Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Nursing Program Review

The Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS, or MCPHSU, MCPHS University) was founded in 1823 and is located in Boston, Massachusetts specifically at the Longwood Medical and Academic Area.  It has a rich history of providing excellent health-care training and medical careers. 

It is second after the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia; formerly the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, oldest pharmacy college in US.  The main campus is located at Boston while other two satellite campuses have recently been opened at Manchester and Worcester.

School of Nursing- MCPHS

This is one of the well established nursing schools in the State of Massachusetts. It offers close to ten nursing programs; most of which are offered online. The school of nursing at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is also home to the clinical centre utilized by other nurse-programs offering college like the Emmanuel college among others. It is due to the long established and infrastructure development that makes nursing and other health careers at MCPHS worthwhile, challenging and fun too. Below are the nursing programs under the nursing school:

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing

This is a fulltime on-campus program that enables students become RNs. It takes an accelerated study mode of 32 months to complete the eight semesters of the normal BSN degree.  The curriculum is designed to cater for both fresh nursing students as well as transfer students. Academic sessions start at the fall semester of each year for this program and are conducted at the Boston main campus. Upon completion, students are awarded a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree.

Graduate Nursing Programs

These programs take Bachelor of Science graduates from both nursing and non-nursing degrees. Apparently, all the masters programs are offered exclusively online and include the following concentrations:

  • MSN- Family Nurse Practitioner

This program is designed to meet advanced education needs of nurses who wish to become family nurse practitioners. The ultimate goal is to enable the advanced practice nurse to take and pass the Family Nurse Practitioner Board Certification exam. It also meets the criterion set for FNPs by AACN

  • ADN to MSN- Generalist Track Bridging program

This unique program is meant for associate of science in nursing graduates who are considering to get a masters level education without doing the Bachelor of Science in nursing.  It is a bridge program that prepares students for any concentration among the many MSN nurse specialist options.  This program is offered as a part-time online version and with students choosing their convenient 45- hour’s practicum sessions location.

Ultimately, this bridging program allows students to get 20 credit hours which can then be used for transfer into the MSN program during matriculation, allowing associate degree students to get into the MSN without doing the BSN.

  • ADN to MSN- Family Nurse Practitioner Bridging Program

Just like the generalist program, the ADN to MSN (FNP) bridging courses allows a student to be awarded a MSN-FNP without having to undergo the BSN. The only difference is that students take courses geared towards FNP during the bridging program.

Post Baccalaureate BSN

Designed for non- nursing bachelor degree holders, this program takes 16 months to complete. It allows career shifters to come into the field of nursing on condition that they hold accredited degrees from other recognized institutions.  Semesters for this program start at fall and spring and are all conducted on-campus at Manchester and Worcester campuses.

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
179 Longwood Avenue,
Boston, MA 02115