3+4 Accelerated Program in Pharmacy
Phase I - Penn State Behrend
Students will be admitted, on a competitive basis, to the Penn State Behrend phase of the program based upon the following minimum criteria:
- SAT combined math and verbal score of 1200
- High school GPA of 3.5 and high school rank in top 25% of class;
- Additional evidence of scholarly and professional potential and desire to become a doctor of pharmacy.
- Preference given to Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, and southwestern New York residents from rural areas, but highly qualified applicants from other geographic locations will also be considered.
Acceptance to Phase I of the program is determined by Penn State Behrend. Typically, a maximum of five students chosen from the most qualified applicants will be admitted to Phase I of the program each year.
To apply for Phase I of the 3 + 4 Accelerated Program in Pharmacy contact:
Dr. Michael W. Justik, Health Professions Adviser
Application will include evidence of your high school performance, a letter indicating your interest in a career in pharmacy, and an interview conducted on the Penn State Behrend campus.
If you meet the minimum requirements of the program and show a strong interest in pharmacy, as evidenced by your letter, an interview will be arranged at Penn State Behrend. Admission to Phase I is granted on a competitive basis, with the applicant's record and interview included in the decision. Admission to Phase I grants the successful applicant conditional acceptance into Phase II. Acceptance into Phase II is based on the conditions outlined herein and is administered by the University at Buffalo.
Phase II - University at Buffalo
Penn State Behrend students can receive conditional acceptance based upon the anticipated completion of the Phase I program requirements before June 30th of the admission year. University at Buffalo may also require a formal interview with a designated interviewer as part of the Pharm.D. admission process. The Pharm.D. Admissions Committee is seeking the following minimum requirements:
- Earn a prerequisite science and mathematics course GPA of 3.5 or better and overall GPA of 3.5 or better (on the 4.0 grading system);
- Take the PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test) no later than October of the junior year and earned minimum scores of 400 (computed by combining the percentile scores in Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Biology, Chemistry, and Quantitative Ability). A maximum of two (2) test administrations will be allowed.
- Submit an application through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) during the fall of their junior year, no later than December 1 (or a mutually agreed upon date).
- Receive a favorable letter of recommendation from the Penn State Behrend Health and Allied Health Professions Committee.
- Meet the Pharm.D. Supplemental Application deadline of the first day of February.
See the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Admissions page for more details.