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Proposed changes to The Pharm.D. Degree Program in the College of Pharmacy Chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2012-2014

Dean M. Lynn Crismon of the College of Pharmacy has filed with the secretary of the Faculty Council the following changes to the College of Pharmacy Chapter of the Undergraduate Catalog, 2012-2014. The faculty of the college and the dean approved the changes on August 10 and September 8, 2011, respectively. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation of exclusive application and of primary interest only to a single college or school.

The Committee on Undergraduate Degree Program Review recommended approval of the change on January 18, 2012, and forwarded the proposed changes to the Office of the General Faculty. The Faculty Council has the authority to approve this legislation on behalf of the General Faculty. Final approval resides with UT System.

If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by the date specified below, the legislation will be held to have been approved by the Faculty Council. If an objection is filed within the prescribed period, the legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council at its next meeting. The objection, with reasons, must be signed by a member of the Faculty Council.

To be counted, a protest must be received in the Office of the General Faculty by January 30, 2012.

Greninger Signature

Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
General Faculty and Faculty Council

Posted on the Faculty Council website on January 19, 2012.

Proposed changes to The Pharm.D. Degree Program in the College of Pharmacy Chapter in the Undergraduate Catalog, 2012-2014


• Is this a new degree program? No
• Does the program offer courses that will be taught off campus? No
• Will courses in this program be delivered electronically? No

  1. Change the language regarding college placement services to reflect current practices.
  2. Change the process of admissions from the current UT ApplyTexas process to the national PharmCAS Pharmacy College Application Service.
  3. Modify how immunization requirements are communicated to applicants and ongoing students.
  4. Clarify language in the professional elective requirements to make it clear that courses to satisfy this requirement must be taken on a letter-grade basis.
  5. Clarify language on students on academic probation holding student offices.
  6. Replace language with the old terms “internship” or “rotations” with “experiential” course terminology consistent with accreditation standards.
  7. Modify the process for calculating the internal “Pharmacy GPA” to reflect the grades earned in all required courses, including repeating a course.
  8. Modify attendance policy to stress clear communication of expectations in the syllabus.
  9. Change in language to stress the importance of completing core coursework prior to matriculation.
  10. Replace CH 310M with CH 320M; CH 310N with CH 320N; CH 210C with CH 220C; and BIO 126L with BIO 226L.
  11. Minor change in course titles; combine one current lecture/lab set of courses to a lab course (with no change in semester credit hours).

Indicate pages in the Undergraduate Catalog where changes will be made.


Pages 639-651


  1. The proposed changes reflect an evolution in the placement services provided by the college. The process has shifted from a program approach to a more individual student facilitation approach.

  2. This is the major change for our catalog, transitioning from ApplyTexas to the national PharmCAS Admission Program currently used by >100 of the ~125 colleges/schools of pharmacy in the nation. We would be at a significant competitive disadvantage (particularly with other Texas schools) if we did not make this move. Participating in PharmCAS will provide us with a broader application pool, as well as provide essential national applicant/admit comparison data needed for accreditation by ACPE (Accreditation Council for Pharmaceutical Education).
    We have been working with the director and office of admissions and the registrar’s office for more than a year to work out the details of this transition. The provost approved the move to PharmCAS on 11/2/11. The catalog language was reviewed and approved by the director of admissions on 1/4/12 and by the Registrar’s Office on 1/6/12. Review of the content fields of the PharmCAS and College Supplemental application by IMA indicated that all the data traditionally needed for applicants would also be secured by this new process (1/10/12).
    There are no changes to the criteria for admission, only the administrative process for handling it. Those students accepted for the PharmD Program will be processed for admission by the University admissions office.

  3. Vaccination requirements for the University and for the healthcare systems we use for experiential education are very fluid. Rather than providing details in the catalog (which quickly become outdated) we are moving to a web link to keep applicants apprised of immunization requirements.

  4. The change in language concerning the elective requirement is an articulation and clarification based on existing practice. For student to fulfill the professional elective requirement of a minimum of six semester credit hours, those elective courses that are to count must be taken for a letter grade. For other electives, students are free to take the electives in any manner they wish, as long as it is consistent with what is stated in the course inventory (all faculty who offer electives have scrutinized the catalog grading language for their courses).

  5. The change in language associated with academic probation is to clarify that the restrictions on holding student offices is not just for officer positions, but appointed positions as well (e.g., committee chairs).

  6. The change in language from “internship” or “rotation” to “experiential” throughout is consistent with the new ACPE accreditation standards for pharmacy in relation to this type of coursework.

  7. In addition to the standard UT GPA, the college has always maintained an internally used “Pharmacy GPA” as a basis for comparison for students in required coursework only (thus providing an equitable comparison for those who did versus did not complete their pre-pharmacy coursework at UT; removing potentially inflationary impact of electives on GPA; etc.). This uniform comparison is used routinely, for example, in recommendations for nationally competitive residency positions. There is a legacy issue of replacing the grade of F for failed courses with the new grade once the course is repeated. This process will be revised so that all grades taken for required pharmacy courses will be included in calculating the Pharmacy GPA.

  8. The rewording of the attendance policy is based on discussions in the curriculum committee to ensure that both expectations and consequences regarding attendance are spelled out in the syllabus for the course. This removes ambiguities such as whether attendance at the pre-lab is required for the lab or exactly how attendance is going to be monitored (if required) and what the consequences for missing class will be.

  9. This change in language simply strengthens the importance of completing all core requirements before matriculation. We did not go so far as to requiring that all core courses be completed, but simply strengthened the recommendation. We are also emphasizing that transfer with core complete must be reflected on the transfer transcript. There are no changes to the actual core requirements.

  10. The specifics are course inventory changes proposed by the College of Natural Sciences for the 2012-2014 Undergraduate Catalog.

  11. Changes to pharmacy courses in the required curriculum simply reflect changes in title to better reflect content. The Introduction to Clinical Skills course was originally approved as a two-hour laboratory course, which was split into a one-hour didactic course and a one-hour lab for its first offering. The faculty member now wants to go back to the originally approved format of a two-hour laboratory course. There is no change in semester credit hours.

Does this proposal impact other colleges/schools? If yes, then how?


If yes, impacted schools must be contacted and their response(s) included:


Does this proposal involve changes to the core curriculum or other basic education requirements (42-hour core, signature courses, flags)?


If yes, explain:



Will this proposal change the number of required hours for degree completion? If yes, please explain.

If yes, explain:


Date: N/A
Date: August 10, 2011
Date: September 8, 2011

To view the edited version of the catalog changes click the PDF link at the beginning of this document.