School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

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Graduate Program

The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences offers the graduate-level pharmacy program culminating in the professional degree of Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD). This program will prepare graduates with the professional competencies for entry level pharmacy practice in any setting; to ensure optimal medication therapy outcomes, patient safety and patient-centered team-based care; and to satisfy the educational requirements for licensure as a pharmacist. Binghamton’s program develops caring professionals with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values required for the ethical and effective practice of pharmacy. The PharmD program has three objectives: (1) to educate skilled pharmacists to serve their community with competence, compassion and in an ethical manner, (2) to promote public health by educating pharmacists to provide drug information and education and (3) to develop skills in pharmacy management, medication distribution and control and counseling of patients on their medications.

Binghamton University (State University of New York) School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has been authorized by the Board of Directors for an on-site evaluation to be scheduled during the Fall of 2016 for consideration of Precandidate Status. Authorization of an on-site evaluation does not carry with it nor imply an accreditation status. The on-site evaluation is authorized solely for purposes of gathering additional information in furtherance of an accreditation decision. The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) Board of Directors will consider Precandidate Status at the regularly scheduled meeting in January 2017, following the on-site evaluation. For an explanation of the ACPE accreditation process, consult the Office of the Dean in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences or the offices of ACPE, 135 South LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, IL 60603, phone 312-644-3575, fax 312/664-4652, http://www.acpe-accredit.org.

The proposal from Binghamton University to register the PharmD program is pending approval of the University of the State of New York Board of Regents and the New York State Education Department.

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Admission

Admission to the PharmD program will be via PharmCas (http://pharmcas.org). We anticipate admitting our first class in August 2017, pending precandidate status from ACPE (see paragraph on accreditation status above). Students must complete at least two years of study at a regionally accredited college or university or an equivalent institution to enroll. All course prerequisites must be completed by the time of matriculation, with a grade of "C" or better prior to enrollment. Prerequisites must be completed within seven years preceding matriculation. A minimum overall GPA of 2.75 as well as a GPA of 2.75 in all science and mathematics courses are required for entry. All applicants must take the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). An applicant's PCAT results cannot be older than five years. While Binghamton University SOPPS does not have a minimum PCAT score, scores at or above the national average are considered highly competitive for entry. Additionally, competitive applicants will be invited to and must complete an on-campus interview to be considered for admission. The admission process is holistic and will consider a variety of factors including academic record, intellectual achievements, extracurricular activities and personal background rather than being solely based on an empirical formula of GPA and PCAT scores. Additional consideration will be given to those with community service, patient care, pharmacy and/or military experience.

The School focuses on maintaining a culturally diverse student population. In addition to on-campus education, the School provides community-wide clinical experiences giving students maximum exposure to contemporary pharmacy practice. Introductory and Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences include inpatient, outpatient, community pharmacies, community health centers and pharmaceutical industry experiences. Students also learn as members of interprofessional teams, both in the classroom and in the community.

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Transfer credit

Approval must be received in writing from the associate dean for academic affairs and assessment and the dean of the pharmacy program the applicant is transferring to before registering at another institution.

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Part-Time Study

Part-time options are not available.

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Additional Requirements

Professional students in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences must adhere to the following policies related to professional practice. Some policies will require students to pay additional fees.

Professional Ethics and Academic Honesty: Students are expected to comply with the University’s Rules for Student Conduct and the policies related to professional ethics, professional practice and academic honesty as stated in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Student Handbook

Program Fees: Students are required to pay fees that are associated with their professional development that are above and beyond tuition. Those fees include but are not limited to appropriate immunization costs, various clinical certifications (diabetes care, medication therapy management and immunization certifications), CPR certification, simulation fees, and third-party professional development software like CORE-ELM.

Malpractice and Liability Insurance: All students are required to obtain Pharmacist Professional Liability Insurance through the Healthcare Providers Service Organization (HPSO, http://www.hpso.com).

Health Insurance: All students enrolled in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences are required to submit proof of personal health insurance. This documentation must be submitted prior to beginning any clinical experience. Failure to demonstrate evidence of health insurance will prevent the student from beginning clinical experiences in any semester. Health insurance is available for purchase through the University for those students who do not have coverage.

Drug Testing: Students are routinely required to undergo drug testing. Students will be asked to submit to drug testing prior to admission through PharmCAS and at the beginning of each academic year through the services of CertiPhi (https://www.certiphi.com). The student is responsible for all costs associated with these requirements. For more information about this process and its associated fees, please see https://www.certiphi.com. All matriculating students assigned to an experiential site may be required by that site to submit to a drug test. The student will comply with directions given regarding the designated vendor and any appropriate follow-up that may be required. Although variable, most required panels test for amphetamines, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, cannabinoids, cocaine, meperidine, methadone, oxycodone, opiates, phencyclidine, and propoxyphene. Costs associated with the additional testing may be incurred by the students.

Criminal Background Checks: All School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences students are required to undergo a criminal background screening. Students will be asked to submit to a background check prior to admission through PharmCAS and at the beginning of each academic year through the services of CertiPhi (https://www.certiphi.com). The student is responsible for all costs associated with these requirements. For more information about this process and its fees, please see https://www.certiphi.com.