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Kappa Epsilon. Kappa Epsilon is a national professional fraternity
established to promote careers for women in pharmacy. Xi chapter, established
in 1943, is one of the largest of the forty-four chapters nationwide. Xi
chapter sponsors service and professional projects, including a city-wide
Poison Prevention program in elementary schools each February, as well as
social events and other extracurricular activities. The chapter awards one
scholarship annually to a deserving student.
Kappa Psi. Kappa Psi is a national professional fraternity that promotes
the professional development of students in pharmacy schools and the public
image of the profession. The Gamma Gamma chapter, one of sixty-four collegiate
chapters around the nation, serves the public through a variety of projects.
Kappa Psi also sponsors social events to bring the College of Pharmacy
together. Two scholarships are awarded annually to active members based on
their scholastic achievement and service.
Longhorn Pharmaceutical Association. In December, 1951, the Longhorn
Pharmaceutical Association was organized as an association jointly representing
the student branches of the American Pharmaceutical Association and the Texas
Pharmaceutical Association. The association sponsors service projects and
social events and serves to develop professionalism in pharmacy students.
Mexican American Association of Pharmacy Students. The primary goals of
the Mexican American Association of Pharmacy Students are to assist in the
recruitment and retention of qualified students in the College of Pharmacy, to
provide health care education to the community, and to maintain open
communication channels between students and the college. Membership is open to
prepharmacy and professional students.
Pharmaceutical Association of Compounding. This organization was
established at the University in 1992. PAC's goal is to develop and foster a
strong interest in the science and art of compounding. The organization
sponsors guest speakers from all areas of pharmacy practice. Membership is open
to prepharmacy and pharmacy students.
Pharmacy Council. The Pharmacy Council is composed of officers of the
recognized student organizations in the College of Pharmacy and elected student
representatives from each of the professional pharmacy classes. The president
of the council is also a member of the University Cabinet of College Councils.
Acting as liaison between the student body and the dean, the Pharmacy Council
works to ensure the equitable consideration of student concerns and problems.
The council sponsors orientation programs for new pharmacy students, Parents'
Day programs, and events that promote student-faculty interaction.
Phi Delta Chi. Lambda chapter of Phi Delta Chi, established at the
University in 1905, was reactivated in 1956. Phi Delta Chi is a professional
pharmaceutical fraternity of national standing. Membership is open to qualified
professional students who are interested in promoting leadership, scholarship,
and professional ethics in the field of pharmacy.
Phi Lambda Sigma. Psi chapter of Phi Lambda Sigma, the national pharmacy
leadership society, was established at the University in 1989. Students
selected for membership must be of high moral and ethical character, must have
demonstrated dedication, service, and leadership in the advancement of
pharmacy, must have completed at least ninety semester hours of scholastic
work, and must have a grade point average of at least 2.50.
Rho Chi. Nu chapter of Rho Chi, national pharmaceutical honor society,
was established at the University in 1930. Charters for chapters of this
organization are granted only to groups in colleges that are members in good
standing of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Eligibility for
membership in the society is based on scholarship, character, personality, and
leadership. Students selected for membership must have a pharmacy grade point
average of at least 3.20, must be in the top 20 percent of their class, and
must have completed semester six of the pharmacy curriculum. All candidates
must be approved by the dean of the College of Pharmacy.
Student Chapter, National Association of Retail Druggists. NARD is a
national professional organization representing the interests of independent
community pharmacy. The student chapter sponsors projects and events designed
to foster the entrepreneurial spirit among future practitioners. The national
association has a loan program available to student members, as well as several
competitive scholarships and research grants.
Student Chapter, National Pharmaceutical Association. The purpose of the
SNPhA is to plan, organize, coordinate, and execute programs geared toward the
improvement of the health, educational, and social environment of the minority
University of Texas Student Society of Hospital Pharmacists. The student
chapter of the Texas Society of Hospital Pharmacists is an organization for
students interested in institutional pharmacy practice. An affiliate of the
American and Texas Societies of Hospital Pharmacists, the organization
considers a wide range of topics of interest to health professionals and
encourages the broadest possible educational introduction to institutional
pharmacy and pharmaceutical care. This introduction includes presentation of
programs and seminars, tours of pharmacy practice sites, and distribution of
literature. The chapter publicizes job openings in hospital pharmacies across
Longhorn Prepharmacy Association. LPPA is the prepharmacy student
organization analogous to the Longhorn Pharmaceutical Association for
professional students. The chief objectives are to function as a small
community of students within a large institution; to provide current
information on the preprofessional and professional curricula; and to provide
information about the pharmacy profession.
The College of Pharmacy, under the supervision of the assistant dean for
student academic affairs, conducts a placement conference each fall and spring
for graduating students. The conference, held in Austin, gives these students
an opportunity to be interviewed for professional practice positions with major
employers of pharmacists in Texas and nationwide. A career workshop is held
about a month before the placement conference to prepare students for the
interviews. The differences in practice environments, interviewing techniques,
and other areas pertinent to careers in pharmacy are discussed. In addition,
the college conducts Career Day each spring for all students in the college.
Displays are set up by major employers of pharmacists to inform students about
practice opportunities in the profession. The Placement Conference and Career
Day are sponsored by participating employers and the Pharmaceutical
As a complement to the assistance available from the college, the University
Career Center provides comprehensive career services to all students. The
center offers professional assistance to students in choosing or changing their
majors or careers, seeking an internship, and planning for the job search or
for graduate study.
The University makes no promise to secure employment for each graduate.
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.
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 in this section.
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.
Competition for admission to the professional curriculum is keen. The
Admissions Committee evaluates the quality of scholarship indicated by the
applicant's grade point average and SAT I or ACT scores, letters of
recommendation, extramural service activities, and interview with a college
faculty member. In evaluating the applicant's academic record, particular
attention is paid to the courses required for admission to the college.
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.
- The applicant should have completed at least sixty semester hours, and must
have completed the following forty-two:
- Six hours of general biology, including cellular and molecular biology and
structure and function of organisms.
- Eight hours of general chemistry with laboratory.
- Three hours of freshman-level English rhetoric and composition.
- Three hours of sophomore-level English literature.
- Three hours of mathematics (differential and integral calculus).
- Three hours of statistics.
- Eight hours of organic chemistry with laboratory.
- Four hours of microbiology with laboratory.
- Four hours of physics with laboratory.
- The remaining semester hours should include
- Six hours of American history.
- Six hours of American government, including Texas government.
- Three hours of fine arts or humanities coursework chosen from archaeology,
architecture, art (including art education, 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.
- Three hours of social and behavioral sciences coursework chosen from
anthropology, economics, geography, linguistics, psychology, sociology, and
- The foreign language requirement given
in this chapter must be fulfilled
before a student seeks admission to the professional curriculum.
- All deficiencies in high school units must be removed by the means
prescribed in General Information before a student seeks admission to
the professional curriculum.
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/.
- Application for admission to the professional curriculum should be made on
forms available from the Office of Student Affairs in the College of
- The following must be submitted to the director of admissions for the
College of Pharmacy:
- The completed application for admission to the professional curriculum.
- The nonrefundable application processing fee of sixty dollars.
- The completed personal statement.
- At least two letters of recommendation.
- A photograph of the applicant.
- Official transcripts from all colleges attended, including the University.
- SAT I, American College Testing Program (ACT), or Graduate Record
Examination (GRE) score. Scores more than five years old are not accepted.
- Score reports for any credit earned by examination.
- Scores on the Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP) examination, if the
student is required by state law to take this examination.
- The applicant may be asked to appear for a personal interview. If invited
for an interview, each applicant will be required to write a short essay on the
day of the interview.
- The applicant is considered on the basis of overall academic performance,
with emphasis on grades in the required prepharmacy courses. Work done at the
University and work done elsewhere are evaluated separately. In accordance with
University policy, courses completed at another institution with a grade of
D are not transferable; they may not be used to fulfill any degree
requirements, even though they are used when the student's admissibility to the
professional curriculum is determined.
All application materials must be
submitted by March 1 for entry the following fall. Applications completed after
this date are considered only if the class is not already filled.
- A student who has been admitted to the University and to the professional
curriculum but fails to enroll in either, and who wishes to enter the
professional curriculum in a subsequent fall semester, must reapply both to the
University and to the College of Pharmacy and must meet all requirements in
force at the time of reapplication.
- A student who has been admitted to and enrolls in the professional
curriculum but withdraws before the end of the first semester in the
curriculum, and who wishes to reenter in a subsequent fall semester, must apply
for readmission to the professional curriculum and must meet all requirements
in force at the time of reapplication. A student who has been out of the
University for a semester or more must also apply for readmission to the
- A student who has completed at least one semester in the professional
curriculum and who wishes to return to the college after being out for two or
more semesters must apply for readmission on the basis of the curriculum in
effect at the time of the return. A student who has been out of the University
for a semester or more must also apply for readmission to the
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.
Before enrolling in experiential courses that require participation in patient
care, each student must provide certification from a physician or nurse that
the student has received a complete series of hepatitis B vaccine. A tuberculin
skin test may also be required.
When they enter the clerkship and externship courses in semester ten of the
pharmacy program, 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 the Student Health Center, offers optional low-cost insurance for
students who are not covered by other programs. Information about the plan is
available from the Student Health Center.
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.
- The student must earn a grade of at least C in each required pharmacy
course. The student must repeat a required pharmacy course in which he or she
has failed to earn a grade of at least C. Those who fail twice to earn a
grade of at least C in the same course are subject to academic dismissal
as described in the section "Academic Probation and Dismissal" below.
- The student must earn a grade of at least C in each elective
pharmacy course. If the student fails to earn a grade of at least C in
an elective pharmacy course, he or she may repeat the course or may take
another elective course instead, but only courses in which the student has
earned a grade of at least C may be counted toward the professional
elective requirement described in this chapter.
- The student must earn an average of at least two grade points a semester
hour on all courses undertaken at the University, whether passed or failed. The
student must also earn an average of at least two grade points a semester hour
on all required pharmacy courses undertaken, whether passed or failed.
- A student may not repeat for credit a course in which he or she has earned
a grade of C or better.
- With the exception of laboratory problems courses, all pharmacy electives
must be taken on the letter-grade basis. The student must also take the
electives described in this chapter on the letter-grade basis.
- A student who fails to achieve a grade point average of at least 2.00 in
required courses in any one semester or summer session, regardless of his or
her College of Pharmacy grade point average, is placed on academic probation.
If the student fails to achieve a grade point average of at least 2.00 both in
all courses undertaken and in required pharmacy courses in the next two
consecutive registration periods, the student is subject to academic
- A student who earns a grade lower than a C twice in the same
required pharmacy course, regardless of his or her College of Pharmacy grade
point average, is subject to academic dismissal.
- If either the student's cumulative grade point average in required
pharmacy courses or his or her grade point average in these courses for one
semester or summer session falls more than nine points below a C
average, the student is subject to academic dismissal.
- Except under special circumstances and with the approval of the dean, a
student must take at least nine semester hours of required pharmacy courses
during a long-session semester and at least six semester hours of required
pharmacy courses during the summer session in order to clear academic
probation. All students on academic probation must take at least twelve
semester hours in a long-session semester.
This committee of the College of Pharmacy is responsible for monitoring the
academic progress of students in the professional curriculum. 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
- The student's University grade point average includes all courses taken at
the University for which a grade or symbol other than Q, W,
X, or CR is recorded. If the student has repeated a course, all
grades earned are included in the University grade point average.
- The student's College of Pharmacy grade point average includes all
required professional courses taken at the University for which a grade or
symbol other than Q, W, X, or CR is recorded. When
a student repeats a required pharmacy course for which he or she received a
grade of D or F, the second grade in the repeated course replaces
the previous grade when the student's College of Pharmacy grade point average
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.
- To take semester ten courses in the BSPhr or PharmD curriculum, the student
must have completed all basic education requirements and all required and
elective pharmacy courses except those in semester ten.
- Because semester ten courses are offered on the pass/fail basis only,
students should have attained both the University and the College of Pharmacy
grade point average of 2.00 required for graduation before they begin semester
- If a conflict arises between University requirements and a student's
employment, the student must resolve the conflict in favor of the University
- Students are expected to take a minimum course load of twelve semester
hours during any long-session semester. A student on academic probation must
take at least twelve semester hours during any long-session semester.
- Students may not take courses for degree credit at another institution
without prior approval from the dean of the College of Pharmacy.
- All students seeking to reenter the College of Pharmacy after having been
placed on academic dismissal must make formal application through the
Admissions Committee. Readmission is based largely on the student's performance
and is processed through the Admissions Committee with recommendations from the
Academic Performance Committee and the approval of the dean.
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
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.
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
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.
In college and university communities, where the development of a student's
intellectual potential is emphasized, it is appropriate for superior scholastic
motivation and achievement to be recognized. 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 described above, and may pursue University Honors and
graduation with University Honors as described in chapter 1.
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.
Criteria for admission. Candidates for special honors in pharmacy should
apply to the chairman of the Honors Program Committee of the College of
Pharmacy after they have completed semester five but before they begin semester
seven of the degree program. 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 the eighteen semester hours of elective
coursework required for the degree; (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 degree.
The statement "Special Honors in Pharmacy" appears on the transcript of each
BSPhr recipient certified to have completed the honors program.
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