The College of Pharmacy is not formally involved in outside student employment. Obtaining employment, whether in a pharmacy or other environment, is the responsibility of the student. However, local pharmacies often notify the College of student job openings. These notices are placed on the bulletin board near the LPhA office on the second floor, and/or on the monitor system. If a conflict arises between University requirements and a student's employment, the student must resolve the conflict in favor of the University requirements.
The College conducts a Senior Interview Day during the fall and spring semesters for the benefit of graduating seniors seeking professional practice positions. Prior to this event, students are provided with information regarding available positions with local, state, and national pharmacist employers and given the opportunity to sign up for interviews with these companies. At least ninety percent of graduating seniors participate in Senior Interview Day and many are successful in gaining employment as a result of their interviews. However, the College makes no promise to secure employment for each graduate.
Additionally, the College in conjunction with the Longhorn Pharmaceutical Association conducts Career Day each spring. College and other University students are invited to visit displays set up by major pharmacist employers to learn more about career opportunities in the profession.
The College's Learning Resource Center (LRC) offers a variety of instructional resources to students and faculty members. The LRC provides state-of-the-art two-way digital video teleconferencing transmission of core curriculum courses among the Austin campus, the Health Science Center in San Antonio, and sites in the Rio Grande Valley, El Paso, and Dallas so that faculty members can teach students at two or more locations simultaneously. Many of these courses are available streaming through Blackboard.
The staff of the LRC provide faculty members and students with computer hardware and software consulting as well as advice on the use of media in the classroom. Facilities and equipment are available for video and data projection, and the College's web site provides additional informational and curriculum support for students and faculty.
In the open access Student Computer Laboratory, there are 32 microcomputers with CD drives, a suite of professional business software, and a suite of internet clients. The electronic classroom supports 23 microcomputers with projection equipment and a full suite of software. The large distance learning classroom supports 136 notebook computer ports.
The goal of the Learning Resource Center is to provide the highest quality learning technology infrastructure and support services.
Pharmacy is a dynamic health profession full of opportunities and challenges. Evolving from the days of the corner drugstore proprietor magically compounding "cures," today's pharmacist is a highly educated professional serving as a vital link between prescribers and patients.
Pharmacists are highly respected by the general public and are recognized for their years of education and specialized training as the drug experts among members of the health care team. For several consecutive years, the Gallup poll, rating several professions in terms of honesty and ethical standards, has placed pharmacists number one in the eyes of the public ahead of dentists, clergy, and medical doctors.
Diversity of opportunity is one of the profession's greatest strengths. Innovative practices have developed in community pharmacy as practitioners provide drug information and educational services within their communities as well as perform drug therapy monitoring for patients. Pharmacists practicing in the hospital environment are also involved in all aspects of drug therapy monitoring, and also consult with physicians and nurses as part of the facility's health care team.
Pharmaceutical services to long-term care facilities have evolved into sophisticated, specialized areas of practice which offer today's consultant pharmacist an opportunity to provide comprehensive pharmaceutical services ranging from drug distribution to direct patient care. The pharmaceutical industry offers diverse career opportunities in sales, marketing, basic science and clinical research, and professional services. Nuclear pharmacy offers the practitioner the opportunity to develop and dispense radioactive isotopes as diagnostic agents.
Postgraduate residencies, fellowships, and graduate programs offer advanced education and specialization in many areas of pharmacy practice.
Opportunities exist for pharmacists in virtually all geographic areas in the state of Texas. This fact, combined with an increasing demand for pharmacists in virtually all areas of pharmacy practice, points to a wealth of opportunities in terms of numbers and types of careers available.
All indicators forecast exciting prospects for future pharmacy graduates well into the next century.
Salaries and Benefits
Based on figures obtained from employers participating in the College of Pharmacy 1997-98 Senior Interview Day, the average entry-level salary for pharmacy graduates entering the community pharmacy environment in Texas was $58,500 year. For those graduates entering the hospital pharmacy environment, the average annual salary offered was $43,800. Other entry-level practice positions ranged from $42,000-72,000. n general, advanced degrees such as the Pharm.D. and Ph.D. offer higher salaries and increased career opportunities beyond the two traditional practice environments mentioned above. Geographic differences were also noted.
Employers of pharmacists also offer fringe benefits plans that may include: vacation and holiday plans, health and dental insurance, discounts on medication, retirement benefits, tuition reimbursements, license fees and professional association membership dues, and continuing education opportunities.
More information on careers and salaries is provided to professional sequence pharmacy students during the first-year course PHR 249 Introduction to Pharmacy. Professional student organizations also offer the opportunity for students to meet and talk with successful pharmacy practitioners about their career paths.
For up-to-date information on pharmacy career opportunities and entry level salaries for pharmacists in Texas (based on internal data), please contact the Office of Student Affairs.
College of Pharmacy Peer Tutoring
Through the generous support of the College's Pharmaceutical Foundation, the college is able to support a tutoring program for pharmacy students who find themselves in academic difficulty. Upperclassmen who have done well in courses are recruited to help students adjust to the challenges of a professional curriculum.
If you received an A or a strong B in a pharmacy course and you are interested in becoming a tutor-please come to the Student Affairs Office to fill out the appropriate paperwork and to receive a "Guide for Tutors". Tutor stipend is a minimum of $7.00/hour.
If you need assistance from a tutor-please come to the Student Affairs Office to fill out the appropriate paperwork.
The Students of Pharmacy Recovery Network (SPRN) is a program for pharmacy students at the University of Texas designed by conscientious students, faculty members, and staff members of the College. The purpose of the SPRN is to act as a concerned intermediary by assisting pharmacy students having personal problems including emotional stress, alcohol or other drug abuse problems, or a combination of these. SPRN students, faculty, and staff members are able to refer others to the appropriate University and Austin resources that best address their particular needs.
Because many pharmacists who are in recovery indicate that their problems with alcohol and/or other drugs began when they were students, this program at the College attempts to address these problems while they are in their early stages.
The SPRN has four major objectives:
If you need assistance or think you know someone that does, call any member of the SPRN committee with whom you feel comfortable speaking. The SPRN members' names with telephone numbers are listed in LPhA's pharmacy student "Dial-A-Druggist" directory and are also posted in the glass cabinet opposite the elevator on the second floor of the south Pharmacy building. When calls are made to an SPRN committee member, he/she will provide support for the caller, answer questions, and also help direct the caller to other appropriate resources.
The caller must identify him/herself and give specific reasons for believing a problem exists. This is to minimize crank calls. The name of the caller and the person needing assistance will, however, be kept strictly confidential.
Other sources of help are:
Other College of Pharmacy administration or faculty are not notified about calls made to SPRN members. All telephone calls to SPRN members are completely confidential.
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