Upon satisfactory completion of the pre-pharmacy program at either the University of Houston or
another accredited college, students must submit to the college an application for admission to the
professional program. For admission to the professional program, applicants must fulfill the
following minimum requirements: completion of at least 66 semester hours of the pre-pharmacy program,
which must include all science and mathematics courses; two semesters of English composition;
COMM 1331 (Public Speaking);
the results from the PCAT; and submission of two letters of
recommendation, one from the pre-pharmacy advisor, professor, or committee, and one from a
registered pharmacist. In addition, the applicant must have 200 hours of documented pharmacy
experience or submit evidence of having gained experience in critical pharmaceutical care areas.
Students must submit the completed application packet by the application deadline: March 1.
Applicants should ensure that official transcripts of all previous academic work are either enclosed
with the application or sent directly to the Office of Admissions at the College of Pharmacy from the
institutions attended. The college must receive applications by March 1 from students who wish to
enter in the fall semester. In deciding on admission to the professional program, the Admissions and
Retention Committee will carefully evaluate grades earned in pre-pharmacy courses, scores on the
PCAT, letters of recommendation, the results of a personal interview and writing skills evaluation,
if administered by the college, and a list of the applicant's community service, honors, awards, and
International students applying for admission to the professional program, requiring evaluation of a
foreign transcript, must contact the admission analyst in the College of Pharmacy (713-743-1261).
International students applying for admission to the pre-pharmacy program at the university,
requiring evaluation of a foreign transcript should initiate their application with the university's
Office of International Admissions.
Students who take their pre-pharmacy work at other institutions should meet the curriculum
requirements for pre-pharmacy as outlined in this section of the catalog. Students are encouraged to
consult the dean of the college they are attending for assistance in selecting courses at other
institutions. The College of Pharmacy will determine the number of transferable credits according to
regulations and policies existing at the time of the students' enrollment. It should be emphasized
that university regulations limit acceptance of hours from a community college to 66.
Students entering the pharmacy professional program must meet the specific requirements for the
Bachelor of Science degree as stated in the Academic Regulations and Degree Requirements section of
this catalog, and the specific requirements outlined in the curriculum in this section.
Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) Degree
The curriculum for the Doctor of Pharmacy degree includes a minimum 228 semester hours of college
work, 156 semester hours of which must be pharmacy courses or the equivalent. Students with course
credit for non-pharmacy courses similar to those courses in the professional program may petition for
equivalency credit. The degree plan for the Pharm.D. program is shown below under the
Pharmacy Course of Study.
Students must complete nine hours in pharmacy elective courses. Three of the nine pharmacy
elective hours may be satisfied by completion of a special problems course
(PHAR 5398), which involves a research project with a
faculty member in the College of Pharmacy.
Any student may participate in a Special Problems course if they are in good academic standing in
the college and have approval of a faculty member who will supervise their work. Approval is
gained through completion of the Undergraduate General Petition form. To participate in a Special
Problems course the student must submit a proposal of the work that will be undertaken in this
course to the faculty member at the start of the course and must submit a report at the end of
the course indicating their accomplishments in the course. A copy of these reports will be placed
in the student's academic files. The student cannot be paid for the activities involved in the
Special Problems course.
Pharmacy students are required to comply with all changes in the curriculum made subsequent to
the year in which they matriculated. Deletions and additions of courses will be of approximately
equal credit so that no student will have an overall appreciable increase of total credits
required for graduation.
The college requires at least four years in residence in the professional program at the College
of Pharmacy for graduation. Students transferring from another school or college of pharmacy are
required to complete at least the last 30 semester hours of pharmacy and related work in
residence at the University of Houston.
Texas Board of Pharmacy State Registration
Students graduating with the Doctor of Pharmacy degree are eligible to sit for the Texas State Board
of Pharmacy examination and NAPLEX examination.
Under the Texas State Board of Pharmacy Rules and Regulations, a student is required to register as a
student pharmacist-intern prior to performing student internship duties and only after completing at
least 30 credit hours of work towards a professional degree in pharmacy. The agreement for
registration requires a student to reveal personal history (i.e. conviction of a felony or any
misdemeanor other than a minor traffic violation).
For more information, contact:
Texas State Board of Pharmacy
William P. Hobby Building
Suite 3-600 333 Guadalupe
Austin, Texas 78701-3942
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