Admission Process and Criteria
Admission to the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPPS) requires a minimum of 84 semester hours of pre-pharmacy coursework at an accredited college or university. The required pre-pharmacy courses have been identified to ensure that each entering student has the requisite foundational knowledge in sciences, math, communication, and general education courses.
Admission to the School’s PharmD program shall be based on a holistic review of the application and shall include the following steps and requirements:
1. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, unless the student meets the criteria for the Early Pharmacy Interview and Admission Program. The BS degree requirement is required because students will be taking classes with medical and dental students during the P1 year. Both of these programs effectively require a baccalaureate degree.
2. Taking the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT). At present, no minimum score for either the composite or individual sub-area is required. This requirement may be modified as the school gains experience with student progression and success in the program. The PCAT must be taken within the previous three years (e.g. after June 2014 for fall 2018).
3. Official transcripts submitted to PharmCAS from all universities and colleges attended by the student to document a minimum 2.5 cumulative and science-math grade point averages and no grade lower than a C (or 70% if letter grades are not assigned) in any required pre-pharmacy course.
4. A day-long, on-campus interview. The interview will incorporate different activities, including participating in a Team-based Learning (TBL) activity, campus and health science center tours, meeting faculty and health center students, and Multiple Mini-Interviews (MMIs). MMIs consist of a series of interview questions, such as an ethical dilemma or a hypothetical healthcare scenario. After reading the question or scenario, candidates are asked to discuss that specific scenario with the interviewer. Each MMI station is timed so that each candidate has sufficient time to read the question and interact with the interviewer. MMI stations may be individual (one candidate-one interviewer) or collaborative (two candidates-one interviewer). At one additional station, candidates will meet with a faculty or staff member to clarify any information regarding the application / admissions process, status of the candidate’s application file, and to answer any questions about the PharmD program, Stony Brook University or Stony Brook Medicine or the geographic area (i.e., Stony Brook and the surrounding area). The advantage of using the MMI interview format is that each candidate gets to meet 7-8 different interviewers and have opportunities to make a good first impression.
5. Successfully passing a criminal background check and urine drug screen. The Office of Academic and Student Affairs will review any positive results and make admission decisions on a case-by-case basis. Falsification of information on the PharmCAS or supplemental application, criminal background check, or urine drug screen will be grounds for denial of acceptance or dismissal from the program.
The SPPS will participate in PharmCAS. Applicants are required to complete and submit an official online application to PharmCAS no later than March 1st of each year. The Office of Academic and Student Affairs will evaluate the applications to ensure completeness and verify that the minimum requirements for admission have been met. Once the applications are reviewed and verified, they will be forwarded to the Admissions Committee to determine whether an on-site interview will be offered.
Prior to the on-site interview, the Admissions Committee will review all submitted materials for candidates meeting the admission GPA and those who favorably compare with the applicant pool on the PCAT. The GPA and PCAT data will be reviewed to determine if the student shall be interviewed. If the candidate is selected for interview, they will be contacted by the Office of Academic and Student Affairs for a time and date.
Following the MMI interview, a holistic review of the candidates’ qualifications will be taken, beyond GPA and PCAT, including communication skills, critical thinking, potential for teamwork, and responses to questions with ethical issues. This holistic review is intended to evaluate applicants for their potential for success in the SPPS as well as the potential to make a meaningful contribution to the profession upon graduation.
At present, the core program will be delivered on campus. However, clinical cases, reviews and individual meetings with students may be done at a distance during the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences (APPEs).
In accordance with SUNY policy, students must, at a minimum, complete at least 30 credits of General Education awarded by an institution of higher education if the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) is to be their first degree. Students admitted with an earned baccalaureate degree will not be required to meet the requirements of the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) to meet the general education requirements. If the student has not earned a baccalaureate degree, they can meet the basic skills requirements by transferring in eligible credits or taking qualified Stony Brook coursework. Candidates who have not met the SBC requirements at the time of application, will be required to meet them by the matriculation date.