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Student Organizations

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 community.

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 the state.

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.

Placement Services

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 Foundation.

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 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 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.

Admission Requirements

  1. The applicant should have completed at least sixty semester hours, and must have completed the following forty-two:
    1. Six hours of general biology, including cellular and molecular biology and structure and function of organisms.
    2. Eight hours of general chemistry with laboratory.
    3. Three hours of freshman-level English rhetoric and composition.
    4. Three hours of sophomore-level English literature.
    5. Three hours of mathematics (differential and integral calculus).
    6. Three hours of statistics.
    7. Eight hours of organic chemistry with laboratory.
    8. Four hours of microbiology with laboratory.
    9. Four hours of physics with laboratory.

  2. The remaining semester hours should include[1]
    1. Six hours of American history.
    2. Six hours of American government, including Texas government.
    3. 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.
    4. Three hours of social and behavioral sciences coursework chosen from anthropology, economics, geography, linguistics, psychology, sociology, and social work.

  3. The foreign language requirement given in this chapter must be fulfilled before a student seeks admission to the professional curriculum.

  4. 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.

Additional Admission Requirements

  1. Application for admission to the professional curriculum should be made on forms available from the Office of Student Affairs in the College of Pharmacy.

  2. The following must be submitted to the director of admissions for the College of Pharmacy:
    1. The completed application for admission to the professional curriculum.
    2. The nonrefundable application processing fee of sixty dollars.
    3. The completed personal statement.
    4. At least two letters of recommendation.
    5. A photograph of the applicant.
    6. Official transcripts from all colleges attended, including the University.
    7. SAT I, American College Testing Program (ACT), or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score. Scores more than five years old are not accepted.[2]
    8. Score reports for any credit earned by examination.
    9. Scores on the Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP) examination, if the student is required by state law to take this examination.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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 University.

  7. 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 University.

Registration

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 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.

Student Health Insurance

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.

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 Progress

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. A student may not repeat for credit a course in which he or she has earned a grade of C or better.
  5. With the exception of laboratory problems courses, all pharmacy electives must be taken on the letter-grade basis. The student must also take the professional electives described in this chapter on the letter-grade basis.

Academic Probation and Dismissal

  1. 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 dismissal.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Calculation of Grade Point Averages

  1. 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.
  2. 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 is calculated.

The Academic Performance Committee

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 dismissed.

Course Load and Sequence of Work

  1. 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.
  2. 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 ten.
  3. If a conflict arises between University requirements and a student's employment, the student must resolve the conflict in favor of the University requirements.
  4. 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.
  5. Students may not take courses for degree credit at another institution without prior approval from the dean of the College of Pharmacy.
  6. 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.

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.

Academic Advising

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.

Honors

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.

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. 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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