Our Early Assurance Program offers high school students the heightened advantage of securing a seat in our four-year PharmD degree after completing two years of prescribed undergraduate course work at UB and an interview.
Early Assurance offers a simplified application process—PCAT, recommendation letters, personal statement and experiences are NOT required.
Admission to the EA program is based on the University at Buffalo's First Year/Freshman Admission Criteria. There are no additional high school GPA or SAT/ACT requirements.
All accepted University at Buffalo first-year/freshman pharmacy students for fall, entering directly from high school, are automatically enrolled directly into our SPPS PharmD (Doctor of Pharmacy) degree through our prestigious EA program. This admission assures progression into the PharmD professional sequence as long as students maintain our prerequisite course GPA requirement, successfully complete an interview, and adhere to all program requirements.
|General Chemistry I and II with Laboratory||Choose from: |
CHE 101 + CHE 113 and CHE 102 + CHE 114
CHE 105 and CHE 106
Organic Chemistry I and II with Laboratory
|Introductory Biology I and II with Laboratory||Required: |
BIO 200 and BIO 201 + BIO 211
|Microbiology with Laboratory||Choose from: |
|Biochemistry||Choose from: |
|Anatomy||Choose from: |
PAS 313 (formerly 113)
|Physiology||Choose from: |
PGY 451 and PGY 452
|Calculus I||Choose from: |
MTH 121 or MTH 141
|Statistics||Choose one: |
|UB Curriculum||The UB Curriculum is a unique program of general education for all undergraduate students at UB. Serving as the core academic experience, it celebrates the joy of intellectual discovery and prepares students for life, career and citizenship in a diverse and dynamic world. Students must complete UB Curriculum prior to fall matriculation in the (P1) first professional year of the PharmD program. UB Curriculum courses may be completed during the summer prior to fall entry into the PharmD.|
Our PharmD Early Assurance Program required math and science prerequisite GPA is now 3.0.
This change aligns with the UB SPPS New Path for Academic Success: Honors/Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Grading System which will emphasize learning, improve student knowledge and empower students to become the next generation of pharmacy leaders.
Students who do not demonstrate these proficiencies and attributes will not be eligible for admission through the EA Program.
All admissions requirements are subject to revision and review by the SPPS Admissions Committee and may be revised without extensive notice. As a competitive program, admission can be on a space available basis.
Once you’ve decided to pursue a career in pharmacy, begin making connections and gain experience in the field. Experience is not required; however, it is expected. You can begin following these tips even before coming to UB!
Find a mentor
Connect with a person that can give you advice and answer your questions about the field. This could be a professor, school counselor, family member, local pharmacist or health professional.
Talk to current students
Current pharmacy students are available to speak with you about preparing for pharmacy school, research, getting involved, special programs, course selection, and other advice and tips. View a list of PharmD students ready to chat with you!
High school coursework
To best prepare for our pre-pharmacy curriculum, high school students should take math courses and science courses including calculus, biology, chemistry and physics.
Gain pharmacy experience
Most successful applicants to pharmacy school have demonstrated their commitment to a career in health care by obtaining experience. Shadow or volunteer at a pharmacy, hospital, nursing home, medical office, or other related health care facility or organization. Seek research opportunities with professors once enrolled at UB. Come prepared with questions to do informational interviews.
Work in a pharmacy
Students can find part-time or summer jobs in a pharmacy such as cashiers, clerks or assistants. Keep in mind, however, that pharmacy is a diverse field and community/retail pharmacy is only one option.