Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Where is the D'Youville College School of Pharmacy located?
    D'Youville College is an independent, urban, coeducational institution located in Buffalo, New York. Buffalo is the second largest city in New York State, with a population of 261,310 (2010 Census).
  2. Is Buffalo winter weather as bad as everyone says it is?
    While Buffalo has earned a reputation for snowy winters, you might be surprised to know it is not the snowiest city in New York State, or the United States for that matter.
  3. What is the status of the D'Youville College School of Pharmacy?
    The D’Youville College School of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).
  4. When was the first class admitted?
    Our inaugural class began in the fall of 2010. Our first class graduated in May 2014.
  5. How can I apply for admission?
    High school seniors who are interested in the pre-pharmacy track or early assurance program can contact:
    Undergraduate Admissions
    Telephone: (716) 829-7600
    Toll free 1 (800) 777-3921
    Current college students interested in transferring to complete required prerequisites are also encouraged to contact Undergraduate Admissions.
    Students who have successfully completed the required prerequisites can apply to the four-year Doctor of Pharmacy degree (PharmD) program via the Pharmacy College Admissions Service, PharmCAS. Applicants must submit the results of the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT, code 104), official transcripts from all colleges previously attended, and three letters of recommendation. Non-US citizens must also take the TOEFL and TSE and have the scores reported to PharmCAS.
  6. What are the prerequisite courses?
    Admission to D'Youville's four-year PharmD program requires completion of a minimum of 65 credits hours of pre-professional education at an accredited college or university. View list of prerequisite courses.
  7. What is the Early Assurance program?
    D'Youville College School of Pharmacy offers an Early Assurance program for exceptional incoming freshmen who meet the established criteria. Eligible students will be guaranteed a seat in the Doctor of Pharmacy program after successful completion of their prerequisite coursework, a satisfactory interview, and a competitive score on the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT). Early Assurance students are afforded the opportunity to avoid the competitive selection process of traditional admission to the PharmD program. Students who meet Early Assurance standards are eligible for additional scholarships that may be maintained though their first year of professional study. More information about the EA program.
  8. What is Earn Early Assurance
    Pre-Pharmacy students can now earn Early Assurance (EA) status while attending D'Youville College. Students who do not initially meet the criteria required to enter into D'Youville College as an EA student directly out of High School, can now earn Early Assurance status after their freshman year providing they receive a B or better in all prerequisite courses and earn a 3.0 or greater overall GPA. All students who earn EA status while attending D'Youville College will have a seat reserved for them in the D'Youville College School of Pharmacy. All earned Early Assurance students will be expected to continue to meet and maintain all standard EA requirements for direct entry into the doctor of pharmacy program.
  9. What is the PCAT?
    The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) is a standardized exam that helps to identify qualified applicants to pharmacy colleges. The exam tests general academic ability and the scientific knowledge necessary to succeed in pharmacy school. More information about PCAT.
  10. Do you accept the January PCAT scores?
    Yes, the January PCAT is the last date we can accept. Students are encouraged to contact the School of Pharmacy to ensure scores have been received.
  11. What are the oldest coursework or PCAT scores you accept?
    Science and math courses should be current and completed no more than five years prior to enrollment. The PCAT should be taken within three years.
  12. What are the minimum GPA and PCAT scores required in order to apply?
    We require a minimum Math and Science prerequisite GPA of 2.50. We also require a minimum overall prerequisite GPA of 2.50. No minimum PCAT score is required; however competitive applicants usually score in the 65th percentile.
  13. What happens when I repeat a course?
    When a course is repeated, both the initial and repeat grades for the course will be used in calculating the math and science GPA and overall prerequisite GPA. Our admissions committee looks for successful completion of coursework with minimal withdrawals or repeats.
  14. Who should a get a letter of recommendation from?
    It is recommended, but not required, that letters be written by an employer, faculty adviser, healthcare professional, pharmacist, pre-health adviser, supervisor, or a liberal arts, math, or science professor. Letters are not accepted from clergy members, family members, friends, politicians, or teaching assistants.
  15. Do I need pharmacy-related work experience?
    Students are encouraged, but not required, to obtain pharmacy related work or volunteer experience. Some of our current students were employed at community or hospital pharmacies prior to their acceptance. Working in a pharmacy will give you some insight into the duties of a pharmacist and the role of the pharmacist in the healthcare system.
  16. When is the application deadline?
    Apply for admission via the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS), a centralized application service for applicants applying to colleges and schools of pharmacy. PharmCAS deadline is March 1, 2015.We encourage interested applicants to apply early as it can take weeks for your application to be verified by PharmCAS and received by the D'Youville College School of Pharmacy.
  17. Is there a supplemental application?
    No, the D'Youville College School of Pharmacy does not require a supplemental application.
  18. What happens after my application is received?
    Selected applicants will be invited for an interview. The interview process employs a series of multiple mini-interviews to assess non-cognitive skills important to rendering patient-centered care.
  19. What are the non-cognitive skills assessed in the interview?
    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. Interviews are aimed at assessing a candidate's their potential to develop into a competent and compassionate pharmacist who values and renders patient-centered care.
  20. How will I know if I have been selected for an interview?
    Candidates will be sent an email with available interview dates.
  21. Do you do Skype, Google voice, or phone interviews?
    No, we require in-person interviews only.
  22. When will I know if I've been accepted?
    Candidates will be notified via mail and e-mail within two weeks of their interview if they have been accepted, denied, or on the waitlist for future consideration. If accepted, students have two weeks to accept and submit a non-refundable deposit of $750.00. This deposit will be applied to the first year tuition.
  23. Once accepted, do I have to find my own rotation sites?
    No, Dr. Michael MacEvoy, Assistant Director of Experiential Education, places students in Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience (IPPE) rotations and Mr. Jack Koford, director of Experiential Education, places students in Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPE) rotations. IPPEs take place each semester for two full weeks, 40 hours a week, for a total of 346 hours. During this time, there are no scheduled classes or exams, so students can focus on their placement. If a student knows of a clinical site they are interested in doing their rotation, we'll work to set it up for you. Current students have had the opportunity to do their IPPEs across the country at various sites. Learn more about experiential education.
  24. What is your transfer policy regarding advanced standing in the PharmD program?
    Due to the highly integrated nature of the didactic and experiential components of the curriculum, the School of Pharmacy will consider requests for transfer of credits only on an individual basis. Students may transfer up to 45 credit hours with grades of “B” or better at the discretion of the Assistant Dean of Faculty and Student Affairs. Credits accepted for transfer must have been awarded from an ACPE accredited school of pharmacy. Only credits recorded on an official transcript of the issuing institution will be considered for transfer. Credits accepted for transfer must be determined to be substantially equivalent to courses offered by the D'Youville College School of Pharmacy in their content and quality. Students must submit a letter from their previous school of pharmacy attesting to their “good standing” at that institution. Credits accepted for transfer must have been awarded within three years of the date of admission. The School may, in its option, accept older credits if the entering student holds an earned doctorate in the pharmaceutical sciences.
  25. What is the current tuition?
    Learn more about tuition and fees at D'Youville.
  26. Is housing available on campus?
    Yes, undergraduate dorms and graduate apartments are available on campus. Learn more about residence life options.
  27. I still have questions and/or I would like to set up an appointment to visit. Who can I contact?
    Mrs. Beverly Taggart
    Assistant Director of Pharmacy Admissions and Advisement
    Telephone: (716) 829-8440

    Katie Stricker
    Admissions Counselor
    Telephone: (716) 829-8324

    Or, you can e-mail the School of Pharmacy.

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