Curriculum and Requirements

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Program

The doctor of pharmacy curriculum at the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is designed to prepare students to serve as contemporary, compassionate, creative, and scholarly pharmacy practitioners, educators, researchers, and leaders in the advancement of the pharmacy profession.


The PharmD curriculum consists of courses in basic biomedical sciences, clinical sciences, pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy practice. The coursework is integrated with progressive patient-centered practice experiences with a focus centered on educating practitioners capable of providing care. 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 in the state requested.

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:

  • Pharmaceutical, Clinical and Biomedical Sciences consisting of Pharmacology, Physical Pharmacy, Pharmacy Calculations, Pathophysiology, Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics, Pharmacogenomics, and Pharmacotherapy
  • Professional Practice consisting of Pharmaceutical Care, Pharmacoeconomics/Pharmacoepidemiology, Pharmacy Informatics,  Biostatistics and Drug Literature Evaluation, Disease Management, Ethics, Pharmacy Law, Pharmacy Management, Pharmacy Compounding, Physical Assessment and Communication
  • Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences (IPPE) throughout the first three professional years
  • Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiential (APPE) consisting of required and elective/selective six-week rotations during the fourth professional year

Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process

Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process.

Pharmacists use a patient-centered approach in collaboration with other providers on the health care team to optimize patient health and medication outcomes. An essential first step is the establishment of a patient–pharmacist relationship that supports engagement and effective communication with patients, families, and caregivers throughout the process.

In addition, at the core of the process, pharmacists continually collaborate, document, and communicate with physicians, other pharmacists, and other health care professionals in the provision of safe, effective, and coordinated care. This process is enhanced through the use of interoperable information technology systems that facilitate efficient and effective communication among all individuals involved in patient care.