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

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.

  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 

      • Cecilia Gamboa 
      • 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: Gamboa@pharmacy.tamhsc.edu 

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

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

    • Website:

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2015:  November 3, 2014

  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. 3-5, 2014 and Regular Decision: Oct. 31, 2014.

    • 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 Heath Science Center Rangel College of Pharmacy offers Information Sessions annually in 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, select "Future Students" for Information Sessions dates. Information sessions are hosted in the College of Pharmacy from 1:00-4:00 PM (CST). Since seating is limited, students are encourage to register in advance for a session by sending an e-mail request to: cop-admissions@pharmacy.tamhsc.edu. Should your schedule prevent you from attending an information session, you may schedule a tour and advising appointment, which typically lasts about an hour, Monday through Friday from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm (CST) by calling (361) 221-0648 or by emailing 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:
      • Beginning in Fall 2014, in addition to the main campus in Kingsville, the Texas A&M Health Science Center Rangel College of Pharmacy has expanded the Pharm.D. program to Bryan/College Station.  

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    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 approximately 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 cop-admissions@pharmacy.tamhsc.edu 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.  


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number interviewed for fall 2014 entering class: 289
    • Estimated number accepted for fall 2014 entering class: 120
    • Estimated fall 2014 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 120
    • Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 1
    • Estimated percent of males in 2014 entering class: 40%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2014 entering class: 60%
    • 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: 18-41
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 4.25:1

  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 2015 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 3-5, 2014 PCAT scores will be considered for early decision; October 31, 2014 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 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.

      • 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 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 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.

  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 Dates:
      • October 2014/January/February 2014 
      • Early decision: October 2-3, 2014, Regular decision: January 22, 23, 29, 30, 2015, February 5, 6, 12, 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, 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.



  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 accepted for admission beginning in 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 within ten days of the offer of admission.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $500
      • Due: Ten days from the date of the offer of admission.
      • 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 Fall Semester of entering year.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: Mid-August
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? No