Saint Michael’s College, Albany College of Pharmacy to offer dual degree program

first_imgSaint Michael’s College, a liberal arts college with an excellent track record of training science graduates, and Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS), which provides a professional doctoral program in the field of pharmacy, have signed an agreement establishing a Dual Degree Program. With both Saint Michael’s and ACPHS’ newly opened campus being in Colchester, Vermont, the ease of cooperation is enhanced.Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a bachelor’s degree in biology (or related field) from Saint Michael’s, and a doctor of pharmacy degree from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Students will normally complete the program in seven years, spending three years at Saint Michael’s and the remaining four years at ACPHS-Vermont.“This program expands opportunities available to Saint Michael’s students by leading them in a significant career direction, and one that well serves the community’s medical needs today,” said Dr. John J. Neuhauser, president of Saint Michael’s College.“Since announcing our plans for a Colchester campus, our objective has been, and continues to be, to encourage students to pursue a career in pharmacy in Vermont,” said Dr. James J. Gozzo, president of Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. “Our agreement with Saint Michael’s will serve to facilitate this effort.”Under the terms of the agreement, Albany will reserve up to ten positions in each admission cycle of the program for qualified Saint Michael’s students. Students will receive a Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Michael’s once they have completed degree requirements at Saint Michael’s and the first year of the Doctor of Pharmacy program at ACPHS-Vermont. They will receive the Doctor of Pharmacy degree upon successful completion of three additional years at ACPHS-Vermont.The timeframe for the dual program will vary depending on a number of factors, including Advanced Placement and language preparation, but students may be able to complete the program in seven years, spending three years at Saint Michael’s and four at ACPHS-Vermont.  Interested students will need to plan and work carefully with academic advisers at Saint Michael’s.“I am very excited about this opportunity for our science students who are interested in pursuing this important career path.  I believe that the future of higher education will be enhanced through collaborative agreements such as this one.  We can no longer function in isolation; we need to work together to maximize opportunities for our students,” said Dr. Karen Talentino, Saint Michael’s College Vice President for Academic Affairs, who wrote the articulation agreement with Dr. Robert Hamilton, Associate Dean and Chief Administrative Officer, for the Vermont Campus, ACPHS-Vermont Campus.“One of the qualities that attracted ACPHS to the Colchester/Burlington area was the strength of the region’s colleges and universities and the opportunities to develop agreements such as the one we have signed with Saint Michael’s,” said Dr. Hamilton. “By working together, we can help expand the range of educational opportunities available to Vermont students.”Founded in 1881, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is a private, independent institution committed to the advancement of health. The College has academic programs and research activities spanning the full spectrum of pharmacy and health sciences – from drug discovery to patient care. ACPHS opened its satellite campus in Colchester, Vermont, in fall 2009. It is the only pharmacy program in the state and will eventually be home to nearly 300 students. For more information, please visit is external) .Learn What Matters at Saint Michael’s College, The Edmundite Catholic liberal arts college, is external) . Saint Michael’s provides education with a social conscience, producing graduates with the intellectual tools to lead successful, purposeful lives that will contribute to peace and justice in our world. Founded in 1904 by the Society of St. Edmund and headed by President John J. Neuhauser, Saint Michael’s is identified by the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s Best 371 Colleges. It is one of 270 colleges and universities nationwide, and one of only 20 Catholic colleges, with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. Saint Michael’s has 1,900 undergraduate students, some 500 graduate students and 100 international students. Saint Michael’s students and professors have received Rhodes, Woodrow Wilson, Pickering, Guggenheim, Fulbright, and other grants. The college is one of the nation’s Best Liberal Arts Colleges as listed in the 2009 U.S. News & World Report rankings. Saint Michael’s is located just outside Burlington, Vermont, one of America’s top college towns.Source: St Michael’s 3.29.2010-30-last_img read more