Prerequisite Courses, GPA and PCAT

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Prerequisite Courses

All undergraduate prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the summer semester prior to fall matriculation (first summer session is expected).

  • See Prerequisite Courses for PharmCAS Applicants (PDF) for a list of required undergraduate prerequisite courses.
  • Applicants may complete their prerequisites at UB and then apply to our PharmD program using PharmCAS, or they may complete their prerequisites at another accredited institution. To complete prerequisite courses as an undergraduate at UB, apply directly to Undergraduate Admissions (or International Admissions). High school students who enter UB as freshman directly from high school are eligible for our Early Assurance Program.
  • All prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the summer and prior to fall matriculation within 5 years preceding admission (see "5 Year Policy" below). Completion of courses during the first summer session (generally from the end of May until the end of June) is expected and applicants must receive prior written approval by emailing pharm-admit@buffalo.edu.
  • UB SPPS does not articulate courses or evaluate transcripts. To find equivalent courses, please refer to UB’s Course Equivalency Guide (CEG) or refer to the course descriptions on UB’s undergraduate catalog.
  • 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.
  • UB students must also complete the UB Curriculum prior to fall matriculation in the (P1) first professional year of the PharmD program. PharmCAS candidates attending other undergraduate institutions should adhere to any General Education requirements of their home campus.

*5 Year Policy

All applicants must complete their prerequisite courses within 5 years preceding admission. If a prerequisite course(s) was completed earlier, the applicant must satisfy one of the following options by the end of the summer semester prior to fall matriculation (the first summer semester is preferred):

  1. Complete one full time (at least 12 credit hours) semester (fall, spring, or summer) including two junior or senior level science courses (typically 300, 400, or higher level at a four-year institution) earning a grade equal to or greater than C-. At least one science course must have a lab.
  2. Complete two part-time (at least 6 credit hours) consecutive semesters (fall, spring, or summer) including all junior or senior level science courses (typically 300, 400, or higher level at a four-year institution) earning a grade equal to or greater than C-. At least one science course must have a lab.
  3. Exemptions to this policy are possible for those on active military duty. Please contact the Office of Admissions for additional information.
  4. If you have never done so, all prerequisite courses must be successfully completed with a grade equal to or greater than C- by the spring semester prior to fall admission. In this case, options (a) and (b) do not apply.
  5. You are eligible to apply for the current application year if you have:
    • graduated with a BA or BS degree within the last 3 years and,
    • prerequisite courses were successfully completed with a grade equal to or greater than C- by the spring semester prior to fall admission within the last 8 years and,
    • you have completed junior or senior level science courses with lab (typically 300, 400, or higher level at a four-year institution) earning a grade equal to or greater than C- within the last 5 years.

Use the PharmCAS Course Subject List as a guide for science courses. Our preferences include science courses grouped within (1) Biology & Other Life Sciences, (2) Inorganic Chemistry, (3) Organic Chemistry, (4) Physics, (5) Biochemistry, (6) Microbiology, and (7) Other Biomedical or Pharmaceutical Sciences courses.

GPA and Grades

A GPA of around 3.0 in pre-pharmacy science and math courses is competitive.

UB SPPS considers a GPA of around 3.0 in science and math courses. All courses must be completed with a grade equal to or greater than C-. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to rescind an offer of admission if grades below C+ are received in multiple courses in the same terms during the fall, spring, or summer semesters prior to fall matriculation in the PharmD program.

PCAT

The PCAT is required for all PharmCAS applicants. We do not have a minimum score requirement. Scores at or above the national average are considered highly competitive for entry. Refer to the profile of recently accepted students for a competitive score.

If taken three or more times, the average of all the scores is considered. Applicants are encouraged to take the Official PCAT Multiple Choice Practice Tests (examinees who take this usually score higher). We will not accept any PCAT test over three years old. We do accept the January PCAT even though PharmCAS will receive the scores after the February 1 deadline. For Early Decision (ED) applicants, we do accept the September PCAT. For January and September ED PCAT scores only: to expedite the review of your PharmCAS application, please scan and email a copy of your unofficial preliminary Score Report from the Pearson VUE Test Center to pharm-admit@buffalo.edu.