Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences – Albany, NY

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Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences – Albany, NY

  • City , State Albany, New York
  • Est. Tution $167,120
  • Deadline 6/1/2022
  • Apply Now


University Quick Facts

Duration: 0-6/7 Years Courses: 63 Faculty: 68
Est. Applications: 909 Acceptance Rate: 23% Est. Class Size: 208

Program Description

Our Albany, NY campus is 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, 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.

Outside of the classroom, students enjoy an array of extracurriculars, such as athletics, performing arts, clubs, and professional organizations. In addition, the city of Albany offers political, cultural, and social opportunities. The region’s population of over a million people includes 60,000 college students, providing students access a major metropolitan area with the feel a tight-knit college town.

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.

Visit our website to learn more about the 4-year pharmacy program offered on our New York campus or the 3-year accelerated program offered on our Vermont campus.


PharmD Program Highlights

  • Private Institution
  • No Baccalaureate Degree Required
  • $500 deposit to hold acceptance
  • Conducts interviews of applicants
  • Participates in Early Decision Program (EDP)
  • PCAT composite score Required Minimum 20
  • Minimum Two (2) Letters of Reference are required
  • Utilizes the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)
  • No Participates in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service



Location: 106 New Scotland Ave, Albany, New York 12208

Acceptance Rate for Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

23%: See other Schools with an acceptance rate under 23%

School Demographics (2018)

Female: 59% Male: 41% Age: 18-61


Tuition: $41,780 per year
Tuition Fees: $625 per year


PCAT Score and G.P.A

Minimum GPA: 2.5 Average GPA: 2.5 Minimum PCAT: 20


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:
Spring 2019 term

Course Prerequisites Table

Course Title Semester/Quarter Hours
General Chemistry w/lab 8/12
Organic Chemistry w/lab 8/12
General Biology w/lab 8/12
Biology selective 3/4
Microbiology w/lab 3/4
Physics w/lab 3/4
Calculus 3/4
Statistics 3/4
Social Science 3/4
Humanities 9/12
General Electives (at least 6 of 9 credits should be Liberal Arts) 9/12
Public Speaking or equivalent 3/4
Total 63/90

Letter of Recommendation Requirements

General Information 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:
LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: Co-Worker, Employer, Faculty Advisor, Health Care Professional, Pharmacist, Politician, Pre-Health Advisor, Professor of Liberal Arts, Math and Science, Supervisor, Teaching Assistant
Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types.

Pre-Health Adviser
Advisor must have 2+ years of familiarity with the applicant and have 10 plus years advising experience and limit the number of such LOR’s they deliver to a top specified percent of advisees.

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: Clergy, Friend
Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
A Committee Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
Does it count as more than one LOR? Varies
Are Composite Letters accepted?

Does it count as more than one LOR?

Conditionally Accepted


Interview Information

Interview Format: Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
Interview Dates:
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.



June 1, 2022

General School Information


Dual Degree Program? Yes
Part of an academic health center? No
Pharmacy observation hours required? No
Supplemental application requirement? No
Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
Follows the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? No
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No

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