Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences - Colchester, VT



  1. Contact Information ↑ 


  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2018:  March 1, 2018


  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:
      • Dates:  
      • Details:  
    • 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 - Albany, New York 



  5. Program Description ↑ 

    Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences’ Vermont campus is located just outside of Burlington, within 1.5 hours of Montreal and within close proximity to major medical centers, laboratories, and government agencies.

     

    The ACPHS Vermont campus is the only school of pharmacy in the state. Nestled in a valley along the banks of Lake Champlain between the Green Mountain and the Adirondack Mountain ranges, the setting provides an enriching complement of natural beauty and cutting-edge innovation. Nearby is the city of Burlington, a bustling community known for numerous quality of life awards, health care breakthroughs at the University of Vermont Medical Center, and biomedical startups. It offers opportunities for students to complete their work in a vibrant locale that attracts many young professionals. For more information on this campus, visit http://www.acphs.edu/vermont-campus.

     

    This campus and the surrounding community are tight-knit. For example, in the spring of 2016, ACPHS students teamed with the Vermont Pharmacists Association to influence legislation of S.243 which has since been signed into law. It expands the role of Vermont pharmacists as healthcare providers and in the prevention of opioid abuse.

     

    In a survey of graduates from the Class of 2015, 97% 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.

     

    For more information about the Doctor of Pharmacy Program at ACPHS, visit www.acphs.edu/PharmD.


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2018 entering class: 90
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2018 entering class: 80
    • Estimated fall 2018 entering class size including early assurance: 40
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2018: 0
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class: 
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2018 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
    • Estimated percent of males in 2017 entering class: 40%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2017 entering class: 60%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2017 entering class: 3.3
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2017 class: 19-40
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2017 class: 4:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 70
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 39
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 105
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2018 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 70  105 
      General Biology I and II with Lab   12 
      200 level or higher Biology course 
      General Chemistry I and II with Lab  12 
      Physics I and II with Lab  12 
      Psychology  
      Humanities  15 
      Public Speaking Intensive Course 
      Liberal Arts electives   14 
      Organic Chemistry I and II with Lab  12 
      Statistics 
      Calculus 
      Microbiology with lab 
    • Additional Information: 

      No credit will be accepted for grades lower than "C" (C- is not acceptable) or for physical education courses. ACPHS reserves the right to refuse the transfer of any previously earned college credits.

      (a) Science courses must be those required by science majors and include labs.

      (b) Humanities credits can be taken from English literature, composition, U.S. history, Western Civilization, or cross-disciplinary humanities courses.

      (c) Liberal arts electives include art, music, sociology, history, psychology, anthropology, foreign language, political science, economics and English

    • 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 2015
      • 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 complete the TOEFL exam unless English has been their 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? Yes
    • 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: 6/1/2018 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: 
    • LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED: 
      • Employer
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • 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? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? No

  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 an on-campus in-person interview. Interviewees meet with faculty members to discuss their motivation for a pharmacy career, 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 the date of acceptance letter.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $500.00
      • Due: Two weeks from date of acceptance letter
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • TBD 
      • Details: 
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: TBD
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: Rarely, on a case-by-case basis.