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Information for High School and Transfer Counselors

Information for our SUNY and CUNY Partners

As the first public School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in New York State, the University at Buffalo (UB) offers top-ranked programs with an international reputation for scholarly excellence and curricular innovation all at an unmatched value. We are excited to connect with our pre-health and transfer colleagues across the SUNY and CUNY systems.

We are available to host your group on campus for an information session and tour of our facilities, or we can come to you. If you have a prehealth club or course, we would be honored to connect with the appropriate coordinators. Consider initiating an affiliation agreement with us, to establish a clear pipeline for your intended pharmacy students with our prestigious program.

About the PharmD degree

Pharmacy student in the model pharmacy.

To become drug experts, pharmacists must train extensively in science and patient care. The 4-year pharmacy school curriculum is rigorous, and today's pharmacy school graduates all hold a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree.

Today's pharmacists master medicines in different ways. They:

  • Provide direct care and counseling to patients in community pharmacies, clinics, and hospitals
  • Work in drug research and marketing in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Teach and conduct research in universities
  • Safeguard the public through their work in government agencies.

Because of the important roles they play, pharmacists are among the most well-regarded members of the health care team.

Upon graduation, students have many career options including working in the community, a hospital, a university, government agencies, pharmaceutical research companies, nursing homes, hospice, and home care. Pharmacists can also choose a specific population to work with such as newborns, geriatrics and even animals!

About the Pharmaceutical Sciences degree

Pharmaceutical Sciences students in a research lab.

Pharmaceutical scientists work hands-on in the laboratory and are instrumental in discovering and developing innovative drugs. They study the body’s reaction to a drug and how it’s absorbed, distributed, metabolized and eliminated; and how diseases, food, genetics, and other drugs react when a drug is introduced to the body in order to create the best therapy approaches. Professionals in pharmaceutical sciences continue the advances in drug therapy, work in marketing and sales of pharmaceuticals and biomedical devices, work as researchers and professors at universities, and work as scientists for agencies like the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).