
Economic Perspectives on Health Policy
Public Health Nutrition
Health Education and Program Planning
Principles and History of Urban Health
Society, Behavior, and Health
Urban Community Health Assessment
Qualitative Methods in Health and Illness
Clinical Neuroscience
Clinical Psychopharmacology
Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology
Healthcare Finance and Marketing
Health Policy and Law
Health Informatics
Nurse/Healthcare Entrepreneur
Introduction to Health Informatics and Health Information Systems
Data Management in Healthcare
Creation and Application of Medical Knowledge
Introduction to Communication Disorders
Elementary Spanish 2 for Healthcare Professionals
Intermediate Spanish Immersion 2
Development Across the Life Span
Reality Therapy
PHMD 5600Pharmacy Capstone4

Supporting Courses

BIOL 1111
and BIOL 1112
General Biology 1
and Lab for BIOL 1111
CHEM 1211
and CHEM 1212
General Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 1211
PSYC 1101Foundations of Psychology4
BIOL 1113
and BIOL 1114
General Biology 2
and Lab for BIOL 1113
CHEM 1214
and CHEM 1215
General Chemistry 2
and Lab for CHEM 1214
MATH 1241Calculus 14
PHYS 1149
and PHYS 1150
Physics for Pharmacy
and Lab for PHYS 1149
CHEM 2311
and CHEM 2312
Organic Chemistry 1
and Lab for CHEM 2311
CHEM 2313
and CHEM 2314
Organic Chemistry 2
and Lab for CHEM 2313

Writing Requirements

ENGW 1111First-Year Writing4
ENGW 3306Advanced Writing in the Health Professions4

Program Requirement

206 total semester hours required

Six Years, Three Co-ops

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours 
CHEM 12114CHEM 12144Vacation0Vacation0 
CHEM 12121CHEM 12151   
CHEM 12130CHEM 12160   
PHMD 10001BIOL 11134   
PSYC 11014BIOL 11141   
ENGW 11114PHMD 10011   
BIOL 11114MATH 12414   
BIOL 11121Elective4   
 19 19 0 0 
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHours  Summer Full SemesterHours
CHEM 23114CHEM 23134  Co-op0
CHEM 23121CHEM 23141   
CHEM 23190CHEM 23200   
PHSC 23013ENGW 33064   
PHSC 23021PHSC 23033   
PHYS 11494PHSC 23041   
PHYS 11501PHMD 12012.5   
Elective4PHMD 12020.5   
 18 16   0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHours  Summer Full SemesterHours
PHSC 23204Co-op0  PHMD 23102
PHSC 45015   PHMD 23110.5
PHMD 23503   PHMD 52503
PHSC 34114   PHSC 34124
    PHSC 34191
    PHSC 45025
 16 0   15.5
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  Summer Full SemesterHours
Co-op0PHSC 34303  PHSC 53604
 PHSC 23303  PHMD 53303
 PHMD 34503  PHMD 46216
 PHMD 46116  PHMD 46221
 PHMD 46121  PHMD 46230.5
 0 16   14.5-18.5
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  Summer Full SemesterHours
PHMD 46316PHMD 46416  PHMD advanced practice experience6
PHMD 46321PHMD 46421  PHMD advanced practice experience6
PHMD 46330.5PHMD 46430.5   
PHMD 52232PHMD 52702   
Elective/capstone0-4PHMD 54501   
 11.5-17.5 12.5-18.5   12
Year 6
PHMD advanced practice experience6PHMD advanced practice experience6   
PHMD advanced practice experience6PHMD advanced practice experience6   
 12 12   
Total Hours: 194-210