Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
|President||T. Gregory Dewey, Ph.D.|
|105 full-time, 34 part-time|
|Students||1,392 (Albany), 210 (Vermont)|
|Location||Albany, New York and Colchester, Vermont, United States|
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (formerly Albany College of Pharmacy) is a private, independent college with campuses in Albany, New York and Colchester, Vermont. According to the 2017 College Scorecard, the median salary of ACPHS students ten years after entering school is $122,600, the second highest figure among the 3,893 schools that make up the College Scorecard database. ACPHS was ranked the #1 Value-Added School in the country in a 2015 report by the Brookings Institution. As of 2015, it was tied as the 58th-ranked pharmacy school in the US.
ACPHS is home to approximately 1,400 students and 130 full-and-part time faculty. The College's list of academic programs includes five Bachelor’s programs, five Master’s programs, and the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.).
On June 12, 1881, Albany College of Pharmacy was founded as the nation’s 14th pharmacy program. Dr. E.N. Potter, then President of Union University, approved the formation of the College at Union University’s annual board meeting.
Along with Albany Medical College, Albany Law School, the Dudley Observatory, and Union College, ACPHS remains one of the constituent entities of Union University, though like each member, it has its own Board of Trustees, is fiscally independent, and is responsible for its own programs.
Recent historical milestones include:
- On September 30, 2002, the Pharmaceutical Research Institute (PRI) at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences was established. This center for drug discovery and development is located in Rensselaer, NY, and is led by Vice Provost for Research Shaker A. Mousa.
- On October 16, 2008, Albany College of Pharmacy changed its name to Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences to reflect its expanding range of academic programs.
- On August 31, 2009, the College opened a campus in Colchester, Vermont. It is the only pharmacy program in the state.
- On March 30, 2016, ACPHS opened New York State's first “student operated pharmacy” when College Hometown Pharmacy began operations in the Hometown Health Centers clinic located at 1044 State Street in Schenectady, NY.
- On January 25, 2017, ACPHS opened its second student operated pharmacy located at 20 Warren Street in Albany’s South End (less than two miles from the campus).
The ACPHS Albany Campus is located at 106 New Scotland Avenue in the University Heights section of Albany, a higher education and health care cluster that includes Albany Law School, Albany Medical College, and Sage College of Albany, as well as Albany Medical Center, St. Peter's Hospital, and the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center.
The Albany campus is composed of eight buildings:
- Francis J. O’Brien Building – Opened in 1927, this building is home to lecture halls, research and teaching labs, faculty and administrative offices, and the Throop Pharmacy Museum.
- Gozzo Student Center – Opened in 2006, the Student Center features a dining hall, bookstore, and two large lecture halls.
- Albert M. White Gymnasium – The home court for the men’s and women’s basketball teams and a variety of intramural and recreational activities.
- Library Building – The bottom two floors are dedicated to the library while the top floor contains a range of student support services.
- Biosciences Research Building – This former Bender Hygienic Laboratories building is home to the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and houses a number of research laboratories.
- Holland Building – This multi-purpose building includes classrooms, teaching laboratories, faculty and staff offices, and residence suites.
- Notre Dame Hall – A residence hall primarily for second year students.
- South Hall – A residence hall primarily for first year students.
The ACPHS Vermont Campus is located at 261 Mountain View Drive in Colchester. The Vermont Campus offers the professional pharmacy program so students who enroll in the Pharm.D. program on this campus must have completed two years of pre-requisite requirements or have earned a bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline. The Vermont Campus also offers a two-year master's degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences.
The Vermont Campus includes two large lecture halls, a cafeteria, library, a practice pharmacy, research and pharmacy practice labs, faculty and administrative offices, plus additional classrooms/study space.
The campus is less than three miles from the University of Vermont Medical Center (the state’s largest hospital) and the University of Vermont (the state’s largest college). Ski resorts Stowe, Smugglers Notch, and Sugarbush are each within an hour’s drive of the campus.
- Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Technology
- Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences
- Bachelor of Science in Microbiology
- Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Bachelor of Science in Public Health
- Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) – offered on Albany and Vermont Campuses
- Master of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences
- Master of Science in Cytotechnology and Molecular Cytology
- Master of Science in Health Outcomes and Informatics
- Master of Science in Molecular Biosciences
- Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences – offered on Albany and Vermont Campuses
Dual Degree Programs
Each of the College's four dual degree programs allows students to earn a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from ACPHS in five years:
- B.S. in Biomedical Technology / M.S. in Clinical Laboratory Sciences
- B.S. in Biomedical Technology / M.S. in Cytotechnology and Molecular Cytology
- B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences / M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences
- B.S. in Microbiology / M.S. in Molecular Biosciences
Academic Affiliation Agreements
ACPHS students are able to pursue additional degree options (e.g., M.D., P.A., M.B.A., J.D.) through the College's affiliation agreements with other colleges and universities. Additional agreements are in place that allow qualified students from other colleges and universities to pursue degrees from ACPHS.
ACPHS fields intercollegiate sports teams in soccer, basketball, cross country, and track and field (all on the Albany Campus). The school competes in the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (HVIAC) and is a member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA). The women's basketball team won the school's only national championship in 2013 when it defeated Berkeley College 60-54 to win the USCAA Division II National Championship.
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