When it was chartered in 1881, ACP (as it would be known for the next 127 years) was one of only 14 colleges of pharmacy in the United States. On October 3, 1881, the College held its inaugural class in the Eagle Street building that also housed Albany Medical College (see photo). The class was attended by 21 students, including one woman, Sarah Simonet.
In addition to laboratory-based research, faculty members are also exploring different health care related issues such as patient-provider communications, medication adherence, and the evaluation of outcomes data.
Research is a core component of the academic life at ACPHS. Faculty and students at the College are involved in a wide range of research projects, with special concentrations in infectious disease, oncology, hematology, and nephrology.
Graduates of the College are prepared for a range of careers such as: biochemist, clinical laboratory scientist, consumer safety officer, drug information specialist, environmental toxicologist, health policy analyst, hospital administrator, pharmacist, physician, physician assistant and research scientist.
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The Center for Student Success is comprised of three offices; Career and Employer Relations, Office of Advising, and Student Support Services. Working collaboratively, these offices provide support to students in achieving their academic and professional goals through various services and programs.
This community setting is enhanced by a broad range of activities to help balance life inside and outside of the classroom. Play sports, join one of more than two dozen clubs and organizations, or stop by our on-campus Cold Stone Creamery for an ice cream cone.These facilities offer a welcoming, safe environment that more than 600 of our students call home. Each facility is supervised by a live-in professional staff member (Residence Director), who serves as the administrator and supervisor of the facility, while also overseeing the student Resident Assistants.
The library provides high quality resources, services and educational experiences to meet students’ information needs. The library provides ample hours of service throughout the year as well as comfortable and engaging spaces with seating for both individual study and collaborative learning. Students may print, photocopy, fax and scan materials in the libraries.
Albany Medical College and ACPHS have joined together to form a Student Health Center (SHC). It is located at 25 Hackett Boulevard, First Floor, in the Albany Medical Center South Campus on the corner of Samaritan Road and Hackett Boulevard, directly across the street from South Hall.
ACPHS students and student organizations have access to a variety of facilities on campus. These facilities include, but are not limited to, recreational, social, dining and academic spaces. Most of these facilities may be reserved for student usage. Some facilities can be reserved through Meeting Room Manager on the College’s ACPHS Intranet site. Students must work with their faculty advisor and student organizations with their club advisor, to access Meeting Room Manager. Classrooms, lecture halls, student study space, etc. are all reserved through Meeting Room Manager.
All full-time students on the Albany campus are eligible to participate in intercollegiate athletics at ACPHS. The College offers intercollegiate soccer, basketball, cross-country and track and field for men and women; and club teams in tennis, golf, equestrian, hockey, and men’s lacrosse. ACPHS teams compete in the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (HVIAC) and the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA). ACPHS students are also involved in a variety of intramural activities, including karate, volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, flag football and basketball.
ANOTHER CREATIVE PERSPECTIVE is the art and writing club on campus. The club co-hosts open-mic nights, coordinates art nights, plans museum trips, and publish an annual literary magazine! This group provides students with a multitude of opportunities to express themselves creatively.
BIOMEDICAL TECHNOLOGY CLUB is for students in the Bachelor programs who are interested in various healthcare fields. This club holds events for students interested in a Physician’s Assistant master’s degree program, as well as students interested in the fields of research, clinical laboratory science, and MD or DO programs.
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences holdsaccreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education reaffirmed the College’s accreditation in 2010, with the next Self-Study Evaluation scheduled for the 2019-2020 academic year.
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