Northeastern's PharmD program offers both freshman-entry (early assurance) as well as direct-entry admission into the P1 year of the program.
Why Choose Northeastern?
The University: Northeastern University is a private, research university located in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts. The beautiful main campus is situated on 73 acres in Boston’s cultural district and is comprised of 47 academic and administrative buildings, 37 residential facilities and six athletic/recreation facilities. Boston has an international reputation for excellence in health care and Northeastern is in close proximity to three medical schools and many of the country’s best hospitals, medical centers and biotechnology companies. Northeastern is innovative, research-oriented, interdisciplinary, and a world leader in cooperative education. During the past seven years, Northeastern has designed a strategy for success and pursued it with unwavering focus. It has achieved top rankings from numerous external organizations and continues its unprecedented momentum as a world class institution: http://www.northeastern.edu/accomplishments
School of Pharmacy: With an average class size of 145 students, the School of Pharmacy provides the personal attention of a small program backed by the resources and opportunities of a large university - the best of both worlds. As part of the Bouvé College of Health Sciences (which also houses the schools of health science and nursing) the School of Pharmacy embraces an interdisciplinary emphasis that reflects today’s team approach to health care. State-of-the-art labs, high tech classrooms, and affiliations with more than 120 teaching sites, provide our students with the required tools for innovative and interactive learning.
The school continues to stand out with respect to academic quality, experiential education and use-inspired research. The school currently ranks second in NIH funding among private schools of pharmacy and its faculty are recognized on both national and international stages. Research areas include drug discovery and delivery, nanotechnology and biotechnology, community health research, cancer research and neurodegenerative disease research.
The “Co-op Advantage”, Experiential Education within the School of Pharmacy: The proximity to Boston’s world renowned health care institutions provides the backdrop for a cooperative/experiential education program that is second to none. Our affiliations with such institutions provide our students with a variety of exceptional introductory (IPPE) and advanced (APPE) pharmacy practice experiences. At the heart of the Northeastern model is the cooperative education (co-op) program, the only program of its kind among US pharmacy schools. Co-ops are four month experiences that fulfill the Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) which is required in all pharmacy schools. Unique to Northeastern, co-ops also allow students to earn income to offset some of their educational costs. All PharmD students are required to complete both a community and an institutional experience. Please see the direct-entry PharmD and the Early Assurance PharmD curriculum grids for more information: http://www.northeastern.edu/bouve/pharmacy/programs/PharmD
Student Life: Northeastern’s vibrant campus is one of a kind, a sanctuary of lush green spaces and tree-lined pathways that’s located right in the heart of Boston. With the city as our backyard, Northeastern and our students are an integral part of the local community, a connection that makes life on campus active, creative, collaborative, and always interesting. There are more than 330 student clubs and organizations on campus, each offering dynamic opportunities for cultural, recreational, intellectual, and spiritual engagement. (read more at http://www.northeastern.edu/admissions/campus-life/ ) The School of Pharmacy houses eleven highly active pharmacy-related student organizations, providing opportunities for leadership, engagement and service learning.
Northeastern offers early assurance admission for seniors in high school looking to enter pharmacy. The statistics below are reported for 2013-14 freshmen admission ONLY.
|Course Title||Semester Hours||Quarter Hours|
|General Chemistry I with Lab||4||N/A|
|General Chemistry II with Lab||4||N/A|
|General Biology I with Lab||4||N/A|
|General Biology II with Lab||4||N/A|
|English - Intensive Writing Course||4||N/A|
|Arts or Humanities Elective||4||N/A|
|Organic Chemistry I with Lab||4||N/A|
|Organic Chemistry II with Lab||4||N/A|
|Human Physiology I with Lab||4||N/A|
|Human Physiology II with Lab||4||N/A|
|Physics with Lab||4||N/A|
Direct-Entry into First Professional (P1) year of PharmD program: There are seats available for admission into the P1 year, based on enrollment capacity. Students who wish to apply for P1 admission through the PharmCAS application must:
Students meeting these three criteria should apply through PharmCAS application. A PCAT exam is required for direct-entry admission. Exam must have been taken no earlier than May of 2014. Direct-entry students who meet criteria above, and who are accepted and matriculate into the P1 year of the program, will join the program as post-graduate students, and in accordance with graduate standards, must maintain at least an overall GPA of 3.0 throughout the program.
A short supplemental application is required for applicants who are invited for an interview. A link to the application will be provided in the interview invitation letter.
EARLY DECISION APPLICANTS: are encouraged to take PCAT by July 2015, however scores from September 2015 will also be accepted.
REGULAR DECISION APPLICANTS: PCAT score is required, please indicate your test score date on the application.
For students whose native language is not English, a proof of English language proficiency is required.
Students with non-US prerequisite coursework may apply through the undergraduate admissions process at www.northeastern.edu/admissions utilizing the Common Application.
At least one of the letters of reference should be from EITHER a science teacher or registered pharmacist.
Qualified PharmCAS applicants will be contacted to schedule interview times. Interviews take place in-person on the Northeastern University campus in Boston, MA from December through February. Students will typically be given at least two weeks notice prior to the interview date, though we try to provide earlier lead time to those traveling longer distances.
Interview days will include an overview of the program, meetings with faculty and students, and a tour of the campus. You will have an opportunity to meet with student ambassadors, alumni and faculty to ask questions and get a flavor for the Northeastern experience. Co-op is a unique feature of the Northeastern PharmD program, and you will have an opportunity to hear first-hand about the amazing experiential education available to you in the greater Boston area and beyond.