MCPHS University

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MCPHS University
College seal
Established December 8, 1823
Type Private Non-profit organization
Endowment US $ 400 million [1]
President Charles F. Monahan, Jr.[2]
Students 6,548
Location Boston, Massachusetts,  United States
42°20′12.9″N 71°6′5.2″W / 42.336917°N 71.101444°W / 42.336917; -71.101444Coordinates: 42°20′12.9″N 71°6′5.2″W / 42.336917°N 71.101444°W / 42.336917; -71.101444
Campus Urban 9 acres (36,421.7 m2)
Colors Cardinal Red and White         
Mascot "Red" the Cardinal
Affiliations AICUM
Colleges of the Fenway
Website [3]
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MCPHS University (formerly Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences), locally known as Mass Pharm , is an accredited, private institution located in the Longwood Medical and Academic Area of Boston, Massachusetts. As an institution with a prominent history of specializing in medical careers, the college provides traditional and accelerated programs of study that combine in-depth knowledge with hands-on clinical practice focused on professional education in Pharmacy and the Health Sciences. Its location within the Longwood Medical Area provides students with academic and clinical opportunities at various prestigious medical and research institutions. Since 2000, MCPHS has expanded to include two additional campuses, located in Worcester, Massachusetts, and Manchester, New Hampshire.


Founded as the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in 1823 by fourteen Boston pharmacists, MCPHS University is the oldest institution of higher education in Boston. It is also the second-oldest and largest College of Pharmacy in the United States, preceded only by the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (Now University of the Sciences in Philadelphia), which was founded in 1821. In 1825, the college published the First American Pharmaceutical Library Catalogue, detailing the effects of many pharmaceuticals.[4] In 1852, the college received a charter from the Great Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to grant its first formal degree.

In 1918, the College established the George Robert White Building in Boston’s Longwood Medical Area, across from Harvard Medical School to serve as its main campus. In 1979, The General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts approved a change in the College's charter to allow degree granting authority in the allied health sciences, and the College officially changes its name to the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences.

The Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences had since grown to include a School of Pharmacy, School of Health Sciences, and School of Arts and Sciences. In 2000, MCPHS added a campus in Worcester, Massachusetts and in 2002, a new campus was added in Manchester, New Hampshire. In 2002, The Forsyth School for Dental Hygienists was also acquired and incorporated into the college, housing the school's Dental Hygiene program.[4]

During the Spring Semester of 2013, the college legally changed its name to MCPHS University to reflect the diversity of colleges on campus.

Campus facilities and resources[edit]


MCPHS University's Boston campus is located at 179 Longwood Avenue in the Longwood Medical and Academic Area. It is adjacent to The Massachusetts College of Art and Design and Harvard Medical School, and near many other renowned health care institutions, such as Children's Hospital Boston, The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. The Boston campus is composed of three main buildings: the George Robert White Building, the Ronald A. Matricaria Academic and Student Center and the John Richard Fennell Building, which are all structurally interconnected to the student dormitories on campus.

A fourth, separate building, The Richard E. Griffin Academic Center, opened in January 2009 to house the College’s School of Nursing, School of Physician Assistant Studies, and Office of College Relations. The six-story, triangular building contains nearly 50,000 square feet (4,600 m2) of classrooms, faculty and staff offices and patient assessment and clinical simulation teaching laboratories. The building also features a computer and technology center, a 230-seat auditorium and a top floor multi-functional room with views of Downtown Boston.[5]

The research facilities at MCPHS are equipped for each of the academic areas of specialization. There are such specialized facilities as a suite for radioisotope research, a product development laboratory equipped for pharmaceutical tableting, coating and encapsulation and a facility to manufacture liquids, ointments, and sterile cosmetic products. Instruments available include infrared, ultraviolet, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers, gas chromatographs, and high-pressure liquid chromatographs. Computer and animal research facilities are also available. In addition, research instrument facilities, if not available on campus, are available at other institutions in the Greater Boston/Cambridge area through clinical and academic affiliations.[6]


The Living Learning Center of the MCPHS Worcester Campus

Located at 19, 25, 40 Foster Street, 28 Mechanics Street, and 10 Lincoln Street[7] in Downtown Worcester, Massachusetts, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences' Worcester Campus houses the institution's accelerated programs in Nursing and Doctor of Pharmacy as well as the Master's of Physician Assistant Studies program and the Doctor of Optometry program, for post-baccalaureate students.[8]

MCPHS-Worcester is composed of three main buildings that are known collectively as The Living and Learning Center. The Living and Learning Center houses all of the campus' amenities including apartment-style residence halls for approximately 130 students, classrooms, auditoriums, a library and computer room, laboratories, administrative facilities, study rooms, lounges, and a convenience store.

On September 21, 2009, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences officially opened a new academic center in downtown Worcester. The College purchased the property, formerly known as The Protocol Building, in August 2008. The new facility will nearly double the size of the School of Pharmacy in Worcester/Manchester. When the enrollment expansion is fully implemented, there will be a total of 750 Doctor of Pharmacy students (1,000 students total across all programs) at MCPHS-Worcester.


The Manchester, New Hampshire campus of Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is located at 1260 Elm Street in downtown Manchester. In similar format to that of Worcester, the MCPHS-Manchester campus offers accelerated programs in Nursing, Doctor of Pharmacy, and Master of Physician Assistant Studies for post-baccalaureate students as well. The 33,000-square-foot (3,100 m2) campus building holds the school's library, classrooms, laboratories, seminar rooms, administrative offices, and student space. Many of the Manchester classrooms are equipped for video conferencing with Worcester classrooms.


MCPHS University is composed of three distinct schools. The School of Arts and Sciences incorporates undergraduate programs in Chemistry, Health Psychology, Public Health, Molecular Biology, and Pre-Medical Sciences. The School of Health Sciences consists of all programs in Dental Hygiene, Radiological Sciences, Physician Assistant Studies, and Nursing. The School of Pharmacy includes Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Science, and Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management programs.

The Division of Graduate Studies incorporates Masters and Doctoral programs in Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmacology, Pharmaceutics, Natural Products, Optometry, Drug Regulatory Affairs, and Health Policy. The college also offers Postbaccalaureate Bachelor of Science Programs and advanced certifications in Dental Hygiene, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Computed Tomography, Radiography, and Radiation Therapy for Medical Technologists.[9]

According to the U.S. News & World Report, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is ranked among the Top Colleges and Universities nationwide for their Graduate programs in Pharmacy, Physician assistant studies, and Chemistry.[10]

College relations[edit]

Colleges of the Fenway

MCPHS-Boston is a member of the Colleges of the Fenway, a collegiate consortium in the Longwood Medical and Academic Area. The association promotes collaboration between local schools to enhance the variety of educational programs, to gain economics benefits through shared research, medical, and dining facilities and to provide students and faculty with the opportunity to study, live, and teach in a small college environment while enjoying the resources of a major academic environment comparable to that of a university setting. The consortium includes MCPHS, Emmanuel College, MassArt, Simmons, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Wheelock College. Students are able to cross register between institutions and participate in shared social events planned by the Colleges of the Fenway and various groups throughout the campus. Students may also live at either their school of attendance, or in the campus dormitories of the other member schools. The student and faculty environments of each individual institution, however, maintain their unique character and specializations due to the physical separation of each academic campus. Collectively, the colleges represent more than 12,000 undergraduate students, comprising 16.2% of the total Boston population of undergraduates attending four-year colleges, more than 700 full-time faculty and 2,300 course offerings.[11]

MCPHS-Worcester is a member of the Colleges of Worcester Consortium, a collaboration of twelve academic institutions which work to further the individual missions of the member institutions while advancing higher education in the region.

MCPHS has partnerships with a variety of medical institutions to supplement its educational programs in the Pre-medical studies. Depending on which professional pathway a student follows, educational instruction may be provided by institutions such as D’Youville College for Chiropractic Medicine, Ross University for General Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, Harvard University for Physician Assistant Studies, Springfield College for Occupational Therapy, New England College of Optometry for Optometry, A. T. Still University for Osteopathic Medicine, and Barry University for Podiatric Medicine.[12]

International relations[edit]

MCPHS visits Hangzhou Medical College in China to establish agreement.

On January 3, 2007, Hangzhou Medical College and MCPHS established a Sister College agreement to participate in short-term international student exchange programs. The MCPHS delegation met with Xiang Qin, the Deputy Mayor of Hangzhou, the Directors of the Hangzhou Municipal Education Bureau and the Hangzhou Food and Drug Administration to discuss the future of regulation concerning pharmaceutical manufacturing and pharmacy practice for the region. The colleges now confer on Health Care issues pertaining to both Western Medicine, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. The agreement also established a faculty exchange program between the two colleges. The collaboration was most likely facilitated by the sister city agreement between Hangzhou, China and Boston, which was established in 1982 to promote cultural and commercial ties between the two populations.[13]

In January 2008, MCPHS received a $450,000 grant to assist King Saud University in further developing its own College of Pharmacy. Located in Riyadh, King Saud University is Saudi Arabia's oldest and most premier University, which bears the name of the Saudi Royal Family. It is the first university in Saudi Arabia which is not solely dedicated to religious studies and currently has schools which teach Medicine, Engineering and the Arts and Sciences.[14]

Before its name change, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences had entered into affiliation agreements with the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Trinity College Dublin; the University of Havana, Cuba; the Catholic University of Santa Maria in Arequipa, Perú; and the Niigata University of Pharmacy and Applied Life Sciences in Japan. The agreements provide a framework for faculty and students to engage in individual research and study projects. In recent years, students have presented scholarly posters in Cuba, taken summer elective courses on tropical medicine and medical anthropology in Perú and participated in service learning trips to Guatemala during summer break. The College has also hosted international pharmacy students from Perú and Spain, as well as guest faculty from Ireland, Cuba, and Japan.[15]


  1. ^ "Facts MCPHS".  Retrieved 11-18-2012
  2. ^ Frieswick, Kris (02-09-2007). "Know your college presidents". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 12-11-2011.  Check date values in: |date=, |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Virtual Tour. Retrieved on 12-11-2011.
  4. ^ a b "About MCPHS".  Retrieved 12-01-2011
  5. ^ "Richard E. Griffin Academic Center". 
  6. ^ Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Grad Profiles. Retrieved on 12-11-2011.
  7. ^ College Of Pharmacy To Buy Crowne Plaza Property | Worcester Business Journal. Retrieved 12-11-2011.
  8. ^ Physician Assistant Studies
  9. ^ Undergraduate and Postbaccalaureate Programs. Retrieved on 12-11-2011.
  10. ^ "US News and World Report College Rankings". Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  11. ^ Colleges of the Fenway. Retrieved 12-11-2011.
  12. ^ BS in Premedical and Health Studies (Boston), Overview. Retrieved on 11-11-2011.
  13. ^ MPCHS Press Releases Retrieved 04-08-2011
  14. ^ "Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Receives $450,000 Grant from". Reuters. 01-09-2008.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  15. ^ Colleges of the Fenway. Retrieved 08-04-2011.

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