College of Pharmacy and Health SciencesQueens 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.
The Doctor of Pharmacy degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. Learn more about our accredation.
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B. NAPLEX PASS RATE
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National Pass Rate (%)
^Source: NABP program reports
C. 5th YEAR COMPETENCY EXAM SUCCESS RATE
^ 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).
D. GRADUATING PHARMACY STUDENT PARTICIPATION IN STUDY ABROAD
% of graduates participating in Study abroad
E. POSTGRADUATE TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT SUMMARY
Pharmacy employment at 6 months (%)*
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Doctoral Program (MD, Ph.D.)
* Employment statistics derived from self-reporting survey of May graduates within six months of graduation (response rates have ranged from 27.6 to 72.8%).
Source: University Career Services
^ Number of students who self-reported enrollment in Postgraduate training programs (Class percentage)
Source; Office of the Dean, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
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
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
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.
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.
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 acpe-accredit.org.
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 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:
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.