Program with SUNY Buffalo, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

SUNY Plattsburgh has signed an articulation agreement with SUNY Buffalo, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)

This program is designed to allow qualified students to apply the SUNY Buffalo School of Pharmacy after their sophomore year and enter their pharmacy program after 3 years in the B.A. in biology program at SUNY Plattsburgh. This has the advantage of saving one year's tuition to SUNY Plattsburgh.

SUNY Buffalo, School of Pharmacy Admissions Requirements

SUNY Buffalo will consider for conditional acceptance into the first year of instruction all students who have successfully completed the SUNY Plattsburgh portion of B.A. of biology degree (approximately 103 credits) provided the following conditions have been met:

  • The satisfactory completion of the SUNY Plattsburgh portion of B.A. of biology degree curriculum with a minimum total GPA of 3.5 and a minimum GPA of 3.5 in all science and math courses.
  • Each prerequisite course must successfully be completed with a grade equal to, or greater than, a C by the end of the summer semester prior to fall admission.
  • Submit an application through the Pharmacy Application Service (PharmCAS) during the fall of their junior year, no later than October 1 following these steps: http://pharmacy.buffalo.edu/pages/35/PharmCAS-Admissions.html
  • Take the PCAT (Pharmacy Admission Test) http://www.pcatweb.info/ The PCAT is required for all PharmCAS applicants. University at Buffalo does not have a minimum PCAT score requirement; however, competitive applicants typically present a score of at least 300. The score we consider is the Percentile Rank (not Scaled Scores) using the sum of each item under the Percentile Rank (Verbal Ability, Biology, Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Ability, and Chemistry) to determine the score (not the Composite Score). If taken twice, we consider the higher of the two. We will not accept any PCAT test over three years old. We do accept the January PCAT even though PharmCAS will receive the scores after the February 1 deadline. A minimum score of “3” must also be obtained on the written essay component of the PCAT. A maximum of two (2) test administrations will be allowed.
  • Receive a favorable letter of recommendation from the SUNY Plattsburgh Committee as a part of the 3 required PharmCAS letters of recommendation.
  • Meet the University at Buffalo Pharm.D. Supplemental Application and Application Fee deadline of March 1.
  • Maintain the appropriate moral and ethical standards necessary for admission and for the eventual attainment of professional licensure.

Upon invitation, the University at Buffalo will also require a formal interview with designated interviewers as part of the Pharm.D. admissions process. Information regarding this requirement will be provided following the receipt of all application documents.

Selection is based on scholastic achievement, aptitude, personal qualifications, and evidence of motivation toward pharmacy. These are judged from the SUNY Plattsburgh record, grade point average, the PCAT, letters of reference and evaluation, a Supplemental Admission Application, and a personal interview. In addition to intellectual and academic competence, the School's Admissions Committee considers communication skills, leadership ability, community service, health care-related or research experience, and motivation for pursuing a career in pharmacy.

All students enrolled in the Pharm.D. program must submit a Criminal Background Check (CBC) and a Drug Screen from a vendor approved by UB SoPPS at the student’s expense. The CBC is due within 15 days of the acceptance confirmation email. Drug Screens will be assigned randomly throughout the four years in the professional program.

At the end of the first and second years at SUNY Plattsburgh, participants must submit an official transcript of grades to the Pharm.D. Admissions Committee. Their performance in the program will be evaluated and they will receive a written or electronic response informing them of their status. Failure of a participant to achieve or maintain these standards will result in his or her removal from the program. Unsuccessful application or discontinuance following acceptance will not preclude direct application to the University at Buffalo through its PharmCAS application process and will not be considered in any future admissions review process.

A candidate in good standing will have the option of spending the fourth year of the program at SUNY Plattsburgh to complete a baccalaureate degree rather than at the University at Buffalo in the first year of the Pharm.D. program. Choosing this option will necessarily extend the length of the program to eight years. During the fourth year at SUNY Plattsburgh, a participant must maintain the same academic standards as specified for the first three years in order to remain in good standing.

Degree Granting

The Bachelor of Arts/Science in Biology will be conferred by SUNY Plattsburgh to students enrolled under this agreement after successful completion of the first year study at SUNY Buffalo.

Degree Plan for Non-Matriculates and Non-Successful Matriculates

Should a candidate enrolled in the pre-professional program at SUNY Plattsburgh not be accepted to complete his or her final undergraduate requirements at SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Plattsburgh will provide a seamless alternative for that student to satisfy all of the remaining requirements for the undergraduate degree.

The same provision will be made for students who are conditionally accepted to continue their studies at SUNY Buffalo but fail to satisfactorily complete their first year of study.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

For more information about pre-health professions advisement at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

Donald Slish
Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee Chairperson
Office: Hudson Hall 325
Phone: (518) 564-5160
Email: slishdf@plattsburgh.edu