Texas Southern University

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Melva R. Davis
Coordinator of Admissions

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Office of Student Services

3100 Cleburne Street
Gray Hall, Suite 134
Houston, Texas 77004

Phone (Work): 713-313-4345

Phone (Fax): 713-313-1901

Dr. Linda Solis
Coordinator of Recruitment and Retention

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Office of Student Services

3100 Cleburne Street
Gray Hall, Room 134
Houston, Texas 77004

Phone (Work): 713- 313-7433

Phone (Fax): 713-313-1901

Joy Warner
Academic Advisor

Office of Student Services

Houston, Texas 77004

Phone (Work): (713) 313-7478

Phone (Fax): 713 313-1901


Program Deadline (back to top)

PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019: May 1, 2019

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Full Accreditation

Program Information (back to top)

Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? No
Institution Type: Public
Is your institution part of an academic health center? No
Type of academic term:
  • Semester (two terms per academic year)
Dual Degree Programs No
If Yes, Check all that apply:
Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? No
Open House Information:
  • Dates


    Location: TBA - applicants should contact Dr. Linda Solis at solisly@tsu.edu.edu for more information

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:

Program Description (back to top)

The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (COPHS) produces quality health care professionals who are competent in health care delivery, including the provision of patient-centered care and other health care services and programs. The College prepares students to be leaders in their fields and to be good citizens who utilize their knowledge, skills and abilities to improve the health and well-being of local, state, national and global communities.

The College offers the following degree in pharmacy:
Doctor of Pharmacy


Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 175
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 100
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: NA
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: NA
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: No Quota
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: No Quota
Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.75
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.75
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: 20
Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 1 to 2 years, no degree (1-60 sem hrs)
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 33%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 67%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.39
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 19-47
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 42:125

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 80
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 40
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: NA
Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Spring 2019 term
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Total 80  NA 
General Biology I lecture General Biology I lab  
General Biology II lecture General Biology II lab 
Human Anatomy and Physiology with lab (sophomore level) Students transferring from schools that offer this class in two semesters are required to complete both semesters for credit.  4 or 8 hours  6 -12 
Microbiology with lab  
General Chemistry I with lab  
General Chemistry II with lab  4  
Organic Chemistry I with lab  
Organic Chemistry II with lab 
Math - Statistics 
Physics I with lab 
Freshman English I 
Freshman English II 
Literature (sophomore level) 
Public Speaking  
Computer Science (Introduction to Computers) 
Social and Behavioral Sciences (Psychology, Sociology, Economics) 
Fine Art  
United States History I 
United States History II  
Political Science I (American Government ) 
Political Science II (Texas Government )  
Medical Terminology   1 to 3 hours  2 to 5 hours 

Additional Information

  • Biology, chemistry and physics courses must be for majors and include a laboratory component
  • Pre-Pharmacy Electives (PHAR 111, PHAR 112, 211) Optional
  • Calculus must be 4 semester credit hours
  • Bible based literature or Technical Writing will not be not accepted
  • Business Math not accepted
  • If allowed a total of 6 semester hours may be taken in Summer I only prior to the start of fall admission.
  • All Science and Math prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of Spring semester. 

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Details: All applicants must provide the supplemental application and nonrefundable fee directly to TSU COPHS. Applications will not be processed unless the PharmCAS application has been verified and the supplemental application and fee has been received. Early Decision applicants PharmCAS and Supplemental application deadline is Tuesday, September 5, 2018. The PharmCAS application must be verified and the COPHS Supplemental application must submitted by the deadline by Friday, March 1, 2019 COPHS requires the offical PCAT and final official transcripts if offered admission to the professional pharmacy program. A payment of $100.00 dollars is required with the submission of the supplemental application via webcheck or credit card only. The supplemental application is located on the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences website on the Pharm.D. Admission tab.
Deadline: March 1, 2019Received by deadline
Supplemental Application fee: $100.00
Obtaining the Supplemental Application:

The College of Pharmacy will send the supplemental application once the applicant is verified in Pharmcas.

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: January 2017

The COPHS school code is 0065. 

Opportunities for Early Decision applicants require PCAT scores from January 2017 through September 7, 2018.   

Regular Decision applicants require PCAT scores from January 2017 through February 2018.


Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
TOEFL® required?



TOEFL is required only for non-U.S. Citizens. Further details can be found at: http://em.tsu.edu/internationalstudents


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

Beginning January 1, 2012, all students attending the university for the first time and any student returning to the university following a break in enrollment, of at least one fall or spring semester, will be required to have the meningitis vaccination or an approved exemption prior to attending classes. To meet the immunization requirement, the student must provide proof of vaccination against bacterial meningitis during the five year period preceding and at least 10 days prior to the first day of classes. Students are also encouraged to consult with a physician about the need for the immunization against bacterial meningitis to prevent the disease. Please vivit us here for further information: http://www.tsu.edu/Life_at_TSU/Student_Services/University_Health_Center/bacterialmeningitis.php


Experience (back to top)

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

Residency (back to top)

Is proof of state residency required? No
Is preference given to state residents? No
Is preference given to residents of other states? No

Foreign Applicants (back to top)

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: March 1, 2018 Received by deadline

Students offered admission are to mail their final transcripts to:

Texas Southern University-College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Gray Hall, Room 134

Office of Student Services

3100 Cleburne

Houston, Texas 77004

A list of approved evaluation services can be fount at the following site: http://em.tsu.edu/internationalstudents/intlevaluationservices.php?submenu=intl

Letters of Reference (back to top)

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:

Applicants must have three letters of recommendation representing only one of the following areas:



Licensed registered pharmacist


LOR types that are REQUIRED:

  • Employer
  • Faculty Adviser
  • Health Care Professional
  • Pharmacist
  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)
  • Supervisor
  • Teaching Assistant


  • Employer
  • Faculty Adviser
  • Health Care Professional
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • Supervisor
  • Teaching Assistant


Note: please verify the institution specific details regarding CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED LOR types.

  • Employer
  • Faculty Adviser
  • Health Care Professional
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • Supervisor

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Clergy
  • Co-Worker
  • Family Member
  • Friend
  • Politician
Are Committee Letters accepted? No
Are Composite Letters accepted? No

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Individual applicants with one interviewer
  • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
  • Multiple applicants with one or more interviewers
  • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
Interview Dates:
  • September - May

In order to be considered for an interview with our Admissions Committee, the:

  • Prospective student file must be verified by PharmCAS and the COPHS supplemental must be received with fee.
  • Applicant must meet criteria set by the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee to interview.
  • Prospective student will be notified by e-mail only to interview.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are mailed following the applicants interview on a continual basis.
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? A response to the acceptance offer is due 3 business days after notification is received. * Students who accept the offer of admission must have completed the Apply Texas application by May 15, 2019 as a pre-pharmacy transfer student. In addition, students who accept the offer are required to submit official transcripts from all colleges attended including foreign degree evaluations to: Texas Southern University - College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Office of Student Services - Gray Hall, Room 134 3100 Cleburne Avenue Houston, Texas 77004
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $ 500.00
Due: within one week following the offer of admision.
Refundable? No
Details: The seat deposit fee is $500.00.
New Student Orientation Information:
  • July 2019
First day of classes and/or matriculation: Please visit our academic calendar at: http://em.tsu.edu/registrar/acadcalsel.php
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes