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Admission and Registration
Admission to the University
Admission and readmission of all students to the University is the responsibility of the director of admissions. Information about admission to the University is given in General Information.
Admission to the Professional Curriculum
No student may begin the professional curriculum until he or she has been admitted to the University by the director of admissions according to the normal procedures and has been admitted to the professional curriculum in pharmacy by the dean, following recommendation by the Admissions Committee of the College of Pharmacy, according to the procedures below. All students must meet the admission requirements given in the catalog in effect at the time of application. Admission to the University in no way implies or guarantees admission to the professional curriculum. If the number of eligible applicants for the professional curriculum exceeds the number that available facilities can accommodate, final selection is made by the college Admissions Committee and the dean.
Students should note that the two admission processes are separate and independent and that deadlines for submission of all application materials for admission to the University may differ from those for submission of all application materials for admission to the professional curriculum.
As a condition of admission to the college, each student must sign a statement that he or she agrees to accept assignment to any one of the college's internship regions throughout the state. Cooperative arrangements for pharmacy education exist with academic units and health care institutions in the following internship regions: Austin/Temple, Dallas/Fort Worth, El Paso, Galveston/Houston, the Rio Grande Valley, and San Antonio. Internship regions may be added or deleted at any time based on the availability of resources. Elective regions, which provide limited internship experiences for a specified period of time (less than four months), may also be available.
Students assigned to San Antonio and El Paso must spend about a year and a half to two years in those regions; students assigned to the other regions spend only the final year of the program (the internship year) in their assigned region.
Students are assigned to internship regions through a computer-generated random lottery number system that takes students' ranked preferences into account. Since most students relocate to internship regions outside the Austin area, region assignment occurs during the latter part of the second professional year to allow students adequate time to make personal and financial arrangements. There are no exceptions to the region assignment process. If a student fails to agree to accept assignment to any region, he or she will not be admitted to the college.
Admission to the First Professional Year
Admission to the professional curriculum is competitive. The Admissions Committee evaluates the quality of scholarship indicated by the applicant's grade point average and PCAT score, letters of recommendation, extramural service activities, and oral and written communication skills. In evaluating the applicant's academic record, particular attention is paid to the courses required for admission to the college. Oral and written communication skills are assessed through an interview with a college faculty member and an essay completed on the day of the interview. Interviews are generally granted only to students with competitive grade point averages and test scores. Because the University is a public institution, preference is given to applicants who are legal residents of Texas and to applicants from states without colleges of pharmacy.
General Information gives information about registration, adding and dropping courses, transfer from one division of the University to another, and auditing a course. The Course Schedule, published before registration each semester and summer session, includes registration instructions, advising locations, and the times, places, and instructors of classes. The Course Schedule and General Information are sold at campus-area bookstores. They are also published on the World Wide Web and are accessible through the registrar's Web site, http://www.utexas.edu/student/registrar/.
Professional Liability Insurance
Professional liability insurance is required of all students each year of the professional pharmacy curriculum. Coverage in the amount of one million dollars for each claim and three million dollars in the aggregate per year is provided through the insurance policy. The approximate annual premium is $14.50, payable by the student; the policy covers the period September 1 through August 31.
Medical Clearance Requirement
Before enrolling in the first professional year, students must show proof of having completed at least two doses of the three-dose hepatitis B vaccine schedule. The third dose of the series must be completed before the student enters the final (internship) year of study.
Before enrolling in the final-year experiential courses, each student must show proof of immunity to measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, and tetanus, either through immunization, proof of having had these diseases, and/or adequate antibody titer. Students must undergo tuberculosis skin testing before the internship in the final year.
Registration as a Student Pharmacist-Intern
At the conclusion of the first professional year, each student must register as a student pharmacist-intern with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy. This is accomplished through completion of the Application for Student Pharmacist-Intern Registration. Each student must be registered as a pharmacist-intern in order to complete the academic requirements for the degree.
Additional information regarding intern registration and pharmacist licensure is given in the section "Legal Requirements for Professional Practice."
Student Health Insurance
Students should procure health insurance to cover treatment for injuries or illness. This is especially important for the internship year, when students have frequent contact with patients in a wide variety of health care facilities.
The Student Health Insurance Plan, operated under the auspices of University Health Services, offers optional low-cost insurance for students who are not covered by other programs. Information about this plan is available through University Health Services.
Academic Policies and Procedures
Academic Standards in the College of Pharmacy
University regulations on scholastic probation and dismissal are given in General Information. In addition, the following academic standards are in effect in the College of Pharmacy.
Academic Probation and Dismissal
A student is placed on academic probation in the College of Pharmacy if he or she receives a grade of D or F in any required pharmacy course. If the grade received is an F, the student must repeat the course and may not progress to courses for which it is a prerequisite until he or she has earned a grade of at least C in the failed course. If the initial grade received is a D, the student may progress to courses for which it is a prerequisite. The student may choose whether to repeat a course in which he or she received a D, but this choice affects the student's release from academic probation as described below.
If the student receives more than two incompletes in required pharmacy courses, regardless of the grades ultimately awarded, he or she is subject to review by the Academic Performance Committee; the committee may choose to place the student on academic probation.
A student is subject to dismissal from the college if he or she receives more than one D or F in required pharmacy courses in one semester. The student is also subject to dismissal if he or she receives a second D or F while on academic probation or conditional academic probation.
Release from Academic Probation
After receiving a grade of F. The student must repeat the course and earn a grade of at least C before taking courses for which the failed course is a prerequisite. The new grade replaces the grade of F when the student's pharmacy grade point average is calculated. If the new grade is a C or better, the student is released from academic probation if and only if he or she has earned no further grades of D or F while on academic probation or conditional academic probation. If the student does not earn a grade of at least C upon repeating the course, he or she is subject to academic dismissal.
After receiving a grade of D. The student chooses whether or not to repeat the course. In either case, he or she may progress to courses for which the course in question is a prerequisite. If the student chooses to repeat the course, he or she must earn a grade of at least C. If the new grade is a C or better, the student is released from academic probation if and only if he or she has earned no further grades of D or F while on academic probation or conditional academic probation. If the student does not earn a grade of at least C upon repeating the course, he or she is subject to academic dismissal. The new grade replaces the grade of D when the student's pharmacy grade point average is calculated.
If the student chooses not to repeat the course, he or she remains on academic probation (or conditional academic probation, described below) through completion of the internship courses in the final semester. (To take the internship courses, the student must have a grade point average of at least 2.00 in required pharmacy courses.) If the student completes the internship courses with grades of at least CR, he or she is released from probation and graduates in good academic standing with the college.
Conditional Academic Probation
If a student on academic probation receives no grade lower than a C in required pharmacy courses during the following semester or summer session, he or she may be placed on conditional academic probation. This status allows the student to hold student office and to be eligible to accept college scholarships for travel to professional meetings. However, a student on conditional academic probation remains subject to dismissal if he or she receives a second grade of D or F.
Calculation of Grade Point Averages
The Academic Performance Committee
This committee of the College of Pharmacy is responsible for monitoring the academic progress of students in the professional program. The committee makes recommendations to the dean regarding students' academic progress and academic probation and dismissal. The committee also makes recommendations to assist students who may be in academic difficulty. Any student in academic difficulty may be asked to appear before the committee for guidance. The committee hears all student appeals regarding academic progress and academic probation and dismissal. The committee aids the Admissions Committee in the evaluation of students who wish to return to the college after having been dismissed.
Course Load and Sequence of Work
Standards of Ethical Conduct
Pharmacy practitioners enjoy a special trust and authority based on the profession's commitment to a code of ethical behavior in its management of client affairs. The inculcation of a sense of responsible professional behavior is a critical component of professional education, and high standards of ethical conduct are expected of pharmacy students.
Toward that end, the faculty and students of the College of Pharmacy have pledged their support to the Policy Statement on Ethical Conduct and Scholastic Integrity and the Code of Ethics that implements this Policy Statement. Upon entering the College of Pharmacy, and each academic year thereafter, students are asked to recite and sign the following pledge:
"As a student of the University of Texas College of Pharmacy, I have reviewed and hereby pledge my full support to the Honor Code. I pledge to be honest myself, and in order that the spirit and integrity of the Honor Code may endure, I pledge that I will make known to the appropriate authorities cases of dishonesty which I observe in the College of Pharmacy."
In addition, the following oath, which students will be asked to sign, is included at the end of all class examinations. At the discretion of the instructor, the oath may also be included for other assignments such as quizzes, written reports, or papers.
"I have neither participated in nor witnessed any acts of academic dishonesty pertaining to this assignment."
The entire text of the Policy Statement on Ethical Conduct and Scholastic Integrity and the Honor Code are available through http://www.utexas.edu/pharmacy/.
Students who violate University rules on scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including failure of the course involved and dismissal from the college and/or the University. Since dishonesty harms the individual, fellow students, and the integrity of the University and the College of Pharmacy, policies on scholastic dishonesty are strictly enforced.
Attendance in Classes and Laboratories
Students in the College of Pharmacy are expected to attend all meetings of the courses for which they are registered. Students who fail to attend class regularly are inviting scholastic difficulty. In some courses, instructors have special attendance requirements that should be made known to the students during the first week of classes. With the approval of the dean, a student may be dropped from a course with a grade of F for repeated unexcused absences.
Academic and career advising is an ongoing activity of the Office of Student Affairs, Pharmacy Building 5.112. Because advising is not restricted to the time just before registration, all students are strongly encouraged to seek advice whenever they need it about degree requirements, the availability of course offerings each semester, and taking courses in proper sequence.
Advising for prepharmacy students is provided by the College of Natural Sciences Health Professions Office. Students interested in the profession of pharmacy should contact that office early in their college careers.
Career Counseling in the College of Pharmacy
The college provides career counseling to students in the professional sequence of courses. Throughout the year, career counselors are available in the Office of Student Affairs to assist students in examining the career options available to them upon graduation.
In addition, a systematic exploration of professional career options is conducted in the required course Pharmacy 249, Introduction to Pharmacy. Guest lecturers include successful pharmacists representing a variety of pharmacy practice models, other health care and regulatory settings, and careers in professional organizations, education, research, and the pharmaceutical industry.
University-wide honors are described in chapter 1 and in General Information. In addition, the College of Pharmacy encourages academic excellence through Rho Chi, the national pharmaceutical honor society, and through the Pharmacy Honors Program.
Pharmacy Honors Program
Criteria for admission. Students who plan to seek special honors in pharmacy should apply to the chairman of the Honors Program Committee after they have completed the fall semester of the first professional year; they must apply before they begin the second professional year. The criteria for admission to the program are (1) admission to the professional curriculum; (2) a grade point average of at least 3.00 in all required professional coursework completed at the time of application to the program; and (3) approval of the Honors Program Committee.
Requirements for graduation. Requirements for the completion of the honors program are (1) a grade point average of at least 3.00 in all required professional courses; (2) a grade point average of at least 3.00 in all professional courses, including required professional elective coursework; (3) completion of at least two of the following honors courses: Pharmacy 139H, 149H, 166H, 168H, and 173H; (4) completion of at least one honors elective; (5) completion of Pharmacy 278H and 479H; and (6) completion of the regular curriculum for the degree.
The statement "Special Honors in Pharmacy" appears on the transcript of each graduate certified to have completed the honors program.
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