Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Program
The UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) program continues to achieve full accreditation status through Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). The PharmD degree entails at least two years of pre-pharmacy courses followed by four full-time years of professional study that provide an educational foundation for a career in pharmacy. The program prepares the pharmacist, as a therapeutic drug manager, to be a member of the health-care team working with physicians, non-physician providers, and other allied health professionals. Our challenging PharmD program promotes excellence and integrity in our graduates making them among the most sought-after in the country.
The PharmD Program Courses and Curriculum consists of basic biomedical sciences, clinical sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, and pharmacy practice. The coursework is integrated with patient-centered practice experiences and is capped by a 9-month experiential program, with its focus centered on educating entry-level practitioners capable of providing pharmaceutical care. Professional students may select approved elective courses to enhance their educational program through specialized courses and experiences. The curriculum contains courses in the following areas:
PharmD Combined Degree Programs
Combined Degree programs, including a PharmD/MBA, PharmD/MPH, PharmD/JD, a PharmD/PhD, and a PharmD/MS are also available at UB SoPPS. These programs allow students to complete two degrees in a shorter time than if the two degrees were obtained separately. Prospective candidates must submit separate applications and be admitted according to the procedures and standards of the individual schools. Learn more about our PharmD Admissions process.
Core Competency and Outcomes
To achieve the mission of the SoPPS 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.
Provide high quality, evidence-based, patient-centered care that is appropriate and effective, in cooperation with patients, prescribers, and other members of the inter-professional health care team.
Medical and Science Foundations
Demonstrate mastery of the core knowledge and skills corresponding to established and evolving biomedical, clinical, epidemiological and social-behavioral sciences, as well as the application of this knowledge. This includes competency in those areas specifically supporting high quality pharmacy practice (e.g., pharmaceutics, medicinal chemistry, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacology, pathophysiology, pharmacotherapeutics, and pharmaceutical care).
Practice Based Learning and Improvement
Evaluate practice and care, and promote continuous improvement in one’s own patient care and pharmacy services.
Inter-personal and Communication Skills
Demonstrate effective interpersonal written and verbal skills with patients, families, the public as well as other health care providers, adapting to socioeconomic and cultural factors as well as situational-applications as appropriate.
Evidence exemplary professional, ethical and legal behaviors, complying with all federal, state and local laws and regulations related to pharmacy practice.
Systems Based Practice and Management
Demonstrate an awareness of, and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care, effectively utilizing systems and systems of care to provide cost-effective, optimal care.