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.
Qualified students submit a simplified Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) application in the first semester of sophomore year (July-October 1) but will not compete with the other PharmCAS applicants and it will not be used in admission decision-making for our Early Assurance Program. The PCAT, personal essay, letters of recommendation and experiences are NOT required.
A limited number of PharmCAS Application Fee waivers are available to financially disadvantaged applicants on a first-come, first-serve basis (apply before September 1).
Students who do not meet the EA requirements after the fall semester of sophomore year may be considered through the non-EA PharmCAS process during the same application period without submitting any additional materials.
Those who are concerned about not meeting the EA requirements are advised to meet with their pre-pharmacy advisor to discuss additional strategies to maintain their seat and stay on track.
Former EA candidates may apply via the non-EA PharmCAS process during a future application period, at which time a complete PharmCAS application is required, including the personal essay, letters of recommendation and experiences.