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Lamar University-UH Cooperative Program

What is the UH-Lamar University Pre-pharmacy Cooperative Program?

A program developed by the University of Houston College of Pharmacy and Lamar University to create a pipeline of highly qualified students who ultimately graduate from UHCOP with a doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. The program provides for the admission of those students who satisfy both academic and non-academic requirements.

What does a student accepted to the UH-Lamar University Pre-pharmacy Cooperative Program receive?

  • In the year they wish to begin Pharm.D. school, a seat reserved for them within the incoming Fall class
  • Mentoring and personal assistance to prepare for UHCOP while completing the pre-pharmacy curriculum
  • Career Counseling
  • Mentoring and networking with local alumni
  • Admission to UHCOP if all program requirements are met
  • Meetings with UHCOP Admissions staff each semester to enhance student preparation for UHCOP
  • Personal visits to UHCOP once a semester during the academic year
  • Shadow current Pharm.D. students at UHCOP during the academic year

How does a student become part of the UH-Lamar University Pre-pharmacy Cooperative Program?

The 2024 Co-op application will be available in Fall 2024

  • Have earned an SAT or ACT score equal to or greater than the mean score for the state of Texas.
  • Must be admitted to Lamar University as an incoming freshman.
  • Applicants must have completed a minimum of 12 and no more than 30 semester hours at Lamar University, including one math and one science course during the fall semester. A 3.2 grade point average overall and a 3.2 grade point average in math/science courses are recommended.
  • Apply to the UH-LU Pre-pharmacy Cooperative Program no later than March 31 of the freshman year.
  • Interview with UHCOP upon invitation by the Director of Admissions subsequent to receiving a completed application packet.

What are the steps a student must take to apply for admission to the program?

  • Submit the completed UH-LU Pre-pharmacy Cooperative Program Application to the following address no later than March 31: Medical Pre-Professional Programs, College of Arts & Sciences, PO Box 10058, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX 77710.
  • Submit the $100.00 application fee
  • Submit official final transcripts from all colleges and universities that the student has attended
  • Submit an official final high school transcript
  • Submit personal statement, 1-2 pages in length, typed, double-spaced, on why you chose pharmacy as a career and what distinguishes you from other students.
  • Provide three letters of reference forms from three of the following sources: a high school teacher/counselor, a college professor/academic advisor, a pharmacist or a personal reference.
    • The Reference Request Form must be provided to the reference person by the applicant, as the applicant is to complete the first page of the form.
    • The Reference Request Form must be submitted directly to the UH College of Pharmacy

What is required of a student who is accepted to the UH-Lamar University Pre-pharmacy Cooperative Program?

  • Sign a contract with UHCOP which specifies the requirements of the program
  • Attend Lamar University full-time
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative UH prerequisite GPA of 3.2 and UH prerequisite math/science GPA of 3.2 GPA will be reviewed yearly at the end of the spring semester.
  • Make a personal visit to UHCOP once a semester during the academic year.
  • Meet with the UHCOP Director of Admissions at least once per semester during the academic year.
  • Shadow a current Pharm.D. student once a semester at UHCOP during the academic year.
  • Attendance at a summer internship may be required in the future; students will be given a minimum of one-year notice for the internship requirement.
  • Meet with the Lamar University pre-health advisor at least twice per semester.
  • Since a seat within the Pharm.D. class is reserved for the student, they cannot apply to other Pharm.D. programs.