Texas A&M Health Science Center
Irma Rangel College of Pharmacy

In academic year 2014-15 the Texas A&M Health Science Center Rangel College of Pharmacy plans to admit 120 students, including about 33 students to the Bryan-College Station campus, pending approval.

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2014:  November 1, 2013

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    The Admissions-Supplemental Application is available at http://pharmacy.tamhsc.edu/prospective/. Note that the October and November PCAT score will be accepted for admissions consideration.

    • 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)
    • Open House Information:
      • Details: The HSC-COP does not conduct Open House events. However, the Office of Student Affairs encourages prospective students interested in the College of Pharmacy, Pharm.D. program, to visit the College website at http://pharmacy.tamhsc.edu and click on "Prospective Students. If you have further questions or would like to schedule a tour or advisement appointment, you may send an e-mail to cop-admissions@pharmacy.tamhsc.edu or you may call 361-221-0648. Information sessions are hosted in the College of Pharmacy from 1:00-4:00 PM (CST). Since seating is limited, you must register for a session by sending an e-mail request to: cop-admissions@pharmacy.tamhsc.edu. Session dates: June 28 and July 12 from 1pm till 4pm. Should your schedule prevent you from attending an information session, you may schedule a tour and advisement appointment, which typically lasts about one hour, Monday through Friday from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (CST). Prospective students should be prepared to discuss the following: admission requirements; pre-pharmacy and Pharm.D. curriculum; PCAT test; transfer of credits; financial aid; cost of attendance; housing; and student organizations. 
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? No
    • Alternative enrollment options available
    • 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:

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    The curriculum of the Texas A&M Health Science Center Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy (HSC-COP) 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 Requirements
    The Pre-Pharmacy course requirements consist of a minimum of two years of college credit. However, the number of students gaining acceptance to Colleges 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 overall academic performance, recommendation forms, and interview. The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) is also required.

    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. For a complete listing of the current pre-pharmacy curriculum in the College of Pharmacy, please visit http://pharmacy.tamhsc.edu/curriculum/prepharm.html.


    All prerequisites must be satisfactorily completed prior to entering the Pharmacy Program. Prerequisites may be taken at a 4-year and/or 2-year regionally accredited U.S. college or university.  Applicants who have earned coursework five or more calendar years prior to applying to the 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 Program prerequisites based on core curriculum or bachelor’s degree completion, visit http://pharmacy.tamhsc.edu/prospective/course-equivalencies.html.  If your institution is not listed, visit http://www.tccns.org/ and compare your coursework to courses offered at Texas A&M University.  For additional information, you may e-mail your questions to cop-admissions@pharmacy.tamhsc.edu or you may contact an admissions counselor at (361) 221-0648.   Note that course substitutions are not permitted.

    Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) Curriculum 
    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 the provision of optimal pharmaceutical care.

    For a complete listing of the current Pharm.D. Program curriculum, please visit http://pharmacy.tamhsc.edu/curriculum/pharmd.html.

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2013 entering class: 300
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2013 entering class: 87
    • Estimated fall 2013 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 87
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 1
    • Estimated percent of males in 2013 entering class: 57%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2013 entering class: 43%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.35
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 300
    • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2014 entering class: N/A
    • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2014 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)
    • Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 19-41
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 7.4:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 72 - 75
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 36
    • 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 2014 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 72 - 75  108 - 112.5 
      English Composition I & II 
      Calculus I  4.5 
      Statistics  4.5 
      Speech Communication  4.5 
      General Biology I & II /Labs  12 
      College Physics I /Lab 
      General Chemistry I & II /Labs  12 
      Organic Chemistry I & II /Labs  12 
      Microbiology /Lab 
      Molecular Biology / Genetics  3-4  4.5-6 
      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  1.5 
      History, U.S. and Texas 
      Political Science, U.S. and Texas 

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Deadline: To be announced in late August Received by deadline
      • Supplemental Application fee: $100
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 

        A Supplemental Application may be completed and submitted on-line at https://bamf.tamhsc.edu/2/.


        A $100 non-refundable Supplemental Application fee application payment is submitted online. 


        Note that the Supplemental Application does not take the place of the required PharmCAS Application, both of which must be completed and submitted by the deadline. 

  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.Oct & Nov PCAT Scores will be considered; January PCAT scores are NOT.
      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? Yes
      • Details: 
        • 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 admission, pre-requisite, and program requirements, please visit http://pharmacy.tamhsc.edu/ and click on Future Students.   
      • Note: select code 8246 to report TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • Other required tests or credentials: 
      • Admitted students will be given specific forms and information to provide documentation that they have completed all required immunizations prior to matriculation.
      • The State of Texas Legislature requires all new students under the age of 30 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 your School/College upon Admission.   For detailed information, please visit http://pharmacy.tamhsc.edu/prospective/meningitis.html .

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? Yes
    • Details: To determine your residency status, once admitted,you will be sent by e-mail the link to complete the Core Residency Questionnaire.
    • 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: To be announced late August 2013 Received by deadline
    • Details: 

      After reviewing the information below, to learn more about admissions, pre-requisites, 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 College.
      • All transcripts become the property of PharmCAS and the College of Pharmacy and cannot be returned to the applicant.

  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: 

      The completed PharmCAS Letter of Reference (LOR), once completed by your reference, 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 (Liberal Arts)
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Supervisor
      • Employer
      • Faculty Adviser
      • Health Care Professional
      • Pharmacist
      • Pre-Health Adviser
      • Professor (Liberal Arts)
      • Professor (Math)
      • Professor (Science)
      • Supervisor
    • 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
      • Teaching Assistant
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Dates:
      • January 2013 
    • 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 TAMHSC-Rangel College of Pharmacy Building at least ten minutes prior to the scheduled interview time, where an introduction to the process and instructions are provided for that day.  The process consists of oral and written components and lasts approximately two hours.  After completion of the interview process, an opportunity is provided to ask questions about the program. 


      A student is required to provide an official, valid photo ID.  Since this is a formal interview, a student is required to dress accordingly.  For additional information and preparation tips for the interview, please visit http://pharmacy.tamhsc.edu/prospective/interview.html.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are mailed after all interviews have been conducted on a continual basis until all seats are filled. Denial letters are not sent to applicants that were invited to interview, as they are placed on a rank list and an offer can be made anytime between mid-March to late-July.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? Typically, confirmation of the acceptance of the admission offer and receipt of the $500 deposit to retain a seat are required to be received by the College two weeks from the date of the offer of admission.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $500
      • Due: Two weeks from the date of the offer of admission.
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • June and August  
      • Details: A one-day Pre-Orientation is held in early June and a one week General Orientation is held in August the week before classes begin.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: Mid-August.
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No