2017 Top Online Pharmacy Schools

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Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences (MCPHS) offers a postbaccalaureate Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) pathway program for U.S-licensed pharmacists who currently have a bachelor's degree in pharmacy and want to pursue their Doctor of Pharmacy. Aside from one Saturday visit per semester and one on-campus mandatory orientation. The program can be completed within two years, and students are able to complete the experiential portion of coursework at their current place of employment. All students must complete a four-week clinical rotation at the end of the program. The pathway program will help pharmacists to further develop many skills and abilities including documenting pharmacy practices, managing professional information, and communicating effectively with patients.

Accreditation: Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education


Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Since August of 2014, the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy has offered an online Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) Degree. The school is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. While students will be required to come to campus to attend orientation and laboratory sessions, the majority of the coursework can be completed online. Students will also be required to complete experiential and clinical rotations at pharmacies, wellness centers, and hospitals, and they will be required to travel to testing sites to complete exams. The program will take four years to complete, and it is ideal for nontraditional students.

Accreditation: Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education


Rutgers University

For nontraditional students interested in pursuing a degree with a pharmaceutical concentration, Rutgers University offers a Master of Engineering in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering with a concentration in Pharmaceutical Engineering. Students in this program should have an undergraduate degree in science, engineering, or pharmacy. Online students have access to the majority of the features available to on campus students, and in this program, students will take courses such as Pharmaceutical Process Design, Statistical Analysis and Design of Pharmaceutical Operations, Pharmaceutical Materials Engineering, as well as Pharmaceutical Development, Administration, and Absorption.

Accreditation: Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

CAG Score 95.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

48,378 Students


University of the Sciences

The University of the Sciences offers an online program leading to an MBA in Pharmaceutical and Health Care Business. Students in the program take 18 courses online and are required to attend a five-day intensive educational experience on campus in Philadelphia to complete the other three required classes. Online classes are offered in eight-week modules that include lecures delivered by executives in the pharmaceutical and health care industries, discussions, case studies, computer simulations, and group projects. Courses in the program cover topic such as managing pharmaceutical research and development, regulation and ethical issues in prescription drugs, and the international pharmaceuticals business.

Accreditation: Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education


Shenandoah University

The Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy at Shenandoah offers a Nontraditional Doctor of Pharmacy (NTDP) Pathway, which offers licensed pharmacists who already have a B.S. in Pharmacy an opportunity to further their education. The online program allows students to complete a Doctor of Pharmacy while working full-time jobs, and students are able to complete the experiential components of the program at their workplaces. The Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. The majority of the program is completed online. However, students must attend two executive weekends on campus during the course of the program. Students may begin in the fall, and the program takes two and a half years to complete.

Accreditation: Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education


University of Maryland-Baltimore

The School of Pharmacy at the University of Maryland in Baltimore offers two online masters programs. The Master of Science in Regulatory Science prepares students to work in areas such as control and regulation of pharmaceuticals and biologics. The program is designed for students who have experience in fields such as regulatory affairs, research and develop, clinical affairs or product support. The program is offered online and is designed for part-time students. UMB also offers an online Master of Science in Pharmaconometrics, where students develop skills in analyzing data that can influence key decisions in the development, regulation, or use of pharmaceuticals. The entirely online program is appropriate for epidemiologists and professionals in the pharmacology, statistical or engineering fields.

Accreditation: Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education


University of Cincinnati

The James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy at the University of Cincinnati offers a Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Science with Emphasis in Cosmetic Science, a Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences: Pharmacy Leadership, and a Master of Science in Drug Development Sciences entirely online. Several graduate certificates are offered online as well including a certificate in clinical trials design and research, a certificate in global regulatory affairs in drug development, and a certificate in cosmetic science. The M.S. degree may be completed in seven to eight semesters for most students, depending on how many classes each student takes per semester. Students in this program may take such courses as Pharmaceutical Science Journal Club and Statistical Principles in Clinical Research.

Accreditation: Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education


Spokane Community College

The Community Colleges of Spokane offers an Associate of Applied Science in Pharmacy Technician. In this program, students will gain knowledge and skills in all aspects of the pharmaceutical field: calculations, dispensing techniques, drug products, aseptic techniques, inventory management, and Washington pharmacy law. The Pharmacy Technician Program is accredited by the Washington State Board of Pharmacy and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). Also, it is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program (CAAHEP). Students in this program will take such courses as Community Pharmacy Dispensing and Management, Advanced Pharmacology, and Mathematics for Pharmacy Technicians.


Alliant International University

Alliant International University offers a Clinical Psychopharmacology Postdoctoral M.S. Program online. This program combines the biopsychosocial treatment of mental disorders with medicine and its management, and over 500 psychologists have graduated from or been enrolled in the program. In many states, psychologists are able to prescribe medications, and the program prepares them to do just that. Students who live in states where psychologists do not have prescriptive authority will still find that the program helps them to better answer patient questions about various medicine, improve their personal practice, and support the movement towards prescriptive authority. Students in the program will take such courses as Pharmacology/Clinical Pharmacology, Neuroscience: Neurochemistry, Clinical Biochemistry, and Pharmacotherapeutics.


Minnesota State Community and Technical College

Minnesota State Community and Technical College offers a Pharmacy Technology program online, which prepares students to become pharmacists performing both clinical and technical pharmacy duties. Classes are taught online, but there are required lab hours in Minnesota State's lab in Wadena. There are two options in the pharmacy technology program: a 36-credit diploma and a 60-credit Associate in Applied Science degree. Students in the program will learn the role of the pharmacy technician in long-term care environments and institutional environments, basic science as it pertains to pharmacy technology, ethical and legal aspects of a pharmacy technician's job duties, and more. Students will take such courses as Fundamental Concepts of Pharmacy, Drug Properties/Distribution, and Pharmacy Principles.


Thomas Edison State University

Thomas Edison State University offers an online program leading to a Master of Science in Applied Science and Technology in Clinical Trials Management. The program is designed for professionals in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology or research fields who are interested in managing clinical research trials. Courses cover topics such as data analysis, regulatory environment, and ethics of clinical research trials. All coursework includes exercises that further students' understanding of the development of pharmaceuticals. Students complete 15 to 18 credits in core requirements, 12 credits in the clinical trials management area, and a master's project. Classes are delivered in an asynchronous format, and students can finish the program in two years of part-time study.


Allen County Community College

Allen Community College offers an Associate in Applied Science in Pharmacy Technician as well as a Pharmacy Technician Certificate online. These programs will prepare students for careers within the pharmaceutical industry. In the program, students will acquire such skills as keeping medical records, working in a medical office environment, assisting with orders for prescription medication, assisting with inquiries about over-the-counter drugs, and more. The A.A.S. degree will ensure that students have successful careers as pharmacy technicians as they will take a combination of pharmacy technician, general education, and health science courses. Students will take such courses as Introduction to Pharmacy Technician, Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technicians, and Pharmacy Calculations.

CAG Score 94.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

2,628 Students

Evaluating Online Pharmacy Degrees

Many schools now offer hybrid pharmacy degrees for aspiring technicians and pharmacists. In this format, traditional science courses are taught online; on-the-job training and supervised clinical rotations are arranged in the student’s local area. Some programs also require students to be present on-campus for lab work. For the PharmD, pharmacists may be able to use previous work experience to fulfill clinical requirements.

To pick the best programs, look for:

  • Regional accreditation
  • ACPE accreditation for PharmD degrees
  • ASHP accreditation for pharmacist technician training programs
  • Programs that prepare you for certification/licensure
  • Clinical experiences/internships arranged in your local area
  • A strong “brick and mortar” reputation (Is there a school of pharmacy? How much research does it conduct? What kind of jobs do alumni hold?)
  • Great online rankings in U.S. News & World Report
  • Respected faculty who teach the same courses online as they do on-campus
  • Distance learning support services


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