Pharm.D. Program Information

  1. General Information
    The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy provides education and training to more than 500 professional students as well as approximately 130 graduate students, post-graduate residents and post-graduate fellows. The college makes its home in a two-building complex on the main campus of UT Austin. It also maintains a joint program with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and cooperative programs with the University of Texas at El Paso and the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg. The Pharm.D. Program includes expanded and intensified patient-care and extramural professional training components of the curriculum. The curriculum takes advantage of the health-care facilities, educational resources and collaborative programs available under the cooperative agreements with other components of the University of Texas System. UT pharmacy students receive high quality instruction in the basic pharmaceutical sciences, pharmacy administration, and pharmacy practice. Pharmacy interns expand their professional practice knowledge and skills working with medical, dental and nursing students at clinical education sites in the Austin/Temple/Waco area, El Paso, the Rio Grande Valley, the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, and the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. The college offers an Honors Program and a Pharm.D. /Ph.D. for students who show interest in academic and/or research careers.

  2. Mission/Vision

  3. Curriculum
    The college offers a professional degree program that leads to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Pharm.D.) The Pharm.D. program includes two years of pre-pharmacy coursework and four years of work within the college in the pharmaceutical and clinical sciences.  The curriculum is designed to provide the state and nation with pharmacists who are scientifically trained and clinically competent to deliver a full spectrum of pharmaceutical services in all areas of practice and to be leaders in the profession. The profession of pharmacy has evolved from a role primarily in medication distribution to a patient oriented, pharmaceutical care model. Pharmaceutical care involves the process through which a pharmacist interacts with patients and other health care professionals in the design, implementation, and monitoring of a patient-specific plan designed to produce the desired therapeutic outcome. To ensure that UT pharmacy graduates have the necessary tools with which to practice in this complex environment, the curriculum features a discipline-integrated approach to the management of disease states, and a case-based team approach to the design of patient-specific therapeutic planning.

  4. Admission Requirements
    Students may begin the professional curriculum only after they have been admitted to The University of Texas at Austin and to the professional program in pharmacy.  Admission to the professional program is made by the dean of the college at the recommendation of the college's Admission Committee.  Admission processes to the university and to the college are separate.  Admission to the university in no way implies or guarantees admission to the professional pharmacy curriculum.  If the number of eligible applicants for the professional curriculum exceeds the number of available positions, the Admissions Committee makes a final selection with approval by the dean.  To be accepted to the professional pharmacy program, applicants must complete at least 60 semester hours of prerequisite coursework.  The Admissions Committee conducts a holistic review of application materials including an assessment of overall academic achievement as indicated by grade point average and PCAT scores.  Emphasis is on grades earned in required pre-pharmacy courses.  Work completed at the university and work done elsewhere are evaluated separately.  In addition to academic credentials, the committee also considers other factors such as, but not limited to, letters of recommendation, oral and written communication skills, extracurricular involvement, knowledge of the profession, work in health care, community service and leadership, and special life circumstances.

  5. Other Programs
    [a] Health Outcomes and Pharmacy Practice [M.S./Ph.D.]: Health outcomes, pharmacoeconomics, pharmacoepidemiology, medication use, pharmacists' services, pharmacy management, pharmaceutical pricing, pharmaceutical marketing and industry, drug importation and counterfeit medications, drug regulation, drug policy, managed care pharmacy, Medicare and Medicaid drug programs, pharmacy social and behavioral issues, use of complementary alternative medicines psychiatric pharmacy, and specialty residencies.
    [b] Pharmacology/Toxicology [Ph.D]: Pharmacology, toxicology, neuropharmacology, neurochemical and neurocellular mechanisms of chemical dependency, addiction education, behavioral pharmacology and behavioral neuroscience, mitochondrial diseases, mechanisms of apoptosis, environmental carcinogenesis, breast cancer resistance and metastasis mechanisms, reproductive toxicology, neuroendocrine control of reproduction and endocrine disruption, environmental carcinogenesis, pediatric cancer, diet, obesity and environmental disease.
    [c] Pharmaceutics [Ph.D.]: Biopharmaceutics, drug metabolism, industrial pharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, physical pharmacy, virus and genetics research, drug delivery, materials science, vaccine delivery, and particle engineering.
    [d] Medicinal Chemistry [Ph.D]: Anti-cancer agents, biosynthesis, antibiotic development, enzyme mechanisms, signal transduction
    [e] Pharmacotherapy [M.S./Ph.D.]: M.S. Program - Pharmacotherapy, oncology, and community practice residency in conjunction with an MS. PhD Program - Clinical and translational sciences in infectious diseases, oncology and health outcomes
    [f] Translational Sciences  [Ph.D.]: PhD program – Translational research on interdisciplinary topics, involving courses and faculty mentors at four central Texas academic institutions participating in the unique program.


Last Reviewed: May 7, 2012

College Information

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

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