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Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy

Admissions Information

The College of Pharmacy will be using an online application process for the first year. 

  • Application Location: Applications, when available, will be located on the Apply to the College of Pharmacy page.
  • Application Deadline: March 2, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
  • Participating in the PharmCAS "Early Decision Process"? No.

Accreditation Status

Information on the College of Pharmacy's accreditation status is located on our Accreditation Information page. 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 Commission on Colleges (SACS COC™).

The College of Pharmacy

The Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy is located on The University of Texas at Tyler campus in Tyler, Texas. The College of Pharmacy curriculum uses team-based learning (TBL) to develop skills in critical thinking, problem solving, lifelong learning, communication and teamwork.

Unlike traditional lectures, TBL holds students accountable for learning fundamental concepts outside the classroom and encourages students to enter the classroom prepared to apply those concepts by using critical thinking and communication skills in solving meaningful problems. 

The College of Pharmacy will be housed in W.T. Brookshire Hall, a student-focused, newly constructed building with large TBL classrooms, a model pharmacy, compounding laboratory and a variety of student study areas.

Program Information

  • Public or Private Institution:  UT Tyler is a public institution
  • Academic Term Used: Semesters with two "blocks" per semester
  • Program Structure: 2 years pre-pharmacy + 4 years pharmacy (i.e. a 2+4 program)

Visiting the University of Texas at Tyler

Prospective students may visit The University of Texas at Tyler and the Ben & Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy by arranging for a campus visit through the UT Tyler Office of Admissions, visiting the College of Pharmacy during the UT Tyler Patriot Preview Days (open house), or visiting the College of Phrmacy during the spring "College Showcase Week" every spring semester (dates TBA).

Program Statistics

The College of Pharmacy will post the admission numbers each year. This will include the average college GPA for those students admitted, the average PCAT composite score and numbers of applications received.

We anticipate the following statistics for the 2015 application cycle.

  • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 200-300.
  • Estimated number of seats available: 78 seats for fall 2015 and 102 seats thereafter.

Minimum Requirements to Apply

Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5
Minimum science/math GPA considered: 2.5*
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: See below*
PCAT minimum composite score: no minimum score is required
Able to meet the Professional Technical Standards for Admission, Matriculation and Graduation

*All science/math courses must be completed at a grade of "C" or higher.

  • Repeated Coursework: For courses that are required to be completed at a grade of "C" or higher, students may retake these courses. If they receive a grade of "C" or higher, this requirement will be considered met. Both the original grade(s) and the repeated grade(s) will be included in the GPA calculations.
  • GPA Calculations: GPA for cumulative and science/math grades are calculated using a four-point scale (e.g. A, 4 points per semester hour). Grades with pluses or minuses will be converted to the corresponding A, B, C or D letter grades. Course grades indicating a failure, e.g. F, withdraw failing (WF), no credit (NC), will be calculated as an "F" in the GPA calculations. All other GPA calculations follow the rules outlined by PharmCAS.
  • PCAT®: All candidates must take the PCAT. The College of Pharmacy reviews the PCAT scaled scores, percentile rankings, and writing scores. Candidates must take the PCAT, but no minimum score is required to apply. Students may take the PCAT more than once, but the committee will only review those scores taken within 3 years of the application date. To report PCAT scores to us, please use PCAT Code 182 - University of Texas at Tyler.
  • Professional Technical Standards for Admission, Matriculation, and Graduation: The Professional Technical Standards are established by the College of Pharmacy based on the physical and mental attributes required of students to function competently as a pharmacist upon graduation. The Professional Technical Standards are currently in the review process and will be posted as soon as approved. Students with disabilities are welcome to apply and consult with the Office of Student Affairs and/or the Disability Services Office regarding accommodations that may be available to meet the Professional Technical Standards.
  • Eligibility for Admission to UT Tyler: Admission to the College of Pharmacy is contingent on admission to UT Tyler. For example, students that have been barred from applying to UT Tyler or who are ineligible for readmission to UT Tyler will not be considered for admission to the College of Pharmacy.

Prerequisite Coursework

Applicants will have until  summer 2015 to complete prerequisites. All courses must be successfully completed prior to starting the Pharm.D. program. A complete list of courses is available on the prerequisites web page.

Applicants may also need to complete the general education requirements called the Texas Core Curriculum. is available as well as requirements for the Texas Core Curriculum. A list of courses, requirements, and exemptions may be found on the web page listed above.

PCAT Information

Applicants are required to complete the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT). The oldest PCAT scores that will be reviewed are those within 3 years of entry into the program. The College of Pharmacy will also consider the January 2015 PCAT.

  • PCAT Code to Report Scores: Use PCAT Code 182 - The University of Texas at Tyler.

Pharmacy or Healthcare Experience

Experience in a healthcare-related or pharmacy setting is not required to apply to the Pharm.D. program. However, some pharmacy or healthcare experience is strongly encouraged.

International Applicants

International applicants are considered for admission. An assessment of English Proficiency is required for some applicants. Others will be exempt from testing.

  • English Proficiency Assessment Exemptions: The Graduate International Student Admissions provides a list of exemptions to testing and minimum scores for testing. A example of applicants who are exempt from testing include: 1)applicants with a bachelor's or master's degree from a regionally accredited US institution, 2)applicants who have completed ENG 1301 or ENG 1302 at a grade B or higher from a regionally accredited US institution, and 3) applicants from these countries here are exempt from English Proficiency Testing: American Somoa, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada (except Quebec), Dominica, Grand Cayman, Grenada, Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, New Zealand, Sierra Leone, Trinidad/Tabago, United Kingdom, and US Pacific Trust.
  • English Proficiency Testing: Applicants may take the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exams. The Graduate International Student Admissions provides a list of minimum scores required and additional information on these assessments.
  • Reporting English Proficiency Scores: The TOEFL is submitted directly to UT Tyler using the TOEFL Code 6850 - The University of Texas at Tyler. The IELFTS and PTE test results are submitted to the College of Pharmacy directly. To be considered, scores must be within 5 years of entry into the program.
  • Other Tests: International students admitted to the College of Pharmacy are not required to have a previous bachelor's degree (or comparable degree), complete GRE/GMAT testing, or apply for admission through ApplyTexas.org.
  • Foreign Transcripts: International students completing coursework at a non-US accreditated college or university are required to provide the following documents by December 1, 2014: 1) official transcripts, 2) Foreign Transcript Evaluation Report (FTER), and 3) university/college diplomas and/or degree certifications (if applicable). Approved foreign transcript evaluation service providers is provided here.
  • Additional Information: When applicable, an international background check may be completed. Information on F-1 visas and the I-20 can be found on the Graduate International Students "New Students" webpage.

Applicants with Disabilities

The UT Tyler Office of Disability assists students in reaching their educational, co-curricular, and social goals. Students with disabilities are welcome to contact the Office of Disability and/or the College of Pharmacy regarding accommodations.

Letters of Reference

Applicants should submit three (3) letters of recommendations as part of the application process. Letters from pharmacists or supervisors are strongly encouraged. Letters should be from individuals who know the applicant professionally or academically such as employers, faculty advisers, health care professionals, pharmacists, pre-health advisers, professors (math), professors (science), and/or supervisors. Letters from family and/or friends are not accepted. Committee letters and composite letters of reference are also not accepted.

Interviews

On-campus interviews will be held from October-April at The University of Texas at Tyler and may include meetings with faculty, students, pharmacists, and staff. The interview will include a variety of assessments, such as one-on-one interviews, group exercises, and writing assignments. The evening prior to the interview, candidates are invited to the College of Pharmacy Interview Open House to visit with faculty, staff, and students in an informal and relaxed setting. Family members are encouraged to attend and actively participate in Open House and Interview Day Family events. There will be separate interview events open to family members including meeting the Dean of Pharmacy and actively experiencing team-based learning with other family members.

UT Tyler Guaranteed Interview: Students who meet all application requirements, attended UT Tyler for at least 3 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.

Application Timeline

July-Aug:   Application cycle opens.
Sept:   Applicant files begin to be reviewed by the admissions committee. Following committee review, candidates may be 1) invited for an interview, 2) reviewed again at a future meeting, or 3) denied admission. Candidates will be contacted during this time to update them on the status of their application. We anticipate the most common reasons to postpone an application file review is incomplete application information (#5 above) or the committee is waiting on fall semester grades or a student to retake the PCAT before making a final decision.
Oct:  

On-campus interviews begin. Rolling admissions begin.

Mar 2nd:   Applications must be submitted by 11.59 pm Eastern time to be considered.
Apr:   Admission interviews complete.
Apr-Aug:   Rolling admissions continue until class matriculates.

Admission Decisions

The College of Pharmacy will be using the rolling admission process. This means that as applications are received, the Admissions Committee will periodically review the files and invite candidates in for an on-site interview.

The College of Pharmacy uses a whole file review when determining admissions decisions. We primarily focus on whether or not the student is a good fit for the profession, the college of pharmacy, and the university. This evaluation includes, but is not limited to, past academic record, prior experience in pharmacy or other healthcare fields, volunteer activities, letters of recommendation, writing skills, the Pharmacy College Admissions Test and admission interviews/activities. Residency status (e.g. in-state vs. out-of-state applicants) is not considered in admission decisions.

Prospective students should understand that all communication between the student and the College of Pharmacy may be considered in the application process. This includes phone calls, emails, and written correspondence.

  • Revoking Offers of Admission: An acceptance offer may be revoked for reasons that include, but are not limited to: 1) failure to respond to Offer of Admission or submit deposit within the time frame specified; 2) failure to satisfy criminal background checks and/or urine drug screening requirements; 3) failure to maintain Minimum Requirements to Apply to the College of Pharmacy including GPA/grade requirements and the ability to meet the Professional Technical Standards for Admission, Matriculation and Graduation; 4) falsification and misrepresentation of admissions related requirements; or 5) ineligible to be admitted to the University of Texas at Tyler (UT Tyler).
  • Questions Regarding Admission Decisions: Questions regarding the admissions process and admission decisions should be directed to the College of Pharmacy Office of Student Affairs. This office can provide information to the student regarding the admission decision and when possible, areas to strengthen if the student desires to reapply to the program. Please note, due to the competitive nature of the admissions process, qualified applications may not be offered admission due to space limitations within the program.
  • Appealing Admissions Decisions: Students who are denied admissions and seek to appeal this decision should contact, in writing, the Dean of the College of Pharmacy. All decisions by the Dean regarding this request are considered final.

Criminal Background Checks and Urine Drug Screen

A criminal background check and urine drug screen is required of all students offered admission to the College of Pharmacy. Admission to the College of Pharmacy is contingent upon results of these evaluations. The College of Pharmacy Office of Student Affairs will review positive results from criminal background check and/or urine screen and make a determination on a case-by-case basis.

Background checks and urine drug screens will be repeated at specific intervals during the Pharm.D. curriculum. The Office of Student Affairs will review positive results and make a determination on the results on a case-by-case basis. Enrolled students, as part of the obligations of being a licensed pharmacy intern, are required to disclose any criminal convictions and deferred adjudication community supervisions or deferred dispositions to the Texas State Board of Pharmacy. Enrolled students are also required to report these events to the Office of Student Affairs within 10 days of the event.

Admission to the College of Pharmacy may be denied or enrolled students may be dismissed based on the results of the criminal background checks and/or urine drug screen. Examples of reasons for denial or dismissal include, but are not limited to: 1) positive criminal background check would affect the ability to become licensed, 2) failure to report criminal convictions/deferred adjudication/deferred dispositions to the Texas State Board of Pharmacy or the Office of Student Affairs, or 3) positive urine drug screen. The Texas State Board of Pharmacy provides further information on criminal background checks and substance use.

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) provides information on if a felony conviction may prevent applicants from obtaining a license to practice pharmacy in a particular state (NABP phone: 847.391.4406).

Anticipated Time Line for Accepted Applicants

Timeline:  

When are acceptance letters mailed to applicants?

 

Two (2) weeks following interviews

  When is the response to the acceptance letter due?  

Within two (2) weeks of receiving the letter of offer

  Is there a deposit to hold the acceptee's place in the class?   Yes
  Amount:   $500
  Due date:   Within two (2) weeks of receiving the letter of offer
  Refundable?   No. The deposit will be applied to the first semester tuition.
Orientation:   Will there be a new student orientation?   Yes. New students will participate in a multi-day orientation prior to the start of the semester.
  First day of class and/or matriculation?   To be announced.
Deferred Entrance:   Are requests for a deferred entrance considered?   Yes, but only for significant extenuating circumstances.

Contact Information:

Kathleen Snella, Pharm.D., Associate Dean for Student Affairs

Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy at The University of Texas at Tyler

3900 University Blvd. Tyler, TX 75799

Phone: 903.565.5920 (main number) or (800) UT TYLER

Email: pharmacy@uttyler.edu

Updated 7-24-14

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