First Professional Year of Doctor of Pharmacy Program
The process outlined below is for students interested in enrolling in the first professional year of the Doctor of Pharmacy program on the Albany Campus or the Vermont Campus.
All other applicants to the College should visit the main Admissions page to determine which of the available programs/options are best suited to their interests, backgrounds, and experiences.
Applications for admission into the first professional year of the Doctor of Pharmacy program will be accepted from students who have completed or plan to complete the prerequisite coursework.
Applications must be submitted through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS), which will process and forward all applications to the College. Applicants will have to submit a complete web-based application comprised of biographical data, post-secondary institutions attended, academic course history, work experience, extracurricular activities, a personal statement, PCAT scores (a list of upcoming test dates can be found on the PCAT web site), three letters of recommendation, and official transcripts from all accredited U.S. and Canadian institutions attended.
Supplemental Application and Fee
Applicants must also complete the College's supplemental application and pay the supplemental fee of $50. A link to the supplemental application will be emailed to applicants when ACPHS receives the verified application from PharmCAS.
Applications will not be reviewed until the supplemental application and fee have been received.
To ensure full consideration and a place in the incoming class, the completed application must be submitted before the March 1 deadline, with an early-decision deadline of September 1. Qualified candidates will be invited to campus for an interview.
Once a student is notified of acceptance, a non-refundable deposit of $500, along with the signed Enrollment Confirmation Form will be required to reserve a place in the incoming class, as long as space remains available. In the event that enrollment exceeds capacity, ACPHS reserves the right to return the admission deposit based on the date received.
Required coursework and semester hours for entry into the first professional year of the Doctor of Pharmacy Program is as follows:
|General Chemistry I & II* ||8 semester hours |
|General Biology I & II* ||8 semester hours |
|Biology (200 level or higher) ||3 semester hours |
|Organic Chemistry I & II* ||8 semester hours |
|Statistics ||3 semester hours |
|Calculus I ||4 semester hours |
|Microbiology* ||4 semester hours |
|Physics I & II * ||8 semester hours |
|General Psychology ||3 semester hours |
|Humanities** ||9 semester hours |
|Public Speaking ||3 semester hours |
|Liberal Arts electives*** ||9 semester hours |
No credit will be accepted for grades lower than "C" (C- is not acceptable) or for physical education courses. ACPHS reserves the right to refuse the transfer of any previously earned college credits.
* Science courses must be those required by science majors and include labs.
** Humanities credits can be taken from English literature, composition, US history, western civilization, or cross-disciplinary humanities courses.
*** Liberal arts electives include art, music, sociology, history, psychology, anthropology, foreign language, political science, economics and English
Course Waivers for Accepted Students
Students accepted into the Doctor of Pharmacy program at ACPHS are required to take all courses in the program at the College. This requirement may be waived for students with academic credit for biochemistry, molecular biology, and/or immunology courses taken at other academic institutions. The following must be met for waiver consideration: academic credit must have been earned within the last three years at a regionally accredited institution; a grade of “B” or better was earned in the course; and the course was a 300 level (third year) course. Requests for waiver should be e-mailed to the Pharmacy and Graduate Admissions Office by July 1.
Applicants who have studied for fewer than 10 years where English is the primary language of instruction are required to submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score on the TOEFL of 474 paper-based (70% of the maximum score of 677), or 84 Internet-based (70% of the maximum score of 120) must be achieved to be considered for admission.