Department of Pharmacy Practice

School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Office of Admissions
112 Cooke Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1200

Phone: 716.645.2825
Fax: 716.645.3688

Wayne K. Anderson

Gayle A. Brazeau
Associate Dean (Academic Affairs)

Eugene D. Morse
Associate Dean (Clinical Research and Education)

Karl D. Fiebelkorn
Assistant Dean (Student Affairs and Professional Relations)

Cindy F. Konovitz
Assistant Dean (Admissions and Student Services)

About the Program

*This is not a baccalaureate degree program; instead, it is a graduate level doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.)

The PharmD program at the University at Buffalo is ranked among the top pharmacy programs in the United States, and is the only program of its kind available in the State University of New York system. The Department of Pharmacy Practice offers graduate/professional-level courses in pharmacy. The department is responsible for the instruction of all professional courses offered in the doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) professional program, which is administered by the Office of the Dean.

Degree Options

The Department of Pharmacy Practice does not offer a program leading to an undergraduate degree. The doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) entails a minimum of two years of pre-pharmacy coursework (prerequisites) followed by four years of the professional pharmacy curriculum. This professional degree is required for licensure as a pharmacist.

A doctor of pharmacy/master of business administration program (PharmD/MBA) is also available, as well as doctor of pharmacy/juris doctor (PharmD/JD) degree programs.

Acceptance Information

Approximately 115 students are selectively admitted to the program each fall after completion of the pre-pharmacy course requirements. While a bachelor�s degree is not required, applicants having earned this degree are encouraged to apply. Applicants must complete the certain undergraduate courses to be considered for admission. These pre-pharmacy courses may be taken at the University at Buffalo or at any other accredited institution of higher education. To qualify for admission, applicants must also complete the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). An early assurance option is available to qualified students who enter as freshmen and complete their pre-pharmacy coursework at the University at Buffalo. Please contact the Office of Pharmacy Admissions for the most up-to-date information regarding this option.

The professional program in pharmacy encourages application from students who have attained a minimum GPA of 3.0 in their pre-pharmacy science and math courses to apply for admission. Note, however, that in recent years, admitted students have performed at a higher level.

The program seeks well-rounded students who are motivated towards providing the highest levels of pharmaceutical care. As such, an applicant�s entire portfolio is reviewed. In addition to grades and PCAT scores, letters of recommendation, personal statements, work and volunteer experience as well as other information, is reviewed.

It is critical that all students possess the ability to communicate effectively using both the oral and written English language. These competencies will be assessed of qualified applicants through an in-person interview and a written essay.

For further information regarding admission requirements and career information, students are strongly advised to contact the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Office of Admissions, 112 Cooke Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260-1200, (716) 645-2825.

Transfer Policy

The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences does not differentiate between transfer and non-transfer students when making decisions regarding acceptance into the Pharm.D. program. Transfer students are expected to meet the same criteria for admission as non-transfer students. Lists of comparable courses from other colleges and universities that meet the pre-pharmacy requirements are available in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Office of Admissions, 112 Cooke Hall, or through the University's transfer articulation website (TAURUS) at All transfer students are strongly advised to make an appointment with the school's admissions office early in their academic studies to discuss their coursework and application to the program.

Opportunities for Undergraduate Research and Practical Experience

The Department of Pharmacy Practice is active in many studies involving the use of drugs as treatment for disease states in certain populations. Students participate in community clinics answering questions and educating the public about the proper use of medications. First-year professional pharmacy students participate in the Poison Prevention Patrol program, visiting elementary schools to teach children how to prevent accidental poisonings in their homes.

Students attend professional meetings, both locally and nationally, to learn about the latest advances in medication and treatment for various disease states. Students are instructed in the proper techniques for providing immunizations and receive a cutting-edge education in pharmacogenomics. The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is also the location of one of a very few pharmacogenomics laboratories in the United States.

The Pharmaceutical Care Learning Center (PCLC) provides students with hospital and community pharmacy training through a simulated hospital pharmacy setting, complete with a drug information center, an IV preparation area, and an inpatient hospital room. There is also a professional practice lab for extemporaneous compounding and a sterile preparation laboratory. The community pharmacy area contains patient counseling rooms with videotaping equipment, computers, telephones, fax machines, and robotics. The PCLC houses a professional practice conference room and a lecture room for small-group lectures and meetings.

Notable Program Features

The department assists in the development of pharmacy practice in Western New York. The continuing education division provides high-quality educational programs for area practitioners. The division also publishes the Pharmacy Law newsletter, which is edited by department faculty.

The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is home to the Pharmacy Museum and Turn-of-the-Century Apothecary; these sites provide education to the public regarding the history of the school and the profession of pharmacy. Tours of the facilities are available.

Career Opportunities/Further Study

Pharmacists practice in a variety of settings, including hospitals, community, consulting, health maintenance organizations, home health care, long-term care, government, industry, and academia.

Pharmacy - PHARM.D.

Acceptance Criteria

Please contact the Office of Admissions and Pre-Pharmacy Advisement for information. The office is located in 112 Cooke Hall, North Campus, (716) 645-2825.

Advising Notes

This is not an undergraduate degree program; however, prerequisites that must be completed for admission consideration are at the undergraduate level. An undergraduate degree is not required prior to admission into this graduate/professional program.

Also note that General Education courses must be completed as a requisite for earning a degree from the University at Buffalo. These courses are not required for entrance into the professional program, however, students are strongly encouraged to complete them as prerequisites if their schedule permits.

Prerequisite Courses

BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology
BIO 201 Cell Biology
CHE 101 General Chemistry or CHE 105 Chemistry: Principles and Applications
CHE 102 General Chemistry or CHE 106 Chemistry: Principles and Applications
CHE 201 Organic Chemistry or CHE 251 Contemporary Organic Chemistry
CHE 202 Organic Chemistry or CHE 252 Contemporary Organic Chemistry
ECO 182 Introduction to Microeconomics or ECO 181 Introduction to Macroeconomics
MTH 121 Survey of Calculus and Its Applications I or MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 122 Survey of Calculus and Its Applications II or MTH 142 College Calculus II
PHM 201 Orientation to Pharmaceutical Fields*
PHY 101 College Physics I or PHY 107 General Physics I
PHY 102 College Physics II or PHY 108 General Physics II
PSY 101 Introductory Psychology or SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
STA 119 Statistical Methods or PSY 207 Psychological Statistics

Required Courses

Involves graduate/professional-level courses. Information regarding these courses may be obtained in the Office of Pharmacy Admissions, 112 Cooke Hall, North Campus, Buffalo, NY 14260-1200, (716) 645-2825.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

Fall�BIO 200; CHE 101 or CHE 105
Spring�BIO 201; CHE 102 or CHE 106; PHM 201*; STA 119 or PSY 207

Fall�CHE 201 or CHE 251; MTH 121 or MTH 141; PHY 101 or PHY 107; PSY 101 or SOC 101
Spring�CHE 202 or CHE 252; ECO 181 or ECO 182; MTH 122 or MTH 142; PHY 102 or PHY 108

*PHM 201 is not a required course. It is offered during the spring semester of each academic year.

Course Descriptions

PHM 201 Orientation to Pharmaceutical Fields

Credits:  1
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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For pre-pharmacy students.

Presents an overview of career opportunities in various pharmacy fields as well as in the pharmaceutical sciences. Also discusses requirements for admission into the professional program in pharmacy.


Updated: Apr 12, 2006 11:04:45 AM