Doctor of Pharmacy


Early Assurance

Unlike other programs, you'll never have to reapply or worry about placement.

High school students entering the Doctor of Pharmacy program can earn an advanced degree in just six years with the ACPHS early assurance pathway. By meeting the stated progression requirements (see below) of the two-year Pre-Pharmacy program, you are guaranteed a seat in the first professional year (P1) of the Doctor of Pharmacy program.

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.

Progression Requirements

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.