PharmD Curriculum

Our PharmD curriculum integrates required coursework with specialized electives and progressive patient-focused experiences.

For Students Entering Fall 2023

The University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (UB SPPS) is implementing a renewed curricular blueprint for PharmD students entering the program, effective Fall 2023.

Building on the strong foundation of our legacy curriculum, our renewed curriculum will act as a blueprint for our incoming PharmD students, providing them with a more integrated learning experience and a comprehensive path for student success, guiding them academically, professionally and personally. 

Curriculum Overview

Year One Years Two and Three Year Four

Years Two and Three Curriculum: Integrated Pharmacy Concepts

  • Courses focused on medical disciplines, integrating concepts from pathophysiology, pharmacology, clinical pharmacokinetics and pharmacogenomics, patient assessment, essential patient skills, pharmacotherapeutics (e.g. cardiology, infectious diseases, oncology)
  • Integrated patient case studies and activities for applying clinical knowledge and skills
  • Interprofessional activities with other health care students (e.g. medical, dental, nursing, physician assistants, social work)
  • Principles of compounding
  • Experiential education in community and pharmacy institutional settings
  • Students will be APPE-ready for advanced experiential rotations after completing two capstone courses

Learn About Our PharmD Program

  • Required Courses
    Our PharmD curriculum is designed to prepare you to be “practice ready” upon graduation and act as caring, ethical, respectful and scholarly pharmacy practitioners while serving as leaders in the advancement of the pharmacy profession.
  • Electives
    Elective courses provide you with an opportunity to enhance your knowledge, skills and professional attitude beyond that provided by the core curriculum. 
  • 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.
  • PharmD Technical Standards
    A pharmacy student must acquire substantial competence in the necessary knowledge and application of that knowledge in their professional practice and must be able to relate appropriately to patients, health care professionals, and to other ancillary personnel.

Ready to take the next step?

Visit our PharmD admissions information page to apply to our PharmD program via our Early Assurance Program for high school students, or via PharmCAS for current and former college students.