Accelerated educational partnerships established with additional SUNY Community Colleges


By Kara Sweet

Release Date: December 19, 2017

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has formed new collaborative agreements with Erie Community College, SUNY Adirondack, Columbia Greene Community College, SUNY Broome, Nassau Community College, Rockland Community College, Tompkins Cortland Community College and Dutchess Community College.

The 2+4 agreements allow students to complete two years of undergraduate study at community colleges in an associate’s degree program and then apply to UB’s PharmD program. These are in addition to existing partnerships with Monroe, Genesee, Finger Lakes, and Fulton Montgomery Community Colleges. Also as part of the agreements, two qualified students from each Community College will be guaranteed acceptance into the school each year.

A memorandum of agreement was formally signed by Dr. James O’Donnell, dean of the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and respective community college senior leadership.  

Discussing the partnerships, O’Donnell said, “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. We look forward to having their best and brightest students as members of our PharmD program.”

Graduates of the UB PharmD program are among the most sought-after in the country. Industry-leading employers recognize the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences’ commitment to academic excellence—graduates boast diverse leadership roles in all practice areas, including community pharmacies, hospitals, universities, government agencies and pharmaceutical research companies. 

For over 130 years, the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has continually been a leader in the education of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists, renowned for innovation in clinical practice and research. The school is accredited by the American Council of Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) and is the No. 1 ranked school of pharmacy in New York State and No. 22 in the United States by U.S. News & World Report.