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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.
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.
Admission to the Third Professional Year (PharmD Program)
Admission to the PharmD program is open to students in the University's College of Pharmacy and to pharmacists who are licensed to practice in the United States. Priority is given to College of Pharmacy students, then to pharmacists who are Texas residents, then to pharmacists from other states. All applicants must submit the University of Texas College of Pharmacy PharmD Application. The application deadline is October 20 for entry the following fall semester. In addition, applicants who are licensed pharmacists must complete the University's Application for Undergraduate Transfer Admission. March 1 is the deadline to apply for admission to the University in the following fall semester.
The Admissions Committee evaluates the quality of scholarship indicated by the applicant's grade point average and, if applicable, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, extramural service activities, and oral and written communication skills. Oral and written communication skills are assessed through an interview with two college faculty members and an essay completed on site.
Admission Requirements for College of Pharmacy Students
Admission Requirements for Licensed Pharmacists
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 enrolling in experiential courses that require participation in patient care. Coverage in the amount of one million dollars for each claim and three million dollars limit aggregate for one year is required. Each student must show evidence of professional liability insurance coverage paid for the duration of the course or courses as a prerequisite to enrollment. The effective date of the policy must be on or before the first regular class day of the course or courses. All student policies expire on the date of graduation. Approximate premium cost is $14.50 for coverage from September 1 to August 31.
Medical Clearance Requirement
Before enrolling in experiential courses that require participation in patient care, each student must show proof of immunity to measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, and tetanus. Immunity may be shown by proof of immunization, proof that the student has had the disease, or adequate titer. Before having contact with patients, students must show that they have completed the three-dose series of hepatitis B vaccine. Students must also undergo tuberculosis skin testing prior to experiential courses.
Registration as a Pharmacist-Intern
At the beginning of his or her second semester in the College of Pharmacy, each student must complete the Application for Student Pharmacist-Intern Registration for submission to the Texas State Board of Pharmacy. The student must be registered as a pharmacist-intern in order to complete the academic requirements for the degree.
Additional information about registration and about licensure as a pharmacist is given in the section "Legal Requirements for Professional Practice."
Student Health Insurance
When they enter internship courses, students are informed of the need for health insurance to cover treatment for injuries they may sustain and diseases they may contract while in these courses. 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 the plan is available from 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.
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. 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. 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 C, 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 travel to professional meetings at college expense. 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 programs. 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. 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.
Each professional student is required to meet with an academic adviser during the student's first semester in the professional program to establish the student's intentions for progress through the professional curriculum. The adviser must approve any change from the set of courses initially approved. Registration for courses not properly approved is justification for the dean to drop the student from such courses and to pursue further disciplinary action with the dean of students. Advisers for students enrolled in the professional curriculum are available throughout the year in the Office of Student Affairs, Pharmacy Building 5.112, to counsel students on a variety of issues that may affect student performance.
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 professional students. 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 owners and managers of independent and chain pharmacies, directors and managers of hospital and clinic pharmacies, specialty practitioners whose career goals have led them into focused clinical practices in a variety of patient care settings, researchers, representatives of the pharmaceutical industry, professional practice regulators, administrators of professional organizations, and pharmacy educators.
The College of Pharmacy recognizes outstanding students through the Dean's Honor List and the Pharmacy Honors Program. Students may also be elected to Rho Chi, the national pharmaceutical honor society, and may pursue University Honors and graduation with University Honors as described chapter 1.
Dean's Honor List
Through the Dean's Honor List, published after each semester and summer session, the College of Pharmacy recognizes outstanding academic achievement during that semester or session. Students must take at least twelve semester hours on the letter-grade basis and earn a grade point average of at least 3.25 to be included; a grade point average of at least 3.50 is required for high honors, and of at least 3.75 for highest honors.
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 Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy or the Doctor of Pharmacy 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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