In addition to the campus in Kingsville, the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy has expanded the program to Bryan/College Station beginning in the Fall of 2014 semester.
The Supplemental Application is available at http://pharmacy.tamhsc.edu/future/checklist.html. Last PCAT dates accepted: Early Decision: Sept. 3-5, 2014 and Regular Decision: Oct. 6, 2014.
The Texas A&M Health Science Center Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy, on the Texas A&M University-Kingsville campus, was created in response to the shortage of pharmacists in the border region. According to a report completed by the Texas Department of Health Education and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Texas-Mexico border region has a population-to-pharmacist ratio of 1,700 to 1, which is 32 percent higher than the statewide ratio. The report concludes that the border's rapid population growth, and difficulty in recruiting and retaining pharmacists, and a decrease in the number of pharmacy graduates in Texas over the last several years have contributed to the pharmacist shortage in the border region.
The Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy opened its doors to students in 2006 to meet a critical need in the South Texas community, the college has now established an exceptional pharmacy program, obtained full professional accreditation and has graduated five cohorts of students. The college's leadershp strives to entrench a culture of excellence, education, research, practice and patient care to each professional student enrolled. Guided by a set of core values that are referred to a five-C's (care, compassion, competence, community and collaboration), the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy continues to advance the profession of pharmacy and to enhance the quality of peoples' lives in South Texas, Texas and beyond.
Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy has expanded the program to include 120 seats with a campus in Bryan/College Station for approximatley 33 students in addition to 87 students attending the Kingsville campus. The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) approved the campus expansion in its June 2014 meeting. The first cohort of 120 students, the Class of 2018 will begin in the Fall 2014 semester. The expansion will open more seats in Kingsville for South Texas residents who meet the competitive standards for the professional program.
The college, emboldened by its mission and vision, endeavors to change the face of South Texas through its unbridled commitment to exceptional pharmacy education, superior science and compassionate patient care. The college is proud of its past and is poised for the timely growth to meet the needs of South Texas residents.
The curriculum of the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy is designed to provide the student with the foundation to be a general practitioner who possesses the core knowledge and skills needed for the provision of pharmaceutical care. The minimum total instructional time for the curriculum requires six academic years: two years of college-level pre-pharmacy followed by four years in the College of Pharmacy. Pre-Pharmacy course requirements consist of a minimum of two years of college credit. However, the number of students gaining acceptance to the College of Pharmacy that complete a baccalaureate degree prior to entry is growing rapidly as the general applicant pool to all schools in Texas becomes more competitive every year.
The applicant will be evaluated on the quality of their overall academic performance, Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT), recommendation forms, and interview. Students seeking admission to the College of Pharmacy must demonstrate the completion of a minimum of 72 semester credit hours (SCH) of proposed pre-pharmacy course work in general education and in the basic physical and biological sciences. All prerequisites must be satisfactorily completed prior to entering the pharmacy program. Prerequisites may be taken at a four-year and/or two-year accredited college or university. Applicants who have earned course work five or more calendar years prior to applying to the Texas A&M Rangel college of Pharmacy, but who have not earned a bachelor's degree, must retake the prerequisites to be considered for admission.
To determine if you have completed, or if you are in the process of completing, the College's admission prerequisites, visit the Texas Common Course Numbering System (http://www.tccns.org) to compare compatible courses offered at Texas A&M University. For additional information, you may email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or you may contact an admissions counselor at (361) 221-0648. Note that course substitutions are not permitted.
The College of Pharmacy offers the Doctor of Pharmacy program, leading to the Pharm.D. degree. The students enrolled in this program are exposed to a core professional curriculum including the biomedical sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, social, behavioral, and administrative pharmacy sciences, and pharmacy practice. The curriculum, which is offered through 146 semester credit hours (SCH), is organized in such a way that the student progresses through the pharmaceutical sciences and clinical sciences didactic and laboratory course work into summative experiential rotations. This total includes 102 SCH of the core curriculum (required courses), six (6) hours of elective classes, and thirty-six (36) SCH of clinical-experiential activities including two (2) hours of Pharmacy Grand Rounds. The fourth year of the curriculum is devoted exclusively to Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences and Pharmacy Grand Rounds, where the knowledge gained and skills developed in the first three years are greatly enhanced and expanded. The primary goal of the program is to provide a comprehensive pharmacy education in a stimulating environment to prepare students for the practice of pharmacy as competent, caring, ethical professionals dedicated to optimal pharmaceutical care. For a complete listing of the current Pharm.D. Program curriculum, please visit http://pharmacy.tamhsc.edu/current/pharmd-program2.html.
|Course Title||Semester Hours||Quarter Hours|
|Total||72 - 75||108 - 112.5|
|College Physics I||4||6|
|English composition I & II||6||9|
|General Biology I & II/Labs||8||12|
|General Chemistry I & II/Labs||8||12|
|Molecular Biology or Genetics||3-4||4.5-6|
|Art, Music, Theater, other Visual or Performing Arts||3||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||3||4.5|
|History, U.S. and Texas||6||9|
|Political Sciences, U.S. and Texas||6||9|
A Supplemental Application may be completed and submitted on-line at http://pharmacy.tamhsc.edu.edu/future/checklist.html. A $100 non-refundable Supplemental Application payment must be submitted online at http://goo.gl.DHdZ0. Note that the Supplemental Application does not take the place of the required PharmCAS Application fee, both of which must be completed and submitted by the deadline.
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 3-5, 2014 PCAT scores will be considered for early decision; October 6, 2014 PCAT scores will be considered for regular decision.
Applicants should submit 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). The Test of Spoken English (TSE) is not required. A TOEFL score more than two years old will NOT be accepted. To view a TOEFL test date calendar, please visit http://www.ets.org/toefl/. All foreign students must fulfill U.S. Homeland Security requirements by contacting the Office of International Services at http://tamhsc.edu/ois/index.html. International students who have earned a four-year baccalaureate or higher degree (all credits must be earned in the U.S.) at a regionally-accredited U.S. institution will not be required to submit TOEFL scores. International students admitted to the Doctor of Pharmacy program are classified as non-resident students; therefore, they must pay non-resident tuition and any applicable fees. For more information regarding admissions, prerequisites, and program requirements, please visit http://pharmacy.tamhsc.edu/ and click on Future Students.
Admitted students will be given specific forms and information to provide documentation that they have completed all required immunizations prior to matriculation. The 82nd Texas Legislature approved Senate Bill 1107 requires all students under the age of 22 to submit evidence of immunization against bacterial meningitis. Proof that the immunization against bacterial meningitis was administered within the five-year period immediately preceding — and at least 10 days prior to — the first semester enrolled or re-enrolled at the college of pharmacy must be submitted to the College upon admission.
For detailed information, please visit http://pharmacy.tamhsc.edu/future/meningitis.html.
After reviewing this information, to learn more about admissions, prerequisites, and program requirements, please visit http://pharmacy.tamhsc.edu/ and click on Future Students. Send a Foreign Transcript Evaluation Report (FTER) to PharmCAS AND send an original foreign transcript directly to the school. The FTER may be sent from a credentialing member of the National Association of Credentialing Evaluation Services (NACES) found at http://www.naces.org/ . ALL foreign or international transcripts should be complete by indicating the dates each subject began and ended, semester hours earned or clock hours attended, and the grades (marks) earned. If a degree was earned, the date awarded must be indicated on the transcript; otherwise, a degree statement from the designated official (e.g., registrar) must be provided from the respective university. An official transcript is one issued by the designated official (e.g., registrar, principal, or responsible school administrator) and forwarded directly to the PharmCAS. All required official transcripts (native language and certified English translations) must be sent to the College. All transcripts become the property of PharmCAS and the College of Pharmacy and cannot be returned to the applicant.
PharmCAS references (LOR), once completed by your recommender, must be submitted directly to PharmCAS as a part of the application process.
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, and a Q&A session conducted by current students, this process lasts approximately two hours. Upon arrival, students are required to provide an official, valid photo ID. Since this is a formal interview, a student are encourage to dress appropriately professional. For additional information regarding interview dates, please visit http://pharmacy.tamhsc.edu/future/interview.html.