The Cooperative Pharmacy Programs Background

The significant health care needs along the Texas-Mexico border coupled with a severe shortage of pharmacists were the primary driving forces for the development of the Cooperative Pharmacy Programs at UT El Paso and UT-Pan American. In each region, the number of pharmacists per 100,000 people is approximately 60 percent of the state average and the disparity is likely to increase due to the rapidly expanding population. In addition, there was strong community support and a desire on the part of the University of Texas System components to establish partnerships that would provide outstanding educational opportunities in a cost-effective manner.

The Cooperative Pharmacy Program with UT El Paso was conceptualized in 1994-95 and funded by the state legislature in 1996. The Cooperative Pharmacy Program with UT-Pan American was modeled after the one in El Paso and was funded by the state legislature in spring 2000. In each case, funding is provided to the component institution to support faculty, staff and operations. An Assistant Dean serves as the program director at each campus and all faculty members are appointed at both their home institution and at the College of Pharmacy.

Program Students

Last Reviewed: July 1, 2008

College Information

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

Email Address: pharmacy


Additional Information

For more information about the Cooperative Pharmacy Programs please visit their websites:

UT El Paso
UT-Pan American

Pharmacy Coop Program Garners National Recognition

UT's Cooperative Pharmacy Program was honored as America's top program for increasing achievement for Latino students.
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