Stony Brook University Looks to Add Pharmacy School

Students in Long Island, New York, interested in pursuing a pharmacy degree may soon have a nearby option for pharmacy school.

Students in Long Island, New York, interested in pursuing a pharmacy degree may soon have a nearby option for pharmacy school.

Recently, the State University of New York Board of Trustees voted to adopt a resolution endorsing Stony Brook University’s efforts to offer a Doctor of Pharmacy degree to students, subject to approval by the New York State Board of Regents, according to a Stony Brook press release.

If all goes well, the Stony Brook University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPPS) will be founded.

SPPS would be the first pharmacy school on Long Island and would add to the health sciences schools already established at Stony Brook.

“Establishing a school of pharmacy and approval to confer a Doctor of Pharmacy degree is 1 of the most important academic advances Stony Brook University can achieve right now,” Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley, Jr, MD, said in a school press release.

Dr. Stanley envisioned that the school would nurture pharmacists who could serve patients regionally or nationally.

The plan for this pharmacy school has been in the works for 4 years. The school maintained that a national need for pharmacists and the academic and clinical environment at Stony Brook Medicine prompted thoughts for a new school.

The Stony Brook University Senate and outside evaluators have also endorsed the idea for a new pharmacy school.