Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences - Colchester, VT

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Katie Palmer
Assistant Director

Office of Admissions

106 New Scotland Ave
Albany, New York 12208

Phone (Work): 518-694-7868

Phone (Fax): 518-694-7322

Phone (Mobile): 518-708-3807

Website:

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 - Albany, New York

Program Description (back to top)

Announcement: 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! This year-round PharmD program is ideal for students who have already completed all or most of their undergraduate education and seek to enter the workforce as quickly as possible. We will continue to offer a traditional 4-year Doctor of Pharmacy degree at our Albany, New York campus.

 

Our Colchester, Vermont campus is located just outside of Burlington, within 1.5 hours of Montreal. It 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, biomedical startups, and some of the best craft breweries in the country. To learn more about our Vermont campus, visit http://www.acphs.edu/vermont-campus.

 

The students at our Vermont campus, where each entering class is typically less than 50 students, share a close relationship with the surrounding community. 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. This 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 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 https://www.acphs.edu/press-releases/acphs-rises-national-rankings.

 

For more information about the planned 3-year accelerated program, visit https://www.acphs.edu/accelerated-pharmd. For information about the traditional 4-year pharmacy program offered on our New York campus, visit https://www.acphs.edu/doctor-pharmacy.

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 90
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 80
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 40
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 0
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: 19-40
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: Spring 2019 term
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Total 63  90 
General Biology with Lab   12 
Biology Selective (generally 200-level) 
General Chemistry 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 
Organic Chemistry with Lab  12 
Statistics 
Calculus 
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

Yes

Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required

No

Tests (back to top)

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 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:

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
Details:

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:

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? 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
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.

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 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
First day of classes and/or matriculation: TBD
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes