PharmD Curriculum and Requirements

The Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) curriculum at the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is designed to prepare students to serve as compassionate pharmacy practitioners, educators, researchers and leaders.

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The PharmD curriculum consists of required coursework and specialized elective opportunities integrated with progressive patient-centered practice experiences. 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.

Year One Curriculum
  • Biomedical sciences (e.g. pathophysiology and pharmaceutical chemistry)
  • Pharmaceutical sciences (e.g. pharmacology, calculations and physical pharmacy)
  • Social/behavioral/administrative sciences (e.g. pharmacy law)
  • Clinical sciences (e.g. patient assessment, self-care, pharmaceutical care)
Years Two and Three Curriculum
  • Immersion in the pharmacotherapeutic decision making process for major disease states
  • Pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics, ethics, management and compounding principles
  • Experiential education, including interprofessional education 
  • Students will be APPE-ready after completing two capstone courses in their third year
Year Four Curriculum



Professional students may select approved elective courses to enhance their educational program through specialized courses and experiences.

Example Electives

Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences
Basic Drug Development
Clinical Research Methods
Diabetes Management
Drug Metabolism and Transport
Global Health Outreach
Pediatric Pharmacotherapy
Pharmacy Leadership
Specialty Pharmacy
Topics in Psychiatry

Academic Health Center Interprofessional Collaboration
Business of Healthcare
Cancer Chemotherapy Principles
Community Health and Health Behavior
Epidemiology Principles
Health for Refugee Populations
Introduction to Bioethics
Law, Genetics, Society
Medical and Health-Related Spanish
Neuropsychology for Healthcare Profs
Nutrition and Health
Veterinary Pharmacy

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.