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 Albany Campus, the Vermont Campus or both campuses.
Applications must be submitted online through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS). This application consists of:
post-seconary institutions attended
academic course history
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.
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.