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, without the requirement of reapplying or taking the PCAT Examination. *
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 PCAT. 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 if you earn a four-year bachelor's degree before applying to pharmacy school.
Students interested in enrolling in the first professional year (P1) of the Doctor of Pharmacy program should visit our Admissions webpage to learn more about the application process and the pre-requisite requirements.
Students with Early Assurance 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 for GPA categories)
- Successful completion of in-person Interview with two faculty or staff members
- Successful completion of an assigned writing assessment
Other requirements include no major violations of the ACPHS Student Conduct or Academic Integrity policies and completion of a criminal background check.
*PCAT is not required for Early Assurance students who enter the P1 year in fall 2018 or later.
Note: Transfer students entering the first professional year (P1) of the Doctor of Pharmacy program are still required to submit the PCAT Examination.
Cumulative GPA Categories
The College has an “Expected GPA” and a “Minimum GPA with Candidate Review” for progression into the first professional year (P1):
Expected GPA: 3.0
All students who meet their respective progression requirements will progress into the first professional year (P1).
Minimum GPA: 2.5
The minimum GPA you must receive by the end of the second pre-pharmacy year to be considered for admission into the first professional year of the pharmacy program.
Window GPA: 2.5 - 2.9
Students with a GPA below 3.0 and at least 2.5 after the second pre-pharmacy year are not guaranteed admission to the P1 year, but will be considered for admission by the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Pharmacy Admissions Committee. Students are strongly encouraged to submit PCAT scores to strengthen their candidacies. ACPHS has partnered with Kaplan Test Services to help students prepare for the PCAT.