Why study Pharmacy PharmD at UB?
*This is not a baccalaureate degree program; instead, it is a graduate level doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree.
The doctor of pharmacy degree, also called the PharmD, is a professional degree that enables one to work as a pharmacist, interacting with patients and other health care practitioners about medications. It is not an undergraduate degree (such as a BS or BA). An undergraduate degree is not currently required as an admissions prerequisite.
Since 1886, the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPPS) is one of the most established, innovative and progressive schools of pharmacy in the country and a pioneer institution in drug development and biopharmaceutics. The school and PharmD program are ranked #1 in New York State, ranked #22 in the United States and are the premier pharmacy school and PharmD program within the State University of New York system.
To achieve the mission of our PharmD program, students must develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that enable them to competently perform these functions. The following outcomes reflect the terminal skills that all UB PharmD graduates should be able to demonstrate upon program completion.
- Patient/Pharmaceutical Care
- Medical and Science Foundations
- Practice Based Learning and Improvement
- Interpersonal and Communication Skills
- Systems-Based Practice and Management
The Learning Environment
The PharmD curriculum integrates the latest technologies throughout the professional coursework. Students enjoy state-of-the-art facilities, laboratories, "smart" classrooms, and centers for research. Thanks to a 10-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio, students work side-by-side with faculty. It's all part of an environment based on community and teamwork to create an atmosphere of active collaboration, professional development, and mentorship.
The coursework is integrated with progressive patient-centered practice experiences. It is capped by a 9-month experiential program. This program in pharmacy leads to licensure in any state provided that the graduate passes and obtains licensure.
About Our Facilities
In 2012, the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences moved to Kapoor Hall on the UB's South Campus. This building, designed specifically for SPPS, provides high-level teaching and research facilities. In addition to lecture halls and seminar-style classrooms, students gain hands-on experience in the Pine Pharmacy Pharmaceutical Care Learning Center Classroom and Patient Assessment/Counseling Rooms, the Model Pharmacy, and Compounding Lab.
Additional details about the learning spaces in Kapoor Hall:
- simulated hospital pharmacy complete with a drug information center, an IV preparation area, and an inpatient hospital room
- professional practice lab and a sterile preparation laboratory
- community pharmacy area
- patient assessment rooms for clinical counseling and assessment
- video monitoring facility for immediate feedback and review
- pharmacogenetics laboratory
- general research laboratories
About Our Faculty
Our faculty are recognized as academic leaders by virtue of their many distinguished professor appointments, professional teaching awards as well as recognition by our students. Our faculty are leaders in their fields of science and clinical health and we are proud to have members of ranks including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, National Science Foundation awardees, ISI Most Highly Cited List members, and many Distinguished Investigator awardees.
Faculty in the Department of Pharmacy Practice conduct research as part of the school's Pharmacotherapy Research Center. Some of the areas of study include the following patient care environments, many funded through federal grants and contracts:
- adult medicine
- infectious diseases
Clinical trials are performed, incorporating pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics principles coupled with mathematical modeling.
Faculty List Directory
Please visit the Pharmacy department website for additional information about our faculty.
Pharmacists are the "drug experts" among health professionals. They understand how a drug heals and how it can hurt, how it reacts with foods and other drugs. They know its desired effects and its side effects. Tens of thousands of medications, herbals and supplements are available in the United States, and particularly because of the newer more potent drugs that have highly specific cellular "targets," the management of drug therapy is one of the most important challenges in health care.
Pharmacy is a well-respected profession for individuals with an aptitude in science and a desire to apply their knowledge of drug therapies to patient care in a variety of settings.
Visit the PharmD Career Resources site to learn more.
Academic advisement is an ongoing, deliberate process that fosters student growth and development.
Advising is a collaborative relationship between a student and advisor that can be successful only when both participants regularly share information in an open throughout the student’s academic career. Advisors assist students with many issues including academic coaching, course concerns, research opportunities, and identifying university resources and support services.
All UB students are assigned to a professional academic advising center based upon their major and/or affiliation with a special program. It is recommended that you meet with your advisor at least once a semester. To schedule an undergraduate advisement appointment, call 716-645-2825 option #1. For questions that don't require an appointment, email the pre-pharmacy advisor.
Academic Advising Contact Information
Sara Robinson, Academic Advisor/Associate Director of Admissions and Advisement
270 Kapoor Hall, South Campus
Scholarships and Financial Support
Pharmacy students are eligible for scholarship consideration upon entering into the first professional (P1) year. Awards are available through the admissions review, upon achieving Latin Honors, and based upon financial need. A number of outside scholarships are also available. Visit the Student Scholarship site to learn more.