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Pathways from Undergraduate to Pharmacy

We have established Educational Affiliation Agreements with colleges allowing students to fulfill the requirements for an associate’s or bachelor’s and Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degrees in a shorter amount of time. Instead of taking four years to complete a bachelor's degree and another four years to complete the PharmD degree (or eight years total), students complete both programs in just seven years or an associate’s degree and PharmD degree in six years!

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3+4 Combined Degree Programs at UB

UB’s School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPPS) has developed a 3+4 combined degree, where a student can earn a bachelor’s degree and a doctor of pharmacy degree (PharmD) in just seven years of study.

3+4 / 2+4 / 4+4 Educational Affiliation Agreements

Students can complete three years of their undergraduate study at one of the institutions listed below and then apply for admission to UB SPPS through PharmCAS. If admitted to UB SPPS, students begin the PharmD program and credits earned during their first year are recognized by their undergraduate institution and applied toward completion of their bachelor's degree. Under 2+4 Educational Affiliation Agreements with community colleges, students are able to fulfill the requirements for an Associate’s and PharmD degree in six years. Under 4+4 Educational Affiliation Agreements, students are able to earn a Bachelor’s degree and then a PharmD degree. Students choosing these paths are not given preferential treatment for admission to SPPS.

4+4 programs are established with:

Adelphi University (anticipated Spring 2017)

Next Steps

In most cases with 3+4 programs, students apply to the UB PharmD program in their junior year at their home institution in communication with their pre-health advisor. 3+4 programs have designated majors.  

In most cases with 2+4 programs, students apply to the UB PharmD program in their sophomore year at their home institution in communication with their pre-health advisor.

Please consult with the prehealth advisor at the individual institutions for more information on the specific requirements for that campus. Here is a general overview of the process:

  • Earn the minimum grade point average in the prerequisite courses as defined by the undergraduate institution.
  • Submit an application through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) during the fall of the junior year (for 3+4) or fall of the sophomore year (for 2+4), no later than October 1, following these steps:
  • Take the PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test), which is required for all PharmCAS applicants. Learn more about it here:
  • Receive a favorable letter of recommendation from the College Committee as a part of the three required PharmCAS letters of recommendation.
  • Maintain the appropriate moral and ethical standards necessary for admission and for the eventual attainment of professional licensure.
  • Interview upon invitation by the UB SPPS Office of Admissions and Advisement. Information regarding this requirement of a formal interview with designated interviewers will be provided following the receipt of all application documents.
  • See important information on student intern permits and pharmacy practice licensing requirements.

Selection is based on scholastic achievement, aptitude, personal qualifications, and evidence of motivation toward pharmacy. These are judged from the college record, grade point average, the PCAT, letters of reference and evaluation, and a personal interview. In addition to intellectual and academic competence, the school's Admissions Committee considers communication skills, leadership ability, community service, health care-related or research experience, and motivation for pursuing a career in pharmacy.

SUNY and CUNY Advising Guides for UB PharmD Prerequisite Courses

Do you attend a college in the State University of New York (SUNY) or City University of New York (CUNY) system? View these Advising Guides to learn which courses you should take as part of your undergraduate degree to satisfy UB SPPS prerequisite courses.

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