Texas A&M University
Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy

Early Decision Application Deadline: September 5, 2017; Regular Decision Application Deadline: November 1, 2017



  1. Contact Information ↑ 


  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2018:  November 1, 2017


  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 


  4. Program Information ↑ 

    The Supplemental Application is available at http://pharmacy.tamhsc.edu/future/checklist.html. Last PCAT dates accepted: Early Decision: Sept. 8, 2017 and Regular Decision: Nov. 3, 2017.

    • Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? No
    • Institution Type: Public
    • Is your institution part of an academic health center? Yes
    • Type of academic term: 
      • Semester (two terms per academic year)
    • Dual Degree Programs Yes
    • If Yes, Check all that apply: 
      • PharmD/M.B.A
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates: June 16, 2017 and July 14, 2017 
      • Details: Information sessions are held on the Kingsville campus. We will cover a variety of topics including admissions requirements and information about our Pharm.D. curriculum. Students will also receive a tour of the facility and academic advisors will be available to meet with prospective students. They will be held from 1-3 p.m. on the dates listed above at the Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy in Kingsville. Please sign up at https://pharmacy.tamhsc.edu/osa/info-session-sign-up.html.  
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
    • Alternative enrollment options available
      • None
    • Is your institution participating in the Centralized Criminal Background Check (CBC)? No
    • Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:
      • The Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy has two campuses located in Kingsville, TX and College Station, TX.  



  5. Program Description ↑ 

    Howdy future Aggie!

    The Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy offers a four year Pharm.D. program that is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). Since opening in 2006, the College has grown to include two campuses, Kingsville and College Station, and has climbed in the best colleges and schools of pharmacy rankings compiled by the U.S. New & World Report.

    As the first health professions program established south of San Antonio, the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy proudly pursues its mission to recruit and train talented and caring pharmacists who provide excellent patient care and serve as catalysts for advancing the practice of pharmacy. Students enrolled in our program begin applying what they have learned in the classroom in their second year by participating in community practice and hospital pharmacy rotations. This experiential learning continues in the third year and culminates with completing at least six, six week rotations during the fourth year. In addition to our strong experiential training program, students at the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy have the distinct advantage of an 8-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio, allowing for greater faculty and student interactions.

    Future students may be accepted into the Kingsville or College Station campus of the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy; both of which have unique training and educational opportunities. The Kingsville campus is located at Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK) and the College Station campus is located at Texas A&M University. Both campuses offer a wide-range of student services, extra-curricular activities and student organization.

    Aspects of our Pharm.D. program to consider when deciding on a pharmacy school:

    • Low tuition and fees – compare our tuition and fees to other programs and you will see we are affordable.
    • High quality education – while our tuition and fees are low, the quality of our program is high – the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy is fully accredited by the ACPE and highly ranked by the U.S. News and World Report.
    • Our progress since opening in 2006 – the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy has grown to include a second campus, been fully accredited, and achieved its U.S. News and World Report ranking in just 10 years. Our future is bright!
    • Experiential education begins early – our Pharm.D. program incorporates experiential learning early in the curriculum. Students begin practicing what they learn and adding to their clinical skills during their second year in mentored community and hospital pharmacy rotations.
    • Interprofessional education – students enrolled in our program have opportunities to train with and learn from other health professions students (e.g., medical students) while participating in interprofessional courses and health fairs.
    • Student support – all students have a faculty advisor, who meet with them regularly to discuss their academic and professional progress.

    We are excited that you are considering the Texas A&M Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy to pursue your pharmacy education and encourage you to contact us at cop-admissions@pharmacy.tamhsc.edu if you have any questions. Become a part of the Aggie Family and apply today!

     

    Our Facilities

    Each campus has large lecture halls which are equipped with the latest computer and audio-visual technology. The technology allows for interaction between the lecturers and the students in multiple locations.

     

    Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act)

    In compliance with federal law, the following information is maintained and available through the offices listed.  The Texas A&M University Health Science Center Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available and includes information on campus safety, security policies, and statistics.  Policies include: reporting crimes and emergencies, security resources, crime awareness and prevention, security of campus facilities and residence hall, alcohol and drug policies, and fire safety systems for on-campus student housing. 

    Prospective students may view the Annual Security Reports for Kingsville and College Station at:

    For more information regarding Clery compliance, please see http://www.tamhsc.edu/security/clery-compliance/index.html">http://www.tamhsc.edu/security/clery-compliance/index.html


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2018 entering class: 300
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2018 entering class: 120
    • Estimated fall 2018 entering class size including early assurance: 120
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2018: 50
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class: N/A
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2018 entering class: N/A
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.75
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.75
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: 40%
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
    • Estimated percent of males in 2017 entering class: 41
    • Estimated percent of females in 2017 entering class: 59
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2017 entering class: 3.48
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2017 class: 19-49
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2017 class: 3:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 74 - 75
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 42
    • Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 108 - 112.5
    • Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2018 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 74 - 75  108 - 112.5 
      Calculus 1  4.5 
      College Physics I 
      English composition I & II 
      General Biology I & II/Labs  12 
      General Chemistry I & II/Labs  12 
      Microbiology /Lab 
      Molecular Biology or Genetics  3-4  4.5-6 
      Organic Chemistry/Labs  12 
      Speech Communication  4.5 
      Statistics  4.5 
      Art, Music, Theater, other Visual or Performing Arts  4.5 
      Humanities, Literature, Philosophy, Modern or Classical Language/Literature, Anthropology, Geography, or Cultural Studies  4-6  6-9 
      Sociology, Psychology, Economics or Computer Science  4.5 
      History, U.S. and Texas 
      Political Sciences, U.S. and Texas 
    • Does your program accept AP credits for prerequisite coursework? Yes

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 


  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: Three years
      • Details: 

        PCAT scores must be submitted from the Pearson Testing Center directly to PharmCAS (PharmCAS Code 104).   PCAT scores more than three years old will not be considered for admission.  Note that PCAT subset scores are reviewed and are important; but despite the number of times the test is taken only the highest composite percentile score earned is considered in the College’s admission process. September 8, 2017 PCAT scores will be considered for early decision; November 3, 2017 PCAT scores will be considered for regular decision. For specific information regarding our PCAT score deadline, please visit https://pharmacy.tamhsc.edu/future/regular.html.

      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? Yes
      • Details: 

        Applicants whose native language is not English are required to earn a TOEFL score of 550 (213 computer based, 80 on the Internet based test) or higher. Scores must be sent directly from Educational Testing Service (ETS) to PharmCAS (use code 8246) and TOEFL scores more than 2 years old are not accepted. Students who have completed at least 74 semester credit hours at an accredited U.S. university or college will not be required to submit passing TOEFL scores.

      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • Other required tests or credentials: 

  10. Experience ↑ 

    • Is health care-related experience required? Not required but recommended

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? Yes
      • Details: Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board rule 21.25 requires each student applying to enroll at an institution to respond to a set of core residency questions for the purpose of determining the student's eligibility for classification as a resident. This information will not be processed unless a current application for admission is on file. Requests for reclassification must be received prior to the official census date of the term for which a student is requesting reclassification. That date is the twelfth class day of the fall and spring semesters. Resident status for tuition purposes in the State of Texas is governed by the Texas Education code, Section 54.052 through 54.064 and rules and regulations promulgated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Failure to provide complete and accurate information, supporting documents, and appropriate signatures will delay processing and may result in denial if a request fir residency.
    • Is preference given to state residents? No
    • Is preference given to residents of other states? No

  12. Foreign Applicants ↑ 

    • Is proof of U.S. residency required? Yes
    • Are foreign citizens considered? Yes
    • Are U.S. permanent residents considered? Yes
    • Are Canadian citizens considered? Yes
    • Policy for accepting non-U.S. coursework (excluding study abroad): Send a foreign transcript evaluation report (FTER) to PharmCAS AND Send an original foreign transcript directly to the school
    • Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: November 1, 2017 Received by deadline
    • Details: 

      Applicants who are not a U.S. Citizen or a U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident are classified as international applicants by Texas A&M University.  If accepted, international applicants are reclassified as international students.

      In addition to the above application materials, international applicants are required to submit the following:

      • A foreign credentials transcript evaluation for each international transcript must be sent directly to PharmCAS. Please see the list of acceptable credentialing agencies at the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. An official copy of each international transcript (native language and certified English translation) describing all academic programs attempted must be sent directly to the Office of Student Affairs.
      • Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy
        ATTN: Office of Student Affairs
        1010 West Avenue B
        Kingsville, TX 78363

      International applicants are encouraged to contact Ms. Deborah Zacher at zacher@tamhsc.edu to learn more about International Student Services and other requirements.  Additionally, please see frequently asked questions.


  13. Letters of Reference ↑ 

    • Are letters of reference (LORs) accepted? Yes
      • Number of LORs you accept: Three (3)
      • Are LORs required? Yes
      • Do applicants send the LORs to PharmCAS, or directly to your school? to PharmCAS
    • Institution Specific Details: 

      PharmCAS references (LOR), once completed by your recommender, must be submitted directly to PharmCAS as a part of the application process.

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Employer
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Supervisor
    • LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED: 
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types. 
    • LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED: 
      • Clergy
      • Co-Worker
      • Family Member
      • Friend
      • Politician
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • Teaching Assistant
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
    • Interview Dates:
      • Early Decision: October 5-6, 2017 
      • Regular Decision: November 9-10, 2017, January 18, 19, 25, 26, 2018 February 1-2, 2018 
    • Details: 

      The interview is an additional opportunity for students to demonstrate their capabilities and skills and greatly aids in selecting the best-qualified applicants.  

      On the day of the interview, a student is asked to report to Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy Kingsville Campus at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled interview time, where an introduction to the process and instructions are provided for that day.  The process consists of a welcome, interivew with admission panel, activity, and a Q&A session conducted by current students, this process lasts approximately four hours.  Upon arrival, students are required to provide an official, valid photo ID.  Since this is a formal interview, students are encouraged to dress appropriately professional.  For additional information regarding interview dates, please visit http://pharmacy.tamhsc.edu/future/interview.html.

       

       


  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? For Early Decision applicants, offer letters are sent out in October. For Regular Decision applications, offer letters are sent out approximately one week after each round of interviews and continue until the class is full.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Confirmation of the acceptance of the admission offer and receipt of a $500 deposit to retain a seat are required as indicated in the admission offer letter.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $500
      • Due: As indicated on admission offer letter.
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • June and August  
      • Details: A one-day Pre-Orientation program is held in early June. General Orientation is held in August the week prior to the start of the Fall Semester of entering year.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: General Orientation: TBA First Day of Class: TBA
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No
      • Details: