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 (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 UT Tyler Fisch College of Pharmacy admit its first class of Pharm.D. students?
- When can I apply to the program?
- Are there prerequisite courses I need to take before I should apply to the program?
Will I still need to complete the Texas core curriculum?
How long will it take to complete the Pharm.D. program at UT Tyler?
What are you looking for when you admit students?
What grade point average (GPA) and pharmacy college admission test (PCAT) score is competitive?
- How many students will you admit?
- Do you give admission preference to students from UT Tyler?
- Do you give admission preference to Texas residents?
- I took my prerequisite courses a long time ago, is there a time limit?
- Do I have to complete all of my prerequisite courses before I am admitted?
- Can I enroll as a part-time student?
- What will the tuition be for Pharm.D. students?
- Will scholarships be available?
- Can I work while I am in the program?
- What career options are available for pharmacists?
- What is the career outlook for pharmacists?
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).
We anticipate that the admissions process will begin in fall 2014. We will be part of PharmCAS, a central application system used by many schools and colleges of pharmacy.
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 prerequisites courses at UT Tyler and corresponding numbers from the Texas Core Course Numbering System.
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.
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.
- Students attending college in Texas, but who will not have a bachelor's degree prior to entering pharmacy school will need to complete the Texas Core Curriculum before entering into the Pharm.D. program. The core curriculum does not have to be completed before applying to the program, but must be completed before matriculation.
- Students attending college in Texas, who will not have a bachelor's degree but who have completed the Texas Core Curriculum at another intuition, will not need to complete the Texas Core Curriculum at UT Tyler as long as this is stated as complete on their transcript.
- Students attending college out-of-state, who will not have a bachelor's degree, should contact the Office of Student Affairs for more information on the timeline to complete the Texas Core Curriculum. All out-of-state students must complete the pharmacy prerequisites before entry into the program.
- College students in Texas with a bachelor's degree prior to entering the Fisch College of Pharmacy will NOT need to complete the Texas Core Curriculum. This includes students completing their bachelor's degree out of state.
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.
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.
To apply to the Fisch 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.
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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.
|Students Entering Fall of 2015|
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For our first class at, UT Tyler will admit 78 students. In subsequent classes, we will admit 102 students each year.
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.
No, we look to admit the best applicants from across the country and around the world.
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 Pharm.D. program can be a challenge.
In order to help students be successful in the Pharm.D. program, we will not accept prerequisite courses greater than seven years old. Requests to consider exceptions to the prerequisites or other requirements may be made in writing to the Admissions Committee through the Office of Student Affairs.
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.
No, all pharmacy students are enrolled full time.
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 Pharm.D. program. You will not be charged additional academic fees to be a student in our Pharm.D. program.
A student may experience other changes, such as for on-campus parking, on-campus housing, bookstore purchases, living expenses, etc.
We anticipate that scholarships will be available for Pharm.D. students once they are admitted into 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 Pharm.D. program.
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.
Nationally, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 1 predicts that the demand for pharmacists will increase 14% from 2012 to 2022; this is higher than the national average for other occupations (11%). In Texas, the Department of State Health Services2 evaluated the number of pharmacists per 100,000 people from 2002 to 2011. Globally, there were fewer pharmacists per capita in rural counties as compared to metropolitan counties. Additionally, in 2011 there was only 0-1 pharmacists/100,000 people in 12% of Texas counties and 41% of counties had fewer pharmacists in 2011 compared to 2002. The remaining Texas counties (47%) had either had no change or an increased number of pharmacists per capita.
- American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Student Center
- American Pharmacists Association
- American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Pharmacy Student Forum
United States Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Pharmacists.
2 Texas Department of State Health Services. Supply Trends Among Licensed Health Professions, Texas, 1980-2011. Available at