Pharmacy (6-year), Doctor of Pharmacy

201 Credits
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Queens Campus


Well-trained pharmacists are always in demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for pharmacists will rise 17 percent by 2018. This growth is fueled by the increasing use of prescription drugs by an aging population; scientific advances leading to the introduction of new drugs; and pharmacists' growing involvement in patient care.

If you’re interested in a rewarding career as a pharmacist, discover the entry-level Doctor of Pharmacy Degree Program (Pharm.D.) at St. John’s University. Offered by our College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences — one of the leading schools of its kind — the program is designed to provide students with the clinical and academic skills and knowledge needed to deliver outstanding patient care in all pharmacy settings.

Students begin with the analytical and communications skills made possible by a broad liberal arts foundation. This is combined with pharmacy coursework, introduced early in the program. In their final four years, students gain an intensive foundation in the basic and applied pharmaceutical and clinical sciences.

In keeping with the metropolitan, Catholic and Vincentian mission of the University, students gain first-hand clinical experience serving diverse, often needy communities at more than 180 sites throughout the New York area.

Program Outcomes »

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Admission requirements for the entry-level Pharm.D. degree include those that are standard for admission to other majors within the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences with the added requirements of two letters of recommendation, a personalized essay, a summary of the applicant’s extracurricular activities, and a signed acknowledgement of the program’s Technical Standards.  In addition, applicants to the program are expected to have completed at least one year of high school chemistry.

Please review our Admission Deadline Dates for updates to the Pharm.D. application requirements.

For more information about admission to this and other acclaimed undergraduate programs at St. John’s University, please visit Undergraduate Admission online. Or contact us directly:

Admission Office - Queens Campus


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Career Outcomes

Practice Competencies

  • Deliver patient-centered care as part of a healthcare team
  • Evaluate patient care from legal, cultural, economic and professional perspectives
  • Manage health care system resources to guarantee patient access
  • Coordinate safe, time-sensitive medication distribution
  • Gain knowledge of informatics
  • Research professional, lay and scientific literature to ascertain accurate up-to-date drug information
  • Design a patient-specific medication regimen
  • Recommend and monitor medicine dosage taking toxicity and efficacy into account
  • Successfully manage a patient-centered practice
  • Promote community wellness and disease prevention

Core Competencies

  • Analyze information, problem solve and make decisions
  • Gain in-depth knowledge about scientific methodology
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  •  Learn how to incorporate information technology systems and integrated computer technologies into pharmacy practice
  • Integrate the University’s Vincentian values and mission into pharmacy practices
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Global Approach to Education

Students also benefit from St. John's focus on an international academic experience. The University offers extensive study abroad courses during the academic year as well as the winter and summer semesters. Students can live and learn at St. John's Rome, Italy, campus and Paris, France, location.

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Additional Information

Students in the Pharm.D. program benefit from St. John’s state-of-the-art technology by training in the University’s ultramodern pharmacy and applied science laboratories.

The Health Education Resource Center of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences supports the College’s commitment to scholarship and service to humanity through the application of biomedical knowledge. The Resource Center provides content-based information resources, research support and reference services to assist the College’s students, faculty, alumni, and friends. The Center also sponsors educational programs on contemporary healthcare issues led by leaders in pharmacy and allied health.

Pharm.D. students gain hands-on experience at St. John's more than 160 Allfiliated Clinical Pharmacy Sites around the metropolitan area. Students who complete their third year and are about to participate in experiential rotations must obtain a New York Pharmacy Intern Permit. Completed applications, signed by a College administrator, are forwarded to the state Board of Pharmacy after students complete their third year.

Pharmacy students participating in experiential programs are required to have a medical examination, an immunization series, and health insurance. Additionally, these students must purchase malpractice and/or liability insurance through the University. Students in the pharmacy program who are scheduled to participate in experiential programs are also required to complete annual criminal background checks and must be HIPAA certified.

Students also enjoy an academic and professional edge by joining any of the more than 180 student clubs and organizations available at St. John's. Pharm.D. students may consider the following pharmacy-related societies:

  • Rho Chi Society: The Beta Delta Chapter of this national pharmaceutical honor society was established at St. John's in 1954. Pharmacy students who have achieved fourth-, fifth- and sixth-year status, have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better and are in the top 20% of their class may be nominated.
  •   Phi Lambda Sigma: The Xi Chapter of this pharmacy leadership society helps prepare students for prominence in the field. Pharmacy students are eligible if they are in their fourth- or fifth-year, have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better and demonstrate dedication, service and leadership in the advancement of pharmacy.

Of course, Pharm.D. majors also benefit from the outstanding resources all St. John's students enjoy. For example, all new students receive their own wireless laptop computer with full access to St. John’s award-winning network.

Facilities include high-tech classrooms, laboratories and our 1.7 million-volume University Library. Our new D'Angelo Center is a five-story, 127,000-square-foot University and Student Center with classrooms, lecture halls, a Starbucks café and full-service food court.

Students take advantage of St. John’s location in dynamic New York City. Our faculty and Career Center have strong ties to employers and other professional and educational resources throughout the New York area. Students make New York their classroom through innovative courses like Discover New York.

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Success Story

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