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ACPHS Eliminates PCAT Requirement for Its Pre-Pharmacy Students

March 10, 2017

The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has updated its pharmacy admissions process to remove the PCAT requirement for ACPHS students with Early Assurance into the Doctor of Pharmacy program. The change will become effective starting with the class who enters the first professional year (P1) in fall 2018.

Early Assurance guarantees accepted high school students’ admission into the College’s Doctor of Pharmacy program (Pharm.D.) after meeting the following progression requirements during their first two undergraduate years:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Successful completion of an in-person interview with two faculty or staff members
  • Successful completion of all pre-requisite coursework
  • Successful completion of writing assessment administered during sophomore year

Other requirements include no major violations of the ACPHS Student Conduct or Academic Integrity policies and completion of a criminal background check.

Students who fulfill the progression requirements have the option to complete their professional coursework in Albany, NY or in Colchester, VT.

The removal of the PCAT requirement applies only to ACPHS Early Assurance students at this time. Internal Bachelor of Science students and transfer students seeking to enter directly into the first year (P1) of the Pharm.D. program will still be required to submit their PCAT scores as part of the application process.

By entering and meeting the Early Assurance requirements, ACPHS students can earn their Doctor of Pharmacy degree in six years. Without Early Assurance, it can take as many as eight years to complete.

About Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Founded in 1881, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is a private, independent institution with a long tradition of academic and research excellence. The College is committed to educating the next generation of leaders in the health care professions and translating scientific discoveries into therapies that benefit humankind. In addition to its doctor of pharmacy program, ACPHS offers five bachelor’s programs and five graduate programs in the health sciences. The College has campuses in Albany, New York and Colchester, Vermont.


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