Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences - Albany, NY

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Katie Palmer
Assistant Director

Office of Admissions

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
106 New Scotland Ave
Albany, New York 12208

Phone (Work): 518-694-7868

Phone (Fax): 518-694-7322

Phone (Mobile): 518-708-3807


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: March 1, 2019

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation

Program Information (back to top)

Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? No
Institution Type: Private
Is your institution part of an academic health center? No
Type of academic term:
  • Semester (two terms per academic year)
Dual Degree Programs Yes
If Yes, Check all that apply:
  • PharmD/M.B.A
Structure of your PharmD program: 0-6 (no prepharmacy requirements)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
Open House Information:
Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
Alternative enrollment options available
  • Early Assurance
Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)? Yes
Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No
Satellite/Branch Campuses:
  • Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences - Vermont

Program Description (back to top)

Announcement: The pharmacy program offered on our Albany, NY campus is a traditional 4-year degree. We’re excited to announce we plan to offer a 3-year Doctor of Pharmacy degree at our Colchester, Vermont campus in June 2019, pending ACPE approval.


Our Albany, NY campus is located in the capital city of New York, within 2.5 hours of Boston and New York City and within close proximity to major medical centers (such as Albany Medical Center), laboratories, and government agencies.


As the role of pharmacists evolves to a more patient-focused landscape, we are committed to providing an education for students that will prepare them to be beyond practice ready upon entering their careers. We recently opened two student-operated pharmacies near campus, providing students an entrepreneurial experience to strengthen skills in communication, leadership, and service to a diverse population. For more information on the student-operated pharmacies, visit


Outside of the classroom, the College’s dedication to pharmacy and health sciences permeates the campus through professional clubs, organizations, and activities. Students enjoy an array of extracurriculars, such as athletics, performing arts, and clubs. In addition, the city of Albany offers political, cultural, and social opportunities for students to complement their pharmacy education. The region’s population of over a million people includes over 60,000 college students, providing students access a major metropolitan area with the feel a tight-knit college town.


In a survey of graduates from the Class of 2017, 95% of respondents stated that they are employed or are pursuing post-graduate opportunities. Furthermore, ACPHS was recently ranked the #1 value added college nationally by a report from the Brookings Institution of 3,173 colleges and #2 for average salaries 10 years after enrollment by the College Scorecard. See all ACPHS rankings at


For information about the 4-year pharmacy program offered on our New York campus, visit For more information about the planned 3-year accelerated program offered on our Vermont campus, visit

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 300
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 275
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 200
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 120
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class:
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class:
Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.5
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: 20th percentile
Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 0 years
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? No
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 40%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 60%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.3
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 19-32
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 4:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 63
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 33
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 90
Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2019 term
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Total 63  90 
General Biology with Lab   12 
Physics with Lab  
Social Science 
Humanities  13 
Public Speaking or equivalent 
General Electives (at least 6 of 9 credits should be Liberal Arts)   13 
Biology Selective (generally 200-level)  
General Chemistry with Lab   12 
Organic Chemistry with Lab   12 
Microbiology with lab 

Additional Information

No credit will be accepted for grades lower than "C" or for physical education courses.

(a) Science courses should be those required by science majors

(b) Examples of Humanities are English literature, composition, U.S. history, Western Civilization, or cross-disciplinary humanities courses

(c) Examples of Social Sciences are Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology, and Economics

(d) Examples of Liberal Arts electives art, music, sociology, history, psychology, anthropology, foreign language, political science, economics and English

(e) Public Speaking may be fulfilled with any course with a significant public speaking component


Please call the Office of Admissions for more information.


AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: July 2016

It is recommended that the PCAT exam is completed in summer or fall. January exam results will be accepted.

Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
TOEFL® required?



International applicants will be required to submit the TOEFL unless English has been the primary language of instruction for four or more years.

Note:Select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS.
Other required tests or credentials:

Experience (back to top)

Is health care-related experience required? Not required but recommended

Residency (back to top)

Is proof of state residency required? No
Is preference given to state residents? No
Is preference given to residents of other states? No

Foreign Applicants (back to top)

Is proof of U.S. residency required? No
Are foreign citizens considered? Yes
Are U.S. permanent residents considered? Yes
Are Canadian citizens considered? Yes
Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS AND Send an original foreign transcript directly to the school
Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: 3/1/2019 Received by deadline

ACPHS accepts WES and ECE evaluations only.

Letters of Reference (back to top)

Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
Number of LORs you accept: Two (2)
Are LORs required? Yes
Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
Institution Specific Details:

ACPHS requires two letters from academic or professional sources.  At least one letter should be written by post-secondary faculty from math or science disciplines, or, a health professional or pharmacist working in a clinical setting.

LOR types that are REQUIRED:


  • Employer
  • Health Care Professional
  • Pharmacist
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • Professor (Liberal Arts)
  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)
  • Supervisor


Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types.

  • Faculty Adviser
  • Teaching Assistant

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Clergy
  • Co-Worker
  • Family Member
  • Friend
  • Politician
Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
Does it count as more than one LOR? No
Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
Interview Dates:
  • September through May on a rolling basis

Qualified applicants will be invited for on-campus interviews. Interviewees meet with faculty to discuss their motivation for a pharmacy career, their experience in healthcare, and leadership roles. Interviewees' communication skills, professionalism, and maturity are assessed.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are mailed following the applicant interview on a rolling basis.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Two weeks from date of acceptance letter.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $500.00
Due: Within two weeks of acceptance
Refundable? No
New Student Orientation Information:
  • TBD
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes