Texas Southern University
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

    • 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 
      • Email: davismr@tsu.edu 

      • 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 
      • Email: solisly@tsu.edu 

      • Joy Warner 
      • Academic Advisor 
      • Office of Student Services 
      • Houston 
      • Texas 
      • 77004 
      • Phone (Work): (713) 313-7478 
      • Email: warner_JA@tsu.edu 

    • Website:


  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2017:  February 1, 2017

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • 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:  
      • Details: Applicants should contact Dr. Linda Solis at solisly@tsu.edu early in the admission cycle for advising information and fall open house date(s).  
    • 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)? Yes
    • Is your institution participating in the PharmCAS-facilitated Drug Screening Service? No
    • Satellite/Branch Campuses:

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    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


  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2017 entering class: 178
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2017 entering class: 125
    • Estimated fall 2017 entering class size including early assurance: 6
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2017: 6
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2017 entering class: No Quota
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2017 entering class: No Quota
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.75
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.75
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: N/A
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 1 to 2 years, no degree (1-60 sem hrs)
    • Estimated percent of males in 2016 entering class: 47%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2016 entering class: 53%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2016 entering class: 3.39
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2016 class: 19-47
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2016 class: 2.6:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • 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 2017 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
      • 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. 

  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Details: A completed College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences supplemental application and Texas Southern University undergraduate transfer application(Apply Texas) is required for admission. Early decision applicants must provide the supplemental application and fee directly to TSU College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (COPHS) no later than Tuesday, September 1, 2015. Prospective students must also provide their full name and PharmCAS ID with their $100.00 supplemental application fee(money order or cashier's check) to: Texas Southern University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Gray Hall, Room 134 3100 Cleburne Street Houston, Texas 77004 Regular decision applicants must complete the supplemental application and PharmCAS application without delay. Regular decision applicants will not be processed unless the PharmCAS application is verified and supplemental application with fee received. The completed supplemental application and fee ($100) may be mailed or hand delivered to the COPHS(Postmarked no later than Monday, February 15, 2016). . The supplemental application fee is non refundable (money order or cashier's check only). The College of Pharmacy requires official transcripts if the student is offered admission to the professional pharmacy program. http://www.tsu.edu/academics/colleges__schools/College_of_Pharmacy_and_Health_Sciences/oss/index.php http://em.tsu.edu/admissions/transferadmission.php?submenu=adm
      • Deadline: February 15, 2016 Received 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.

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: January 2014
      • Details: 

        The COPHS school code is 0065. Opportunities for Early Decision applicants require PCAT scores from January 2014 through November 2015.  Early decision applicants must e-mail the Preliminary PCAT score report to SOLISLY@tsu.edu within 24 hours of the test date along with unofficial transcript(s).  However, an Official PCAT Score Report is required to be enrolled in first year pharmacy classes. 

        Regular Decision applicants require PCAT scores from January 2014 through November 2015.

        PCAT scores taken in January of a student's desired admission year will not be accepted. 

      • Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS. 
    • TOEFL® required? Yes
      • Details: 

        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


  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  11. Residency ↑ 

    • Is proof of state residency required? No
      • Details: 
    • 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: 

      Transcripts are to be mailed to:

      Texas Southern University-College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

      Gray Hall, Room 134

      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

  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: 

      Prospective students are recommended to submit only the three required letters of recommendation

    • 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
    • LOR types that are CONDITIONALLY ACCEPTED: 
    • 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
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with one interviewer
      • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
    • Interview Dates:
      • September-April 
    • Details: 

      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.

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • 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 March 1, 2016 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? Yes
      • Amount: $ 500.00
      • Due: within 3 business days following the offer of admision.
      • Refundable? No
      • Details: 
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • August 2015 
      • Details: In addition to the new student orientation, accepted applicants are required to participate in 4 weeks Summer Academy, beginning in July, which is designed to give incoming pharmacy students a glimpse into the life of a first-year pharmacy student.
    • 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
      • Details: Each request for deferred attendance is evaluated on an individual basis.