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14. College of Pharmacy

  • M. Lynn Crismon, PharmD, Dean
  • Patrick J. Davis, PhD, Senior Associate Dean
  • Carlton K. Erickson, PhD, Associate Dean
  • Diane B. Ginsburg, MS, Assistant Dean
  • Jennifer L. Ridings-Myhra, BSPhr, Assistant Dean
  • Richard E. Wilcox, PhD, Assistant Dean

General Information

History

For more than a century, the University's College of Pharmacy has provided education and training for men and women as pharmacy practitioners, scientists, professional leaders, and responsible citizens. Eleven students constituted the first class when a school of pharmacy was created in the fall of 1893 at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. In 1927, the program was reorganized as the College of Pharmacy and moved to the Austin campus. The college shared quarters with other University programs until 1952, when the first pharmacy building was opened. Instruction now takes place in facilities designed for the pharmacy program and located near the center of the Austin campus, and on the campuses of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, the University of Texas at El Paso, and the University of Texas - Pan American in Edinburg.

The first undergraduate program consisted of two sessions, each seven months in length. The current PharmD degree program requires six years in preprofessional subjects, biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences, and professional experience courses. Graduate study became available in 1948 with the institution of a Master of Science in Pharmacy degree program. Today programs are also available that lead to the Doctor of Philosophy in the pharmaceutical, administrative, and clinical sciences. More than eight thousand students have graduated from the programs offered by the college; many have achieved state, national, and international prominence in pharmacy or in related health fields.

Academic leadership for pharmaceutical education at the University has been provided by eleven prominent educators, beginning with James Kennedy of San Antonio, who was appointed as a pharmacy professor and director of the Galveston program in 1893. He was succeeded by R. R. D. Cline, who for almost thirty years guided pharmaceutical education in Texas. When the school was moved to Austin in 1927, W. F. Gidley was named the first dean of the college. In 1947, Henry M. Burlage succeeded Professor Gidley as dean. He was succeeded in 1962 by Lee F. Worrell, who served until 1966. Carl C. Albers was acting dean until Joseph B. Sprowls was appointed dean in 1967. William J. Sheffield became acting dean upon the death of Professor Sprowls in 1971. He was succeeded in 1973 by James T. Doluisio, who served the college for twenty-five years. Steven Leslie served as dean from 1998 until 2007, when M. Lynn Crismon assumed the leadership of the college.

University pharmacy students receive instruction in the basic biomedical sciences, the pharmaceutical sciences, pharmacy administration, and pharmacy practice in state-of-the-art academic and health care facilities. Pharmacy interns expand their professional practice knowledge and skills at clinical education sites in the Austin/Temple/Waco area, El Paso, and the Lower Rio Grande Valley, and at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, the Texas Medical Center in Houston, and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

Accreditation

The College of Pharmacy has been a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy since 1927. The Doctor of Pharmacy degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE); ACPE does not accredit master's and PhD degrees in pharmacy.

Aims and Curricula

The University offers the six-year program leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) as the sole entry-level practice degree. This program offers a course of study in the pharmaceutical and clinical sciences designed to provide the state and the nation with pharmacists who are scientifically trained and clinically competent to deliver a full spectrum of pharmaceutical services in all areas of practice. In meeting its teaching obligation, the college provides a curriculum and faculty that offer students an educational experience beyond training solely for the practice of pharmacy.

The profession of pharmacy is evolving rapidly from a role primarily in distribution of medication toward a patient-oriented, pharmaceutical care model. Pharmaceutical care is a process through which a pharmacist interacts with the patient and other health care professionals in the design, implementation, and monitoring of a patient-specific therapeutic plan that will produce the desired therapeutic outcomes. To ensure that graduates have the necessary tools to practice in this complex, patient-oriented environment, the pharmacy curriculum has evolved from traditional discipline-specific coursework to a discipline-integrated approach of disease state management and a case-based, team approach to the design of the patient-specific therapeutic plan.

The professional curriculum is designed to prepare pharmacy graduates to provide patient-oriented pharmaceutical care in a contemporary setting, whether a community pharmacy, an ambulatory clinic, a hospital, or a long-term care facility, as well as to work in the pharmaceutical industry. In addition, the curriculum aims to inculcate an understanding of the basic sciences sufficient to prepare the student for graduate study in the pharmaceutical sciences. These objectives are pursued through a balanced program of study in pharmaceutics, medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, therapeutics, pharmacy administration, social and behavioral sciences, and the humanities, as well as a structured clinical and professional practice experiential program. The holder of a professional degree from the University of Texas at Austin has received an education and training as sophisticated as any available in the health professions.

The College of Pharmacy has conducted a joint PharmD degree program with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio since 1974. Students who complete their internship courses at the Health Science Center are considered part of this program and receive a degree awarded jointly by the two institutions.

The college has cooperative programs with the University of Texas at El Paso and the University of Texas - Pan American, and educational affiliations with several other academic health institutions, including Scott & White Hospital in Temple, the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas; and with other University of Texas System academic components. The college also has cooperative practice arrangements with medical centers and other health care facilities throughout the state as part of the experiential program.

The college seeks to encourage the belief that education is ongoing and lifelong and that all levels of professional education must form a continuum with professional practice and patient care. To meet this objective, the college provides postgraduate educational programs and develops innovative programs of training through continuing education for the roles pharmacists may be called on to fill as a result of changes in the patterns of delivery of pharmaceutical services.

In addition to the PharmD degree, the University offers the Master of Science in Pharmacy and the Doctor of Philosophy with a major in pharmacy. Both graduate programs offer qualified students the opportunity to complete specialty practice residencies. These graduate pharmacy programs are described in the Graduate Catalog.

During the first professional year in the College of Pharmacy, each student must apply to become a student pharmacist-intern with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy. Each student must be registered as a student pharmacist-intern in order to acquire, through pharmacy courses, the internship hours necessary for licensure upon graduation as a pharmacist in Texas. The student may register as a student pharmacist-intern with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy and earn internship hours only after completing the first academic year (at least thirty semester hours) of the professional pharmacy curriculum.

Students should be aware that the process of registration as a student pharmacist-intern includes a criminal history and fingerprint check. The existence of a criminal record may preclude the student from registration as a student pharmacist-intern and from subsequent licensure as a pharmacist in Texas. However, the Texas State Board of Pharmacy may grant limited internship status under certain conditions to those with prior convictions. It is possible that health care facilities in which students are placed for internship may mandate an additional background check and/or drug screen. Students assigned to these facilities must comply with all such requirements. If a student cannot be placed in internship facilities because of prior convictions that appear on any background check, or because of a positive drug screen, his or her graduation may not be possible or may be significantly delayed.

Students registered as student pharmacist-interns may earn internship hours toward licensure not only through professional sequence pharmacy courses but also outside the academic program through employment in certain practice settings. Internship hours gained outside the College of Pharmacy curriculum, however, may not replace any portion of the experiential program required for graduation.

Graduates of the College of Pharmacy are eligible to apply to the Texas State Board of Pharmacy for licensure as pharmacists. Licensure exams may be taken shortly after graduation. Postgraduate internship experience is not currently required for Texas licensure but may be required for licensure in other states.

Additional information about requirements for pharmacy licensure in Texas is available from the Texas State Board of Pharmacy, William P. Hobby Building, 333 Guadalupe Street. The mailing address is P O Box 21, Austin TX 78701-3942. The URL is http://www.tsbp.state.tx.us/, and the telephone number is (512) 305-8000.

Registration and licensure requirements are subject to change by the board. Students and graduates must meet current requirements, even if they differ from those described above.

Facilities

The Pharmacy Building

In addition to well-equipped classrooms, laboratories, and offices, the Pharmacy Building provides a learning resource computer center and laboratory, a television production laboratory and classrooms, and pharmaceutical technology laboratories with facilities for product development, pilot manufacturing, sterile production and quality control, and stability testing. The University Health Services Pharmacy also serves as a teaching laboratory for second-year pharmacy students while providing comprehensive pharmaceutical services to the student community.

Pharmacy Facilities in San Antonio

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio has provided facilities for the education and training of pharmacy students, residents, and fellows since 1972. The McDermott Clinical Sciences Building on the Health Science Center campus, which houses the pharmacotherapy division of the college and the Pharmacotherapy Education and Research Center, provides a state-of-the-art distance education classroom, a student computer laboratory, research laboratories, and offices for faculty and staff members. The Division of Pharmacotherapy maintains a broad range of affiliation agreements with institutions in San Antonio that provide extensive training opportunities in a variety of practice settings. Research opportunities exist in the areas of infectious disease, oncology, anticoagulation, stroke prevention, and psychiatry.

Pharmacy Facilities in El Paso

The Cooperative Pharmacy Program with UT El Paso provides classrooms and conference rooms equipped for high-quality interactive telecommunications and satellite reception, as well as a complex of offices for faculty and staff members. Facilities can also accommodate intravenous admixture, patient assessment, and drug information. These accommodations supplement the physical facilities, student computer laboratories, libraries, and other services available on the University of Texas at El Paso campus.

Pharmacy Facilities in Edinburg

The Cooperative Pharmacy Program with UT Pan American is located within the Edinburg Regional Academic Health Center, a biomedical research facility. The building provides research laboratories, computer and library facilities, staff and faculty offices, and conference rooms. The classrooms are equipped for both on-site and distance education and can accommodate instruction for intravenous admixture andpatient assessment courses. The library, computer facilities,and health services on the UT Pan American campus are also available to students in the cooperative program.

Office of Pharmacy Continuing Education

As part of a state university, the College of Pharmacy recognizes obligations to the profession of pharmacy on a state, national, and international level. The college began providing continuing education to pharmacists in 1953 in cooperation with the University's Division of Extension. Today, the college is an ACPE-approved provider of continuing pharmaceutical education. A primary goal of the Office of Pharmacy Continuing Education is to advance the pharmacist's knowledge and provide the skills necessary to adapt to a changing practice. Toward this end, the office offers a variety of programs, including home-study courses, seminars, multiday conferences, and certificate programs addressing the most current practice issues. Programs are conducted both on- and off-campus and by correspondence and distance learning. Annually, the office provides about 350 contact hours of continuing education programming to more than sixty-five hundred pharmacists across the United States.

Learning Resource Center

The college's Learning Resource Center (LRC) offers a variety of instructional resources to students and faculty members. The LRC provides state-of-the-art digital video teleconferencing transmission of courses among the Austin campus, the Health Science Center at San Antonio, UT El Paso, UT Pan American, and other sites in The University of Texas System, so that faculty members can teach students at two or more locations simultaneously. Many courses are recorded and made available by videostreaming. The LRC also operates a multipurpose, nontraditional library facility with individual and small-group study spaces as well as seminar rooms.

The staff of the LRC provides faculty members and students with computer hardware and software consulting as well as advice on the use of media in the classroom. Facilities and equipment are available for video and data projection. The College of Pharmacy Web site provides additional information and curriculum support for students and faculty members.

In the Student Computer Laboratory, students have access to desktop computers with removable media and CD drives, professional business software, and Internet client software. The electronic classrooms feature desktop computers with projection equipment and a full suite of software. The large distance-learning classroom supports notebook computer ports. Wireless high-speed Internet is available throughout the Pharmacy Building.

The goal of the Learning Resource Center is to provide the highest quality learning technology infrastructure and support services to students and faculty members.

Libraries

The Life Science Library supports the teaching and research missions of the College of Pharmacy by providing access to an extensive array of print and electronic information resources. The library maintains extensive holdings in pharmacology, pharmaceutics, pharmacy administration, and medicinal chemistry, with supporting materials in medicine and nutrition. Biochemistry and medicinal chemistry material is complemented by the collections of the Mallet Chemistry Library. Medical material is supplemented by additional material in nursing, pediatrics, and psychiatry at the Perry-Castañeda Library.

The Virtual Pharmacy Resource Center sponsored by the Life Science Library provides electronic access to the complete resources of a drug information center. The center gives users access to significant electronic resources such as MICROMEDEX, Clinical Pharmacology Online, Facts & Comparisons, Lexi-Comp ONLINE, and the Cochrane Library (evidence-based reviews) in addition to databases such as Medline, International Pharmaceutical Abstracts, Web of Science, and SciFinder Scholar. These electronic resources are available for remote access through the University Libraries Web site, which offers a full range of databases, access to electronic journals, and links to other digital information sources. Access to print information resources for students on rotation and at College of Pharmacy Cooperative Program campuses is provided through the University's D-Doc distance learning library service.

All units of the University Libraries offer reference service, circulation and reserve services, and interlibrary loan. Instruction in the use of information resources is provided to classes and by individual consultation.

Honors and Awards

The Highest GPA Award is given to the graduate(s) with the highest grade point average in required PharmD courses.

The Second Highest GPA Award is given to the graduate(s) with the second highest grade point average in required PharmD courses.

The College of Pharmacy Award for Outstanding Research is given to a graduate who has demonstrated outstanding ability in areas of pharmacy research.

The College of Pharmacy Award for Excellence in Patient Care is presented to a graduate who has demonstrated excellence in patient care while pursuing the PharmD degree.

The College of Pharmacy Award for Dedicated Service is presented to a graduate who has shown a commitment to service above and beyond the norm.

The College of Pharmacy Award for Exemplary Leadership is presented to a graduate who has excelled in leadership while pursuing the PharmD degree.

The College of Pharmacy Alumni Association Mortar and Pestle Award for Leadership, Service, and Patient Care recognizes an exceptional graduate who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, service, and patient care in the college, the University, and the community while pursuing the PharmD degree. The award is a hand-carved mortar and pestle.

College of Pharmacy Class Officers are elected by their classmates and serve as permanent officers of their class.

Students' scholarly accomplishments are also recognized through election to Rho Chi, the national pharmaceutical honor society, and through admission to the Pharmacy Honors Program. Students' leadership accomplishments are recognized through election to Phi Lambda Sigma, the national pharmacy leadership society.

Financial Assistance Available through the College of Pharmacy

Students who have completed the first year of the professional curriculum may apply for scholarships and loans offered through the College of Pharmacy. Information about financial assistance is available online and in the Office of Student Affairs, Pharmacy Building 5.112.

Endowed Presidential Scholarships

To be eligible to receive an Endowed Presidential Scholarship, students must meet the college's eligibility requirements and must have maintained a 3.50 grade point average in required pharmacy courses. Students must also show evidence of active involvement in college, University, and other extracurricular activities. The minimum Endowed Presidential Scholarship is $2,500.

Other Endowed Scholarships

To be eligible to receive an endowed scholarship, students must meet the college's eligibility requirements. For some awards, students must meet additional criteria. The minimum endowed scholarship is $1,500.

Other Scholarships

Pharmaceutical Foundation scholarships are funded by various pharmacy associations, individuals, employers, and organizations. These scholarships are awarded, as they become available, through The University of Texas Pharmaceutical Foundation and at the direction of the Undergraduate Financial Aid Committee.

Loan Funds

The Klinck Family Loan Funds. These loan funds were established by the Klinck family of McAllen, Texas, to benefit students in need of financial assistance. Emergency loans for a maximum of $500 are available; they are normally repayable within thirty days. Long-term loans of up to $1,000 are also available to pharmacy students who demonstrate financial need. The interest rate for these loans is six percent, and interest must be paid while the student is still in school. Repayment begins three months after the student's graduation from pharmacy school. Monthly payments of at least $100 are required, and the maximum payment period is eighteen months. Students may apply for more than one loan, but except in unusual circumstances the loans will total no more than $2,000. Additional information is available in the Office of Student Affairs, Pharmacy Building 5.112.

Other loan funds. Other loan funds may be available to pharmacy students. Information about these loans is available from the Office of Student Affairs, Pharmacy Building 5.112.

Student Organizations

American Pharmaceutical Association Academy of Students of Pharmacy. In December, 1951, the Longhorn Pharmaceutical Association was organized as an association jointly representing the student branches of the American Pharmaceutical Association and the Texas Pharmaceutical Association. Renamed in 1998, the association sponsors service projects and social events and serves to develop professionalism in pharmacy students.

Asian Pharmacy Students Association. The mission of the Asian Pharmacy Students Association, established at the University in 1999, is to promote unity among pharmacy students who have common interests, values, and backgrounds, in order to help them achieve educational, professional, and personal excellence.

Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International (CPFI). This group seeks to identify and enroll all Christian pharmacists, wherever they practice, and to assist them in creating opportunities for fellowship. CPFI is the first international organization of evangelical Christian pharmacists established with a focus on integrating the spiritual and vocational dimensions of the pharmacist's role.

Kappa Epsilon. Kappa Epsilon is a national professional fraternity established to promote careers for women in pharmacy, but membership is open to women and men. Xi chapter, established in 1943, sponsors service and professional projects, including a city-wide Poison Prevention program in elementary schools each February, as well as social events and other extracurricular activities.

Mexican American Association of Pharmacy Students. The primary goals of the Mexican American Association of Pharmacy Students are to assist in the recruitment and retention of qualified students in the College of Pharmacy, to provide health care education to the community, and to maintain open communication channels between students and the college. Membership is open to prepharmacy and professional students.

Pharmacy Council. The Pharmacy Council is composed of officers of the recognized student organizations in the College of Pharmacy and elected student representatives from each of the professional pharmacy classes. The president of the council is also a member of the University Senate of College Councils. Acting as liaison between the student body and the Office of the Dean, the Pharmacy Council works to ensure the equitable consideration of student concerns and problems. The council sponsors orientation programs for new pharmacy students, Parents' Day programs, and events that promote student-faculty interaction.

Pharmacy Graduate Students' Association. This association conducts activities that promote the general welfare of pharmacy graduate students. Its chief purposes are to encourage and facilitate graduate student communication and interaction; to gather and disseminate information important to pharmacy graduate students; to represent pharmacy graduate students to the University community; and to promote pharmaceutical education at the undergraduate level.

Phi Delta Chi. Lambda chapter of Phi Delta Chi, established at the University in 1905, was reactivated in 1956. Phi Delta Chi is a professional pharmaceutical fraternity of national standing. Membership is open to qualified professional students who are interested in promoting leadership, scholarship, and professional ethics in the field of pharmacy.

Phi Lambda Sigma. Psi chapter of Phi Lambda Sigma, the national pharmacy leadership society, was established at the University in 1989. Students selected for membership must be of high moral and ethical character, must have demonstrated dedication, service, and leadership in the advancement of pharmacy, must have completed at least ninety semester hours of scholastic work, and must be in good academic standing as defined by the College of Pharmacy.

Rho Chi. Nu chapter of Rho Chi, the national pharmaceutical honor society, was established at the University in 1930. Charters for chapters of this organization are granted only to groups in colleges that are members in good standing of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Eligibility for membership in the society is based on scholarship, character, personality, and leadership. Students selected for membership must have a pharmacy grade point average of at least 3.20, must be in the top 20 percent of their class, and must have completed the first professional year of the pharmacy curriculum. All candidates must be approved by the dean of the College of Pharmacy.

UT Chapter, International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (UT-ISPOR). This group's mission is to provide an environment in which students can share knowledge in pharmacoeconomics and health outcomes research. It brings together students of pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research and members of the pharmaceutical industry, health-related organizations, and academia; acts as a resource for students interested in pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research; and provides an opportunity for students to become familiar with the work of ISPOR and to be represented in its affairs.

UT Chapter, National Community Pharmacists Association. NCPA is a national professional organization representing the interests of independent community pharmacists. The student chapter sponsors projects and events designed to foster the entrepreneurial spirit among future practitioners. The national association has a loan program available to student members, as well as several competitive scholarships and research grants.

UT Chapter, National Pharmaceutical Association. The purpose of the SNPhA is to plan, organize, coordinate, and execute programs geared toward the improvement of the health, educational, and social environment of the minority community.

University of Texas Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists. The student chapter of the Texas Society of Health-System Pharmacists is an organization for students interested in institutional or health-system pharmacy practice. An affiliate of the American and Texas Societies of Health-System Pharmacists, the organization considers a wide range of topics of interest to health professionals and encourages the broadest possible educational introduction to institutional pharmacy and pharmaceutical care. This introduction includes presentation of programs and seminars, tours of pharmacy practice sites, and distribution of literature. The chapter publicizes job openings in hospital pharmacies across the state.

Longhorn Prepharmacy Association. LPPA comprises all prepharmacy students at UT Austin. The group's chief objectives are to function as a small community of students within a large institution; to provide current information on the preprofessional and professional curricula; and to provide information about the pharmacy profession.

Placement Services

The College of Pharmacy, under the supervision of the assistant dean for experiential and professional affairs, conducts a Placement Conference for graduating seniors. The conference gives seniors an opportunity to be interviewed for professional practice positions with major employers of pharmacists in Texas and throughout the nation. A career workshop to prepare students for interviews is held prior to the Placement Conference as a part of Senior Conference. A college-wide Career Day each spring, featuring displays by major employers, allows students to interact with numerous pharmacist employers.

The college also sponsors a summer internship interview day for first-professional-year students. The event is designed to help students find summer internship experiences that meet the early practice experience requirement. Participating employers represent primarily community and hospital pharmacy practice.

A limited number of competitive summer internships both in and outside of Texas are available by application only. Information about summer internships is available online; in the Office of Student Affairs, Pharmacy Building 5.112; and from individual faculty members.

As a complement to the assistance available from the college, the Career Exploration Center provides comprehensive career services to all students. The center offers professional assistance to students in choosing or changing their majors or careers, seeking an internship, and planning for a job search or graduate study.

The University makes no promise to secure employment for each graduate.

Graduate Degrees

Graduate programs leading to the Master of Science in Pharmacy and the Doctor of Philosophy are offered through the Graduate School and described in the Graduate Catalog. The graduate student may specialize in medicinal chemistry, pharmacology and toxicology, pharmaceutics, pharmacotherapy, or pharmacy administration. Faculty members in each area work closely with students and engage in research in such fields as drug synthesis, pharmacokinetics, drug mechanisms and toxicity, and clinical research.

Admission and Registration

Admission to the University

Admission and readmission of undergraduate students to the University is the responsibility of the director of admissions. Information about admission to the University is given in General Information.

Admission to the Professional Curriculum

No student may begin the professional curriculum until he or she has been admitted to the University by the director of admissions according to the normal undergraduate procedures and has been admitted to the professional curriculum in pharmacy by the dean, following recommendation by the Admissions Committee of the College of Pharmacy, according to the procedures in this section. All students must meet the admission requirements given in the catalog in effect at the time of application. Admission to the University in no way implies or guarantees admission to the professional curriculum. If the number of eligible applicants for the professional curriculum exceeds the number that available facilities can accommodate, final selection is made by the college Admissions Committee and the dean.

Students should note that the two admission processes are separate and independent and that deadlines for submission of all application materials for admission to the University may differ from those for submission of all application materials for admission to the professional curriculum.

As a condition of admission to the college, each student must sign a statement that he or she agrees to accept assignment to any one of the college's internship regions throughout the state. Cooperative arrangements for pharmacy education exist with academic units and health care institutions in the following internship regions: Austin/Temple/Waco, Dallas/Fort Worth, El Paso, Galveston/Houston, the Rio Grande Valley, and San Antonio. Internship regions may be added or deleted at any time based on the availability of resources. Elective regions, which provide limited internship experiences for a specified period of time (less than four months), may also be available.

Students assigned to San Antonio and Cooperative Pharmacy Program students from UT El Paso and UT Pan American in Edinburg must spend about a year and a half to two years in those regions. Students assigned to the other regions spend only the final year of the program (the internship year) in their assigned region.

Students are assigned to internship regions through a computer-generated random lottery number system that takes students' ranked preferences into account. Since most students relocate to internship regions outside the Austin area, region assignment occurs during the latter part of the second professional year to allow students adequate time to make personal and financial arrangements. There are no exceptions to the region assignment process. If a student fails to agree to accept assignment to any region, he or she will not be admitted to the college.

The Cooperative Pharmacy Program is available to highly qualified high school seniors entering the University of Texas at El Paso or the University of Texas - Pan American. The program offers these students conditional admission to the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy once they complete the requirements of the program at the first school. Additional information about the Cooperative Pharmacy Program at UT El Paso is available online and at (915) 747-8535; additional information about the Cooperative Pharmacy Program at UT Pan American is available online and at (956) 318-5255.

Admission to the First Professional Year

Admission to the professional curriculum is competitive.

Basic Admission Criteria

  1. Scholarship, as indicated by grade point average and Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) scores. In evaluating the applicant's academic record, the Admissions Committee pays particular attention to the courses required for admission.

    Ideally, the applicant will have a grade point average of at least 2.80 in prerequisite coursework. Typically, more than 90 percent of successful applicants have grade point averages greater than 3.00, and more than 50 percent of successful applicants have grade point averages greater than 3.50. The applicant will also have a PCAT composite score in at least the 70th percentile, a score in at least the 70th percentile in each area, and writing scores of at least 3.0. Typically, more than 75 percent of successful applicants have a composite score in the 70th percentile or better, and more than 50 percent of successful applicants have a composite score in the 85th percentile or better.

  2. Essays on the subjects "Why Pharmacy?" and "Why UT?"
  3. Letters of recommendation from people who know the applicant well professionally.
  4. A résumé that provides details about the applicant's professional, organizational, volunteer, and service experience.

Additional Personal Factors

  1. Organizational, service, and volunteer activities that demonstrate community involvement and leadership potential
  2. Honors and awards
  3. Interview. Applicants are screened for interviews based on academic record, direct work experience in the profession, special life circumstances, and any other compelling factors. If the applicant is invited for an interview, then other factors are considered; these include but are not limited to the following:

    1. Knowledge of and motivation for pharmacy as a career
    2. Lifelong learning strategies
    3. Critical thinking skills
  4. Special life circumstances; these include but are not limited to the following: single parent, socioeconomic status of family, first generation attending college, overcoming adversity, resident of an underserved area of the state or an area of Texas with a health professions shortage, race and ethnicity, and cultural background.

Because the University is a public institution, strong preference is given to applicants who are legal residents of Texas and to applicants from states without colleges of pharmacy. Applicants are strongly encouraged to examine the admission statistics published by the college.

Application deadlines. The application deadline for both the University (ApplyTexas) application and the supplemental PharmD application is February 1. Students are admitted for the fall semester only.

Admission Requirements

  1. The applicant should have completed at least sixty-three semester hours in total, and must have completed the following forty-five hours in prerequisite courses prior to enrolling in the PharmD program:

    1. Nine hours of biology, including cellular and molecular biology, structure and function of organisms, and genetics
    2. Eight hours of general chemistry with laboratory
    3. Three hours of freshman-level rhetoric and writing
    4. Three hours of sophomore-level survey of American, British, or world literature
    5. Three hours of calculus (including both differential and integral calculus)
    6. Three hours of statistics
    7. Eight hours of organic chemistry with laboratory
    8. Four hours of microbiology with laboratory
    9. Four hours of physics with laboratory
  2. The remaining eighteen semester hours (which are University graduation requirements for all students) should include the following:

    1. Six hours of American history
    2. Six hours of American government, including Texas government
    3. Three hours of coursework in fine arts and related areas, chosen from archaeology, architecture, art (including art education, art history, design, studio art, visual art studies), classics (including classical civilization, Greek, Latin), music (including music, instruments, ensemble), philosophy (excluding courses in logic), and theatre and dance
    4. Three hours of social and behavioral sciences coursework chosen from anthropology, economics, geography, linguistics, psychology, sociology, and social work
  3. The applicant must fulfill the foreign language requirement described later in this chapter before seeking admission to the professional curriculum.
  4. The applicant must remove all deficiencies in high school units by the means prescribed in General Information before seeking admission to the professional curriculum.

Admission Procedures

  1. Application for admission to the professional curriculum should be made by submitting online application materials.
  2. The following must be submitted to the University's Office of Admissions:

    1. The completed online application for admission to the professional curriculum.
    2. The nonrefundable PharmD supplemental application processing fee of $100.
    3. The completed "Why Pharmacy?" and "Why UT?" essays and a résumé.
    4. Two letters of recommendation from people who know the applicant well professionally, such as work or service supervisors.
    5. A high school transcript, if the applicant's foreign language requirement was completed in high school. Official transcripts must be sent to the University's Office of Admissions.
    6. Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) scores. Scores more than three years old are not accepted. The PCAT scores must include writing sample scores.
    7. Scores on the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) test (or an appropriate assessment test), if and only if the student is required by state law to take this test.
  3. Applicants must submit score reports for any credit earned by examination. These reports should be sent directly to the Division of Instructional Innovation and Assessment.
  4. The applicant may be asked to appear for a personal interview.
  5. The applicant is considered on the basis of overall academic performance, with emphasis on grades in the required PharmD prerequisite courses. In accordance with University policy, courses completed at another institution with a grade of D are not transferable; they may not be used to fulfill any degree requirements, even though they are used when the student's admissibility to the professional curriculum is determined.

    All University (ApplyTexas) application materials and PharmD supplemental application materials must be submitted by February 1 for entry the following fall.

  6. Applicants who have been offered admission to the University and to the PharmD program will be asked to pay a nonrefundable enrollment deposit of $200. If the student does enroll in the program that fall, the deposit will be applied to the semester's tuition bill.
  7. An applicant who has been admitted to the University and to the professional curriculum but fails to enroll in either, and who wishes to enter the professional curriculum in a subsequent fall semester, must reapply both to the University and to the College of Pharmacy and must meet all requirements in force at the time of reapplication.
  8. An applicant who has been admitted to and enrolls in the professional curriculum but subsequently withdraws, and who wishes to reenter in a subsequent fall semester, must apply for readmission to the professional curriculum and must meet all requirements in force at the time of reapplication. A student who has been out of the University for a semester or more must also apply for readmission to the University.

Registration

General Information gives information about registration, adding and dropping courses, transfer from one division of the University to another, and auditing a course. The Course Schedule published before registration each semester and summer session, includes registration instructions, advising locations, and the times, places, and instructors of classes. The Course Schedule and General Information are published on the registrar's Web site. The printed General Information is sold at campus-area bookstores.

Professional Liability Insurance

Professional liability insurance is required of all students each year of the professional pharmacy curriculum. Coverage in the amount of two million dollars for each claim and four million dollars in the aggregate per year is provided through the insurance policy. The approximate annual premium is $17.00, payable by the student. The policy covers the period September 1 through August 31.

Medical Clearance Requirements

In addition to the measles, mumps, and rubella immunizations required by the University, students must show proof of immunity to tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis B, and varicella and must complete a PPD (Mantoux) skin test before entering the first professional year. In compliance with the Texas Administrative Code, section 97.64, the following are required:

  • Tetanus/diphtheria: One dose of vaccine within the past ten years.
  • Hepatitis B: At least two doses of the three-dose series. The third dose must be received before the student completes the first professional semester. Students may also show serologic confirmation of immunity to the hepatitis B virus via appropriate documentation.
  • Varicella: One dose, for students who received this vaccine prior to thirteen years of age, or two doses, for students who were not vaccinated before their thirteenth birthday. A history of varicella illness (chicken pox), validated by serologic confirmation of immunity, is acceptable in lieu of vaccination.

Although not required by the state code, the following is required by the College of Pharmacy:

  • PPD: A skin test for tuberculosis (PPD) is required within the three months preceding enrollment in the professional sequence, and prior to each subsequent year of the professional sequence.

Immunization requirements are subject to change. Every effort is made to notify students promptly of any changes.

Registration as a Student Pharmacist-Intern

Upon completion of the first professional year, each student must register as a student pharmacist-intern with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy. This is accomplished through completion of the Application for Student Pharmacist-Intern Registration. Each student must be registered as a student pharmacist-intern in order to complete the academic requirements for the degree.

Additional information regarding intern registration and pharmacist licensure is given in the section "Legal Requirements for Professional Practice." This regulation is subject to change by the Texas State Board of Pharmacy. Every attempt is made to inform students of changes as they occur.

Student Health Insurance

Students must procure health insurance to cover treatment for injuries or illness. This is especially important for the senior internship year, when students have frequent contact with patients in a number of different health care facilities. Some health care facilities in which students are placed for internship may require that students procure personal health insurance prior to placement in internship courses.

The Student Health Insurance Plan, operated under the auspices of University Health Services, offers optional low-cost insurance for students who are not covered by other programs. Information about this plan is available through University Health Services.

Academic Policies and Procedures

Academic Standards in the College

University regulations on scholastic probation and dismissal are given in General Information. In addition, the following academic standards are in effect in the College of Pharmacy.

Academic Progress

  1. The student must repeat a required pharmacy course in which he or she earns a grade of F. The student who earns a grade of D in a required pharmacy course becomes subject to the policies on academic probation and dismissal described below.
  2. The student must earn a grade of at least C in each elective pharmacy course. If the student fails to earn a grade of at least C in an elective pharmacy course, he or she may repeat the course or may take another elective course in its place, but only courses in which the student has earned a grade of at least C may be counted toward the professional elective requirement.
  3. The student must earn an average of at least two grade points a semester hour on all courses undertaken at the University, whether passed or failed. The student must also earn an average of at least two grade points a semester hour on all required pharmacy courses undertaken, whether passed or failed.
  4. A student may not repeat for credit a course in which he or she has earned a grade of C or better, except under circumstances approved by the dean.
  5. With the exception of laboratory problems courses, all pharmacy electives must be taken on the letter-grade basis. The student must also take the professional electives on the letter-grade basis.

Academic Probation and Dismissal

A student is placed on academic probation in the College of Pharmacy if he or she receives a grade of D or F in any required pharmacy course. If the grade received is an F, the student must repeat the course and may not progress to courses for which it is a prerequisite until he or she has earned a grade of at least C in the failed course. If the initial grade received is a D, the student may progress to courses for which the course is a prerequisite. The student may choose to repeat a course in which he or she received a D, if the course does not conflict with other courses the student would normally take in the same semester; however, this choice affects the student's release from academic probation as described in the following section.

If the student receives more than two incompletes in required pharmacy courses, regardless of the grades ultimately awarded, he or she is subject to review by the Academic Performance Committee; the committee may choose to place the student on academic probation.

A student is subject to dismissal from the college if he or she receives more than one D or F in required pharmacy courses in one semester. The student is also subject to dismissal if he or she receives a second D or F while on academic probation or conditional academic probation.

Students on academic probation are expected to focus on academic improvement and thus are not allowed to hold student offices, or to receive college stipends for travel to professional meetings or other college-sponsored events.

Release from Academic Probation

After receiving a grade of F. The student must repeat the course and earn a grade of at least C. If the failed course is a prerequisite for another course, the student must repeat the course and earn a grade of at least C before taking courses for which the failed course is a prerequisite. In the semester or summer session in which he or she repeats the course, the student must complete a full academic load, including at least five hours in required pharmacy courses and/or other courses recommended by the academic adviser. A full academic load is defined as twelve hours in a long-session semester and six hours in the summer. The new grade replaces the grade of F when the student's pharmacy grade point average is calculated. If the new grade is C or better, the student is released from academic probation if and only if he or she has earned no further grades of D or F while on academic probation or conditional academic probation. If the student does not earn a grade of at least C upon repeating the course, he or she is subject to academic dismissal.

After receiving a grade of D. The student chooses whether or not to repeat the course (if the course does not conflict with other courses the student would normally take in the same semester). He or she may progress to courses for which the course in question is a prerequisite. If the student chooses to repeat the course, he or she must earn a grade of at least C. If the new grade is a C or better, the student is released from academic probation if and only if he or she has earned no further grades of D or F while on academic probation or conditional academic probation. If the student does not earn a grade of at least C upon repeating the course, he or she is subject to academic dismissal. The new grade replaces the grade of D when the student's pharmacy grade point average is calculated.

If the student chooses not to repeat the course, he or she remains on academic probation (or conditional academic probation) through completion of the internship courses in the final semester. To take the internship courses, the student must have a grade point average of at least 2.00 in required pharmacy courses. If the student earns the symbol CR in each internship course,he or she is released from probation and graduates in good academic standing with the college.

Conditional Academic Probation

If a student on academic probation receives no grade lower than C in required pharmacy courses during the following semester or summer session in which he or she takes a full academic load, the student may be placed on conditional academic probation. This status allows the student to hold student office, and to receive college stipends for travel to professional meetings or other college-sponsored events. The student remains on conditional academic probation until graduation and is subject to dismissal if he or she receives a second grade of D or F.

Calculation of Grade Point Averages

  1. The student's University grade point average includes all courses taken at the University for which a grade or symbol other than Q, W, X, or CR is recorded. If the student has repeated a course, including those courses for which he or she earned a grade of D or F, all grades earned are included in the University grade point average.
  2. The student's College of Pharmacy grade point average includes all required professional courses taken at the University for which a grade or symbol other than Q, W, X, or CR is recorded. When a student repeats a required pharmacy course, the second grade in the repeated course replaces the previous grade when the student's College of Pharmacy grade point average is calculated.

The Academic Performance Committee

This committee of the College of Pharmacy monitors the academic progress of students in the professional program. The committee makes recommendations to the dean regarding students' academic progress and academic probation and dismissal. The committee also makes recommendations to assist students who may be in academic difficulty. Any student in academic difficulty may be asked to appear before the committee for guidance. The committee hears all student appeals regarding academic progress and academic probation and dismissal. The committee aids the Admissions Committee in the evaluation of students who wish to return to the college after having been dismissed.

Course Load and Sequence of Work

  1. To progress to the final-year internship courses, the student must have completed all basic education requirements and all required and elective pharmacy courses except those in the internship year.
  2. Because internship courses are offered on the pass/fail basis only, students should have attained both the University and the College of Pharmacy grade point average of at least 2.00 required for graduation before they begin the internship semester(s).
  3. If a conflict arises between University requirements and a student's employment, the student must resolve the conflict in favor of the University requirements.
  4. A student who is not on academic probation must take at least twelve semester hours during any long-session semester. The only time this policy is not enforced is in the fall semester of the third professional year.
  5. A student on academic probation must take at least twelve semester hours during any long-session semester or at least six semester hours during the summer session in order to clear academic probation.
  6. Students may not take courses for degree credit at another institution without prior approval from the dean of the College of Pharmacy.
  7. All students seeking to reenter the College of Pharmacy after having been placed on academic dismissal must make formal application through the Admissions Committee. The application is processed through the Admissions Committee with recommendations from the Academic Performance Committee and the approval of the dean.

Early Practice Experience

All students must participate in an early practice experience, which consists of at least two hundred hours in either a community pharmacy or a hospital pharmacy practice setting. Since the student must be registered with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy as a student pharmacist-intern before gaining these hours, and since that registration requires that students have completed the first year of the professional sequence, students may not begin accruing these hours until after the first professional year. The early practice experience must be completed before the student begins the fourth professional year.

Additional information is provided to students during the first professional year.

Standards of Ethical Conduct

Pharmacy practitioners enjoy a special trust and authority based on the profession's commitment to a code of ethical behavior in its management of client affairs. The inculcation of a sense of responsible professional behavior is a critical component of professional education, and high standards of ethical conduct are expected of pharmacy students.

Toward that end, the faculty and students of the College of Pharmacy have pledged their support to the Policy Statement on Ethical Conduct and Scholastic Integrity and the Code of Ethics that implements this Policy Statement. Upon entering the College of Pharmacy, and each academic year thereafter, students are asked to recite and sign the following pledge:

"As a student of the University of Texas College of Pharmacy, I have reviewed and hereby pledge my full support to the Honor Code. I pledge to be honest myself, and in order that the spirit and integrity of the Honor Code may endure, I pledge that I will make known to the appropriate authorities cases of dishonesty which I observe in the College of Pharmacy."

In addition, the following oath, which students will be asked to sign, is included at the end of all class examinations. At the discretion of the instructor, the oath may also be included for other assignments such as quizzes, written reports, or papers.

"I have neither participated in nor witnessed any acts of academic dishonesty pertaining to this assignment."

The entire text of the Policy Statement on Ethical Conduct and Scholastic Integrity and the Honor Code are available online.

Students who violate University rules on scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including failure of the course involved and dismissal from the college and/or the University. Since dishonesty harms the individual, fellow students, and the integrity of the University and the College of Pharmacy, policies on scholastic dishonesty are strictly enforced.

Attendance in Classes and Laboratories

Students in the College of Pharmacy are expected to attend all meetings of the courses for which they are registered. Students who fail to attend class regularly are inviting scholastic difficulty. In some courses, instructors have special attendance requirements that should be made known to the students during the first week of classes and stated in the syllabus. With the approval of the dean, a student may be dropped from a course with a grade of F for repeated unexcused absences.

Academic Advising

Academic and career advising is an ongoing activity of the Office of Student Affairs, Pharmacy Building 5.112. Because advising is not restricted to the time just before registration, all students are strongly encouraged to seek advice whenever they need it about degree requirements, the availability of course offerings each semester, and taking courses in proper sequence.

Advising for University prepharmacy students is provided by the College of Natural Sciences Health Professions Office. University students interested in the profession of pharmacy should contact that office early in their college careers. Prepharmacy students from outside the University should seek advice from the Office of Student Affairs of the College of Pharmacy.

Career Counseling in the College of Pharmacy

The college provides career counseling to students in the professional sequence of courses. Throughout the year, career counselors are available in the Office of Student Affairs to assist students in examining the career options available to them upon graduation.

In addition, a systematic exploration of professional career options is conducted in the required course Pharmacy 249, Introduction to Pharmacy. Guest lecturers include successful pharmacists representing a variety of pharmacy practice models, other health care and regulatory settings, and careers in professional organizations, education, research, and the pharmaceutical industry.

Honors

University-wide honors are described in chapter 1 and in General Information. In addition, the College of Pharmacy encourages academic excellence through Rho Chi, the national pharmaceutical honor society and through the Pharmacy Honors Program.

Pharmacy Honors Program

Criteria for admission. Students who plan to seek special honors in pharmacy should apply to the chair of the Honors Program Committee after they have completed the fall semester of the first professional year; they must apply before they begin the second professional year. Students interested in the Pharmacy Honors Program are strongly encouraged to enroll in Pharmacy 051R, Research Opportunities in the Pharmaceutical Sciences, in the spring semester of their first professional year. The criteria for admission to the program are (1) admission to the professional curriculum; (2) a grade point average of at least 3.00 in all required professional coursework completed at the time of application to the program; and (3) approval of the Honors Program Committee.

Requirements for graduation. Requirements for the completion of the honors program are (1) a grade point average of at least 3.00 in all required professional courses; (2) a grade point average of at least 3.00 in all professional courses, including required professional elective coursework; (3) completion of Pharmacy 167H at least twice; (4) completion of at least one honors elective; (5) completion of Pharmacy 278H and 479H; and (6) completion of the regular curriculum for the degree.

The statement "Special Honors in Pharmacy" appears on the transcript of each graduate certified to have completed the honors program.

Graduation

All students must fulfill the general requirements for graduation given in chapter 1. Students in the College of Pharmacy must also fulfill the following requirements.

  1. Students earning the Doctor of Pharmacy must complete in residence the courses prescribed for the third and fourth professional years.
  2. All University students must complete in residence at least twenty-four of the last thirty semester hours of the coursework counted toward the degree.

Degrees

The University offers the PharmD as the sole entry-level pharmacy practice degree. As described in "Aims and Curricula," this program emphasizes an integrated and problem-based approach to disease management as the core of the didactic and laboratory program of study.

The capstone of the PharmD program is a series of seven six-week rotations known as the internship. Each internship course requires between forty and fifty on-site, practitioner-faculty-supervised hours of internship experience a week for six weeks.

The college expects but cannot guarantee that internship sites will include Austin/Temple/Waco, Dallas/Fort Worth (the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and other area health care facilities), El Paso (the University of Texas at El Paso and area health care facilities), Galveston/Houston (the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, and other area health care facilities), the Rio Grande Valley (the University of Texas - Pan American and health care facilities primarily in Harlingen and McAllen), and San Antonio (the University of Texas Health Science Center and other area health care facilities). Students in the UT El Paso and UT Pan American cooperative programs and students assigned to San Antonio spend about a year and a half to two years in these regions, while students assigned to other regions spend only the final year in the internship region.

College of Pharmacy students who complete their internship courses at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio are considered part of a joint PharmD degree program and receive a degree awarded jointly by the two institutions. The joint nature of this program is reflected on the student's diploma. Students who complete the UT El Paso or UT Pan American cooperative program receive a diploma reflecting the cooperative nature of their programs of study.

In completing the Doctor of Pharmacy degree, students also fulfill the internship requirements of the Texas State Board of Pharmacy. The final year of internship courses and several other practice-based courses beginning in the second professional year make up the internship program. The professional experience courses are currently approved by the Texas State Board of Pharmacy to meet its standards for completion of the professional internship licensure requirement. The board reassesses all programs annually.

The Minor

While a minor is not required as part of the PharmD degree program, the student may choose to complete additional coursework in a field outside of the College of Pharmacy. The minor consists of at least twelve semester hours of coursework in a single field of study or in closely related fields, including at least nine hours of upper-division work. The upper-division coursework must be completed in residence; coursework the student takes on a cooperative program campus in the third professional year may be counted. A course to be counted toward the minor may not be taken on the pass/fail basis, unless it is offered only on that basis. A course may not be counted both toward the minor and toward the 197 hours of work required for the PharmD degree.

Students are encouraged to use health-care-related courses to make up the minor; lists of such courses in a variety of fields are available in the Student Affairs Office. While the College of Pharmacy allows students to minor in any field in which the University offers a major, prerequisites and other enrollment restrictions may prevent the student from minoring in some fields. Before planning to take specific courses, the student should consult a pharmacy adviser and the department that offers the courses.

Upon request, verification of a student's completion of the minor is available in writing through the Dean's Office.

Applicability of Certain Courses

Physical Activity Courses

Physical activity (PED) courses are offered by the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education. They may not be counted toward a degree in the College of Pharmacy. However, they are counted among courses for which the student is enrolled, and the grades are included in the University grade point average.

ROTC Courses

Courses in air force science, military science, and naval science may be substituted for a total of nine semester hours of electives and for Government 312L by students who complete the sixteen to twenty semester hours of required air force science, military science, or naval science coursework and accept a commission in one of the services. These courses may not be counted toward the professional elective requirement.

Correspondence and Extension Courses

Credit that a University student in residence earns simultaneously by correspondence or extension from the University or elsewhere or in residence at another school will not be counted toward a degree unless it is specifically approved in advance by the dean. No more than 30 percent of the semester hours required for any degree may be completed by correspondence, and no pharmacy courses taken by correspondence or extension may be counted toward a pharmacy degree.

Prescribed Work

Students in the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program must complete at least 197 semester hours of coursework, including basic education requirements, professional electives, and required preprofessional and professional coursework.

Basic Education Requirements

All PharmD students must complete the following requirements, including students who have already earned a bachelor's degree. Because of the intensity and structure of the professional curriculum, it is strongly recommended that students complete all the basic education requirements except the substantial writing requirement before enrolling in the College of Pharmacy. The substantial writing requirement is fulfilled by coursework within the professional curriculum.

  1. Six semester hours of American history.
  2. Six semester hours of American government, including Texas government.
  3. Three semester hours of coursework in fine arts and related areas, chosen from archaeology, architecture, art (including art history, design, studio art, visual art studies), classics (including classical civilization, Greek, Latin), music (including music, instruments, ensemble), philosophy (excluding courses in logic), or theatre and dance.
  4. Three semester hours of coursework in social and behavioral sciences, chosen from anthropology, economics, geography, linguistics, psychology, sociology, and social work.
  5. Rhetoric and Writing 306, English 316K, and two courses, one of which must be upper-division, certified as having a substantial writing component. Courses that contain a substantial writing component are identified in the Course Schedule. Two courses within the professional curriculum are normally certified.
  6. Students must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to that shown by completion of two semesters of college coursework. Credit used to establish proficiency may not be counted toward the degree. For a student admitted to the University as a freshman, this requirement is fulfilled by the completion of the two high school units in a single foreign language that are required for admission; a student admitted with a deficiency in foreign language must remove it as specified in General Information.

    American Sign Language may be used to fulfill the foreign language requirement.

Professional Electives

The student must complete at least two professional elective courses, for a total of at least four semester hours.

The student must take the courses used to fulfill the professional electives requirement after admission to the professional curriculum.

Preprofessional and Professional Coursework

The following courses are required. The sequences of coursework given here show the usual order in which courses are taken to fulfill prerequisite requirements and illustrate the feasibility of completing requirements for the degree within six calendar years. Students who depart significantly from these sequences may need more time to complete their coursework, because most courses are taught only once a year and because in a given semester the scheduled meeting time of a required course may conflict with the times of other courses not listed here.

courses sem hrs
First Preprofessional Year
Fall
BIO 311C, Introductory Biology I 3
CH 301, Principles of Chemistry I 3
M 408C, Differential and Integral Calculus 4
RHE 306, Rhetoric and Writing 3
total, required courses 13
Spring
BIO 311D, Introductory Biology II 3
CH 302, Principles of Chemistry II 3
CH 204, Introduction to Chemical Practice 2
M 316, Elementary Statistical Methods 3
total, required courses 11
Second Preprofessional Year
Fall
BIO 325, Genetics 3
CH 310M, Organic Chemistry I 3
E 316K, Masterworks of Literature 3
PHY 302K, General Physics--Technical Course: Mechanics, Heat, and Sound 3
PHY 102M, Laboratory for Physics 302K 1
total, required courses 13
Spring
CH 210C, Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
CH 310N, Organic Chemistry II 3
General microbiology with laboratory 4
total, required courses 9
First Professional Year
Fall
PHR 341C, Pharmaceutical Biochemistry 3
PHR 342C, Physical and Chemical Principles of Drugs 3
PHR 142P, Physical and Chemical Principles of Drugs Laboratory 1
PHR 343C, Function and Anatomy of Human Systems I 3
PHR 143M, Basic Medicinal Chemistry Principles 1
PHR 143P, Basic Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology Laboratory 1
PHR 244C, Pharmacy Administration 2
PHR 144P, Pharmacy Administration Laboratory 1
PHR 249A, Introduction to Pharmacy 1
total, required courses 16
Spring
PHR 249B, Introduction to Pharmacy 1
PHR 251C, Macromolecular Chemistry and Biotechnology 2
PHR 352C, Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics 3
PHR 152P, Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics Laboratory 1
PHR 253C, Function and Anatomyof Human Systems II 2
PHR 253D, Principles of General Pathology 2
PHR 153M, Basic Pharmacology Principles 1
PHR 356C, Pharmaceutics I 3
PHR 156P, Pharmaceutics I Laboratory 1
total, required courses 16
Second Professional Year
Fall
PHR 163C, Introduction to Drug Information 1
PHR 365E, Pharmacotherapeutics IA 3
PHR 565F, Pharmacotherapeutics IB 5
PHR 165P, Pharmacotherapeutics I Laboratory 1
PHR 366P, Pharmacy Ethics and Professional Communications[1] 3
total, required courses 13
Spring
PHR 364D, Pharmacy and the Health Care System[1] 3
PHR 375E, Pharmacotherapeutics IIA 3
PHR 275F, Pharmacotherapeutics IIB 2
PHR 375G, Pharmacotherapeutics IIC 3
PHR 175P, Pharmacotherapeutics IILaboratory 1
PHR 176P, Experiential Pharmacy Practice and Patient Counseling 1
total, required courses 13
Summer session
PHR 385E, Pharmacotherapeutics IIIA 3
PHR 285F, Pharmacotherapeutics IIIB 2
PHR 185P, Pharmacotherapeutics III Laboratory 1
total, required courses 6
Third Professional Year
Fall
PHR 183F, Basic Intravenous Admixtures 1
PHR 183G, Basic Intravenous Admixtures Laboratory 1
PHR 284E, Pharmacy Law 2
PHR 386D, Nonprescription Pharmacotherapy 3
total, required courses 7
Spring
PHR 390S, Applied Pharmacokinetics 3
PHR 392S, Patient Assessment Skills Laboratory 3
PHR 394F, Pharmacoeconomics 3
PHR 394R, Drug Literature Evaluation and Biostatistics 3
PHR 396F, Pharmacogenomics 3
PHR 296P, Advanced Pharmacotherapy Laboratory 2
total, required courses 17
Fourth Professional Year[2]
Summer Session
PHR 693C, Acute Care Pharmacy Practice I 6
total, required courses 6
Fall
PHR 693E, Elective in Pharmacy Practice I 6
PHR 693N, Institutional Pharmacy Practice 6
PHR 693P, Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practice 6
total, required courses 18
Spring
PHR 693S, Selective in Pharmacy Practice I 6
PHR 694C, Acute Care Pharmacy Practice II 6
PHR 694E, Elective in Pharmacy Practice II 6
total, required courses 18

1. Pharmacy 366P and 364D are interchangeable to allow for space limitations in the Pharmacy 366P laboratory area.

2. The order in which the fourth-year internships are taken is at the discretion of the College of Pharmacy.

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