Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Degree
Pharmacists: One of the Most Trusted Health Care Professionals
In 2013, pharmacists were rated as the second highest "most trusted'' professional; second only to nurses. UT Tyler now offers students the opportunity to become the No. 1 and No. 2 "most trusted" professionals with the opening of the Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy.
The first class of pharmacy students to be enrolled is anticipated to be fall of 2015.
Students admitted to the UT Tyler Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy will be a part of an exciting career -- and be a part of a brand new college of pharmacy!
- Be an active participant in the classroom using team-based learning.
- Experience the practice of pharmacy, starting with the first semester of the program!
- Advocate for health promotion and disease prevention through patient education and health screenings.
- Provide safe and effective pharmacy care by combining drug therapy knowledge, pathophysiology and respect for every patient.
UT Tyler's Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Program
- Pre-pharmacy coursework includes a minimum of two years of study.
- Students apply for admission to the PharmD program the year before they plan to enter the program.
- Students then complete four years of professional level study as part of the PharmD program.
- Pharmacy graduates are then eligible for national licensing exams to become a practicing pharmacist.
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.
Career Outlook for PharmD Graduates
Nationally, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the demand for pharmacists will increase 14% from 2012 to 2022; this is higher than the national average for other occupations (11%).
The Texas Health Professions Resource Center* evaluated the number of pharmacists per 100,000 people from 2002 to 2011. There were fewer pharmacists per capita in rural counties as compared to metropolitan counties. Additionally, 41% of Texas counties had fewer pharmacists in 2011 than they had in 2002. In fact, 12% of counties had 0-1 pharmacists for every 100,000 people.
*Health Professions Resource Center. Supply Trends Among Licensed Health Professions, Texas, 1980-2011. 5th Edition. Austin: Texas Department of State Health Services, Jan 2012. Print No. 25-11847, E Publication No. 25-11847.