University proposes pharmacy school
Binghamton University sent its letter of intent and initial proposal to create a school of pharmacy and related degrees to the SUNY system administration in early September. It is hoped that the first cohort of students in the doctoral program in pharmacy would be admitted in fall 2017. When approved, Binghamton would become the second public university in New York state offering the degree, filling a growing demand for pharmacists as our population ages and the availability of drug therapies expands. The University at Buffalo currently has a PharmD program.
There are several reasons why a pharmacy school could be a good investment for Binghamton, Executive Vice President and Provost Donald Nieman said. “Creating a doctoral-granting, research-oriented pharmacy school, will allow us to enhance our research strengths in the life sciences and from productive collaborations with programs we have in behavioral neuroscience, biomedical engineering, biomedical anthropology, chemistry and nursing, among others.”
It would also allow the University to increase its graduate enrollment with additional high-caliber students and help the state meet the growing demand for pharmacists.
The school would offer a doctorate in pharmacy (PharmD) with advanced coursework in pharmaceutical sciences. The program would require four years of study and over time would grow into a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences and a dual PharmD/PhD program to help alleviate the national shortage of pharmacy faculty.