Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)

As the leading health care authorities on medication, pharmacists play essential roles in many aspects of patient care, including counseling patients, providing immunizations, and consulting with other members of the health care team.

Whether you attend classes on the Albany Campus or the Vermont Campus, the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program at ACPHS prepares you to work in a range of health care settings, giving you the ability to connect your professional and personal interests into a rewarding career.

One of the things that makes our Pharm.D. program special is the breadth and depth of our faculty. The faculty at the College specialize in areas that include oncology, pediatrics, nutrition, psychiatrics, infectious disease, geriatrics, health outcomes, nephrology, cardiology, and more. Whatever your interest in pharmacy, there is a good chance we have a faculty member who is an expert in that area. 

Combine this range of faculty expertise with opportunities for hands-on research activities, the ability to pursue international pharmacy rotations, and a network of  7,000 alumni in pharmacy and related fields, and it all adds up to an unbeatable education.

ACPHS Pharm.D. Facts

(1) 94.4% of Pharm.D. students in the Class of 2015 graduated on-time.
(2) 94.4% of Pharm.D. graduates from the Class of 2014 passed the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) exam on the first attempt.
(3) In a survey of graduates from the Class of 2015, 97% of respondents stated that they are employed or are pursuing post-graduate education.


Entry Options and Progression Requirements

First and second year students entering the Doctor of Pharmacy program at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will be offered Early Assurance.

Students interested in transferring into the first professional year of the Doctor of Pharmacy program should visit the Transfer Admissions section of the web site.

Early Assurance

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
  • 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.

Curriculum and Concentrations

The Pharm.D. curriculum (see sidebar of this page) uses active learning practices to help students master concepts related to the practice of pharmacy.

The College's Integrated Problem Solving (IPS) Workshops are one example of this approach. These workshops provide opportunities for students in work in small groups and apply their classroom knowledge to solving real world problems.

The Pharmacy Skills Lab Sequence is another core component of the curriculum that emphasizes active learning. Like the IPS workshops, it is present in each semester of the program.

The Skills Lab Sequence accomplishes pharmacy skill building that includes compounding and advanced communication techniques to be used when working with patients and other healthcare providers.

Students seeking to further distinguish themselves may concentrate on an area of study based upon their selection of elective courses and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) elective rotations.

The College offers two concentrations: Nephrology and Administration/Management/Economics (AME).

Students who complete the concentration requirements will receive a special designation appearing on their official college transcripts. 

International Rotation Experiences

Through the College's Office of Global Initiatives, opportunities exist for students to pursue Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE's) in the West Indies, Switzerland, China, Kenya, Guatemala, Japan, and more.

Visit the Experiential Education or Global Experiences section of our web site learn more about our elective rotations and enhanced track rotations.

Distance Technology

The College employs a variety of technologies to ensure students on both 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

Career Pathways

As America ages, health care becomes more accessible, and medications grow more complex, the demand for pharmacists will continue to be there.

Graduates from ACPHS’s Doctor of Pharmacy program practice in a variety of professional settings including: community pharmacies, hospitals, ambulatory care clinics, long term care facilities, managed care, government, health care agencies, and academia.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of pharmacists is expected to increase by 14 percent from 2012 to 2022. The 2012 median pay for a pharmacist was $116,670 per year.