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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. To graduate from the College of Pharmacy, a student must complete at least six semesters, or an equivalent period, of resident study in the professional curriculum in one or more colleges of pharmacy accredited by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education.
  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. Students in the College of Pharmacy must complete in residence the courses prescribed for semesters nine and ten.
  3. A candidate for a degree must be registered at the University either in residence or in absentia the semester or summer session the degree is to be awarded and must apply to the dean for the degree no later than the date specified in the official academic calendar.

Degrees

Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy

The College of Pharmacy offers a five-year program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree.[1] The curriculum is arranged to provide elective courses so that students may develop a more extensive background in their area of special interest. Clinical pharmacy courses, both elective and required, are included. The sites for clinical education include the Austin/Temple/Waco area, Corpus Christi, El Paso, the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, and the Rio Grande Valley. Depending on available facilities, students are assigned to one of these sites for their last semester. All students admitted to the College of Pharmacy must be willing to obtain their clinical experience at whichever site they are assigned to by the college.

In completing the Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy curriculum, students also fulfill the internship requirements of the Texas State Board of Pharmacy. The major academic components that make up the internship program are Pharmacy 366P, Pharmacy Practice Laboratory I; 266T, Pharmacy Practice Laboratory II; 554E, Community Pharmacy Practice Externship; 554F, Clinical Pharmacy Clerkship; and 554G, Hospital Pharmacy Practice Clerkship. Each of the latter three courses requires between forty and fifty on-site, practitioner-faculty - supervised hours of internship experience a week for at least five weeks.

In addition to these courses, experiences "substantially related to the practice of pharmacy" are included in the degree program. The program of professional experience is 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.

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 twenty-four semester hours of required air force science, military science, or naval science coursework and accept a commission in one of the services.

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 Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy 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.

Prescribed Work

To qualify for the Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree, a student must complete 151 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. Three semester hours of general electives of the student's choice.
  6. English 306, 316K, and two courses, one of which must be upper-division, certified as having a substantial writing component. This requirement is fulfilled by the completion of the specified English courses and two courses within the professional curriculum certified as having a substantial writing component. Courses that contain a substantial writing component are identified in the Course Schedule.
  7. 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.

Professional Electives

Students must complete at least three professional elective courses for a total of at least six semester hours. The student must take the courses used to fulfill this requirement after admission to the professional curriculum.

Preprofessional and Professional Coursework

Each of the following courses is required. The sequence of coursework given here is intended as an example of the usual order in which courses are taken to fulfill prerequisite requirements and as an illustration of the feasibility of completing requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree within five academic years. Students who depart significantly from this sequence may need more than five years to complete their coursework, because all courses are not taught every semester or summer session and because in a given semester the scheduled meeting time of a required course may conflict with those of other courses not listed here.

First Preprofessional Year
Semester One

Courses Semester Hours

BIO 302, Cellular and Molecular Biology 3
CH 301, Principles of Chemistry I 3
E 306, Rhetoric and Composition 3
Total, Required Courses 9
Semester Two

Courses Semester Hours

BIO 303, Structure and Function of Organisms 3
CH 302, Principles of Chemistry II 3
CH 204, Introduction to Chemical Practice 2
M 408C, Differential and Integral Calculus 4
Total, Required Courses 12
Second Preprofessional Year
Semester Three

Courses Semester Hours

CH 610A, Organic Chemistry 3
E 316K, Masterworks of Literature 3
M 316, Elementary Statistical Methods 3
MIC 226, General Microbiology: Microbial Cell Structure and Genetics 2
MIC 129K, General Microbiology Laboratory 1
Total, Required Courses 12
Semester Four

Courses Semester Hours

CH 610B, Organic Chemistry 3
CH 210C, Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
MIC 228, General Microbiology: Virology, Immunology, and Host-Microbe Interactions 2
PHY 302K, General Physics--Technical Course: Mechanics, Heat, and Sound 3
PHY 102M, Laboratory for Physics 302K 1
Total, Required Courses 11
First Professional Year
Semester Five

Courses Semester Hours

PHR 341C, Pharmaceutical Biochemistry 3
PHR 442C, Pharmaceutical Sciences I 4
PHR 142P, Pharmaceutical Sciences I Laboratory 1
PHR 443C, Function and Anatomy of Human Systems I 4
PHR 244C, Pharmacy Administration I 2
PHR 144P, Pharmacy Administration Laboratory 1
PHR 249A, Introduction to Pharmacy 1
Total, Required Courses 16
Semester Six

Courses Semester Hours

PHR 249B, Introduction to Pharmacy 1
PHR 351C, Macromolecular Chemistry and Biotechnology 3
PHR 452C, Pharmaceutical Sciences II 4
PHR 152P, Pharmaceutical Sciences II Laboratory 1
PHR 353C, Function and Anatomy of Human Systems II 3
PHR 356C, Pharmaceutics I 3
PHR 156P, Pharmaceutics I Laboratory 1
Total, Required Courses 16
Second Professional Year
Semester Seven

Courses Semester Hours

PHR 163C, Introduction to Drug Information 1
PHR 365E, Pharmacotherapeutics IA 3
PHR 265F, Pharmacotherapeutics IB 2
PHR 365G, Pharmacotherapeutics IC 3
PHR 165P, Pharmacotherapeutics Laboratory I 1
PHR 366P, Pharmacy Practice Laboratory I[2] 3
Total, Required Courses 13
Semester Eight

Courses Semester Hours

PHR 364D, Pharmacy Administration II [2] 3
PHR 375E, Pharmacotherapeutics IIA 3
PHR 275F, Pharmacotherapeutics IIB 2
PHR 375G, Pharmacotherapeutics IIC 3
PHR 175P, Pharmacotherapeutics Laboratory II 1
Total, Required Courses 12
Third Professional Year
Semester Nine

Courses Semester Hours

PHR 266T, Pharmacy Practice Laboratory II 2
PHR 284E, Pharmacy Administration III 2
PHR 385E, Pharmacotherapeutics IIIA 3
PHR 285F, Pharmacotherapeutics IIIB 2
PHR 185P, Pharmacotherapeutics III Laboratory: Bacterial Infectious Diseases 1
Total, Required Courses 10
Semester Ten

Courses Semester Hours

PHR 554E, Community Pharmacy Practice Externship 5
PHR 554F, Clinical Pharmacy Clerkship 5
PHR 554G, Hospital Pharmacy Practice Clerkship 5
Total, Required Courses 15

Doctor of Pharmacy

Admission to the PharmD program is available to qualified students who are currently enrolled in the College of Pharmacy and who have completed the fourth year of the baccalaureate pharmacy curriculum, to qualified individuals holding a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree from the University or from another college of pharmacy accredited by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education, and to international students licensed to practice pharmacy in the United States. Priority for admission is given to current College of Pharmacy students, then to Texas residents, and finally to out-of-state and international licensed pharmacists. The PharmD degree is offered jointly by the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Application materials must be submitted by February 1 of the year for which admission is requested. Requests for application materials should be addressed to the Graduate Studies Office, College of Pharmacy, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712-1074.

Graduate Degrees

Graduate programs leading to the Master of Science in Pharmacy and the Doctor of Philosophy are offered through the Graduate School and described in The Graduate Catalog. The graduate student may specialize in medicinal and natural products chemistry, pharmacology and toxicology, pharmaceutics, hospital pharmacy administration, health care administration, or pharmacy administration. Faculty members in each area work closely with students and engage in research in such fields as drug synthesis, pharmacokinetics, drug mechanisms and toxicity, and clinical research.

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