Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about School of Pharmacy Admissions

  1. Why does the SUNY-Stony Brook School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPPS) prefer a bachelor’s degree or a graduate degree for admission?

    Students admitted into the SPPS will be taking courses with the medical and dental medicine students for most of the first two years of the curriculum. Medical and dental medicine students are required to have a bachelor’s degree or a graduate degree for admission. Medical and dental medicine students also typically have very high science and math GPAs for admission into their respective school and have taken the majority of the pre-requisites required by the SPPS.

  2. How long does it generally take to complete the pre-requisites required to be admitted into the SUNY-Stony Brook School of Pharmacy?

    It generally takes three to four (3-4) years of full-time coursework to take all of the SPPS’s pre-requisites (71-74 SCH).

  3. Is a bachelor’s or graduate degree required for everyone to be admitted into the SUNY-Stony Brook School of Pharmacy?

    No. Some students may be eligible to apply for the Early Pharmacy Interview and Admissions Program. Student(s) must meet the following to be eligible for the program:
    1. be classified as juniors or seniors at time of application;
    2. have and maintain a minimum cumulative Science / Math GPA of >3.40 on a 4.0 scale;
    3. earn a first time letter grade of B or greater (i.e., no re-takes) on all required pre-pharmacy math and science courses;
    4. file an academic course plan to complete all required pre-requisite courses no later than the end of the spring semester prior to their fall enrollment;
    5. successfully complete the required admission interview with the Admissions Committee; and,
    6. demonstrate that they can meet the School of Pharmacy Technical Performance Standards.
  4. I am a high school senior and I plan on applying to the SUNY-Stony Brook School of Pharmacy. What should I do?

    Once you are registered as a student at Stony Brook University you can arrange to meet with the pre-health advisors; they are well informed and will provide accurate and reliable information about the required science and math courses necessary to be admitted into the School of Pharmacy. The contact information for the pre-health advising staff at Stony Brook is:

    Pre-Professional Advising
    E3310 Melville Library
    Stony Brook, NY 11794-3351
    Webpage: http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/prehealth/contact.html 
    Email: prehealth@stonybrook.edu 
    Phone: (631) 632-7080 
    Fax: (631) 632-9259

  5. Do I have to attend SUNY-Stony Brook to be admitted into the School of Pharmacy?

    No, you do not need to complete your pre-requisites at Stony Brook for admission to the School of Pharmacy at Stony Brook.  You can complete your pre-requisites at another 4-year school (i.e., SUNY-Farmingdale) or a combination of community college and 4-year programs (i.e., Suffolk and Stony Brook).  In short, there is no requirement regarding where the pre-requisites are completed, although we have the most knowledge about the courses and faculty at Stony Brook.

  6. Schools and Colleges of Pharmacy have different curricula and require a different number of years to graduate with a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree.  Different examples are 0+6, 2+4, 2+3, 3+4 and 4+4.  What is SUNY-Stony Brook and why?

    Students admitted into the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPPS) are generally 4+4.  4+4 means that a bachelor’s degree or higher is generally required before admission into the 4-year curriculum of the School of Pharmacy.  After the bachelor’s degree is obtained, then the pharmacy curriculum is 4 years. Although not a requirement, the SPPS prefers a bachelor’s or graduate degree because you will be taking courses with the medical and dental medicine students for most of the first two years of the four-year curriculum.  Medical and dental medicine students are required to have a bachelor’s degree or a graduate degree for admission.  Medical and dental medicine students also typically have very high science and math GPAs for admission into their respective school and have taken the majority of the pre-requisites required by the SPPS.  We also feel that the additional maturity of a bachelor’s degree is needed to compete with the medical and dental medicine students in comparison to a student who enters pharmacy school straight out of high school (0+6).

  7. Do I need to take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) and what is the minimum score I need to be admitted into the SUNY-Stony Brook SPPS?

    The PCAT is required for admission into the SPPS. Go to the PCAT Website (http://pcatweb.info/) to learn how and when to sign up to take the PCAT. However, at present, there is no minimum score to be admitted. Because the School is new, we don’t have experience with minimum scores and prediction of pharmacy school success. However, experience has shown that successful students general score higher than the 40th percentile in the composite score. For us to accept your test score you must have taken the PCAT no later than June 2015.

  8.  How do I apply for admission to the SUNY-Stony Brook SPPS?

    The most complete information about how to apply to the SUNY-Stony Brook SPPS can be found on the School’s webpage at https://pharmacy.stonybrookmedicine.edu/admissions/admissions-process. In short, 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. Although not a requirement, a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, is preferred. This is because pharmacy 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 2015 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 4-6 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.
  9. Is an on-campus interview required for admission to the SUNY-Stony Brook SPPS?

    Yes, an on-campus, full-day interview is required for admission to the SB SPPS. 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).
  10. Pharmacy Early Acceptance Program (PEAP)

    From 2019 students will be are able to apply to the Pharmacy Early Acceptance Program (PEAP) during the second semester of their freshman year at SUNY-Stony Brook and enter the pre-pharmacy program. SUNY-Stony Brook designed the program to allow students the flexibility to choose a path of entry that is best their future admission into the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program. Although successful completion of the program does not guaranteed admission, it does give students completing the program preference for admission into the SUNY-Stony Brook SPPS and earn a PharmD in four years once they have completed all the undergraduate prerequisite courses. Possible routes include (a) completion of prerequisite courses in three years, with or without earning a bachelor’s degree (3+4), or (b) completion of prerequisite courses and a bachelor's degree in four years (4+4). This is NOT the same as the Early Pharmacy Interview and Admissions Program.  For the best information regarding the PEAP, please contact the Pre-health Advising Office.

  11. When is the next informational session pertaining to SBU SPPS?

    At this moment, we have limitations placed on us by the State Higher Education Board that do not allow us to formally recruit students. Therefore, we do not have any official open houses scheduled as yet. However, we DO anticipate accepting students in August 2018. But, until those limitations are met, we can’t formally accept applications. We anticipate that we will be able to begin the interview and admissions processes in late-February or early-March. But we are glad to provide information about the anticipated program and answer any other questions that you might have. You may find more information about the school at: pharmacy.stonybrookmedicine.edu. As soon as we are permitted to recruit, we will place the admission information on the website and in PharmCAS. Until then, you can also keep up with us on the School’s Facebook page where you can like and follow us at https://www.facebook.com/StonybrookPharmacy/. Any announcements regarding informational sessions will be placed on the Facebook page.

    Within the School, you can contact Dr. Karen Hassell. She will be able to provide you with that information and can be reached at 631-638-3158 or at karen.hassell@stonybrookmedicine.edu. 

  12. Will the SBU SPPS accept transfer RX students?

    If you are in the first two years of a 0-6 program or are still taking your pre-requisite courses as a pre-pharmacy major, you can transfer those course credits. Unfortunately, we will not be accepting pharmacy transfer students who have started their pharmacy curriculum. Each pharmacy curriculum is unique and information is provided at different times during the curriculum. Second, the students at Stony Brook School of Pharmacy will be taking their classes during the first two years with the medical and/or dental medicine students. This is very unique and this experience is likely unable to be duplicated in any other School of Pharmacy in the country. If you are early in your pharmacy curriculum and would be willing to start your program again (i.e., start over with the first year curriculum), you can apply with other students for a seat in the School.

  13. What is the time limit on credit for prerequisite courses?

    In general, all courses must have been completed within 7 years preceding matriculation into the pharmacy school. Exceptions may be considered upon review of a student's full application and any advanced level coursework in the sciences that has been completed. However, the Admissions Committee recommends completion of science and mathematics courses within the last five years (i.e., calculus, organic chemistry, biology, microbiology, anatomy & physiology, and accompanying labs).

    Applicants wanting to request an exemption to the prerequisite or other requirements must request and complete an Exemption Request Form from the Office of Academic and Student Affairs.

  14. Must I apply to SBU before applying to SBU SPPS?

    No.  In fact students are discouraged from applying to SBU before applying to the School.  You will be encouraged to apply to SBU only after having been accepted into the School of Pharmacy.  Admission to SBU requires a separate fee and we don’t want you to pay that fee until you already have been accepted into the School of Pharmacy.

  15. What major should I take as an undergraduate to best prepare for Rx?

    No specific undergraduate major is preferred for admission into the SBU SPPS. However, biological or basic science majors allow you to complete the majority of pre-pharmacy pre-requisites and complete a baccalaureate degree at the same time. Science majors that allow you the most flexibility in completing the pre-requisites and requirements for a degree include biochemistry, biology, and pharmacological sciences. The pre-health advisors at Stony Brook University are well informed and will provide accurate and reliable information. The contact information for the pre-health advising staff is:

    Pre-Professional Advising

    E3310 Melville Library
    Stony Brook, NY 11794-3351
    Webpage: http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/prehealth/contact.html
    Email: prehealth@stonybrook.edu
    Phone: (631) 632-7080
    Fax: (631) 632-9259

  16.   What is the cutoff date for student applications for fall admission to SBU SPPS?

    Deadline (Academic Year 2018-2019) PharmCAS Early Decision

    PharmCAS Regular Decision


     

    PCAT Exam  Sept. 6, 2017 Jan. 31, 2018
    PharmCAS Application  Sept. 6, 2017

    March 1, 2018

    Supplemental Application Sept. 6, 2017

    July 1, 2018

    Supplemental Application Fee ($100) Individual Deadline Individual Deadline
    Pre-Pharmacy Coursework

    September 6, 2017

    July 31, 2018*

     

    ¶ June 1, 2018 is the final day to submit your PharmCAS application. It is NOT the final day for submitting a complete application to the SPPS. For the 2018-2019 Academic Year only, students will have until July 1, 2018 to complete their application.

     * For the 2018-2019 Academic Year only, students will have until the first day of classes to complete their pre-pharmacy coursework.

    Beginning in the 2019-2020 academic year, students will have until May 31st to complete their pre-requisites and March 1st to complete their PharmCAS applications.  Applications will be reviewed until May 31st.

  17. What are the admissions requirements for In-State or Out-of-State students?


    The admission requirements for domestic students, whether in-state or out-of-state are the same. The primary difference is the residency requirement(s) and out-of-state tuition.  However, the out-of-state tuition at SBU SPPS compares favorably with most private colleges in the northeast.

  18. Is it possible to get a PharmD/PhD as a dual major?

    At present, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education has strongly recommended that the SBU SPPS focus on the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree.  Also, the School of Pharmacy will not have a PhD degree for at least five years.  Taking a PhD in another department or school is possible, but it is not recommended.  Most students who want both degrees will complete them sequentially (i.e., PharmD first then PhD or vice versa) rather than at the same time because of the rigor of both programs.

  19. If I am a Certified Pharmacy Technician (PTCB) am I ready for Pharmacy school at SBU SPPS?

    Students are “ready” for pharmacy school at SBU SPPS when they have completed all of the pre-requisite courses and admission requirements.  These requirements can be found at the following two School webpages: https://pharmacy.stonybrookmedicine.edu/admissions/doctor_of_pharmacy_program_application_info and https://pharmacy.stonybrookmedicine.edu/admissions/admissions-process.   Another important “readiness” factor is maturity. A student’s maturity will be ascertained during the formal, onsite interview and via letters of recommendation.  A baccalaureate degree is also preferred for the SBU SPPS because students will be taking courses with the medical and dental medicine students and the undergraduate degree has been shown improve readiness.  Unfortunately, while some of your experiences as a certified pharmacy technician will help you prepare, on its own, it does not assure readiness.-+

  20. When will the School of Pharmacy be able officially enroll students into the program?

    The new School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Stony Brook is waiting for accreditation from ACPE as well as approval by the NY State Education Department. Following New York State regulations, we cannot officially enroll students at the School until we receive both approvals. The School is on track to receive both approvals, but the approvals are not guaranteed. If both approvals are obtained, students will be notified during July of the steps needed finalize matriculation in August.