Mission: Albany college of pharmacy and health sciences is dedicated to education, research and service in the health sciences and healthcare professions.
Programs: Albany college of pharmacy and health sciences educates students for careers in healthcare and in the life sciences industry. There are approximately 1,500 students enrolled at the college and 140 full- and part-time faculty. The college offers a doctor of pharmacy (pharm. D. ) program and four-year bachelor's degrees in biomedical technology, chemistry, clinical laboratory sciences, health and human sciences, microbiology, and pharmaceutical sciences. Acphs also has master's degree programs in clinical laboratory sciences, cytotechnology & molecular cytology, health outcomes research, molecular biosciences, and pharmaceutical sciences. In addition, students may pursue joint degrees in the fields of medicine, law, and business through cooperative agreements with area institutions. Opportunities exist within each of these programs for students to work side-by-side with faculty on innovative research projects in areas spanning the life sciences, health outcomes and pharmaceutical sciences. Graduates of the college are prepared for a range of careers in the biotech, pharmaceutical and medical diagnostic industries. Pharmacy students progress into community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, long-term care and specialty pharmacy, as well as related areas such as healthcare management and healthcare i. T. Acphs has a satellite campus in colchester, vermont. There are approximately 200 full-time students enrolled on the vermont campus. The acphs-vermont campus offers the only doctor of pharmacy program in the state. Students may also pursue the master's degree in pharmaceutical sciences at the vermont campus.
the college is committed to a broad range of research activities focused on translating the advances in the life sciences to the development of new therapies. The college hosts the pharmaceutical research institute, a research institute dedicated to the development of nanopharmaceutical agents.
albany college of pharmacy and health sciences is committed to a number of outreach activities. The college works with a number of school, community, and youth organizations. In 2016, the college plans to open two student operated pharmacies in medically underserved areas of the capital region. The pharmacies will offer the dual benefit of (1) providing a distinctive and innovative experience for acphs students and (2) improving access to pharmacy and health care services for members of local communities. Acphs academy is an afterschool enrichment program that promotes stem (science, technology, engineering, and math) education for at-risk students in the albany public schools. The program seeks to instill good study habits, increase confidence and self-respect, and ultimately help students realize that college can be part of their future. As of fall 2015, there were 150 students spanning grades 3-10 enrolled in the program. The summer enrichment program, which runs for six weeks each summer, is for area high school students who demonstrate interest in a career in the sciences. Each week of the program consists of three days of research with an acphs faculty member, one day of instructional activities, and one day to tour regional pharmaceutical companies. Relay for life, a fundraiser for the american cancer society (acs), brings together hundreds of participants from the college and local community to raise money for cancer. The college consistently finishes among the top fundraising schools in the country among those with comparable enrollments. In 2015, the chapter was named a "leader of hope" by acs, one of just 28 schools (out of 450) to earn this honor. The college's annual health and wellness expo provides flu shots, health screenings, and information on subjects such as high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. The expo includes a medication takeback event, providing area residents with a safe, cost-free opportunity to dispose of their expired or unused medications. In 2015, the college organized a companion event (the colchester community wellness fair) that was spearheaded by students on the vermont campus. Acphs students and faculty contribute to the community in a variety of other ways, including volunteer work and support for the american red cross, boys and girls clubs, great american smokeout, make a wish foundation, march of dimes, meals on wheels, national kidney foundation, ronald mcdonald house, st. Jude children's hospital, toys for tots, and many more.