Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

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Coordinates: 42°39′12″N 73°46′35″W / 42.653204°N 73.776279°W / 42.653204; -73.776279

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Established 1881
Type Private
President T. Gregory Dewey, Ph.D.
Academic staff 105 full-time, 34 part-time
Students 1,392 (Albany), 210 (Vermont)
Location Albany, New York and Colchester, Vermont, United States
Mascot Panther
Website http://www.acphs.edu/

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (formerly Albany College of Pharmacy) is a private and independent college whose mission is to graduate the best health care minds in the world. The college has campuses in Albany, New York and Colchester, Vermont.

History[edit]

Founded in 1881, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS) is home to approximately 1,600 students and 140 full- and part-time faculty.

The College offers an array of degree programs designed for students focused on helping people live healthier lives. In addition to its Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program, ACPHS offers four-year bachelor's degrees in Biomedical Technology, Chemistry, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Health and Human Sciences, Microbiology, and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

ACPHS has master’s degree programs in Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Cytotechnology & Molecular Cytology, Health Outcomes Research, Molecular Biosciences, and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Students may also pursue joint degrees in the fields of medicine, law, and business through cooperative agreements with area institutions.

The college expanded its name from "Albany College of Pharmacy" to "Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences" on October 16, 2008 to better reflect its expanding range of degree programs.

Campuses[edit]

Located in the capital of New York State, the ACPHS Albany Campus is surrounded by both academic institutions (Albany Law School, Albany Medical College, Sage College) and some of the region's top hospitals (Albany Medical Center, St. Peter's Hospital, Albany Stratton VA Medical Center).

The Gozzo Student Center is the hub of the Albany Campus, featuring two lecture halls, the bookstore, the IT Support Center, the "Panther's Den" (student lounge), and the Robison Family Dining Hall. The Dining Hall includes offerings from Coldstone Creamery, Tim Hortons, and Au Bon Pain. The Lewis Library recently completed a renovation project that greatly expanded the library's size and scope, offering more study space and services for students.

Student housing is provided for all years on campus. The Albany Campus includes three residence halls -- South Hall for first year students, Notre Dame for sophomores, and Holland and Princeton Suites for upperclassmen. In addition, University Heights College Suites (UHCS) offers apartment style housing for upperclassmen (UHCS is owned and managed by the Renaissance Corporation, not the College).

The College fields intercollegiate sports teams in soccer, basketball, cross country, and track and field. The school competes in the Hudson Valley Athletic Conference and is a member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association. A new $2.5 million athletics track and field was built in 2012.

The Vermont Campus (located in Colchester) offers a very different environment, but one no less appealing. From its location on a hill overlooking Lake Champlain, students on the campus enjoy views of the lake and surrounding mountains worthy of postcards.

Just a few minutes away is Burlington’s famed Church Street, an eclectic mix of shopping and dining that is the quintessential Vermont experience. Also nearby is the state’s largest hospital (University of Vermont Medical Center, formerly Fletcher Allen Health Care) and largest college (University of Vermont).

Less than an hour from the campus lies some of the best skiing in the Northeast at iconic resorts such as Stowe, Smugglers Notch, and Sugarbush.

Academics and Research[edit]

ACPHS offers a range of undergraduate and graduate programs, which include:

  • Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)
  • Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Technology (includes concentrations in Clinical Laboratory Sciences and Cytotechnology)
  • Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
  • Bachelor of Science in Microbiology
  • Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Master of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences
  • Master of Science in Health Outcomes Research
  • Master of Science in Molecular Biosciences
  • Master of Science in Cytotechnology and Molecular Cytology

ACPHS students go on to pursue a wide variety of careers in the health care field. Some of these careers include:

  • Biochemist
  • Clinical Laboratory Scientist
  • Cytotechnologist
  • Drug Information Specialist
  • Environmental Toxicologist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Health Policy Analyst
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Medical Technologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physician
  • Physician Assistant
  • Research Scientist

From the humanities to the social sciences to the health sciences, faculty and students of the College are helping address several of the world’s most pressing health threats. These include studying biodefense strategies to prevent the attack of deadly Francisella bacteria; exploring the impact of parental resources on children’s health; developing chemical compounds for limiting the harmful effects of the sun’s ultraviolet rays; and numerous projects related to the prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer.

The College is proud to provide many opportunities for students to work side-by-side with faculty on their research projects. These “hands on” research experiences are not typically afforded to undergraduates at most schools and are part of what distinguishes ACPHS from other colleges and universities.

Complementing these efforts is the College’s Pharmaceutical Research Institute (PRI), a center for drug discovery and development that was founded in 2003, and is led by Vice Provost for Research, Shaker Mousa.

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