At Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, we prepare students for high-demand careers in medicine and health sciences. The outstanding college experience you’ll discover here combines quality academics, dynamic faculty, experiential learning, personalized attention, a comfortable setting, and a vibrant social scene—all of which will help you grow both personally and academically and guide you toward a future full of incredible opportunities.
While our degree programs offer distinctly different paths, our central focus on health provides a common thread that allows all students to take advantage of the exceptional range of resources and expertise that exists at the College.
The Biomedical Technology program is well suited for students interested in pursuing their education in disciplines such as physician assistant studies or medicine.
The Chemistry program provides an option for a traditional chemistry degree or specialization in medicinal chemistry. Both tracks in the program abide by the guidelines published by the American Chemical Society (ACS). Graduates of the program are well qualified to pursue work in pharmaceutical research, manufacturing, or production technology or continue their education in graduate school.
Students interested in performing laboratory tests and helping diagnose disease will find the Clinical Laboratory Sciences program a great fit, with excellent postgraduate employment opportunities.
Individuals interested in our Health and Human Sciences program will find a flexible curriculum grounded in the liberal arts with course work that includes classes in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. Graduates are prepared to pursue career paths in government agencies or public-interest groups.
For students interested in successful careers as research scientists, the Microbiology program provides a broad-based understanding of how this discipline and science in general can be used to meet societal needs. ACPHS boasts one of the few bachelor’s-level programs of its kind in the nation.
Our Pharmaceutical Sciences program is designed for individuals interested in conducting research on new medications or discovering the underlying causes of disease. Opportunities exist to work side by side with faculty on groundbreaking research in areas such as cancer, infectious disease, and bioterrorism defense.
Doctor of Pharmacy program
Our flagship and namesake is the Doctor of Pharmacy program, which prepares graduates for licensure as pharmacists. Students gain crucial hands-on experience as part of the curriculum, which may be completed in six years. During their study, students learn in work settings such as community pharmacies, hospitals, research laboratories, pharmaceutical firms, and other health care sites.
Students in each of these programs are also eligible to pursue joint degrees through neighboring institutions. For example, the College’s Early Assurance program with Albany Medical College provides qualified students with a guaranteed seat in medical school or the physician assistant program. Bachelor’s students may also select the pre-law option with Albany Law School, whereby you can receive your bachelor’s degree and a law degree in six years instead of seven. The campuses of Albany Medical College and Albany Law School are adjacent to ACPHS, making it easy to attend classes at either institution. Students may also pursue an M.B.A. and teacher certification through Union Graduate College, with many of the classes available online. Whatever your plans after graduation, a degree from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will help point the way to a promising future.
Henry’s plan to become a pharmacist started at a young age. Growing up in Ghana, he watched his father, a pharmacist, dispense medication and saw the positive impact he had on the lives of so many. Without a pharmacy program available to him at home, he chose to travel abroad to pursue his dreams at ACPHS. Henry received one of the many scholarships offered to international students, giving him the opportunity to follow his career path without financial burden. He credits the experience he gained at the College and the dedication of the faculty to his success in pursuing his Pharm.D. and looks forward to helping patients for many years to come.
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences features two campuses—one in Albany, New York, and the other in Colchester, Vermont. The Albany campus, located in the state’s capital, offers six bachelor’s programs, five master’s programs, and the Doctor of Pharmacy program. The Colchester campus, just outside of Burlington, Vermont, is available for students in the professional years of the Doctor of Pharmacy program or students interested in the M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Both locations are minutes from sports, culture, great food, and outdoor activities, plus rotations and internships are never hard to find, as both campuses are set near health care neighborhoods full of hospitals, pharmacies, and laboratories.
Type of university: Private coeducational college
Size of Campus: 30-acre campus in Albany, New York; one-acre campus in Colchester, Vermont
Number of students: 1,500 students
Number of faculty: 139 total faculty
Colleges, Programs, and Degrees:
Bachelor’s Degree Programs:
• B.S. in Biomedical Technology
• B.S. in Chemistry
• B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Sciences
• B.S. in Health and Human Sciences
• B.S. in Microbiology
• B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences
Master’s Degree Programs:
• M.S. in Clinical Laboratory Sciences
• M.S. in Cytotechnology and Molecular Cytology
• M.S. in Health Outcomes Research
• M.S. in Molecular Biosciences
• M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences
Professional Degree Program:
• Doctor of Pharmacy
Geographic diversity: 10% international students from 22 foreign countries; 90% domestic U.S. students from 35 states
International student services: Orientation, off-campus field trips, English as a Second Language (ESL) class, document processing assistance
International student budget: (2015–2016)
Tablet Laptop $1,238
Financial aid: Merit scholarships ranging from $1,000–$14,000 available for international undergraduate students
Test score requirementS:
SAT Test Score Profile (mid-50% percentile):
• SAT Verbal/Critical Reading: 500–610
• SAT Math: 570–650
• Writing: 500–600
• Overall: 1570–1860
ACT Composite: 23–28
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) requirement: 474 paper-based or 84 Internet-based
Foreign credentials evaluation: A completed Foreign Credentials Evaluation from World Education Services (WES) is generally required.
Application deadlines and fees: February 1; $75 application fee