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Graduation

All students must fulfill the general requirements for graduation given in chapter 1. Students in the College of Pharmacy must also fulfill the following requirements.

  1. Students earning the Doctor of Pharmacy must complete in residence the courses prescribed for the third and fourth professional years.
  2. All University students must complete in residence at least twenty-four of the last thirty semester hours of the coursework counted toward the degree.
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Degrees

The University offers the PharmD degree as the sole entry-level practice degree. As described in "Aims and Curricula," this program emphasizes an integrated and problem-based approach to disease management as the core of the didactic and laboratory program of study.

The capstone of the PharmD program is a series of seven six-week rotations known as the internship. Each internship course requires between forty and fifty on-site, practitioner-faculty–supervised hours of internship experience a week for six weeks.

The college expects but cannot guarantee that internship sites will include Austin/Temple, Dallas/Fort Worth (the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and other area health care institutions), El Paso (the University of Texas at El Paso and other area health care institutions), Galveston/Houston (the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, and other area health care institutions), the Rio Grande Valley (primarily Harlingen and McAllen), and San Antonio (the University of Texas Health Science Center and other area health care institutions). Students assigned to El Paso and San Antonio spend about a year and a half to two years in these regions, while students assigned to other regions spend only the final year in the internship region.

College of Pharmacy students who complete their internship courses at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio are considered part of a joint PharmD degree program and receive a degree awarded jointly by the two institutions.

In completing the Doctor of Pharmacy degree, students also fulfill the internship requirements of the Texas State Board of Pharmacy. The final year of internship courses and several other practice-based courses beginning in the second professional year make up the internship program. The professional experience courses are currently approved by the Texas State Board of Pharmacy to meet its standards for completion of the professional internship licensure requirement. The board reassesses all programs annually.

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The Minor

While a minor is not required as part of the PharmD degree program, the student may choose to complete additional coursework in a field outside of the College of Pharmacy. The minor consists of at least twelve semester hours of coursework in a single field of study or in closely related fields, including at least nine hours of upper-division work. The upper-division coursework must be completed in residence; coursework the student takes on a cooperative program campus in the third professional year may be counted. A course to be counted toward the minor may not be taken on the pass/fail basis, unless it is offered only on that basis. A course may not be counted both toward the minor and toward the 197 hours of work required for the PharmD degree.

Students are encouraged to use health-care–related courses to make up the minor; lists of such courses in a variety of fields are available in the Student Affairs Office. While the College of Pharmacy allows students to minor in any field in which the University offers a major, prerequisites and other enrollment restrictions may prevent the student from minoring in some fields. Before planning to take specific courses, the student should consult a pharmacy adviser and the department that offers the courses.

Upon request, verification of a student's completion of the minor is available in writing through the Dean's Office.

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Applicability of Certain Courses

Physical Activity Courses

Physical activity (PED) courses are offered by the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education. They may not be counted toward a degree in the College of Pharmacy. However, they are counted among courses for which the student is enrolled, and the grades are included in the University grade point average.

ROTC Courses

Courses in air force science, military science, and naval science may be substituted for a total of nine semester hours of electives and for Government 312L by students who complete the sixteen to twenty semester hours of required air force science, military science, or naval science coursework and accept a commission in one of the services. These courses may not be counted toward the professional elective requirement.

Correspondence and Extension Courses

Credit that a University student in residence earns simultaneously by correspondence or extension from the University or elsewhere or in residence at another school will not be counted toward a degree unless it is specifically approved in advance by the dean. No more than 30 percent of the semester hours required for any degree may be completed by correspondence, and no pharmacy courses taken by correspondence or extension may be counted toward a pharmacy degree.

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Prescribed Work

Students who enter the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program without a bachelor's degree must complete a total of 197 semester hours, consisting of basic education requirements, professional electives, and required preprofessional and professional coursework.

Basic Education Requirements

  1. Six semester hours of American history.
  2. Six semester hours of American government, including Texas government.
  3. Three semester hours of coursework in fine arts or humanities, chosen from archaeology, architecture, art (including art history, design, studio art, visual art studies), classics (including classical civilization, Greek, Latin), fine arts, humanities, music (including music, instruments, ensemble), philosophy (excluding courses in logic), or theatre and dance.
  4. Three semester hours of coursework in social and behavioral sciences, chosen from anthropology, economics, geography, linguistics, psychology, sociology, and social work.
  5. Rhetoric and Writing 306, English 316K, and two courses, one of which must be upper-division, certified as having a substantial writing component. Courses that contain a substantial writing component are identified in the Course Schedule. Two courses within the professional curriculum are normally certified.
  6. Students must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to that shown by completion of two semesters of college coursework. Credit used to establish proficiency may not be counted toward the degree. For a student admitted to the University as a freshman, this requirement is fulfilled by the completion of the two high school units in a single foreign language that are required for admission; a student admitted with a deficiency in foreign language must remove it as specified in General Information.
          American Sign Language may be used to fulfill the foreign language requirement.

Professional Electives

The student must complete at least two professional elective courses, for a total of at least four semester hours.

The student must take the courses used to fulfill the professional electives requirement after admission to the professional curriculum.

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Preprofessional and Professional Coursework

The following courses are required. The sequences of coursework given here show the usual order in which courses are taken to fulfill prerequisite requirements and illustrate the feasibility of completing requirements for the degree within six calendar years. Students who depart significantly from these sequences may need more time to complete their coursework, because most courses are taught only once a year and because in a given semester the scheduled meeting time of a required course may conflict with the times of other courses not listed here.

Suggested Arrangement of Courses

Courses
Semester
hours
First Preprofessional Year — Fall Semester [1]
  BIO 311C, Introductory Biology I 3
  CH 301, Principles of Chemistry I 3
  M 408C, Differential and Integral Calculus 4
  RHE 306, Rhetoric and Writing 3
TOTAL, REQUIRED COURSES 13
First Preprofessional Year — Spring Semester
  BIO 311D, Introductory Biology II 3
  CH 302, Principles of Chemistry II 3
  CH 204, Introduction to Chemical Practice 2
  M 316, Elementary Statistical Methods 3
TOTAL, REQUIRED COURSES 11
Second Preprofessional Year — Fall Semester
  BIO 325, Genetics 3
  CH 310M, Organic Chemistry I 3
  E 316K, Masterworks of Literature 3
  PHY 302K, General Physics—Technical Course: Mechanics, Heat, and Sound 3
  PHY 102M, Laboratory for Physics 302K 1
TOTAL, REQUIRED COURSES 13
Second Preprofessional Year — Spring Semester
  CH 210C, Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
  CH 310N, Organic Chemistry II 3
  General microbiology with laboratory 4
TOTAL, REQUIRED COURSES 9
First Professional Year — Fall Semester
  PHR 341C, Pharmaceutical Biochemistry 3
  PHR 342C, Physical and Chemical Principles of Drugs 3
  PHR 142P, Physical and Chemical Principles of Drugs Laboratory 1
  PHR 343C, Function and Anatomy of Human Systems I 3
  PHR 143M, Basic Medicinal Chemistry Principles 1
  PHR 143P, Basic Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology Laboratory 1
  PHR 244C, Pharmacy Administration 2
  PHR 144P, Pharmacy Administration Laboratory 1
  PHR 249A, Introduction to Pharmacy 1
TOTAL, REQUIRED COURSES 16
First Professional Year — Spring Semester
  PHR 249B, Introduction to Pharmacy 1
  PHR 251C, Macromolecular Chemistry and Biotechnology 2
  PHR 352C, Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics 3
  PHR 152P, Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics Laboratory 1
  PHR 253C, Function and Anatomy of Human Systems II 2
  PHR 253D, Principles of General Pathology 2
  PHR 153M, Basic Pharmacology Principles 1
  PHR 356C, Pharmaceutics I 3
  PHR 156P, Pharmaceutics I Laboratory 1
TOTAL, REQUIRED COURSES 16
Second Professional Year — Fall Semester
  PHR 163C, Introduction to Drug Information 1
  PHR 365E, Pharmacotherapeutics IA 3
  PHR 565F, Pharmacotherapeutics IB 5
  PHR 165P, Pharmacotherapeutics I Laboratory 1
  PHR 366P, Pharmacy Ethics and Professional Communications [2] 3
TOTAL, REQUIRED COURSES 13
Second Professional Year — Spring Semester
  PHR 364D, Pharmacy and the Health Care System [2] 3
  PHR 375E, Pharmacotherapeutics IIA 3
  PHR 275F, Pharmacotherapeutics IIB 2
  PHR 375G, Pharmacotherapeutics IIC 3
  PHR 175P, Pharmacotherapeutics II Laboratory 1
  PHR 176P, Experiential Pharmacy Practice and Patient Counseling 1
TOTAL, REQUIRED COURSES 13
Second Professional Year — Summer Session
  PHR 385E, Pharmacotherapeutics IIIA 3
  PHR 285F, Pharmacotherapeutics IIIB 2
  PHR 185P, Pharmacotherapeutics III Laboratory 1
TOTAL, REQUIRED COURSES 6
Third Professional Year — Fall Semester
  PHR 183F, Basic Intravenous Admixtures 1
  PHR 183G, Basic Intravenous Admixtures Laboratory 1
  PHR 284E, Pharmacy Law 2
  PHR 386D, Nonprescription Pharmacotherapy 3
TOTAL, REQUIRED COURSES 7
Third Professional Year — Spring Semester
  PHR 390S, Applied Pharmacokinetics 3
  PHR 392S, Patient Assessment Skills Laboratory 3
  PHR 394F, Pharmacoeconomics 3
  PHR 394R, Drug Literature Evaluation and Biostatistics 3
  PHR 396F, Pharmacogenomics 3
  PHR 296P, Advanced Pharmacotherapy Laboratory 2
TOTAL, REQUIRED COURSES 17
Fourth Professional Year [3] — Summer Session
  PHR 693C, Acute Care Pharmacy Practice I 6
TOTAL, REQUIRED COURSES 6
Fourth Professional Year [3] — Fall Semester
  PHR 693E, Elective in Pharmacy Practice I 6
  PHR 693N, Institutional Pharmacy Practice 6
  PHR 693P, Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Practice 6
TOTAL, REQUIRED COURSES 18
Fourth Professional Year [3] — Spring Semester
  PHR 693S, Selective in Pharmacy Practice I 6
  PHR 694C, Acute Care Pharmacy Practice II 6
  PHR 694E, Elective in Pharmacy Practice II 6
TOTAL, REQUIRED COURSES 18

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