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

Early Decision Application Deadline: September 8, 2015; Regular Decision Application Deadline: November 2, 2015

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • Admissions Office Contact:

      • Maria de Leon 
      • Director of Admissions 
      • Office of Student Affairs 
      • 1010 West Avenue B, MSC 131 
      • Kingsville  
      • Texas 
      • 78363 
      • Phone (Work): (361) 221-0643 
      • Phone (Fax): (361) 221-0797 
      • Email: mdeleon@tamhsc.edu 

      • Deborah Zacher 
      • Pre-Pharmacy Coordinator 
      • Office of Student Affairs 
      • 1010 W. Ave. B, MSC 131 
      • Kingsville 
      • Texas 
      • 78363 
      • Phone (Work): (361) 221-0644 
      • Phone (Fax): (361) 221-0797 
      • Email: zacher@tamhsc.edu 

      • Cheyloh Flanagan-Brodnax 
      • Academic Advisor 
      • Office of Student Affairs 
      • 1010 West Ave. B, MSC 131 
      • Kingsville 
      • Texas 
      • 78363 
      • Phone (Work): (361) 221-0646 
      • Phone (Fax): (361) 221-0797 
      • Email: flanagan@tamhsc.edu 

      • Office of Student Affairs 
      • 1010 W. Ave. B, MSC 131 
      • Kingsville 
      • Texas 
      • 78363 
      • Phone (Work): 361-221-0648 
      • Phone (Fax): 361-221-0797 
      • Email: cop-admissions@pharmacy.tamhsc.edu 

    • Website:

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2016:  November 2, 2015

  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. 16-18, 2015 and Regular Decision: Nov. 6, 2015.

    • 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:
      • Details: The Texas A&M Health Science Center Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy offers Information Sessions annually during the months of June and July. The Office of Student Affairs encourages prospective students interested in the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy to visit the College website at http://pharmacy.tamhsc.edu for information regarding Information Session dates. Information sessions are offered from 1:00-4:00 (CST) pm on the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy campus located in Kingsville, Texas. Seating is limited, therefore, students should register in advance at cop-admissions@pharmacy.tamhsc.edu. Students unable to attend an Information Session may schedule an advising/tour appointment on a different day. Advising/tour appointments, typically lasts about an hour and may be scheduled Monday through Friday at10:00 am (CST) and 3:00 pm (CST). To schedule an appointment, please call (361) 221-0648 or email cop-admissions@pharmacy.tamhsc.edu.  
    • 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:
      • In addition to the main campus in Kingsville, the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy has a branch campus in College Station.  

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    The Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy opened its doors to students in 2006 to meet a critical health care need in the South Texas community. According to a report in 2009, 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 concluded 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 population growth in the Rio Grande Valley continues to exceed all other areas in the U.S., so the need for health care professionals remains high.


    In the short time the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy has been opened, it has established an exceptional pharmacy program with full professional accreditation and has ranked in the Top 50 for pharmacy programs in the country per U.S. News and World Report rankings. Forty-two percent of the college graduates have returned to practice pharmacy in South Texas. Sixty percent return to practice in medically underserved areas.


    The vision of the college is to be a leader in pharmacy education, research, scholarship and outreach. The mission of the college is to provide a comprehensive pharmacy education in a stimulating, learning intensive, student-centered environment to prepare a diverse student body for the practice of pharmacy as competent, caring, ethical professionals dedicated to the provision of optimal pharmaceutical care.


    The Doctorate of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) provides students with the foundation to be a general practitioner who possesses the core knowledge and skills needed for the provision of pharmaceutical care. During the students’ four years of study, they progress through pharmaceutical sciences and clinical sciences didactic and laboratory course work into summative experiential rotations. For a complete listing of the current Pharm.D. Program curriculum, please visit http://pharmacy.tamhsc.edu/current/pharmdprogram2.html.


    Our Facilities

    The Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy has two campuses, Kingsville and College Station. Each campus has large lecture halls which are equipped with the latest computer and audio-visual technology and equipment to provide high definition live broadcast of lectures. The technology allows for interaction between the lecturers and the students in multiple locations.


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2015 entering class: 289
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2015 entering class: 120
    • Estimated fall 2015 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 120
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 2
    • Estimated percent of males in 2015 entering class: 45%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2015 entering class: 55%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.31
    • Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 300
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2015 entering class: N/A
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2015 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: 19-48
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 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: 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 2016 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 72 - 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 

  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 16-18, 2015 PCAT scores will be considered for early decision; November 6, 2015 PCAT scores will be considered for regular decision.

      • 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 is NOT accepted. For testing dates, please refer to the TOEFL test date calendar (http://www.ets.org/toefl/).  All international students must fulfill U.S.  Homeland Security requirements by contacting International Services Services (http://iss.tamu.edu/).  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.

      • 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 of 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.

  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 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
    • Details: 

      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 must 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 Texas A&M University Registrar 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: 

      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 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:
      • October 2015/January/February 2016 
      • Early decision: October 8-9, 2015, Regular decision: January 21, 22, 28, 29, 2015; (Tentative dates: February 4 & 5, 2015) 
    • 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 two hours.  Upon arrival, students are required to provide an official, valid photo ID.  Since this is a formal interview, students are encourage 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? Typically, regular admission decisions are made in late February. Written notification is sent to each candidate, this process begins in late February and continues until the class is filled.
    • 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 Orienation: August 3-7, 2015 First Day of Class: August 10, 2015
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No