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Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective Students Applying to the Pharm.D. Program
Prerequisite Course Requirements
The required pre-pharmacy prerequisite courses can be found at the following link: http://www.utexas.edu/pharmacy/admissions/crit.html
Visit our College of Pharmacy transfer course equivalency directory. You will find a listing of Texas institutions and the exact courses that will fulfill our pre-pharmacy prerequisites. Make sure you read the entire page of the school you are referencing.
Please refer to the link on prerequisite course requirements . Generally, all your pre-requisite science / math courses should be those for science or engineering majors. Business math courses would not count for your calculus. Nor would courses in allied heath count for your biology and chemistry.
No. All Pharm.D. applicants must complete all the pre-pharmacy prerequisite requirements regardless of having a prior baccalaureate degree or higher.
Yes. Regardless of what prior degree you hold, you are more than welcome to apply to UT Austin College of Pharmacy. You must make sure you meet our admissions requirements to be considered for acceptance.
If you have taken two 1-hr labs in both your Chemistry I and II lecture courses, then the total of your two labs is equivalent to UT Austin’s CH 204 Introduction to Chemical Practice course.
UT Austin College of Pharmacy requires certain topics in integration to be covered as a prerequisite that may require you to take calculus II. If your course transfers to UT Austin as M 408K, then you will be required to take calculus II. See the list of topics in integration that must be covered under prerequisite coursework. If your course transfers to UT Austin as M 408C, then the calculus requirement for UT Austin College of Pharmacy is considered fulfilled. Students attending a Texas institution can utilize the ATE (Automated Transfer Equivalency) System.
PCAT (Pharmacy College Admissions Test)
Yes. The PCAT (Pharmacy College Admissions Test) is required for admissions into the Pharm.D. program. The MCAT, GRE, or any other admissions test is not accepted.
The PCAT should be taken no later than any of the September exams dates prior to the year you are seeking admissions. For example, if you are seeking Pharm.D. admissions for fall 2013, you must take the PCAT exam no later than the September 2012.
You can find out more information about the PCAT at the following site: http://www.pcatweb.info/
UT Austin College of Pharmacy will be participating with PharmCAS for application submission. All PCAT scores must be submitted to PharmCAS. Do not send PCAT scores to UT Austin College of Pharmacy.
Core/Flag (General Education) Course Requirements
Core/flag course requirements are university general course requirements that every student enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin must fulfill in order to receive their degree from the University of Texas at Austin. The Pharm.D. degree falls under these requirements. The School of Undergraduate Studies oversees the core/flag requirements. All applicants should read over the prerequisite course requirements carefully. These requirements also mention the core / flag requirement for students graduating from the University of Texas at Austin. For out of state applicants all pre-requisites except for Texas government and Texas history should be completed prior to matriculation.
Information about the core/flag requirements can be found in two locations. Please read through the information on both sites to gain a good understanding of these requirements.
If you have a prior baccalaureate degree (equivalent) or higher from any accredited institution, both core and flag requirements not fulfilled upon matriculation into the Pharm.D. program will be waived by UGS (School of Undergraduate Studies).
If you have a prior associates degree from a Texas state-funded institution, only core course requirements not fulfilled upon matriculation into the Pharm.D. program will be waived by UGS. You will still need to the complete the flag requirement. Most FLAGs required for graduation will be met in the PharmD curriculum [or the science / math prerequisites]. These include flags for writing, quantitative reasoning, cultural diversity in the US, ethics and leadership, and independent inquiry. The one flag needing to be fulfilled is global cultures.
A list of Texas state-funded schools can be found at this Texas Coordinating Board site: http://statecore.its.txstate.edu/
If you are attending a Texas state-funded institution, you may want to complete the core requirements at your institution to be considered “Core Complete”. If you are “Core Complete” at your institution, you will be considered “core complete” with UT Austin. Use the Texas Coordinating Board site in the prior question and visit with your academic advisor to verify that the core requirements at your institution are accurate.
Beginning with the fall 2013 admissions cycle, you will be submitting a PharmCAS application and a UT Austin College of Pharmacy Pharm.D. supplemental application.
No. Students applying to the UT Austin College of Pharmacy no longer have to submit an Apply Texas application.
There are two steps in the application submission process:
All official transcripts will be sent to PharmCAS. Please make sure you read their transcript submission instructions very carefully.
If you are accepted into UT Austin College of Pharmacy, we will be asking you to submit your official transcript to us. We will contact you with further instructions at that time.
If you are accepted into the PharmD program, we will contact you to submit your high school transcript to UT Austin College of Pharmacy. We will provide further instructions at that time.
The College of Pharmacy Supplemental Application Fee is NON-REFUNDABLE.
It will take you four years to complete the Pharm.D. program .
You will earn the Pharm.D. (Doctor of Pharmacy) degree. This degree isn’t a bachelors, masters, or Ph.D. degree. It’s a clinical professional degree that prepares our students for pharmacy practice.
The average per semester cost for Pharm.D. students $7,800/semester. Our rates are based on a flat rate tuition plan.
You can find Pharm.D. tuition cost per semester at the following site (click on “Professional (excluding Law) Tuition” and look under “PharmD”): http://www.utexas.edu/business/accounting/sar/t_f_rates.html
Yes. Both The University of Texas and the College of Pharmacy provide scholarships and other financial aid resources to students. Approximately 90% of our students received federal or other assistance from Student Financial Services (the financial aid office) via the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
The College of Pharmacy provides scholarships through an annual competitive application process. For more information on pharmacy-specific aid, visit http://www.utexas.edu/pharmacy/edutrain/fa.html.
The Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree plan will guide you towards becoming a clinical pharmacist. The Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacy (Ph.D.) directs students towards research. You may earn both degrees as part of our PharmD/Ph.D. dual degree program.
Visit the following site regarding admissions and opportunities in UT Austin College of Pharmacy graduate programs:
Frequently Asked Questions for Out of State and International Students Applying to the Pharm.D. Program
If The University of Texas recognizes that you've earned a bachelor's (equivalent bachelor's) degree, you will be waived any core/flag course requirements still lacking upon matriculation into the Pharm.D. program.
If you do not have a bachelor's (equivalent bachelor's) degree, then you will need to complete all core/flag course requirements (please read carefully) for The University of Texas at Austin in order to receive your Pharm.D. degree.
Tuition for non-resident students can be found at the following link. Please make sure you click on the "Professional (excluding Law) Tuition" link.
Information on financial assistance can be located through Student Financial Services site: http://finaid.utexas.edu/process/international.html
Upon reading the information at the above site, you can email our financial aid liaison, Mr. Miguel Wasielewski: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have additional financial assistance questions. Please indicate in your email that you are interested in admissions into the PharmD program and whether you have or do not have a prior bachelors (or equivalent bachelors from abroad) degree.
No. UT Austin College of Pharmacy requires that you complete all fours years of the Pharm.D. curriculum in-residence.
No. All applicants to UT Austin College of Pharmacy must complete all pre-pharmacy prerequisite courses despite having a prior bachelor's degree. This may require you to go back and complete a few freshman/sophomore level courses.
You will be required to take the TOEFL exam and submit the results to PharmCAS when you apply to pharmacy school if you do not meet the qualifications stated at the following site by The University of Texas at Austin: http://bealonghorn.utexas.edu/international/transfer/testing
If you hold a bachelor's degree from a U.S. institution or from an institution in another English-only speaking country, you will be exempt from taking the TOEFL. You will not be exempt from taking the TOEFL if you earned only a master's degree from a U.S. institution or from an institution in another English-only speaking country.
Applicants from the English-only speaking countries indicated on the following site do not need to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score: http://bealonghorn.utexas.edu/international/transfer/testing
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