The 2+4 agreement allows students to earn their associate’s degree at a community college, and then complete their Pharm.D. at Buffalo.
“This is an incredible opportunity for SUNY Broome students who are interested in pursuing pharmacy,” said SUNY Broome President Kevin E. Drumm. “We are thrilled to partner with the University at Buffalo for this latest program, which will allow our students a direct pathway to a graduate degree and ultimately a fulfilling, high-demand career.”
To become eligible, students must have a science and mathematics grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.5, an overall GPA of 3.5 and complete all prerequisite courses with a grade of at least 2.0. Prior to entering UB, students must complete at least one year of English composition, biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, calculus and physiology, and at least one semester of statistics, microbiology, anatomy, biochemistry and any social or behavioral science.
Students must also submit an application through the Pharmacy College Application Service and take the PCAT, as well as submit three letters of recommendation and undergo a formal interview.
“Our academic programs are rigorous at SUNY Broome and they truly prepare students for their next steps in their educational career,” said SUNY Broome Chief Academic officer and Executive Vice President Francis Battisti. “We’re excited to help even more students achieve their educational goals through this program.”
The college already has 30 articulation, or transfer, agreement with the University at Buffalo for a wide range of programs.
“The University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences values our collaboration with State University of New York community colleges and these 2+4 agreements will further solidify our strong partnerships,” said Dr. James O’Donnell, dean of the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. “We look forward to having their best and brightest students as members of our PharmD program.”
This is the third such 2+4 agreement that SUNY Broome has entered into with a pharmacy school in the past year. In June, the college entered into an agreement that will give two students guaranteed admission into St. John Fisher College’s Wegmans School of Pharmacy. In November, the college entered into another agreement with Binghamton University that will give eight qualified SUNY Broome students admittance into BU’s new School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.