Doctor of Pharmacy Program
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.
What makes our Pharm.D. program special is the breadth and depth of our faculty.
The faculty at the College have specialties in areas that include oncology, tobacco
cessation, nutrition, infectious disease, nephrology and diabetes. This means they
are able to keep up with the latest developments in the treatment of patients suffering
from these diseases and share that information with you. Many of these same faculty
also teach and mentor students at their practice sites, so that you can watch and
learn from the experts.
Entry Options and Progression Requirements
First- and second-year students entering the Doctor of Pharmacy
program at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences have two distinct classifications: Early Assurance and
Pre-Pharmacy. Details on each category can be found on the
Entry Options and Progression Requirements page.
interested in transferring into the Doctor of Pharmacy program on the Albany Campus or enrolling on the Vermont Campus should visit the linked page in
the Admissions section of the web site.
To view the Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum, please click here.
Beginning at the end of the first professional year, students
a series of pharmacy practice experiences ("rotations") that
allow them to apply what they have learned in classrooms and
labs in a "real world" pharmacy setting.
In the past five years, approximately 98% of ACPHS graduates have passed the North
American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) on the first attempt. To learn
more about licensure requirements in New York and Vermont, please visit our licensure
As America ages and medications become more complex, the demand for pharmacists remains strong. 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.
A study released in December 2008 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) estimates that the nationwide pharmacist shortage that exists today will further expand in the coming years. By 2016, HHS projects a shortfall of 25,100 pharmacists across the U.S., meaning approximately 10% of available jobs at that time will be unfilled.