Academics


Doctor of Pharmacy

If you have what it takes, you’ll find that pharmacy is about so much more than a job. It’s about a whole life’s worth of challenging and fulfilling work all done to improve the quality of life for your patients.

Doctor of Pharmacy at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Overview
When you attend a school of pharmacy, you expect to be "practice ready" when you graduate. That means having the knowledge and skills needed to begin your career and effectively transition into the workplace.

At ACPHS, we see things a little differently. For us, practice ready is not the goal; it’s the minimum requirement.

Because to succeed and thrive in the years to come, you must be able to adapt to a rapidly changing landscape. Precision medicine. Wearable technologies. Big data. And that's what we're aware of today. Who knows what the future will bring?

That’s why we don’t simply prepare you to be practice ready. We prepare you to go BEYOND Practice Ready. To go beyond practice ready is not so much learning a new set of subjects as it is about developing an attitude. It's about being resourceful, adaptable, inventive, and even a little entrepreneurial.

How will you develop this attitude? This is our blueprint.
Pharm.D. Facts

>> 98% of Pharm.D. students from the Class of 2016 stated that they were employed or pursuing post-graduate education in a survey distributed before they graduated.

>> 94.4% of Pharm.D. students in the Class of 2015 graduated on-time.

>> 94.4% of Pharm.D. graduates from the Class of 2014 passed the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) exam on the first attempt.

Early Assurance

Sometimes you just know. The majority of pharmacy students on our Albany Campus come to ACPHS directly from high school and enroll in our Pre-Pharmacy program. Some of these students have a family member who is a pharmacist. Others may have worked in a pharmacy in high school or perhaps job shadowed a pharmacist. For high school students who have made the decision to become pharmacists, the Early Assurance program is the way to go.

Early Assurance students who complete the two-year Pre-Pharmacy program at ACPHS and meet the stated progression requirements (see below) are guaranteed a seat in the first professional year (P1) of the Doctor of Pharmacy program. No reapplying. No worrying if there will be a spot for you.

Taking this route puts you on track to earning your Pharm.D. in just six years, as opposed to the eight years it typically takes when you get a four-year bachelor's degree first. There's no right or wrong way to do it, but it's nice to have options.

Students interested in enrolling in the first professional year (P1) of the Doctor of Pharmacy program should visit our Admissions website to learn more about the application process and the pre-requisite requirements.

Students who complete two years of undergraduate work at ACPHS and fulfill the following progression requirements are guaranteed a seat in the first professional year (P1) of the program.

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (see below)
  • Minimum PCAT score at or above the 20th percentile
  • Passing score in the PCAT Writing Assessments (3.0 on Writing Section)
  • Successful completion of In-Person Interview with two faculty or staff members of the College

Students who fulfill the progression requirements have the option to complete their professional work at the main campus in Albany, NY or at the satellite campus in Colchester, VT.

Cumulative GPA Categories

The College has an “Expected GPA” and a “Minimum GPA with Candidate Review” for progression into the first professional year (P1) as described below:

Expected GPA: 3.0
All students who meet their respective progression requirements will progress into the first professional year (P1).

Minimum GPA: 2.5
Minimum GPA that would be considered for review for admission. Window review and parameters are defined below.

Window GPA: 2.5 - 2.9
Students would be reviewed by the Pharmacy Admissions and Academic Standards Committee for possible admission into the first professional year (P1). This review would be conducted in the spring of the student's second year.

Doctor of Pharmacy at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Albany Campus
Nestled in the capital of New York State, our 25-acre campus features modern labs, a recently renovated library, a turf field and track, and an inviting student center with plenty of space to socialize or study.

Two-thirds of our students live right on campus, and since each of our programs is based on the advancement of human health, you’ll be assured of sharing your college experiences with a community of like-minded individuals.
Doctor of Pharmacy at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Vermont Campus
When we opened our Vermont Campus in 2009, we couldn’t have chosen a better location—minutes from the lively atmosphere of Church Street in Burlington, and just a few miles from the beautiful Lake Champlain waterfront.

With awe-inspiring 360-degree views, our intimate campus is equipped with the labs, classrooms, study spaces, and resources you need to realize your full potential.

Our Faculty

If you want to be a leader in your profession, who better to learn from than those who are the current leaders?

In 2015 alone, faculty members from the ACPHS Department of Pharmacy Practice ...

  • Delivered 60 invited presentations across the country
  • Authored or co-authored 14 book chapters
  • Received research funding to study subjects such as tobacco cessation, antibiotic resistance, kidney disease, obesity, and HIV.

This group includes individuals with positions of national prominence such as Sarah Peters, Pharm.D., MPH, BCOP, President of the 2,500 member Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association, and Tom Lodise, Pharm.D., Ph.D., who has a prestigious appointment with the Antibacterial Resistance Leadership Group.

These are your professors, your mentors. And each of them is here to help you learn, grow, and ultimately develop into a professional whom they will one day call their peer.

    While ACPHS boasts faculty experts across many areas of pharmacy, the College has made a concerted effort to build concentrations of faculty in the areas of Infectious Diseases and Nephrology (the study of the kidneys).

    Why is it important to have strengths in these two areas? The majority of drugs are eliminated by the kidney, so if you want to determine the optimal dose of a medication, you must have a good understanding of how the kidneys function.

    Our Infectious Diseases faculty approach the practice of medication dosing from a different, but equally important, perspective. They analyze data on patients who were treated for infections in order to better understand what dosing strategies worked best in real world practice, as opposed to the controlled settings of a clinical trial.

    Armed with knowledge of these two disciplines, you will be able to more accurately determine the best dosing and treatment strategy for your patient.

    Learning Environment

    The College employs a variety of technologies to ensure students on both of our campuses have the same exceptional learning experience. Depending on the class, these may include:

    • Live lectures broadcast between the campuses
    • In-class survey technology that helps faculty instantly gauge students' understanding of the material
    • Push-to-talk technology in the classroom that allows questions to be asked by a student on one campus to a faculty member on the other campus
    Doctor of Pharmacy at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
    Residencies and Fellowships
    Residencies and fellowships offer opportunities for graduates to obtain a more advanced level of pharmacy training after obtaining their Doctor of Pharmacy. Residencies are intended for students interested in a deeper understanding of clinical care, while fellowships are typically for those seeking additional experience in research.

    These opportunities are highly competitive, but the College’s Residency and Fellowship Committee is a great resource to help you navigate the process and ensure you do what it takes to get “matched” to a site of your choice.

    The College has enjoyed great success in this area, matching an average of 25 residents in recent years, with graduates having gone to places that include University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and the VA Boston Healthcare System.

    And if you are interested in a residency, but prefer to stay nearby, no problem. ACPHS also offers two residencies of our own!