Only 7, that's all.article said:“There is a need in New York State for an additional school, as there are only seven schools of pharmacy in New York,” Kaushansky said. “The need for pharmacists locally in Suffolk County remains strong, as Suffolk has fewer pharmacists per capita than the rest of the State.”
Suffolk county is a desirable area to work. Suburban life and still just 1 hour away from NYC.BU is opening theirs too, so that will be 3 SUNY programs and 9 in the state, not to mention Albany's "satellite" in Vermont. I don't know much about Suffolk County, but I can't imagine it's a terribly undesirable, hard to staff area that needs its own school. But even if that were true, you graduate one class of 75 to fill all supposed vacancies in the area and then what? You need 75 more the next year? And the year after that?
It would take away from Touro, St. Johns, and LIU though as those are the only options for NYC + Long Island students who want to stay local. If you're a Long Islander, you no longer need to worry about having to take the LIRR for a 2 hour commute for pharmacy school.That's my point, I can't see it being hard to staff and needing it's own school, although that's what the press release I quoted seemed to say.