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ACPHS Announces New Master’s Program for Graduates Pursuing Careers in Medicine, Dentistry and Other Health Professions

November 30, 2020

ALBANY, NY - The Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS) is pleased to announce a new Master’s in Biomedical Sciences geared for graduates looking to enhance their academic records before pursuing careers in medicine, dentistry, as physician assistants, or other health professions.

This new post-baccalaureate (post-bac) program is a 35 credit, one-year Master’s degree granting program that offers two start dates - January and August. It includes:

  • a core set of science courses focused on a clinically relevant infectious disease pathway
  • humanities courses to develop the intra and interpersonal skills needed to be a healthcare professional
  • Capstone project to develop/showcase scientific reasoning, critical thinking, and communication skills

The close proximity of ACPHS to three prominent Upstate New York medical centers provides students the opportunity to gain healthcare experience outside the classroom.

“The ACPHS Post-Bac program is designed to increase the likelihood students are accepted into medical school and other health profession graduate programs,” said ACPHS President Greg Dewey.

Students in this new program will attend Preparation in Health Professions workshops to develop their medical school application, interviewing skills, craft a personal statement and learn about the Admissions process for health professions schools. ACPHS offers students in this program a formal MCAT preparation course, at no additional charge, to help them learn exam material and how to best prepare and take the standardized entrance exam.

“Students who wish to skip the “gap year” can apply through our “linkage” arrangements with select medical schools,” said Dr. Elizabeth Brookins, Director of Pre-Professional Pathways at ACPHS.

ACPHS has linkage arrangements with Albany Medical College and the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine. Students may choose to apply to linkage programs or apply through the traditional medical school application process. All students have the opportunity to meet with the Program Director and advisors to discuss what option would be best for them. For more information on the Post-Bac and the linkage arrangements, go to



Founded in 1881, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS) is a private, independent institution with a long tradition of academic and research excellence. The college’s mission is to educate the next generation of leaders to improve the health of our society. ACPHS was named the #1 value-added college in the country by the Wall Street Journal and the Brookings Institution. For more information, go to



Shannon Hutton

Director of Public Relations

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

(518) 694-7194