Pharm.D. Program

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Frequently Asked Questions
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Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective Students Applying to the Pharm.D. Program

Prerequisite Course Requirements

  • What are the pre-pharmacy prerequisite course requirements for UT Austin College of Pharmacy?

    The required pre-pharmacy prerequisite courses can be found at the following link: http://www.utexas.edu/pharmacy/admissions/crit.html

  • I've taken or plan to take courses in a Texas university/community college. How do I determine if these courses will transfer to UT Austin and fulfill the pre-pharmacy prerequisites?

    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.

  • Do you provide transcript evaluations prior to the application submission process?

    No.  We recommend that you utilize the resources on our site and compare your transcript to our prerequisite requirements to see what requirements are still lacking.  If you have specific questions about a particular requirement, you can send an email to the following site address: pharmdadmissions@austin.utexas.edu

    Generally, all science/math prerequisite courses should be those for science or engineering majors.  Business calculus will not fulfill our calculus requirement.  Nor will courses in allied health count for our biology/microbiology and chemistry requirements.

  • If I have a prior baccalaureate degree or higher, will any of the prerequisite requirements not yet fulfilled be waived?

    No.  All Pharm.D. applicants must complete all the pre-pharmacy prerequisite requirements regardless of having a prior baccalaureate degree or higher.

  • I hold a prior baccalaureate degree or higher in a field other than pharmacy, and I'm interested in the Pharm.D. program. Am I still able to apply for admissions?

    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.

  • I have a foreign undergraduate transcript that contains credit for completed prerequisite coursework. How can I get a preliminary evaluation to see what remaining prerequisite courses are still lacking?

    Foreign transcripts should be evaluated by a third-party transcript evaluation company.

    If you plan to apply to any colleges of pharmacy participating with PharmCAS, please use one of the third party evaluators provided in the PharmCAS Application Instructions.
     
    Once you receive your results from the third-party evaluators, compare your evaluated results with our pre-pharmacy prerequisite course list.

  • What is the equivalent to UT Austin's CH 204 Introduction to Chemical Practice?

    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.

  • Do I need to take calculus I and II?

    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.  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)

  • Is the PCAT exam required for admissions?

    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.

  • When should I take the PCAT?

    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 2014,  you must take the PCAT exam no later than the September 2013.  October/November 2013 PCAT scores will not be used for fall 2014 admissions.

  • Where can I find more information about the PCAT?

    You can find out more information about the PCAT at the following site: http://www.pcatweb.info/

  • Where do I submit my PCAT scores?

    UT Austin College of Pharmacy participates with PharmCAS for application submission.  All PCAT scores must be submitted by Pearson to PharmCAS.  Use CODE: 104 (PharmCAS) as your PCAT score recipient code.

  • What PCAT scores should I have?

    PCAT scores should ideally be > 70 percentile with a writing score of at least 3.
    75% of successful applicants have a PCAT composite score ≥ 70 percentile
    50% of successful applicants have a PCAT composite score ≥ 85 percentile

    All subsections (Reading Comprehension, Verbal, Quantitative, Biology, and Chemistry) of the PCAT are considered significant when reviewing your PCAT results.


    Core/Flag (General Education) Course Requirements

  • What are core/flag 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: http://www.utexas.edu/ugs/core

  • Where is there information about the core/flag course requirements?

    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 I have a prior baccalaureate degree or higher, can any of the core/flag requirements be waived?

    If you have a prior baccalaureate degree (equivalent) or higher from any accredited institution approved by UT Austin, both core and flag requirements not yet fulfilled upon matriculation into the Pharm.D. program will be waived by UGS (School of Undergraduate Studies).

  • If I have a prior associates degree only, can any of the core/flag requirements be waived?

    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 requirements.

  • What institutions are considered Texas state-funded institutions?

      A list of Texas state-funded schools can be found at this Texas Coordinating Board site: http://statecore.its.txstate.edu/

     

  • What is another way to fulfill the CORE course requirements?

    If you are attending a Texas state-funded institution, we recommend that you complete the general core requirements at your institution to be considered “Core Complete”.  If you are considered “Core Complete” at your institution, you will also 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.

  • How can I fulfill the First-Year Signature CORE course requirement?

    Please read the information and expectations of the First Year Signature course at the following site:
    http://www.utexas.edu/ugs/sig

    Current UT Austin students: Please consult with your undergraduate academic advisor and/or use the on-line course schedule (use filter #5 and enter “UGS” for field and “302” or “303” for number) to find a course that will fulfill this requirement.  UGS 302 or 303 will fulfill the First-Year Signature course requirement.

    Prospective students who are completing prerequisites at a different institution:
    There are no equivalent courses outside of UT Austin that will fulfill the First Year Signature course. 

     You will need to take this course as a Pharm.D. student at UT Austin unless you have a earned or fulfilled of the following:

    • a prior bachelors degree (or equivalent) or higher from an accredited institution
    • an associates degree from a Texas state-funded institution
    • “Core Complete” from a Texas state-funded institution

  • How can I fulfill the Global Cultures FLAG course requirement?

    Please read the information and expectations of a global cultures course at the following site:
    http://www.utexas.edu/ugs/core/flags/global-cultures

    Current UT Austin students: Please consult with your undergraduate academic advisor and/or use the on-line course schedule (use filter #2 and select “Global Cultures”) to find a course that will fulfill this requirement.

    Prospective students who are completing prerequisites at a different institution can contact the flag petitions coordinator via email for a preliminary approval.  IMPORTANT: Please submit no more than two course options for consideration and make sure you attach a copy of a syllabus for each course. 

    Flag Petitions Coordinator: Ms. Herpreet Singh- herpreet@austin.utexas.edu


    Admissions Application

  • Where do I submit my pharmacy application?

    You will submit a PharmCAS application and a UT Austin College of Pharmacy Pharm.D. Supplemental application

  • Is the Apply Texas undergraduate transfer application required for Pharm.D. admissions?

    No.  Students applying to the UT Austin College of Pharmacy no longer have to submit an Apply Texas application.

  • Where can I find more information about the application process and requirements?

    Please visit and carefully read our application instructions on the College of Pharmacy site.

  • Where do I send my official transcripts?

    All applicants must submit all official transcripts to PharmCAS.  Please make sure to carefully read their transcript submission instructions as provided by this site and the “PharmCAS Application Instructions”.

    If we notify you of ACCEPTANCE into UT Austin College of Pharmacy, we will then direct you to submit your official transcript to UT Austin.  We will contact you with further instructions at that time.


    Pharm.D. Program

  • How many years does it take to complete the professional Pharm.D. program?

    It will take you four years to complete the Pharm.D. program successfully.

  • What degree do you earn?

    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.

  • What is the tuition/fee cost for attending the Pharm.D. program?

    The average tuition for Pharm.D. students $7,915/semester (in-state) & $20,460/semester (out-of-state/international) . 
    Our rates are based on a flat rate tuition plan. 

    You can find the 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

  • Are there financial assistance/financial aid options and opportunities?

    Yes.  Both the University of Texas and the College of Pharmacy are serious about providing scholarships and other financial aid resources to students.  Approximately 90% of our students receive some kind financial assistance from Student Financial Services (financial aid office). 

    Look for opportunities at the following site: http://www.utexas.edu/pharmacy/edutrain/fa.html

  • What is the difference between a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) and a Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacy (Ph.D)? Is there an opportunity for a joint dual degree in these areas?

    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.

  • What if I have questions regarding graduate (research) programs in the College of Pharmacy?

    Visit the following site regarding admissions and opportunities in UT Austin College of Pharmacy graduate programs:
    http://www.utexas.edu/pharmacy/admissions/graduate/


    Frequently Asked Questions for Out of State and International Students Applying to the Pharm.D. Program

  • Do I need to complete the CORE/FLAG course requirements?

    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.

  • What is the non-residence tuition per semester?

    Tuition for non-resident students can be found at the following link.  Please make sure you click on the "Professional (excluding Law) Tuition" link.
    http://www.utexas.edu/business/accounting/sar/t_f_rates.html

  • Is financial assistance/financial aid available for international students?

    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: miguelw@austin.utexas.edu 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.

  • If I have a foreign pharmacy degree that isn't equivalent to a Pharm.D. degree, can I take a reduced number of years to complete my pharmacy education for the Pharm.D. degree?

    No.  UT Austin College of Pharmacy requires that you complete all fours years of the Pharm.D. curriculum in-residence.

  • If I have a foreign bachelors degree, can any of the pre-pharmacy prerequisite courses that I'm still lacking be waived?

    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.

  • Am I required to take the TOEFL exam?

    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

  • Can I be exempt from taking the TOEFL exam?

    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

  • I am a practicing pharmacist in my native country.  I want to be licensed in Texas.  What should I do?

    You may follow one of two options to become a licensed pharmacist in Texas.

    1. Contact the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Commission (FPGEE), the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), and Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP) for information on examinations, additional internship hours, and other requirements.
    2. Earn the Pharm.D. degree from a college pharmacy program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and pass the North American Pharmacists Licensure Examination (NAPLEX®) and the Texas Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE®).
    Requirements for licensure in other states may be found by contacting those states' boards of pharmacy.


  • Last Reviewed: August 13, 2013

    College Information

    Mailing Address:
    College of Pharmacy
    Admissions Office
    The University of Texas
    at Austin
    2409 University Ave. Stop: A1900
    Austin, TX
    78712-01200
    USA

    Email Address:
    pharmdadmissions
    @austin.utexas.edu

    Phone:
    1-512-471-1737



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