Beyond Practice Ready

This mini-campaign has been designed to ensure that ACPHS students will have the versatility, adaptability, and entrepreneurial spirit needed to meet the emerging workplace needs of a dynamic healthcare system.

The $6 million campaign will support the following four objectives:

student run pharmacy
ACPHS will open two student operated neighborhood pharmacies in medically underserved areas of the Capital Region – one in Albany and one in Schenectady. In addition to honing their patient care skills in these settings, students will learn the essential business skills needed to successfully manage a community pharmacy.

The experience has been designed to prepare students to “think like entrepreneurs,” proactively seeking out opportunities to grow each pharmacy and perhaps even developing innovative new health care models along the way.

Pharmacy students will participate in the student operated pharmacies as part of their introductory or advanced pharmacy practice experiences (IPPE's and APPE's). ACPHS students in the bachelor’s and master's programs will also have opportunities to be involved in the pharmacies through related health and wellness services.
Classroom technology
To go “beyond practice ready,” we must advance our pedagogy to include the latest active learning techniques. Melding technology with small class sizes is now recognized as a key to developing students' critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and clinical practice skills.

Active learning classrooms are technology enhanced environments that are designed for small group interactions. By fostering peer-to-peer communication and teamwork, these classrooms help students become actively engaged in their own learning.
tray of tubes
The basic life sciences are developing at an unprecedented pace. Technology is impacting every aspect of healthcare. Meanwhile the business model is shifting from fee-for-service to fee-for-value. These changes mean that more than ever professional education must strive to be current.

ACPHS seeks to address this issue in two ways. First, as a service to our alumni, we will offer FREE continuing professional development (CPD) credits. CPD at ACPHS provides exceptional training for practicing pharmacists as well as other healthcare professionals and scientists. Our quality programs are taught by leaders in their fields, based on innovative research and current with new discoveries that correlate directly with patient care.

Secondly, we will develop hybrid and online certificate programs and short courses in areas that meet emerging workforce needs. These certificate programs will address the need for new skill sets arising during this dynamic period of change in the healthcare system. Certificate programs will be open to individuals in the workforce as well as our own students, thereby expanding and diversifying the student body beyond our base of traditional students.
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Pharmacy Skills Lab
A similar active learning philosophy applies to our Pharmacy Practice Skills Laboratory where students “learn by doing” through hands on experiences. This laboratory will be expanded to include counseling rooms for students to hone their patient communication skills. Additionally, we will be expanding our sterile compounding facility to provide practical experiences in specialty pharmacy.


Pamela Abbamont '86
Stephanie Adkins '09
Cheryl Aiken '02
Albany Housing Authority
Thomas Algozzine '93
Sidney Anderson '87
Al Austin '97
Patricia Baron '87
Sam F. Berardino '80
Matthew J. Bette - Trustee
Robert ’83 And Bonnie ’83 Blum
Walter Borisenok - Trustee
Borisenok Family Foundation
Marion Bradley '84
Robert Brakemeier '65
Fred Carroll '82
Nicholas Chervinsky '65
Herbert Chorbajian
Henry Clark '49 Estate
Robert ’76 & Glynis ’75 Clark
Robert D. Conklin '65
Phil Cornell '69
Richard T. Cornell '65
Dan Corwin ’14
John '70 & Lynn '79 Cote
Susan B. Crystal '65
Richard Cummings '80
Thomas Cullinan
Richard Daffner '63 - Trustee
Thomas D'Ambra - Trustee
Paul Derohassesian - Trustee
James Derring - Trustee
Carla Desrosiers '85
Greg And Cindy Dewey
Chris Dilascia '83 - Trustee
Vicki And Michael Dilorenzo
Victoria Dingman '94
Leigh Briscoe-Dwyer ’87—Trustee
David G. Edwards '65
Clayton Edwards '81
John Egan
Eli Lilly
Sam Embawe '09
Envision Architects
David Every '81
Lisa Fiori
Arthur Forman '85
Sharon Fox
Louis J. Fratto '74
Sanjay ’95 And Ursula ’96 Gandhi
Mary Giamartino '78
Justin Gilbert '91
Andrew Gilchrist
Frank '74 & Mary Lee '74 Grosso
Tony Graziano '84
Robert Hamilton ’77
HECap Grant (DASNY)
Hometown Health Centers
Carman W. Hu '15
Hugh Johnson Advisors
Bill Irwin '80
Bill Jabour
Theresa Kane ’84
Susan Karavolas
Kinney Drugs Foundation, Inc.
Christopher Klein '85 And Jennifer Caloia ’86
David Knightes '69
David Kvancz '79
Jeannete Lamb '57
Mark Laurin '80
Susan Layne '65
Victor Lee '88
William Libera ’77
Thomas Long '65
Thomas Maggs
Leo Maggy '58
Ralph ‘59 & Mary Lou '60 Mancini
Melvin Mitteldorf Masters '55
Richard Mccann '76
Richard Menapace '56
James ’65 And Janina ’65 Miller
Kenneth Miller
Chris Mitiguy - Trustee
Edward Molloy '62
Marion T. Morton '84 - Chair, Trustee
Frank Motter
Shaker Mousa
MVP Healthcare
Kimberly Myer '92
Ellen Nesbitt
John J. Nigro
John North '67
James Notaro ’84
Office Of Institutional Advancement Team
Colleen O'Mally '81
Charles Owens '55
Patricia Pafundi '72
Kenneth Park '96 And Yem Chin ’98
Hitesh ’13 And Unixa Patel
Tarun And Kuldeep Patel
Robert '86 And Becky ’86 Petronio
The John D. Piccotte Family Foundation
Wally Pickworth '69
Pioneer Pharmacy Rx/Schenectady
James Purcell '84
Renassiance Corp
Rite Aid Corporation
Roach Foundation
Robison Family Foundation
Rochester Drug Cooperative, Inc.
Rose & Kiernan
Seymour Rosenbloom '63
Jack Rosenblum '65
Alan Rothchild '65
John Ryan '88
Thomas Sands '66
Samantha Schwall '99
Estate Of Elizabeth V. Sheldon ’50
Estate Of Regina Snyder '47
Patrick Steed '67
William Steed '57
Ellen Sturgess
TD Bank
Scott Terrillion '85 - Trustee
Linda Kay Toomajian
Touhey Family Foundation
Gino & Whila Turchi Trust
David Vergamini '65
Tuan Anh Vo '15
Donna Warren '77
Jodi L. Weiksnar '95
Maribeth White '90
Ronald Winchell '65
Sheila Winnowski '65
Edward Wortley ’63
The Wright Family Foundation
Emily Yeo '15