Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences - Albany, NY

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

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

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • 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 

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences 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, the College is committed to providing an education for students that will prepare them to be beyond practice ready upon entering the profession. ACPHS recently has 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 pharmacy and to view a video documenting its opening, visit


    Outside of the classroom, the College’s dedication to pharmacy and health sciences permeates the campus through professional clubs, organizations, and activities. 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 2016, 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 ten years after  enrollment by the College Scorecard.


    For more information about the Doctor of Pharmacy Program at ACPHS, visit

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • 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
      • Details: 
    • 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

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • 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.


    • Does your program accept AP credits for prerequisite coursework? Yes

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? No

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: July 2016
      • Details: 

        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? Yes
      • Details: 

        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: 

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  11. Residency ↑ 

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

  12. Foreign Applicants ↑ 

    • 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
    • Details: 

      ACPHS accepts WES and ECE evaluations only.

  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • 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
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • 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

  14. Interviews ↑ 

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

      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.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • 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? Yes
      • Amount: $500.00
      • Due: Within two weeks of acceptance
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • TBD 
      • Details: 
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: Rarely, on a case-by-case basis.