Doctor of Pharmacy


Leverage your undergraduate degree or existing credits to earn a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in three or four years


Applications for admission into the first professional year (P1) of the Doctor of Pharmacy program will be accepted from students who have completed or plan to complete the prerequisite coursework. Students can apply to either the the 3-Year PharmD program (Accelerated) at the Vermont Campus, 4-Year PharmD program at the Albany Campus or both campuses. 

Application Process

Applications must be submitted online through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS). This application consists of:

biographical data

extracurricular activities

post-seconary institutions attended

personal statement

academic course history

PCAT scores*

work experience

2 letters of recommendation

official transcripts from all accredited U.S. and Canadian institutions attended

*A list of upcoming test dates can be found on the PCAT website.

The deadline for early-decision applications is September 1. All other applications must be submitted before March 1 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Qualified candidates will be invited to campus for an interview.

Prerequisite Coursework

Required coursework and semester hours for entry into the first professional year of the Doctor of Pharmacy Program is as follows:

General Chemistry* 8 semester hours or 12 quarter hours
General Biology* 8 semester hours or 12 quarter hours
Biology (generally 200-level) 3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours
Organic Chemistry* 8 semester hours or 12 quarter hours
Statistics 3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours
Calculus 3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours
Microbiology* 3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours
Physics* 3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours
Public Speaking or equivalent** 3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours
Humanities*** 9 semester hours or 13 quarter hours
Social Science Elective**** 3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours
General Electives (at least 6 of 9 credits should be Liberal Arts*****) 9 semester hours or 13 quarter hours

No credit will be accepted for grades lower than a “C” or for physical education courses.

* Science courses should be those required by science majors and should include labs

** Public Speaking may be fulfilled with any course with a significant public speaking component as demonstrated by the course syllabus

*** Examples of Humanities are English Literature, Composition, U.S. History, Western Civilization, Foreign Language, Philosophy, and cross-disciplinary humanities courses

**** Examples of Social Sciences are Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology, and Economics

***** Examples of Liberal Arts electives are 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 “C” or better was earned in the course; and the course was a 300 level (third year) course. A course must meet all three minimum criteria in order to be considered, however final approval is granted after review by ACPHS course faculty. Waiver of one, two or all three courses will not result in a decreased tuition rate. Requests for waiver should be directed to the Admissions Office.


Applicants who are not U.S. Citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents are required to submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), unless English has been the primary language of instruction for four or more years.

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.

Acceptance into ACPHS

Once a student is notified of acceptance, a non-refundable deposit of $500, along with the signed Enrollment Confirmation Form is 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.


77% of the 2018 Pharm.D. class secured a job two months BEFORE graduation
of the 2018 Pharm.D. Class graduated on time
Average salary ten years after attending: $124,700
of the 2017 Pharm.D. Class passed the NAPLEX exam on their first attempt