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Admissions: Frequently Asked Questions

Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy

Thank you for your interest in the Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy at The University of Texas at Tyler. Below are some questions we are commonly asked.

Please understand that the UT Tyler Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program is currently in the initial stages of development and some of the information, such as prerequisites, may change as the program takes shape.

We will keep the information as up to date as possible. Regardless, please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or would like to learn more about the Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy.


When will the Fisch College of Pharmacy admit its first class of Pharm.D. students?

We plan on admitting our first class of students the fall of 2015. The start date for the program is contingent upon approval of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). For additional information on the College of Pharmacy and the accreditation process, visit our Accreditation Information web page.

When can I apply to the program?

The application/admission cycle is open each year between June and March. Consult the admission information web pages for specific start / end dates.

Are there pharmacy prerequisite courses I need to take before applying to the pharmacy school?

Yes, our Pharm.D. program is commonly referred to as a "2 + 4" program. This means that students need to complete a minimum of two years of prerequisite study before being admitted to the four-year professional program. Please see the list of prerequisite course s at UT Tyler and corresponding numbers from the Texas Core Course Numbering System (TCCNS).

As the program develops, minor changes to the prerequisite course requirements may occur, however, what will not change is the need for students to have a strong foundation in the natural sciences, mathematics, communication and social sciences.

Will I still need to complete the Texas Core Curriculum?

This depends on if the student has a bachelor's degree before entering into the pharmacy program and if they are attending a college or university in Texas or out of state.

Location of College or University Bachelor's Degree Completed Complete Texas Core Curriculum?
Texas No Yes, the Texas Core Curriculum needs to be completed
Out of State No Yes, the Texas Core Curriculum needs to be completed
Texas or Out of State Yes No

If a student has completed the Texas Core Curriculum at another institution, they will not need to complete the core again as long as this is stated as complete on their transcript.

  If I need to have the entire Texas Core Curriculum finished before entering the program?

No. Although it is recommended that the Texas Core Curriculum be completed prior to entry into the College of Pharmacy, select courses may be taken during the first two years of the Pharm.D. program. Students may take up to 12 semester credit hours during this time from the following categories: (40) language, philosophy and culture, (50) creative arts, (60) American history and (70) government/political science.**

It is recommended that these classes, if taken, be completed during the first and/or second summer semester. This will allow students to concentrate on the Pharm.D. curriculum during the fall and spring semesters. Students taking the core classes at UT Tyler will be restricted to taking these during the summer, however students may also take these at other institutions. All students are responsible for tuition and fees associated with the Texas Core Curriculum courses.** All other prerequisite and Texas Core Curriculum courses must be completed prior to entry into the Pharm.D. program.

How long will it take to complete the Pharm.D. program at UT Tyler?

The Pharm.D. program is a four-year, professional doctorate program. Nearly all students will complete the program within four years. In certain circumstances, however, some students may take up to an additional year prior to graduation.

What are you looking for when you admit students to the pharmacy school?

There are a number of factors that we consider as we evaluate students to be admitted into the program. We primarily focus on whether or not the student is a good fit for our college and the university. Part of this evaluation includes past academic record, prior experience in pharmacy or other health care fields, volunteer activities, letters of recommendation, writing skills and the personal interview. 

What grade point average (GPA) and pharmacy college admission test (PCAT) score is competitive? **

To apply to the College of Pharmacy, prospective students must meet a minimum college GPA, college math/science GPA, PCAT score, and minimum grade in prerequisite math/science courses. These requirements only provide the minimum score needed to apply and may not represent competitive scores for entry into the program. The minimum requirements are further explained on our Admissions Page.

GPA Cumulative:   2.5  
GPA Science/Math:   2.5
PCAT Composite Score:  No minimum score required **
Able to meet the Professional Technical Standards for Admission, Matriculation, and Graduation**   

 A better measure of what scores are competitive will be the average GPA and PCAT scores for the class admitted into the program. These averages will be posted and updated annually. The 2014l PharmCAS data* has been added to the table to provide applicants information on competitive GPA and PCAT scores on a national basis.

Students Entering Fall of: 2014* 2015 2016
Number of applications received:  -- TBD  
Number of available seats in the program:  --  78 102
For students admitted into the program:
Percent of students from Texas:  --  TBD  
Percent of male students:  40%  TBD  
Average GPA:   3.37  TBD  
Average science GPA:  3.39  TBD  
Average math GPA:  3.37  TBD  
Average composite PCAT percentile:  64  TBD  
*Admissions Statistics. PharmCAS Policy Review & Enhancements. AACP Annual Meeting; Dallas TX (2014)

 How many students will you admit?

For our first class, UT Tyler will admit 78 students. In subsequent classes, we will admit 102 students each year.

Do you give admission preference to students from UT Tyler?

No, we do not give admission preference to students from any institution, however students who meet all application requirements, attended UT Tyler for at least three semesters full-time, will complete the required prerequisites by matriculation into the program and have maintained a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) will be guaranteed an admissions interview. This interview does not guarantee admission into the program.

Do you give admission preference to Texas residents?

No, we look to admit the best applicants from across the country and around the world.

I took my prerequisite courses a long time ago, is there a time limit?

Knowledge in life sciences and health care is advancing at an exceptionally quick pace. As a result, academic knowledge learned just a few years ago quickly becomes dated and catching up while in a Pharm.D. program can be a challenge.

In order to help students be successful in the Pharm.D. program, organic chemistry, biology, microbiology and anatomy/physiology** courses must be completed within seven years of entry into the Pharm.D. program. Students wanting to be considered for an exception to the prerequisites or other requirements must submit a Pharmacy Prerequisite Exemption Request Form to the Office of Student Affairs.

Do I have to complete all of my prerequisite courses before I am admitted?

All prerequisite coursework must be completed before starting the Pharm.D. program. You may be admitted prior to completion of all prerequisites contingent upon successful completion by the start of classes.

I took my prerequisite courses at a college using the quarter system. How do I figure out if I meet the required semester credit hours?

UT Tyler uses the semester system and lists the pharmacy prerequisite courses in terms of semester credit hours (SCH). To convert quarter credit hours to semester hours, multiple the quarter hours x (2/3) to calculate the equivalent number of SCH.

Can I enroll as a part-time student?

No, all pharmacy students are enrolled full time. 

What will the tuition be for Pharm.D. students? (updated 3-23-15)

The tuition and fees are confirmed to be $16,750 per semester for the first and second professional year. Each semester is divided into two 8-week sessions with $8,375 due prior to the start of each 8-week academic session. The tuition for professional year 3 and 4 have not yet been finalized.

Tuition includes fees and other academic expenses associated with the Pharm.D. program including:

  • Courses taken at UT Tyler as part of the Pharm.D. curriculum;
  • UT Tyler required student fees such as Student Services Fees, Instructional Support Fee, Intercollegiate Athletics Fee, Medical Service Fee, Recreational Facility Fee, Student Union Fee, etc.; and
  • Required textbooks for Pharm.D. courses.

A student may experience other charges, such as for on-campus parking, on-campus housing, bookstore purchases, living expenses, etc.

Will scholarships be available?

We anticipate that scholarships will be available for Pharm.D. students once they are admitted into the program.

Can I work while I am in pharmacy school?

Working in a pharmacy can be a valuable part of your education and greatly enhance the learning experience. At the start of the program, however, we encourage students to be very cautious as to the amount of time spent in the workplace as due to the academic demands of the Pharm.D. program.

What career options are available for pharmacists?

There are multiple career options for pharmacists after graduation. An excellent resource for learning about different careers in pharmacy includes Pharmacy is Right for Me and the American Pharmacists Association Career Pathway Evaluation Program for Pharmacy.

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