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At Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences we prepare students for high demand careers in medicine and health care. We invite you to take a closer look and learn more about us.
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A cadem ics
Facilities Our new library, state-ofthe-art Pharmaceutical Research Institute, modern laboratories and a robust IT infrastructure provide an environment vital to your academic success. Within our contemporary Student Center, new dining facilities, and campus residence halls, you’ll find a truly engaging and supportive campus community.
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Facult y Pharm.D.s, Ph.D.s, M.D.s, M.B.A.s. Our faculty are knowledgeable about the topics they teach and are often among the leading experts in their areas of study. When they’re not in the classroom, they can often be found preparing their research for publication, delivering presentations at industry conferences or supervising students in a variety of health care settings.
Each of the programs offered at the College offers distinct, but interconnected, paths for an education in health care. These include: the Doctor of Pharmacy professional degree; 5-year joint bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Biotechnology/ Cytotechnology and Pharmaceutical Sciences; and bachelor’s degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Health and Human Sciences and Biomedical Technology. We also have master’s degree programs in Biotechnology, Cytotechnology and Molecular Cytology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Health Outcomes Research and Pharmacy Administration.
Fun Since we realize that the classroom is only part of the college experience, the College has a wide variety of clubs, organizations and athletics programs to engage your interests outside of class. The city of Albany and surrounding area also offer many other opportunities for enrichment and entertainment.
S t ude n t L i fe
Student Life Our students work hard and play hard. We are proud that our student body is comprised of academically strong and motivated individuals. And just as important is that each student offers something unique to enrich our community, because we believe that diverse interests and backgrounds enrich the entire college experience both inside and outside the classroom.
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The Campus Our campus is located adjacent to three area colleges—The Sage Colleges, Albany Medical College and Albany Law School—providing a strong academic setting and a vibrant social community. Facilitie s
The Francis J. O’Brien Building was the College’s first building at the current campus location. Constructed in 1927, it currently houses classrooms, laboratories, and administrative and faculty offices. The Library Building is home to the newly renovated George and Leona Lewis Library, the Center for Teaching and Learning Effectiveness, the Fitness Center, classrooms and administrative and faculty offices. Adjacent to the Library Building is the Albert M. White Gymnasium. Across from the Library Building is the College’s newest facility, the ACPHS Student Center where you
will find the Robison Family Dining Hall, Bookstore, Rite Aid Student Lounge, the Barbara M. DiLascia ’55 Lecture Hall, IT Service Center and administrative offices. The Bioscience Research Building is home to the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, research labs and faculty offices. As the College has grown in recent years, its geographic footprint has expanded beyond Albany. The cuttingedge Pharmaceutical Research Institute is located in Rensselaer, NY, approximately 15 minutes from campus. Additionally, the College has a satellite campus in Colchester, VT, just outside of Burlington.
G eo rg e a nd Leo n a Le wis Libr a ry
The Library offers users access to a diverse collection of more than 15,000 items, including more than 40 research databases and 9,000 full-text journals. The electronic collection can be accessed both on and off campus. In addition, students and faculty have direct borrowing privileges at Albany Medical College’s Schaffer Library of Health Sciences. Local and national resource sharing networks and agreements also provide access to the holdings of other libraries in New York State and throughout the U.S.
Residence Life The College provides housing opportunities for all students. Living on campus is required for the first two years and optional in years three and above. Approximately 1,000 students— two-thirds of the student body—live on campus. The campus residence facilities, South Hall, Notre Dame Hall and Holland/ Princeton Suites, offer a variety of amenities such as wireless and hard-wired internet service, cable television, local phone service and free laundry facilities. South Hall has two-,
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three- and four-person rooms. Each room contains its own bathroom, self-controlled heating/air conditioning, and is furnished with a bed, dresser, desk and chair for each resident. Notre Dame Hall features suite-style living. Each of the buildingâ€™s 28 suites is comprised of a common area, five single bedrooms and one corner bedroom, which is double in size and accommodates two residents. Holland/Princeton Suites provide upper-class students with apartment-style living. These completely furnished
units include air conditioning and dishwashers and offer the safety and security of a residence hall, while providing more independence. ACPHS students in years three and above may also choose to live in off-campus apartments or in University Heights College Suites (UHCS). Located adjacent to campus, UHCS is home to a number of ACPHS students as well as students from neighboring colleges. All residence facilities are secured with electronic access doors and 24-hour monitored security.
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With brands such as Tim Hortonâ€™s, Au Bon Pain, and Coldstone Creamery or made-to-order salads, burgers, sandwiches and more, you can be assured there is always something to suit your taste. If you are looking for a change of pace, you can also use a portion of your meal plan dollars at selected restaurants and businesses near the College.
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Information Technology Services
ACPHS has the highest level of Wi-Fi service available, ensuring hassle-free online access in the classroom, study areas and beyond. A Windows Media server is also available for streaming educational content. The College requires all new undergraduate students to have a tablet laptop. Students who purchase through the Collegeâ€™s IT Support Center receive their brand new machines pre-loaded with the software
needed for coursework and specially configured for easy connection to the ACPHS network. Additional benefits of the ACPHS Laptop Program include the ability to purchase the package at a deeply discounted price, assistance from the on-campus IT Support Center and free access to loaners if your computer needs to be kept for repairs. Students may also choose to purchase a tablet laptop from the vendor of their choice.
C lu bs , or g a n i zatio ns , a n d At h l e tics
Each year, members engage in white water rafting, biking, snowshoeing, camping, rock climbing, and other interesting outdoor activities including an annual trip to a warm weather destination during the winter break. Multi-Cultural Club
Open to all students interested in learning about different cultures, this club arranges trips to ethnic neighborhoods, restaurants, movies, and arranges an International Bazaar and Food Festival. Approximately 10% of ACPHS students are from outside the United States. Rho Chi
After six semesters, pharmacy students in the top fifth of their class with at least an 85 average are eligible for membership in this prestigious national honor society. The College’s Gamma Gamma chapter, which organizes a range of campus and community service activities, has received the National Chapter Achievement Award twice in the past three years, beating out nearly 90 chapters in the country for the honor. > www.acphs . e d u
Clubs, Organizations and Athletics Each student that attends Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences brings a unique blend of interests and experiences. To satisfy those interests and give you life-learning you can’t get from a textbook, the College offers a broad span of activities. Club s a nd Ac tivitie s
Another Creative Perspective (literary magazine) Colleges Against Cancer Craft Club Dance Club Hip-Hop Culture Club IntraFraternity Council (IFC) Multi-Cultural Club Orthodox Christian Student Association Outdoors Club PharmAcappella Service Club Students in Performing Arts and Health Care (SPAHC) Student Government Association (SGA) Student Newspaper Tolerance Club Yearbook Fr aternitie s
Phi Delta Chi Rho Pi Phi
Pro fe s sio n a l O rg a niz atio ns
American Pharmacists Association–Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) Phi Lambda Sigma Rho Chi Student Pharmaceutical Society of the State of New York (APS-SPSSNY) Student Society of Health System Pharmacists (ACPHS-SSHP) Interc o llegiate Athle tic s
The ACPHS Panthers have a rich sports tradition and a history of success on the court and the playing field. Our men’s and women’s intercollegiate soccer, basketball and cross country teams compete in the
Hudson Valley Athletic Conference (HVAC). Full-time students are also eligible to participate on Union College’s football, lacrosse, softball, baseball, swimming, tennis, volleyball, field hockey, crew or track teams. Intr a mur a l a nd Club S p o rt s
Basketball Cross Country Equestrian Club Golf Club Indoor Soccer Karate Lacrosse Club Ski and Snowboard Club Tennis Club Ultimate Frisbee Club Volleyball
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ACPHS Around the Globe
All students are welcome to use the College’s fitness center, outdoor track and gymnasium. The fitness center includes free weights, strength machines, cardio equipment and a dance/ aerobics room.
Our students and faculty are actively engaged in coursework, research, and experiential education in countries throughout the world, a list that includes: • Japan • China • Cambodia • Vietnam • Peru • Spain • Nigeria • Switzerland • Canada • Dominica • India • Kenya • Senegal All students are encouraged to pursue a global experience while attending ACPHS. Whether you have a scholarly interest or prefer an international adventure with our Outdoors Club, we will work with you to find a global experience to further your understanding of the world.
Cs C omm u n i t y S e r v ice
Community Service Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences believes that an institution of higher learning has a responsibility to the community outside its campus borders. The College works with a number of community and youth organizations where ACPHS students can lend their time and knowledge as mentors to enrich their own education and professional development.
ACPHS Academy is an after school program that promotes math and science education for local students beginning in the third grade.
It brightens my day to
walk into a class and see the children smiling back at me. It opens your eyes to the importance of education, especially at an early age.
– ACPHS Student and America Reads/Counts tutor
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The Summer Enrichment Program is for area high school students interested in the sciences. Each week of the six-week program consists of three days of research with an ACPHS faculty member and/or student, one day of instructional activities and one day touring regional pharmaceutical and biotech companies.
The America Reads/Counts Program enables ACPHS students to tutor young people from nearby schools in reading and mathematics. More than 60 ACPHS students currently participate in the program. The College’s Annual Health Fair provides flu shots, health screenings, and information on subjects such as blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. The 2010 Health Fair included a Medication Takeback Event, through which area residents could safely dispose of expired or unused medications.
The Annual “Relay for Life” brings together hundreds of participants from the College and local community to celebrate cancer survivors, remember those lost to cancer and raise money to help fight the disease. The 2010 event raised more than $41,000, making ACPHS the top fundraising school in the country among those with an enrollment of less than 2,500 students. Additionally, ACPHS students provide volunteer work and support for the American Red Cross, Boys and Girls Clubs, Great American Smokeout, Make a Wish Foundation, March of Dimes, Meals on Wheels, National Kidney Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Toys for Tots, and more.
Student S u pport S e rv ice s
Student Support Services The College offers a campus-wide system to support student learning and success. Upon your arrival at ACPHS, you will be assigned an academic advisor, a faculty member who will help guide you through your academic career. You will be required to meet with your academic advisor at least once a semester to discuss matters such as course selection, research, and career and leadership opportunities. As a first year student, you will also be assigned a professional advisor who can assist with specific first-year student needs, such as successfully transitioning to the ACPHS community and learning the skills needed for academic success. The College also offers a number of services and resources through the Center for Teaching and Learning Effectiveness to help students grow academically, personally and professionally. The Peer Tutoring Program provides academic assistance to all ACPHS undergraduate students in both individual and small group settings. Tutoring is generally available for all of the core science and math courses offered at the College. The Writing Center supports oral and written communication initiatives including academic assignments, essays, literature reviews, lab reports, letters of application, resume writing and seminar presentations. Staff and student writing consultants are available for individual or small-group sessions. The Science Assistance Center provides students with support in the math and science courses offered by the Department of Arts and Sciences. Coordinated with course coordinators, services include group and individual tutoring.
The Career Services Office provides instruction in career education, planning and development. The staff works with academic departments, alumni and employers to teach students about the methods of career research that will empower them to develop life-long career planning and job search skills. The Counseling Center offers wellness and mental health services to students and their families, as well as faculty and staff. Services include individual, group and family therapy for a variety of issues, including mood and anxiety disorders; adjustment and interpersonal problems; stress related difficulties; eating disorders; and many other concerns. Services are free, and all counseling, consultations and referrals are kept strictly confidential.
C a p i tal Regi on
Accolades for Albany: Albany is #14 in the nation of Best College Towns and Cities in the U.S. for 2010–11. This ranking, as determined by the American Institute for Economic Research, is based on factors such as student diversity, research capacity, degree attainment and entrepreneurial activity. Albany was ranked by Business Week magazine as one of the top 20 “Cities for Generation Y” based on its high percentage of creative workers and high income growth (2009). Albany was ranked in the top 20 by consulting firm Collegia in its top College Destination Rankings (2007).
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The Capital Region of New York The Capital Region, comprised of Albany, Troy, Schenectady and Saratoga Springs, is home to a population of nearly 800,000, including more than 50,000 college students. The area’s rich history, arts and culture offers the advantages of a major metropolitan area while maintaining the qualities of a small community. Students are encouraged to explore the region, including some of our favorite destinations: Lark Street Neighborhood Located in the heart of Albany and less than two miles from campus, Lark Street is the destination for entertainment, culture and urban life in Albany. It’s where you will find some of the area’s finest arts venues, as well as nearly 40 restaurants and 30 unique shops. Washington Park Just minutes from campus, this 90-acre park with its 5.2-acre lake, offers a scenic diversion for city dwellers. An Albany landmark for over 100 years, it is home to the annual Tulip Festival, Park Playhouse (summer theater), Latin Festival and Capitol Holiday Lights.
Arts, Culture and Sports The Times Union Center, the area’s largest entertainment venue, hosts a wide range of music acts like the Dave Matthews Band and Kenny Chesney, as well as college sports like NCAA Sweet Sixteen and Frozen Four. It also serves as home to the Albany Devils AHL hockey franchise. The Palace Theater hosts events ranging from concerts to ballet to classic films. Capital Repertory Theatre offers a range of musicals, dramas and comedies in a more intimate setting. “The Egg” at the Empire State Plaza hosts music, dance, theater and special attractions (it is also home to the ACPHS commencement each year).
And to the north, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), an outdoor amphitheater brings in acts like Phish and the Kings of Leon. It also serves as the summer home of the New York City Ballet. Outdoor Recreation New York’s Adirondack Park, with its six million acres of hiking, paddling, and winter recreation, lies just 45 minutes north. Closer to campus along the Hudson River is the Corning Trail, a five-mile path that is ideal for biking, running and roller blading. And less than two miles from campus is Capital Hills Golf Course where you can play a round of golf for less than 20 dollars.
Ac A cadem ics
Degree Doctor B.S. in B.S. in Programs > of Pharmacy Pharmaceutical Biomedical Sciences Technology
B.S. in Health and Human Sciences
Ideal for students interested in â€Ś
> becoming an expert on the use of medications, supplements and natural products > interacting with patients > being a frontline member of the health care team
> conducting research on new drugs or medications > discovering underlying causes of disease > working with sophisticated technology in an industry or academic setting
> performing laboratory tests > helping to diagnose disease > working with sophisticated technology in a health care or academic setting
> studying liberal arts with a focus on health > understanding how social and cultural issues impact public health > using legislative policy to drive changes in the health care system
> Physiology/ Pathophysiology > Pharmacotherapy > Pharmacokinetics
> Pharmaceutical Analytical Techniques > Scientific Communication > Independent Research Project
> Immune System in Health and Disease > Good Laboratory Practices > Molecular Basis of Disease
> Global and Public Health > Epidemiology > Bioethics
> work as a community or hospital pharmacist > pursue a pharmacy residency or fellowship > conduct pharmaceutical research
> work in the pharmaceutical industry > work in the biomedical industry > pursue graduate degree or professional program
> work in a clinic or hospital > work as a research technician > pursue graduate degree or professional program
> work in a government agency > work for a public interest group > pursue graduate degree or professional program
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Student Academics Life
Pharmacists interact with patients on a daily basis in a variety of settings, ranging from
Phar mac y
neighborhood pharmacies to large public hospitals. It is part of the reason why pharmacists are widely regarded as the most accessible members of the health care team and are
D oc t o r o f
often rated among the most
trusted health professionals.
As the leading health care authorities on medication, pharmacists play essential roles in patient care by counseling patients, providing immunizations, and consulting with other professionals as members of the health care team. The Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences provides an education that allows you to connect your professional and personal interests into a rewarding career. The Doctor of Pharmacy program includes two years of pre-pharmacy coursework to prepare you for the final four years of study in the professional program. Part of what makes our Doctor of Pharmacy program special is that many of our faculty are licensed pharmacists who maintain a clinical practice. As practicing professionals, they are aware of the latest developments in patient care and share that information with students. Pharmacy faculty also teach > www.acphs . e d u
and mentor students at their practice sites, so that you gain real work experience. Our Integrated Problem Solving (IPS) Workshops contribute to the learning environment by providing you an opportunity to utilize and practice material learned in class, in an atmosphere that promotes discussion and peer-to-peer group communication. Students find these workshops to be places where they can bring up questions they may not otherwise have asked in an environment that fosters mastery of the subject matter. As one student a workshop leader said, “The IPS program is really fun and engaging. I found it incredibly useful in my ongoing learning.”
Since 2002, 98 percent of ACPHS students have passed the North American Pharmacist Licensure Exam (NAPLEX) on the first attempt. ACPHS students have, in fact, achieved a higher pass rate on this exam than the national average in six of the past eight years.
As America ages and medications become more complex, the demand for pharmacists remains strong. Graduates from ACPHS’s Doctor of Pharmacy program practice in a variety of professional settings including: community pharmacies, hospitals, ambulatory care clinics, long term care facilities, managed care, government, health care agencies, and academia. A study released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) estimates that by 2016, there will be a shortfall of 25,100 pharmacists across the U.S., meaning approximately 10% of available jobs at that time will be unfilled.
Facult y Pro file
Sarah Scarpace, Pharm.D. Dr. Scarpace, an Associate Professor, Assistant Dean for Pharmacy Professional Affairs, and Board Certified Oncology Pharmacist coordinates the fifth year course in pharmacotherapy where she also teaches the oncology section. She also teaches an elective course in Cancer Screening/Prevention/ Early Detection and a section of the Seminar II course. Dr. Scarpace practices in the outpatient cancer center at the nearby Stratton VA Medical Center, where she consults with VA patients and physicians concerning chemotherapy regimens and trains students on their sixth year rotations. Despite her busy schedule, she also conducts research, publishes and serves as the faculty advisor to the ACPHS chapter of Colleges Against Cancer.
The professors don’t just stand in
front of the classroom and lecture you.
If you have a question outside of class, they are always quick to respond with an e-mail or a one-on-one meeting. I even stay in touch with some of them during the summer. You really get to know your professors here, and that’s
important to me.
– Engy Bayoumy, 3rd year Pharm.D. student
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Second Year >
Third Year > (P1)
First Professional Year
Fourth Year > (P2) Second Professional Year
Fifth Year > (P3)
> General Biology I and II > General Chemistry I and II > Statistics > Calculus > Humanities > Principles of Communication
> Organic Chemistry I and II > Physics for Life Science > Humanities > Economics of Health Care > Foundations of Pharmacy > Psychology > Microbiology
> Biochemistry > Foundations of Pharmacy > Physiology/ Pathophysiology I and II > Pharmaceutics I and II > Immunology > Molecular Biology > Pharmacy Skills Lab I and II > Self Care/OTC > Integrated Problem Solving (IPS) Workshop I and II > Elective
> Pharmacokinetics > Pathophysiology, Therapeutics, Pharmacology and Medicinal Chemistry > Drug Information/ Biostatistics > U.S. and Global Health Care Systems > IPS Workshop III and IV > Pharmacy Skills Lab III and IV > Principles of Pharmacology and Medicinal Chemistry > Electives
> Pathophysiology, Therapeutics, Pharmacology and Medicinal Chemistry > Pharmacy Administration > Pharmacoeconomics and Health Policy > Health Care and Human Values > IPS Workshop V > Jurisprudence > Pharmacy Skills Lab V and VI > IPS Workshop VI/ Medication Therapy Mgmt/Seminar II > Elective
Third Professional Year
Sixth Year > (P4) Fourth Professional Year > Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences
I wanted to attend medical
school after graduation, and I chose the Pharmaceutical Sciences program at ACPHS to help me get there. The structure
of the program, the quality of the research opportunities and the commitment of the faculty to each student’s success helped
me realize my goal.
– Holly Bean ’09, who is now attending Des Moines University Medical School
Pharmaceutical Sciences Curriculum
First Year >
Second Year >
Third Year >
Fourth Year >
> General Biology I and II > General Chemistry I and II > Statistics > Humanities I and II > Principles of Communication
> Organic Chemistry I and II > Physics I and II > Humanities III > Calculus I > Electives
> Biochemistry > Physiology/ Pathophysiology I and II > Pharmaceutics I and II > Pharmaceutical Analytical Techniques I and II > Molecular Biology > Elective
> Scientific Communication > Independent Research I and II > Research Seminar > Foundations of Pharmaceutical Science > Pharmacology I, II and III > Electives
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P H AR M A C EUTICAL S C Ien ces
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Pharmaceutical Sciences The pharmaceutical sciences are critical to helping unlock the mysteries hidden away inside the human body. Pharmaceutical scientists are focused on the discovery and development of the medications that are eventually dispensed by pharmacists and used everyday by patients to manage their health. Research provides the foundation for our Pharmaceutical Sciences program. You will be engaged in laboratorybased coursework for all four years, working side-by-side with researchers whose skills have attracted funding from both government and private industry sources. “One of the goals of the Pharmaceutical Sciences program is to help students develop critical thinking skills like those of a research scientist,” says Mike Raley, Ph.D., Director of the Pharmaceutical Sciences program. “Classroom activities
alone don’t foster that. Here, you start by asking your mentor, ‘How would you test this hypothesis, design this experiment, or solve this problem?’ but soon you will learn how to answer these questions on your own.” You may perform research with ACPHS faculty or with research scientists at the College’s Pharmaceutical Research Institute. These research experiences span a wide range of medicallyrelated areas that include cancer, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, addiction and inflammation.
A Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences from ACPHS is an excellent launching pad to a wide range of career opportunities and will help set you apart from general science majors for a range of positions at pharmaceutical, chemical and biotech companies. The program is also excellent preparation for professional or graduate school. Our joint bachelor’s/ master’s program in pharmaceutical sciences allows you to gain a master’s degree in only five years. In recent years, graduates of the pharmaceutical sciences program have continued their education through acceptance into graduate or medical school. Others have moved directly into industry working with companies such as Abbott Laboratories. In a 2008 survey conducted by the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS), the median salary of AAPS members with a bachelor’s degree was $89,000. The median salary jumped to $102,000 with the addition of a master’s degree.
Facult y Pro file
Carlos Feleder, M.D., Ph.D. Possessing a powerful combination of an M.D. and Ph.D., Dr. Feleder is an associate professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences who teaches classes in pathophysiology and endocrine pharmacology. The Argentina native received a prestigious National Institute of Health grant in 2008 to study the role of the spleen in managing fever. He is also studying ways to regulate brain activity in order to help prevent septic shock—a lethal disease that kills more than 300,000 Americans each year. Additionally, Dr. Feleder is active in developing opportunities for students and faculty to study internationally.
Clinical Laboratory Technologists
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execute the tests that are
responsible for an estimated
70% to 80% of all diagnostic treatment decisions made by physicians.
B i omed i cal Techn ology
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Biomedical Technology Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences’ Biomedical Technology program, with its licensure-eligible concentration in Clinical Laboratory Sciences (CLS), is designed to appeal to students with the curiosity and investigative drive to explore the many facets of human health. Students in the Biomedical Technology program have a variety of options, depending on their personal interests. You may elect to forego the CLS concentration to pursue a course of study that emphasizes research and technology, earning what one faculty member describes as a “cutting-edge biomedical sciences degree.” The Clinical Laboratory Technologist concentration prepares you to perform a full range of laboratory analyses that are essential for the > www.acphs . e d u
diagnosis and treatment of disease within the fields of human and veterinary medicine, forensics, drug development and research. You may also choose to pursue a five year bachelor’s/ master’s degree program in Biotechnology-Cytotechnology. This program prepares you to perform microscopic examinations of human cell samples in order to diagnose cancer and other diseases in their early states, thereby enhancing the chances for successful treatment.
The combination of your classroom instruction with training in laboratory applications and discovery is ideal for pursuing opportunities in fields such as Health Biometrics, Molecular Technology and Environmental and Medical Toxicology. Students in the Biomedical Technology program are also well prepared for opportunities in research, graduate school and medicine. If you elect to concentrate in Clinical Laboratory Sciences or pursue the master’s program in Cytotechnology, you will supplement your classes with work in health care settings to position yourself for an exciting and rewarding career as a health care or laboratory professional. According to the American Society for Clinical Pathology, the national vacancy rate today for clinical laboratory technologists (sometimes referred to as medical technologists) is 10.4%. For cytotechnologists, the figure is approximately 7%. A 2009 article in the Wall Street Journal indicated that a lack of qualified candidates results in hospitals taking as much as a year to fill some of these job openings.
Facult y Pro file
Hassan El-Fawal, Ph.D. For Dr. El-Fawal, the decision to dedicate himself to academia and research was a natural choice, since both of his parents and several members of his family were/ are academicians or health professionals. During Dr. El-Fawal’s distinguished academic career, he has developed curricula and taught in programs as diverse as Laboratory Science, Physical Therapy, Communication Disorders, Toxicology, and Oriental Medicine. Since being named Chair of the Department of Health Sciences, Dr. El-Fawal has combined his unique background with those of other members of the department to enhance existing programs and introduce entirely new programs, all with the intent of making ACPHS, in his words, “a pioneer in biomedical education.”
Biomedical Technology Curriculum
The Biomedical Technology program offers students a flexible Biomedical Sciences core that affords them opportunities for graduate study and post-baccalaureate training in diverse medical professions. Students who opt for the Clinical Laboratory Sciences concentration will pursue professional training in their final year of the program. In addition to the required courses, the curriculum contains a substantial number of elective opportunities that allow students to tailor the curriculum to their individual goals. Arts and Sciences Core >
Biomedical Sciences Core >
> General Biology I and II > General Chemistry I and II > Organic Chemistry I and II > Lab Data > Statistics > Humanities I, II and III > General Psychology > Principles of Communication
> Good Laboratory Practices > Ethics in Medicine > Functional Anatomy > Sophomore Seminar > Microbiology and Infectious Disease > Immune System in Health and Disease > Integrated Biomedical Sciences (three part sequence) > Applied Biochemistry and Cellular Techniques (Laboratory) > Molecular Basis of Disease > Molecular Diagnostics > Senior Seminar
The professors are really
involved and put a lot of time and effort into helping us get the most from our classes. Labs are hands on, relating directly
to what we have learned.
– Nicole Vartigian MT (ASCP) ’09
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Healt h an d H u man Sc i e n ces
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Health and Human Sciences Changes in how we view health risks and the management of health problems have created new occupations, new approaches and new responsibilities for health advocates and professionals. Promoting global and public health today requires not only knowledge of the biological and physical aspects of health but also an understanding of influencing social and cultural forces. The Health and Human Sciences program integrates the strength of our programs in the biological sciences with the perspectives of the social sciences to yield a keen understanding of the human condition. If you have an aptitude for science, but are also interested in other aspects of the human experience, this is the program for you. The program combines core coursework in the natural > www.acphs . e d u
sciences (biology, physics, chemistry) with electives in the humanities (art, history, philosophy) and social sciences (sociology, political science, economics) in a mix that is ideal for students interested in careers in health, but who do not necessarily want to be health care practitioners. Working with your advisor, you also have the flexibility to tailor your studies to your individual interests.
Graduates of the Health and Human Sciences program have the ability to enter a wide variety of careers as science and health writers; policy analysts; and researchers for government, consumer groups and prestigious institutes. The program is also excellent preparation for graduate programs in law, medicine, global and public health, health administration, sociology and other related fields. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the various segments that make up health care and health related industries represent the largest employment sector in the country. Seven of the fastest 20 growing jobs are health related, and it is expected this sector will generate more than two million new jobs by 2016, more than any other sector.
Facult y Pro file
Dudley Moon, Ph.D. Selected by the students four times as Teacher of the Year, Dr. Moon teaches courses in General Biology, Human Physiology and Natural Products. He also teaches elective courses on Japanese culture and has conducted study abroad programs in Japan for the past decade. Dr. Moon is one of approximately 20 people in the world with an eighth degree black belt in the style of karate known as Shito-Ryu Karate-Do and holds a master teaching (Hanshi) license in this discipline. In fact, he offers karate classes at the College for interested students and staff; three of his ACPHS students were recently promoted to first degree black belts.
Health and Human Sciences Curriculum
First Year >
Second Year >
Third Year >
Fourth Year >
> General Biology I and II > General Chemistry I and II > Humanities I and II > Lab Data > Statistics > Student Seminar > Principles of Communication
> Organic Chemistry I and II > Anatomy and Physiology I and II > Humanities III > Psychology > Sociology > Calculus > Seminar > Electives
> Biochemistry > Public Speaking > Topics in Public Health > Microbiology > Bioethics > Professional and Technical Communication > Physics for Life Sciences > Seminar
> Epidemiology > Social Aspects of Health Care > Immunology > Global and Public Health > Seminar > Electives
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Ge Gra duat e E d u catio n
Graduate Programs > M.S. in Pharmaceutical
> > Joint Degree Programs are also available
with area colleges for those interested in pursuing graduate degrees in medicine,
> M.S. in Health Outcomes
law and business
Research > M.S. in Biotechnology
– P.A. (Albany Medical College)
> M.S. in Biotechnology-
– M.D. (Albany Medical College)
– J.D. (Albany Law School)
> M.S. in Cytotechnology
– M.S. (Union Graduate College)
and Molecular Cytology
– M.B.A. (Union Graduate College)
> M.S. in Pharmacy Administration
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Graduate Education A degree from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences provides you with an excellent platform for continuing your education in a range of graduate and professional programs, and the College offers a number of avenues for you to pursue an advanced degree. If you are looking to stay at ACPHS and continue working with your faculty mentor(s), the College offers master’s programs in Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Health Outcomes Research, Pharmacy Administration and Cytotechnology and Molecular Cytology. The Pharmaceutical Sciences program has sub-disciplines in pharmacology and pharmaceutics, with both thesis and non-thesis options available. The Health Outcomes Research program teaches you to develop and supervise research activities related to the economics of health care. For example, you might help with a study that evaluates how patients respond to different cholesterol-lowering drugs, and then evaluate
which treatment(s) is the most cost effective. The Biotechnology program encompasses diagnosis of disease and genetic engineering. The Pharmacy Administration program prepares you to assume leadership positions in the pharmacy industry through a curriculum that encompasses courses in economics, finance, organization and management. If you are interested in pursuing a graduate degree not offered at ACPHS, the College has collaborative agreements with Albany area institutions that can help ease the admissions process. For example, if you are accepted into our Early Assurance program with Albany Medical College, you will have a guaranteed seat
in medical school following graduation and will not be required to take the MCATs. Students in all of our bachelor’s programs have the option to pursue a joint B.S./Physician Assistant degree with Albany Medical College. 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. Both Pharm.D. and B.S. students may also pursue an M.B.A. through Union Graduate College in nearby Schenectady.
Facult y Pro file
William Millington, Ph.D. Dr. Millington is Chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Director of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate program. He teaches neuroscience, neuropharmacology and psychopharmacology at the College. Dr. Millington’s research focuses on the biochemical pharmacology of opioid peptides, which are molecules made in the brain to relieve pain and mediate other physiological processes, similar to the opiate drug, morphine. His research seeks to develop new treatments for addiction and other brain disorders by ‘mining’ the chemical information found in the brain’s own neurotransmitters. He holds a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Northeastern University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from MIT.
*These are also offered as joint degree programs that provide students the opportunity to earn two degrees in five years, instead of six.
As of Summer 2011, ACPHS
Student Research Life
had $10 million in active
research grants and contracts.
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Research Unlike other colleges and universities where research activities are often restricted to faculty and graduate students, all ACPHS students have opportunities to work closely with faculty on research spanning some of the world’s most pressing health threats. The College’s commitment to student research is underscored through initiatives such as the annual Student Summer Research Award Program, which provides research awards to ACPHS students interested in pursuing laboratory, clinical or other research projects and scholarly activities under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has two research institutes. Established in 2003, the Pharmaceutical Research Institute employs nearly 50 international experts in fields such as nanotechnology, medicinal chemistry, molecular biology and cell biology. An example of the work being done at the Institute includes research to help develop an antidote for anthrax as part of a joint effort with three other institutions. > www.acphs . e d u
The Institute includes the Center for NanoPharmaceuticals, where investigators attack diseases ranging from cancer to macular degeneration with nanotechnology— using particles 10,000 times smaller than a human hair to steer drugs to exact targets, thereby minimizing risks and side effects. The Research Institute for Health Outcomes (RIHO) uses statistical analysis to evaluate the results of different treatments and help determine which yield the best results. This field, often referred to as comparative effectiveness research, aims to maximize patient care with limited financial resources and has drawn increasing interest from government and private industry as the U.S. works to reform its health care system. ACPHS is also home to groups of faculty with
specialties in infectious disease and nephrology (the study of the function and diseases of the kidney). The nephrology group is the largest team of academicbased faculty in the country. The collective expertise of this group, which is called ANephRx, allows for a wide range of research projects designed to help improve the care of patients suffering from chronic kidney disease. In 2009, the National Kidney Foundation of Northeastern New York selected the College as the recipient of its “Contributions to Health Care Award.” In bestowing the award, the NKF noted: “The expertise your faculty lends at the local and national level has helped us to educate thousands of health care professionals throughout the country.”
Facult y Pro file
Shaker Mousa, Ph.D. Shaker Mousa, Ph.D. is the Vice Provost for Research and Executive Vice President and Chairman of the College’s Pharmaceutical Research Institute (PRI). His research has been reported in nearly 700 peer reviewed publications, and he holds more than 200 U.S. and international patents. Under the direction of Dr. Mousa, PRI has obtained research grants and equipment donations totaling more than $13 million since its formation in 2003. He has also been instrumental in forming research collaborations with organizations in more than a dozen countries. Prior to joining the College, Dr. Mousa served for more than 17 years with DuPont Pharmaceuticals Company as a principal research scientist and research fellow.
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Ad A dm issi o ns
Admissions Important Deadlines for Freshmen Applicants We want to make your admissions process as simple and straightforward as possible. Please take note of the following important dates and deadlines. Early Decision
OCTOBER 15 Complete the CSS Profile using Application Code 2013
FEBRUARY 1 Regular Decision Admission Application Priority Deadline
NOVEMBER 1 Early Decision Admission Application Deadline NOVEMBER 15 CSS Profile Application Deadline DECEMBER 15 Early Decision Notification DECEMBER 27 Financial Aid Award Notification FEBRUARY 1 Deposit and Enrollment Confirmation Deadline Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Deadline
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Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Deadline March 1 Regular Decision Notification MARCH 21 Financial Aid Award Notification MAY 1 Deposit and Enrollment Confirmation Deadline JULY 1 Wait List Response Date
2011-12 Costs (Albany campus)
Tuition. . . . . . . . . . $25,700 Fees . . . . . . . . . . . . . $690 Room . . . . . . . . . . . $6,300 Board . . . . . . . . . . . $3,260 Books . . . . . . . . . . . $1,000
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Tablet Laptop. . . . . . $1,600
Financial Aid How to Apply The Office of Admissions encourages qualified candidates who have selected ACPHS as their first choice to apply under the Early Decision program. Early Decision is a binding agreement and those offered admission are expected to submit an enrollment confirmation and non-refundable tuition deposit. To ensure full consideration and a place in the incoming class, we highly recommend that the completed application be submitted by the priority deadline of February 1. We will continue to process and accept applications after the priority deadline as long as space remains available. Both Early Decision and Regular Decision applicants must complete and submit an application form to the College with the required $75 non-refundable fee. Students may submit the Common Application, our electronic application or paper
applicationâ€”all available on our web site. The following materials must also be sent to the Office of Admissions: > Official high school transcript > Two (2) letters of recommendation (one from your guidance counselor and one from a mathematics or science teacher) > Scores from the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Testing Program Examination (ACT), which also must include the writing section How to Contact Us Our mailing address is Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 106 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, New York 12208. You can reach us by phone at 518.694.7221 or toll-free at 888.203.8010. You may reach us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nearly 90 percent of students at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences are assisted by grants, scholarships and loans from state and federal governments, the College and/or other private agencies. Students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 1 each year in order to determine financial aid eligibility. Federal Student Aid > Several types of federal student aid are available to students to help meet educational expenses including: Pell Grants, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Veterans Administration Educational Benefits and Bureau of Indian Affairs Scholarships. In addition, Stafford loans (subsidized or unsubsidized), Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS), Health Profession Student Loans (HPSL) and Perkins loans are available. New York State Aid > Financial assistance is available to undergraduate and graduate students from the state of New York through The Higher Education Services Corporation. New York State scholarship and award programs are subject to approval by the State Legislature each year. Additional information about these scholarships is available online at www.hesc.org.
ACPHS Scholarships and Grants > In addition to federal and state aid, ACPHS offers numerous institutional scholarships and grants. All awards are based upon full-time enrollment each semester, unless otherwise indicated. Need-based scholarships require the student to file the FAFSA each year by the published priority deadlines. A list of scholarships and grants offered by the College may be found in the Financial Aid section of the ACPHS web site. Work Study and Student Employment > Work study and regular student employment positions are also available, some on campus and at approved off campus sites. Students working in positions on-campus are paid hourly and typically work three to six hours per week during the academic year.
V is i t i n g
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From the North: Take I-87 South to I-90 East (exit 1E). Follow I-90 to Route 85 (exit 4). Follow directions below.*
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How to Find Us The Office of Admissions is located in the O’Brien Building, suite 124, located at 106 New Scotland Avenue in Albany.
Please contact the Office of Admissions to schedule a campus tour with a current ACPHS student. You can schedule an appointment through the web site or by calling the Office of Admissions at 888.203.8010. Please note: > Campus tours may be regularly scheduled Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. > Weekend and school holiday appointments may also be available by appointment.
From the South or West: Take the New York State Thruway to exit 24. Continue on I-90 East after the toll-booths to Route 85 (exit 4). Follow directions below.* From the East: Take I-90 West to Route 85 (exit 4). Follow directions below.* *Take Route 85 to the Krumkill Road exit (approximately 1.5 miles). Turn left at the light at the end of the ramp onto Krumkill Road. Turn right at the next light and take Krumkill Road to New Scotland Avenue. Turn left onto New Scotland Avenue. Travel approximately 1.5 miles on New Scotland to ACPHS and turn right into the visitors parking entrance. The visitors parking entrance is located at the west end of the O’Brien Building, immediately after the New York State Department of Health’s Axelrod Institute. Follow the driveway in front of ACPHS to the designated parking area.
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At a Glance History: Founded in 1881, ACPHS was one of the nation’s first pharmacy schools. Enrollment: Approximately 1,600 students in Albany and 140 students in Vermont. Faculty: 137 (Full-time: 99; Part-time: 38) Location: Albany, the capital of New York, is geographically located at the crossroads of the Northeast with major metropolitan cities such as New York or Boston within a three hour drive. Satellite Campus: Located in Colchester, Vermont just minutes away from Lake Champlain and the city of Burlington, the campus offers a four-year professional pharmacy curriculum.
Activities: More than 30 clubs and organizations. Athletics: The College’s basketball, cross country and soccer teams compete in the Hudson Valley Athletic Conference. Students can also participate in Union College athletic programs not offered at ACPHS, including NCAA Division III football, softball, baseball, lacrosse and swimming. Scholarships and Financial Aid: Nearly 90 percent of students are assisted by grants, scholarships and loans. Awards are based on need and/or academic performance. Housing: More than twothirds of students live in one of the campus’ three residence halls. All residence halls include free laundry facilities.
Facilities/Resources: Student Center (includes Bookstore, Dining Hall and Student Lounge), Pharmaceutical Research Institute, Research Institute for Health Outcomes, Center for Teaching and Learning Effectiveness, IT Support Center, Gymnasium, Fitness Center and Outdoor Track. Entertainment: Restaurants, theaters, shopping, museums and outdoor recreation are all within a short distance from campus. 2011-12 Costs (Albany) Tuition. . . . . . . . . . $25,700 Fees . . . . . . . . . . . . . $690 Room . . . . . . . . . . . $6,300 Board . . . . . . . . . . . $3,260 Books . . . . . . . . . . . $1,000 Tablet Laptop. . . . . . $1,600
Pro g r a Ms > B.S in Pharmaceutical Sciences > B.S in Biomedical Technology – Concentration in Clinical Laboratory Sciences > B.S in Health and Human Sciences > Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) > M.S in Biotechnology > M.S in BiotechnologyCytotechnology > M.S in Cytotechnology and Molecular Cytology > M.S in Pharmaceutical Sciences > M.S in Health Outcomes Research > M.S in Pharmacy Administration > Joint Degree Programs Joint degree programs are available with area colleges for those interested in pursuing graduate degrees in medicine, law and business (P.A., M.D., J.D., M.S., M.B.A.). Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences admits qualified students without regard to age, race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, marital status or disability.
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