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The Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

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Albany College of Pharmacy is one of theBrightPharmacy
Albany College of Pharmacy is one of the best Pharmacy schools. Everyone on the campus is going into the health-care field in some way, so everyone is going through the same classes. It is a small campus, so you will get to know everyone in your class, as well as almost everyone in the class years above and below you. Because the campus is so small, it created a close-knit community feel. Overall, the classes and amenities on campus are great. The only negative towards this school is the fact that some Professors do not speak English very well. Before choosing this school I would make sure that Pharmacy is the right career path for you, and to make sure you want a small, close-knit college feel. Once you have decided both of those things are for you, Albany College of Pharmacy is the right place for you. It will provide you with all the tools you need to succeed both before and after graduation.
2nd Year Female -- Class 1921
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I would advise prospective students to realize thatPharmacy
I would advise prospective students to realize that the profession has changed dramatically over the years from when I first began. Reimbursements are so low from insurance companies that employers (specifically chain Pharmacies) work you 12 to 13 hour shifts with minimally trained support staff. Basically, you are working alone! Errors abound from techs that don't have your focus or care; so be extra diligent in catching these errors before they reach the patient! You are on the receiving end of rude & aggressive patients who scream at you for the inefficiencies of the Pharmacy. Mail-Order pharmacy cuts into the business of the independant Pharmacy who struggles to survive. Boards of Pharmacy don't crack down on mail-order which is frought with problems of waste & lack of "continuity of care" for the patient. Drug Companies expect your support, but make back-room deals with insurance companies on reimbursements.

So...the Pharmacist is a puppet in this world! You spend 180K to get a degree that finds you in the hell of stress, aggravation, and business/professional/insurance realm who DO NOT appreciate the EDUCATION YOU EARNED!! You are a "pill-counter", "label sticker", face behind the counter. Yet, you have to make sure you are checking for drug interactions; drug allergies/problems; make sure your medication managment cases are completed on time; administer immunizations; call insurance companies for patient coverage information; etc....the list goes on! You will get a decent salary, but you EARN EVERY PENNY OF IT! If you think Pharmacy will be an easy & lucrative profession, look somewhere else!

Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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When I went to ACP there was onePharmacy
When I went to ACP there was one building and the tuition was affordable. There were a handful of professors on staff. Now, they have made a "campus", added a beautiful student union building, dorms and the faculty number in the hundreds. This is great! But, comes at a great cost. Students should really evaluate the money end and realize they will be saddled with a debt they will be paying off into their grandparent years!!! With the student loan scam the way it is, and the silence of the colleges in this regard, you kids will be in debt for a long time!! My son has one of many loans: one federal loan was $25000 @ 8.5% interest and it has been paid on for 7 years now. He owes $2000 more than when he started! BE FOREWARNED....THE STUDENT LOAN-SHARKS DO ALL THEY CAN TO HAVE YOU DEFER & PUT OFF PAYING. THEY SEND BILLS THAT SAY YOU OWN NOTHING FOR THAT MONTH..... WHILE THEY KEEP CHARGING YOU HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS A DAY IN INTEREST....IT IS A SCAM....BE FOREWARNED!! And ACP does nothing assist the young professional. Their "scholarships" are few & far between, even if you have graduated top in your high school class. I feel colleges gouge the student with tuition, new buildings, fancy grounds, faculty, etc.... I would think a student would rather have classes in modest buildings & be debt-free than have a "pretty" campus and be owing for 20 years !
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