Founded in 1881, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences prides itself on its tradition of excellence in teaching and research. That tradition continues to this day with our ongoing efforts to build innovative educational and research programs that meet the ever changing needs of our health care system.
Albany College of Pharmacy made a strategic decision in 2008 to change its name to Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. The move coincided with the expansion of academic offerings at the College, and the need to have a name that was inclusive of current and future degree programs.
The addition of bachelor’s and master’s degree programs has enabled many positive changes for ACPHS – from diversifying our student body to enriching the Doctor of Pharmacy program through expanded curricular options.
By developing programs that cover the Basic Sciences (Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chemistry, Microbiology, and Molecular Biosciences), Clinical Sciences (Pharmacy, Biomedical Technology, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, and Cytotechnology/Molecular Cytology), and Population Health Sciences (Public Health, Health Outcomes Research), ACPHS has positioned itself well to keep pace with a world where basic, clinical, and population health sciences are increasingly tied to each other.
Our academic programs are further enhanced by learning experiences unique to ACPHS. We are the only school in New York State, for example, to have its own student operated pharmacies, operating in medically underserved areas of the region.
Such settings offer students across multiple disciplines the ability to apply what they have learned to real world environments while at the same time providing critical health care services to a diverse population.
ACPHS also provides a stimulating academic environment that offers research opportunities, internships, and a host of clinical rotation sites. Students have access to a high level of professional experience similar to what one might expect to find at a research university. Yet, they benefit by our small college setting, which allows close interaction with faculty mentors.
It all adds up to an exceptional educational experience, and that’s not just my opinion. A 2015 report by the Brookings Institution listed ACPHS as the top value-added school in the country in a study of 3,173 colleges and universities.
We invite you to visit our College and learn more about how we are helping redefine what is possible – in our students and for all of human health.
You won’t be disappointed.
Greg Dewey, Ph.D.