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Pre-Pharmacy (2-Year) + PharmD (4-Year)

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Develop your pharmacy skills and begin your training early to accelerate your path to into our ACPE-accredited PharmD program and connections to rewarding pharmacy careers.

Overview & Distinctions


Pharmacists serve on the front lines of medicine as a critical component of patients’ health—whether working in the lab, the community, government, or in a clinical setting.

At D’Youville, we know that dedicated undergraduate students want to earn their professional credentials as quickly as possible. That’s why we’ve developed an Early Assurance Program, which allows our pre-pharmacy undergraduates to earn their Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree in just six years, unlike traditional programs which can take over 8 years to complete.

During the first two years in the Early Assurance program, you’ll take undergraduate classes (60-61 credits) followed by four years of coursework in D'Youville's ACPE-accredited School of Pharmacy's Doctor of Pharmacy program.

Why Choose D'Youville?

  • Begin supervised pharmacy practice experiences in the first semester of your third year of college (or first year in the professional program)
  • Get specialized advisement through the School of Pharmacy and participate in research opportunities only available to Pre-Pharmacy students.
  • Studies show that teamwork across clinical specialties improves patient outcomes. D'Youville's unique interdisciplinary education lab offers the opportunity for you to practice treating patients (played by actors) alongside a team of students from 7 other healthcare majors at D'Youville - all under the supervision of a skilled instructor.
  • D'Youville PharmD graduates achieve excellent scores on national and state licensing exams; Our graduates report a 100% job placement rate within six months of graduation.

Automatic Merit-Based Scholarships

Early assurance students are eligible for our generous scholarships, which greatly reduce the cost of tuition, room, and board.

When you apply for admission at D’Youville, we’ll automatically consider you for our merit scholarships. Undergraduate scholarships can cover as much as 50% of your tuition, and there is no need to fill out a separate application!

Transfer students can qualify for scholarships, as well. And unlike other schools, maintaining your scholarship is easier at D'Youville because we use a realistic 2.25 GPA requirement to determine your eligibility for merit-based scholarships each year. 

Check out the chart below to see if you qualify:
Scholarships GPA Scholarship Amount
President's 88+ $14,000
Founder's 83 - 87.9 $12,000
Dean's 80 - 82.9 $10,000
Transfer 3.5+ $5,500
Transfer 3.25 - 3.49 $5,000
Transfer 3.0 - 3.24 $4,500
Transfer 2.75 - 2.99 $4,000

Find more information and additional scholarships on our scholarships page.

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Early Assurance


This program gives talented freshmen the advantage of securing a seat in the D’Youville School of Pharmacy’s (DYCSOP) four-year PharmD degree program after completing two years of prerequisite undergraduate course work. The Early Assurance to Direct Admission program offers a significant advantage to those qualifying students by not requiring the PCAT while guaranteeing a seat within the School of Pharmacy. 

Admission Requirements


At D'Youville, we are committed to selecting students who are academically well-rounded and committed to meeting the challenges of a high-quality education. If you have been successful in a traditional college preparatory program in high school, you should be well-prepared for the academic challenges at D'Youville. While we don't require you to submit ACT or SAT test scores, if you have taken or intend to take a standardized test we encourage you to submit your scores if you'd like them to be evaluated as part of your application.

First Time in College Freshman Requirements:

  • Submitted application for admission
  • Official high school transcripts
    • An overall weighted GPA of 85 with successful completion of high school graduation requirements and three years of math, history, english, and science.

Not Required (utilized in a holistic review for admission if provided):

  • Standardized SAT/ACT test scores
  • Admissions essay
  • Letters of recommendation

Transfer Admission Required Review Criteria:

  • Submitted application for admission
    • Applications are free of charge and can be found on our apply webpage.
  • Official transcripts from ALL previously attended colleges/universities
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5

 Not Required (utilized in a holistic review for admission if provided):

  • Coursework relevant to major of interest
  • Admissions essay
  • Letters of recommendation

Courses Two-Year

Courses Two-Year Track

Once accepted, Pre-Pharmacy students complete the D'Youville courses listed below. Early Assurance and Earned Early Assurance students need to earn a grade of C or better in each course without repeating any class.

Find detailed course information for the prerequisite Doctor of Pharmacy program, tools to plan your education, and complete academic policies and procedures in the D'Youville academic catalog.

Course Requirements


Introductory Biology I 4
Intro Bio Lab I 0
General Chemistry I 3
General Chemistry Laboratory 1
Humanities Seminar 3
Calculus I 4
Total Credits 15


Introductory Biology II 4
Intro Bio Lab II 0
General Chemistry II 3
General Chemistry Laboratory II 1
English, Writing or Literature Elective of Choice 3
Social Science or Humanities 6
Total Credits 17


Human Biomedical Science with Lab** 4
Organic Chemistry 3
Organic Chemistry Lab 1
Introduction to Applied Statistics 4
General Physics I 3
Gen Physics Lab I 1
Total Credits 16


Human Biomedical Science with Lab** 4
Organic Chemistry II 3
Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
Public Speaking 3
Macroeconomics 3
Social Science or Humanities*** 3
Free elective/Human Biomedical Science with Lab (200 level or higher or course equivalent) 4
Total Credits 21

** Two 200-level or higher Human Biomedical Science courses without labs can be substituted for a single Human Biomedical Science with Lab. The Biomedical Science courses that are acceptable include Microbiology, Anatomy, Physiology, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, and/or Pharmacology. Microbiology or Anatomy and Physiology are recommended.

*** Acceptable Social Sciences are Sociology, Psychology, History or Political Science.
Acceptable Humanities are Ethics, Philosophy, Fine Arts, Literature, Religious Studies, and Foreign Languages.

    1. Two 200-level or higher Human Biomedical science courses without labs can be substituted for a single Human Biomedical Science with Lab. The Biomedical Science courses that are acceptable include Microbiology, Anatomy, Physiology, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, and Pharmacology. However, Microbiology or Anatomy and Physiology are recommended.
    2. Acceptable Social Sciences are Sociology, Psychology, History or Political Science.
    3. Acceptable Humanities are Ethics, Philosophy, Fine Arts, Literature, Religious Studies and Foreign Language.
    4. All pre-requisite coursework must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.0/4.0) or better.
    5. Science and Math courses should be current, completed no more than five years prior to enrollment.
    6. All prerequisite Math and Science courses must be equivalent in scope and rigor to those required for Math, Chemistry and Biology majors at D’Youville.
    7. All students are expected to be proficient in the implementation of computer operating systems, software applications for word processing, statistical analysis, database management, presentations, e-mail, and the use of online databases.

Selected applicants will be invited to campus for an interview. The interview process employs a series of multiple mini-interviews to assess non-cognitive skills important to rendering patient-centered care. The School of Pharmacy’s core values (excellence, lifelong learning, cultural diversity, professionalism, leadership, social responsibility, critical inquiry, and collaboration) are the domains evaluated by the mini-interviews.

Military Pharm Tech Pathway

Online Military Pharm Tech Pathway (18 Months)

Our unique, online military pharm tech pathway is designed for active duty pharmacy technicians in the military to complete course prerequesites and prepare for our PharmD program in only 18 months. With online classes, you'll be able to complete courses while still continuing your duties. Since you've likely already completed important coursework, you'll be able to transfer in nearly of third of your required courses, setting you on an accelerated path to acceptance and your pharmacy career.

Credits Taken at D'Youville 42
Transfer Credits Accepted 19
Total Credits 61

Practice Experience

Practice Experience

Experiential education is one of the core elements of D’Youville’s pharmacy program. And while pre-pharmacy students do not begin supervised pharmacy practice experiences until they begin the PharmD program, throughout their studies they receive learning and experience which will help them to excel in their clinical experiences as they move into their PharmD studies.

D’Youville’s pre-pharmacy program emphasizes such vital skills as:
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Communication in both written and oral modes
  • Time management
  • Organizational competencies

The Office of Experiential Education coordinates and manages all aspects of experiential education for the School of Pharmacy once students begin their graduate studies. From introductory rotations to advanced experiences with innovative and progressive pharmacy practices, the Office of Experiential Education works with students, preceptors, and faculty to ensure a highly successful learning experience.

The Office of Experiential Education is willing and able to place students in rotations in pharmacies anywhere within the U.S. and in several international locations as well. Some international opportunities include Haiti, Uganda, Ecuador, Turks and Caicos, London and China.



Our program prepares you for general pharmacy practice.

A Pharmacist's role

Pharmacists do a lot more than just dispense medications. Today's pharmacists serve on the front lines of medicine as a critical component of patients’ health—whether working in the lab, the community, government, or in a clinical setting. 

Today’s pharmacists act as part of an integrated healthcare team, educating patients on the use of both prescription and over-the-counter medications, advising physicians and other healthcare professionals on the best use of therapeutic medications, and offering advice about drug interactions and side effects.

Pharmacists also participate in the research and development of new drugs, consult on drug manufacture and usage, and inform public health policy in relation to new and existing medications. 

Industries & settings

Pharmacists work in a variety of healthcare settings in a variety of roles including:

Community pharmacists working in retail settings dispensing medications, advising patients on drug effects and interactions, and providing primary health care services such as flu and shingles vaccinations.

Clinical pharmacists working in hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare settings. Clinical pharmacists work as part of an integrated healthcare team in the hospital. They provide advice on dosage and timing of medications, efficacy of specific pharmaceuticals and their alternatives, and the role of medications in the treatment of a variety of health conditions and diseases.

Consultant pharmacists providing advice on medications to institutions such as hospitals or health insurance companies. Some consultant pharmacists also provide direct consultation to patients through their own private practices.

Pharmaceutical industry pharmacists working in the pharmaceutical industry in areas ranging from marketing to sales to research.

Job Outlook

Pharmacists are in demand and well compensated. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median wage for pharmacists in 2014 was over $120,950. 

For more information about the job outlook for pharmacists, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

A pharmacist works in the lab.


Pharmacy students at D'Youville learn to work as part of a collaborative healthcare team through Interprofessional Education Labs.

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Shoshanna Zucker, a professor in D'Youville's School of Pharmacy

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"My research utilizes cell and molecular biology to investigate how oxidative stress can serve as a tool to promote cell death in cancer cells." 

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Chau Nguyen, a professor in D'Youville's School of Pharmacy

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"I'm specifically interested in better understanding the molecular basis of neuropsychiatric disorders and cardiovascular diseases." 

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