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Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy

Frequently Asked Questions

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 program is currently in the initial stages of development and some of the information, such as prerequisites, may change somewhat 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 UT Tyler College of Pharmacy admit its first class of Pharm.D. students?

We plan on admitting our first class of students the fall of 2015.

When can I apply to the program?

We anticipate that the admissions process will begin in fall 2014. We will be part of PharmCAS, which is a central application system used by many schools and colleges of pharmacy.

Are there prerequisite courses I need to take before I should apply to the program?

Yes, our doctor of pharmacy 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 they can be admitted to the four-year professional program. Please see the Prerequisites Courses page for a list of prerequisite courses along with the matching courses at UT Tyler.

The minimum total semester credit hours (SCH) is currently set at 68. 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.

How long will it take for a student to complete the UT Tyler program once they are admitted?

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

Will I be interviewed before I am admitted?

Yes, as part of the admissions process, qualified applicants will be invited for a personal interview on campus. 

What are you looking for when you admit students?

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 healthcare fields, volunteer activities, letters of recommendation, writing skills and the personal interview. 

How many students will you admit?

For our first class at, UT Tyler will admit 75 students. In subsequent classes, we will admit 100 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 have completed at least three semesters of full-time study at UT Tyler, completed the required prerequisites and maintained an overall GPA above 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) will be guaranteed an admissions interview. 

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 healthcare 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 doctor of pharmacy program can be a real challenge. 

In order to help students be successful in the doctor of pharmacy program, we will not accept prerequisite courses greater than seven years old. However, the time limit may be waived for applicants who have earned a bachelor degree or higher. Such applicants will be evaluated individually to ensure they have appropriate perquisite knowledge and skills. 

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

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

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?

The final tuition has not been set, but will be approximately $33,500 per academic year. This amount will include all fees and other academic expenses associated with the doctor of pharmacy program. You will not be charged additional fees to be a student in our doctor of pharmacy program.

Will scholarships be available?

We anticipate that scholarships will be available for doctor of pharmacy students once they are admitted into the program. 

Can I work while I am in the program?

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 doctor of pharmacy program.

 

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