At Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, we prepare students for high-demand careers in medicine and health sciences.
In a 2015 survey, 97% of our graduates reported being employed shortly after graduation. 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.
Bachelor of Science programs
Our bachelor’s degree programs are designed for students interested in health and science. Each of our six BS programs provides students with the skill sets needed to stand out in today’s highly competitive marketplace.
The Biomedical Technology program allows students to explore human health and disease with an emphasis on the contribution of diagnostic laboratory medicine to medical practice. There is a strong foundation in basic and clinical sciences, which offers excellent preparation for employment in the biomedical device industry or entry into a Physician Assistant program.
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 to continue their education in graduate school.
The Clinical Laboratory Sciences program is a great fit for students interested in performing laboratory tests and helping diagnose disease, with excellent postgraduate employment opportunities.
The Microbiology program prepares graduates for employment or advanced study in fields requiring knowledge of microorganisms (e.g., bacteria, fungi, and viruses) and how they interact with other living organisms. Students interested in gaining skills required for successful careers as research scientists will have a wide array of career options in industry and/or medicine.
The 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 at our Pharmaceutical Research Institute on groundbreaking research in areas such as cancer, infectious disease, and bioterrorism defense.
The Public Health program provides students with an interdisciplinary curriculum that includes course work in social science, applied science, epidemiology, statistics, and research. Many students will find internships working for government agencies, as our campus is located in the capital city of New York.
Doctor of Pharmacy program
Ideal for students entering either directly from high school or as transfer students, our Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program prepares graduates for licensure as pharmacists. Students gain crucial hands-on experience as part of the curriculum. During their studies, students learn in work settings such as community pharmacies, including one of our two student-operated facilities, hospitals, research laboratories, pharmaceutical firms, and other health care sites.
Students in each of these programs are also eligible to pursue joint degrees through agreements ACPHS has with 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 just six years. The campuses of Albany Medical College and Albany Law School are adjacent to ACPHS, making it easy to attend classes at either institution. Both Doctor of Pharmacy and bachelor’s students may also pursue an MBA or a teacher certification at Clarkson University, 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.
• Albany, New York (main campus)
• Colchester, Vermont (satellite campus)
Intercollegiate programs in basketball, cross-country, soccer, and track & field
Opportunities to study abroad or complete clinical rotations in nearly 20 countries, including China, India, Japan, Kenya, Nigeria, Peru, Spain, and Switzerland
Nearly 98% of students are assisted by grants, scholarships, and loans. Awards are based on need and/or academic performance.
Average salary 10 years after enrollment is $110,600, according to the Department of Education. Ranked first in the US for its value-added education for student outcomes by the Brookings Institution.
• BS in Biomedical Technology
• BS in Chemistry
• BS in Clinical Laboratory Sciences
• BS in Microbiology
• BS in Pharmaceutical Sciences
• BS in Public Health
• MS in Clinical Laboratory Sciences
• MS in Cytotechnology and
• MS in Health Outcomes Research
• MS in Molecular Biosciences
• MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences
• Doctor of Pharmacy
Joint-degree programs in medicine, law, and business are available through agreements with area colleges (PA, MD, JD, MS, MBA).