Skip to main content

Pre-Pharmacy (2-Year) + Pharm.D (3-Year)


Develop Pharmacy skills and begin training early for entry into an accelerated ACPE-accredited three-year Pharm.D Program while building connections that will lead students to a rewarding Pharmacy career.

At the D’Youville School of Pharmacy, 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 (Pharm.D) degree in just five years, unlike traditional programs which can take up to eight years to complete.

During the first two years in the Early Assurance program, students will take take undergraduate classes (60-61 credits) followed by three years of coursework in D'Youville's ACPE-Accredited School of Pharmacy's Doctor of Pharmacy program.

Why Choose D'Youville?

  • Studies show that teamwork across clinical specialties improves patient outcomes. D'Youville's unique interdisciplinary education lab offers the opportunity for students to practice treating patients (played by actors) alongside a team of students from seven other healthcare majors at D'Youville  University - all under the supervision of a skilled instructor.
  • D'Youville Pharm.D graduates achieve excellent scores on national and state licensing exams; Our graduates report a 91%* job placement rate within six months of graduation. * Based on 2022
  • Click here to learn more about our three-year pathways program and the opportunities for both in-person and online learning.

What you'll gain:

  • Supervised pharmacy practice experiences in the first year of the professional program which occurs during the third year in the University.
  • Specialized advisement through the School of Pharmacy and participate in research opportunities only available to Pre-Pharmacy students.

Early Assurance To Direct Admission

This program gives talented first year students the advantage of securing a seat in the D’Youville School of Pharmacy’s (DYCSOP) four-year Pharm.D 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.


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

Explore Courses In Pre-Pharmacy

  • The lecture topics included are origins of life, prebiotic chemistry, and surveys of the major plant, invertebrate and vertebrate phyla. The course also includes evolutionary principles governing taxonomic criteria and the physiology of movement of d and water in plants. A three-hour lab accompanies the above lecture.

  • This course is a survey of the functional groups germane to organic chemistry. In particular, emphasis is placed on the physical properties, nomenclature, conformation, synthesis and reactions of alkanes, alkenes, and alkynes. Additionally, the recognition of isomers from constitutional stereoisomers such as enantiomers and diastereomers is also stressed.

  • This course explores the price system, public and private sectors, national income accounting, unemployment and inflation, fiscal policy, budget deficits and the public debt, money and banking and the Federal Reserve and monetary policy. This course meets the social sciences requirement in the core.

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.

First Time in College Student Requirements
Transfer Admission Required Review Criteria


Our program prepares students for General Pharmacy practice.

A Pharmacist's Role

The role of a Pharmacist has vastly changed over time. Today, Pharmacists do a lot more than just dispense medications. They serve on the front lines of medicine as a critical component in the overall health and well-being of a patient. In addition to traditional retail pharmacies, Pharmacists can now be found in labs, the community, in government, or in clinical settings 

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, they consult on drug manufacturing and usage, participate in drug trials, 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 - work in retail settings dispensing medications, advising patients on drug effects and interactions, and provide primary health care services such as flu and shingles vaccinations.
  • Clinical Pharmacists - work 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 - provide 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 work in the pharmaceutical industry in areas including marketing, sales and/or research
Job Outlook

Pharmacists are in demand and well compensated. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median wage for Pharmacists was $132,750 in May 2022. 

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

Related Programs

Practice Experience is Integrated into our Curriculum

The D’Youville School of Pharmacy embraces and lives the “Grey Nun Creed” of never refusing to serve.  It does so through its didactic and experiential curriculum through service, learning, and purposeful clinical rotations.

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 that benefits both its students and their patients.

The Office of Experiential Education places students in rotations in Pharmacies anywhere within the U.S. and Internationally with a focus on service. Some International opportunities include Haiti, Uganda, Ecuador, Turks and Caicos, London, and China.  For more information, please contact Dr. Mario Beccari, Director of Experiential Education at 716-829-8318 or email: