PreHealth Advisor Resources

For High School Counselors and Transfer Counselors

For our New York State Campus Partners

As the first public School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPPS) in New York State, the University at Buffalo (UB) offers top-ranked programs with an international reputation for scholarly excellence and curricular innovation all at an unmatched value.  We are excited to connect with our prehealth and transfer colleagues across the SUNY and CUNY systems, as your students already are aware of the quality of a New York public education.

UB SPPS is available to host your group on campus for an information session and tour of our facilities, or we can come to you. If you have a prehealth club or course, we would be honored to connect with the appropriate coordinators. Consider initiating an affiliation agreement with us, to establish a clear pipeline for your intended Pharmacy students with our prestigious program.

Our Associate Director for Admissions and Advisement, Sara Robinson, invites you to communicate with us to learn more about how we can work together to benefit your students.

About the PharmD degree

Pharmacists are a vital part of the healthcare team and are consistently ranked as one of the most highly respected professionals because of the care and service they provide (according to data by Wirthlin Worldwide and Gallup International). Since pharmacies are often located in common shopping places, pharmacists are very accessible and advise patients without appointments. Pharmacists help improve the health of patients as quickly as possible by choosing the best medicines and helping to avoid side effects based on individual healthcare needs.  Pharmacists promote public health, provide services such as immunizations, asthma care, blood pressure monitoring services, cholesterol screening, diabetes disease management, smoking cessation consultation, bone density scans, anticoagulation management clinics, and more. There is a great demand for pharmacists because there is currently a nationwide shortage due to the growth in community pharmacies and other sectors and an increase in the elderly population and the number and use of medications. Upon graduation, students have many career options including working in the community, a hospital, a university, government agencies, pharmaceutical research companies, nursing homes, hospice, and home care. Pharmacists can also choose a specific population to work with such as newborns, geriatrics, and even animals!

About the Pharmaceutical Sciences degree

Pharmaceutical scientists work hands-on in the laboratory and are instrumental in discovering and developing innovative drugs. They study the body’s reaction to a drug and how it’s absorbed, distributed, metabolized and eliminated; and how diseases, food, genetics, and other drugs react when a drug is introduced to the body in order to create the best therapy approaches. Professionals in pharmaceutical sciences continue the advances in drug therapy, work in marketing and sales of pharmaceuticals and biomedical devices, work as researchers and professors at universities, and work as scientists for agencies like the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).