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Doctor of Pharmacy

Clinical Health Professions


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.


The Doctor of Pharmacy degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. Learn more about our accredation.

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Graduation Year20132014201520162017201820192020
Entering Class size (P1)253249231366275262285272
# graduating on time210201181297249221237231
# graduating late72323277181015
On-time graduation (%)83%80.7%78.4%81.1%90.5%84.3%83.2%84.9%
Overall graduation (%)85.8%90%88.3%88.5%92.8%90.8%87%90.1%*


B. NAPLEX PASS RATE (revised 4/22/2021)

First time takers (N)229229208195307253203226203
Pass rate (%)94.9%89.9%92.0%87.6%82.7%84.6%83.7%87.6%90.64%
National Pass Rate (%)96.6%95.4%94.4%92.1%85.9%88.0%89.5%88.3%88.43%

Sources: North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination Passing Rates for 2017—2019 Graduates Per Pharmacy School:


Pass rate100%100%100%100%100%100%100%

^this pass rate represents final results  after the students completed their high stakes examination and any remediation process. This assessment is required to progress to the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs).


% of graduates participating in study abroad35.7%37%35.2%29.6%32.8%25.7%27.8%


Pharmacy employment at 6 months (%)*89.1%92.7%91.4%93.1%94.4%89.7%92.7% 
Post-graduate training (N)^30 (12.9%)16 (7.8%)20 (10%)33 (11.1%)36 (13.3%)37 (15.6%)40(16.2%) 
Master's Program0010001 
MBA Program1000000 
MPH Program0131101 
Doctoral Program (MD, Ph.D.)2000000 

* Employment statistics derived from self reporting survey of May graduates within six months of graduation (response rates have ranged from  27.6 to 74.3%). 

Source: University Career Services

^ Number of students who self reported enrollment in Post graduate training programs (Class percentage)

Source; Office of the Dean, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Updated 8/26/20


The program requires 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 at the campus of your choice:

Admission Office - Queens Campus
[email protected]

Career Opportunities 

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

Workforce Projections

According to the 2019 Health Resources and Services Administration’s Allied Health Workforce Projections,  by 2030, the supply of Pharmacists is expected to increase 36 percent to 410,490 FTEs. This represents a sufficient supply of Pharmacists to meet projected growth in demand for services. 
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The data supports the Bureau of Labor and Statistics findings that employment is expected to grow 6 percent, from 2016-2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job Outlook  

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.

Students have the unique opportunity to complete a whole semester (Spring of 2nd year) of coursework abroad – living and learning at our campus in Rome, as well as at our location in Paris, France. Our students have an additional opportunity to study abroad in their last year, when they can take a 3-credit elective course at our Rome campus and travel abroad for 4 weeks.

Additional Information


The Doctor of Pharmacy Program prepares graduates to serve as medication experts who have the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to promote and deliver outstanding patient-centered care in all contemporary pharmacy practice settings with a global perspective. Graduates will be effective leaders, dedicated scholars and moral and ethical practitioners within interprofessional healthcare teams.


The Doctor of Pharmacy program will attain a level of global distinction, preparing our graduates to serve the needs of patients, the profession and healthcare system, and instilling a commitment to cultural sensitivity and the underserved in urban environments.

Educational Philosophy

We develop our graduates into compassionate, caring, competent members of the healthcare team by providing strong foundational knowledge in the basic and biomedical sciences through abilities-based instruction that adequately prepares our graduates for a career in professional pharmacy practice. Our students participate in academic service-learning opportunities early and often in our curriculum to demonstrate the benefits of pharmacist-provided patient care in an urban, culturally diverse, underserved patient population in keeping with our Vincentian mission and in accordance with the University’s commitment to global education. Our distinguished faculty share their knowledge and experiences using a variety of teaching methods suitable for students with different learning styles. Our programmatic goals and objectives are met using a diverse mix of classroom, laboratory and abilities-based learning exercises. Lectures, group projects, active learning, simulation exercises, and real-world experiences combine to provide students an opportunity to grow into independent practitioners ready to participate as members of the interprofessional healthcare team. Our graduates are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to be healthcare providers and lifelong learners who are adaptable to an ever-changing local and global healthcare environment.


The Doctor of Pharmacy degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.

Doctor of Pharmacy Accreditation
The Doctor of Pharmacy degree program at St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), 135 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, Illinois 60603. Accreditation standards are available via the ACPE website at

Complaint Policy
The ACPE is required by the U.S. Secretary of Education to require its pharmacy programs to record and handle student complaints regarding a school’s adherence to the ACPE Standards. To comply with this mandate, St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has established the following procedure for students who wish to file a complaint about the school’s ability to meet accreditation standards or adhere to ACPE policies and procedures:

  • Students should review the ACPE Standards at the ACPE website.
  • Students should prepare a typed statement identifying the nature of the complaint, standard(s) violated, and specific facts when pertinent (times, places, persons involved).
  • The complaint should be submitted to Dr. Russell J. DiGate, Dean, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, St. Albert Hall Room 171, St. John’s University, 8000 Utopia Parkway, Queens, NY 11439.
  • In addition to the written complaint, the student filing the complaint is also welcome to make an appointment to meet with the appropriate school administrator(s) to discuss his or her complaints and options for resolution.
  • The Dean will work with appropriate administrators, committees and staff to resolve the complaint, if appropriate, and respond accordingly to the student filing the complaint.
  • Alternatively, the student may file the complaint directly with ACPE at 135 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, Illinois 60603 or or email [email protected].
  • If the student filing the complaint is not satisfied with the response provided by the school then they may also contact ACPE at the above address
  • A record of written complaints about the school’s adherence to ACPE accreditation standards or policies and procedures will be maintained for ACPE to review at the time of the accreditation site visit.

Licensure Requirements

Upon completion of the Doctor of Pharmacy program, each graduate must successfully complete the licensing requirements, which will include specific examinations, in the State(s) in which he/she chooses to practice. 

Professional licensure and certification requirements often vary from state to state. St. John’s University has not determined requirements for individual states beyond New York. If you reside or plan to reside outside New York you are strongly encouraged to contact the appropriate state licensing agency in that state to seek information and guidance before beginning the program.

Program Benefits

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 content­based 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 hands­on experience at St. John's more than 160
Allfiliated Clinical Pharmacy Sites around the metropolitan area. After completing the third year of the program, all students are required to obtain a New York State Pharmacy Intern Permit so they can complete their experiential training.

Pharmacy students participating in experiential programs are required to also 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. Students in the pharmacy program may be particularly interested in our wide array of pharmacy-related student organizations such as:

  • 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 sixth­year 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 fifth­year, have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better and demonstrate dedication, service and leadership in the advancement of pharmacy.

Of course, pharmacy students can also benefit from the outstanding resources all St. John's students enjoy.

Our facilities include high­tech classrooms and laboratories as well as our 1.7 million­ volume University Library. Our new D'Angelo Center is a five­story, 127,000­ square­foot University and Student Center with classrooms, lecture halls, a Starbucks café and a full­service 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.