New admissions effort ‘pharms’ out Adelphi grads

Drug deal: A new joint-admissions effort will funnel Adelphi University students into the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

The joint-admissions wave continues to roll over Long Island, with Adelphi University announcing another high-profile two-fer.

This time, the Garden City school has forged a collaboration with the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences that will give future pharmacists a shot at earning their bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in seven years – or less.

Starting in the Fall 2020 semester, students will have two options: complete both degrees in seven years of full-time study (or the equivalent) – including three years at Adelphi and four at ACPHS – or do it in six, via an ACPHS Doctor of Pharmacy “accelerated track” program, which runs through the graduate school’s Vermont satellite campus.

Robert Schwartz: Dynamic development.

Either way, the new partnership starts at Adelphi University – and it’s an ideal addition to Adelphi’s growing roster of joint-admissions programs, this time giving Long Island students a leg up on a key healthcare industry, according to Robert Schwartz, director of Adelphi’s Office of Pre-Professional Advising and Fellowships.

“This new affiliation agreement provides the perfect opportunity for students to experience a true liberal arts education at Adelphi University and … then earn a professional degree in a rapidly growing, dynamic and critical health-related field,” Schwartz said Wednesday.

That same thinking was behind Adelphi’s announcement in July that it was partnering with Syracuse-based Upstate Medical University on a similar joint-admissions pact, that one focused on ushering Adelphi grads directly into medical school.

Adelphi, which is also on the receiving end of a joint-admissions partnership with Suffolk County Community College, joins several other Long Island schools in capitalizing on the hot joint-admissions trend.

Similar programs, for instance, plug SCCC students directly into opportunities at Stony Brook University, Hofstra University and SUNY Old Westbury. Earlier this year, Nassau Community College and Farmingdale State College announced a collaborative associate degree/bachelor degree effort, while Albany’s Excelsior Scholarship Program guarantees CUNY and SUNY students (who meet certain criteria) admission into four-year SUNY schools.

The new joint-admissions effort – which will see the Albany-based pharmacy college reserve 10 positions each academic year for qualified Adelphi transfers – is a worthy addition to the growing educational trend, according to Anuja Ghorpade, ACPHS’s interim dean and vice president of academic affairs.

“We are excited to begin this collaborative journey,” Ghorpade said in a statement. “We look forward to welcoming Adelphi University students to the ACPHS Doctor of Pharmacy program in 2020.”