Student Operated Pharmacies

As the only college in the country to own and operate two pharmacies, ACPHS is able to provide students with unique opportunities to learn the entire range of pharmacy operations - from patient care to inventory management.

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Albany College of Pharmacy and 健康科学 (ACPHS) operates two not-for-profit community pharmacies in medically underserved areas of New York's Capital Region. The first pharmacy - College 首页town Pharmacy - opened in 2016 in the 首页town Health Centers clinic in Schenectady, NY. 第二药房, 学院Parkside药房, opened in 2017 in the South End of Albany and relocated to the Whitney M. 年轻的小. Health Center in July 2019.

Each pharmacy offers the dual benefit of (1) providing a distinctive and innovative experience for ACPHS students and (2) improving access to pharmacy and health care services for members of the local community.

Meeting an Educational Need

The pharmacies allow student pharmacists to develop and refine their advanced practice skills. 作为全方位服务的药店, they include point-of-care screening services coupled with associated disease state counseling.

Under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist, students have opportunities to expand their patient counseling skills in areas that could include:

  • Medicare Part D Plan Finder
  • 血压筛查
  • Disease Management and Prevention
  • Medication Therapy Management
  • 自我保健
  • 免疫和疫苗
  • 健康咨询服务 

In addition to the clinical skills needed to be successful pharmacists, students have opportunities to learn the essential business skills required to successfully manage a pharmacy. The ACPHS pharmacies provide hands-on experience in revenue analysis, inventory turnover analysis, 盈亏平衡分析, and pharmacy cash-flow analysis.

Through their experiences in the pharmacies, students are be better prepared to “think like entrepreneurs,” proactively seeking out opportunities not only for operational efficiencies and growth but for creative health care business models.


The unfortunate truth is that the nation’s lower income communities do not attract as many retailers and providers of services as more affluent areas. 药房也不例外. Medical and public health services also lag in these areas.  

A study in the November 2014 issue of 卫生事务 found that from 2000-2012 the number of pharmacies in predominantly Hispanic and black communities of Chicago declined by 17% and 11% respectively. Over that same period, the number of pharmacies in Chicago’s white communities increased by 30%.

According to the study’s authors, the exodus of pharmacies from underserved areas has led to the creation of “pharmacy deserts.”

In a recent report, the National Center for Health Statistics noted that 8.4% of primary care physicians would not accept new patients. The acceptance of Medicaid patients is even more severe with 35% of physicians not taking new Medicaid patients. Lower-income areas with predominantly Medicaid populations are clearly not getting the primary care services they need.


In addition to dispensing medications and providing related services, the College partners with local health and social service providers to jointly offer an expanded range of clinical services. 

The ability to partner with a social worker or a nurse practitioner, 例如, helps prepare students to serve as part of a healthcare team, one of the core tenets of a patient-centric approach to care. It also helps ensure patients have convenient access to multiple levels of health care. 它也会

Adjacent to our Albany location is the ACPHS "合作实验室." This community health resource includes space whereby students will be able to host educational forums about certain health topics or disease states, thereby expanding the learning experience to include a component of public health.

The ACPHS student-operated pharmacies will serve as prototypes for health care in disadvantaged areas of the Capitol Region. They will avoid the expansion of pharmacy deserts by allowing for improved access to prescription medications and preventive health care services for medically underserved areas.

随着时间的推移, we envision the pharmacies serving as prototypes for how to effectively provide health care in disadvantaged areas.