Doctor of Pharmacy

If you have what it takes, you’ll find that pharmacy is about so much more than a job. It’s about a whole life’s worth of challenging and fulfilling work all done to improve the quality of life for patients.

Doctor of Pharmacy at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Redefine Pharmacy
Enroll in the Doctor of Pharmacy program at the #1 value-added College in the nation, according to the 2019 The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education rankings.

Take advantage of unique learning opportunities at our campus:
- Gain firsthand experience in a student-operated pharmacy
- Obtain your pharmacy intern permit and help immunize patients after the P1 year
- Participate in cutting-edge research with faculty in the areas of nephrology, public health, infectious disease, or epigenetics
- Explore 600+ rotation sites that meet experiential education requirements

High school graduates can attend the first two pre-pharmacy years and be guaranteed a seat in the 4-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy program. Transfer students with some college credits can apply for entry into the first or second pre-pharmacy year.

Students who have earned an undergraduate degree and meet the pre-requisite criteria may apply for the first professional year (P1) of the Pharm.D. program.

Earn your degree from the school ranked #2 in salary, 10 years after graduating, by College Scorecard. And while you're here, leverage your PharmD degree to obtain a residency or fellowship as you progress in your career.


in NY, and #2 in the US, for best return on investment (ROI)
of the 2021 Pharm.D. Class passed the NAPLEX on their first attempt

Our Faculty and The Learning Environment

Our faculty are knowledgeable about the topics they teach and are often among the leading experts in their areas of study.  They are passionate advocates in their disciplines and spend many hours developing the next generation of professionals in health related fields.

Courses are taught using a mix of in-person and virtual lectures. This flexible teaching format enables ACPHS to deliver a current and relevant curriculum that leverages faculty expertise.

When they're not teaching, faculty can be found providing direct patient care, collaborating with inter-professional teams, conducting research, delivering presentations at regional, national and international conferences, preparing publications, and writing research grants.

ACPHS faculty are also actively engaged with students in other capacities, such as supervising students in experiential settings, offering academic and career advisement, and serving as advisors to student clubs and organizations.

While ACPHS boasts faculty experts across many areas of pharmacy, the College has made a concerted effort to build faculty specialties in the areas of Infectious Diseases and Nephrology (the study of the kidneys).

Why is it important to have strengths in these two areas? The majority of drugs are eliminated by the kidney, so if you want to determine the optimal dose of a medication, you must have a good understanding of how the kidneys function.

Our Infectious Diseases faculty approach the practice of medication dosing from a different, but equally important, perspective. They analyze data on patients who were treated for infections in order to better understand what dosing strategies worked best in real world practice, as opposed to the controlled settings of a clinical trial.

Armed with knowledge of these two disciplines, you will be able to more accurately determine the best dosing and treatment strategy for your patient.

The College employs a variety of technologies to ensure students on both of our 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
Pharmacy Residencies
Pharm.D. graduates who are interested in obtaining additional training, specializing in a specific area of pharmacy, pursuing careers in academia, or who simply want to differentiate themselves in a competitive marketplace, should consider a pharmacy residency.

These opportunities are highly competitive, but the College’s Residency and Fellowship Committee is a great resource to help you navigate the process and ensure you do what it takes to get “matched” with one of your top choices.

The College has enjoyed excellent success in this area, matching an average of more than 30 first-year residents (Post-Graduate Year 1 or PGY1) in recent years at locations that include the University of California San Francisco Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and the VA Boston Healthcare System.

For students who have completed their first year of residency, ACPHS also offers PGY2 residencies in the areas of ambulatory care, cardiology, endocrinology, and primary care.
For important information about licensure in the Unites States, please review our     Professional Licensure Disclosures or contact the college admissions office.