The University of Texas at Tyler

Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:

Office of Student Affairs

Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy
The University of Texas at Tyler
3900 University Blvd. (WTB #120)
Tyler, Texas 75799

Phone (Work): 903.565.5777

Phone (Fax): 903-565-5504


Program Deadline (back to top)

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

Accreditation Status (back to top)

ACPE Accreditation Status: Candidate

Program Information (back to top)

Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? Yes
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

    Each Fall and Spring


    PATRIOT PREVIEW DAYS are held once in the fall and once in the spring. Students attending Patriot Preview Day have the opportunity to visit the UT Tyler campus; meet our faculty, staff and students; and ask the college-related questions! Visit for more information. Candidates can arrange to meet with a member of the Admissions Team throughout the year by contacting us at

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? Yes
Satellite/Branch Campuses:
  • None

Program Description (back to top)


The Fisch College of Pharmacy is housed in the W.T. Brookshire Hall, a state-of-the-art building, specifically designed to encourage student-faculty interaction, support our innovative teaching, and includes a variety of student-centered study spaces. The College uses Team-Based Learning (TBL) as our primary teaching/learning method. In TBL, students are accountable for learning fundamental concepts outside the classroom and applying these in class to solve real-world problems.


Our Mission is to advance public health and wellness in East Texas and beyond through innovation and collaboration in pharmacy education, scholarship and advocacy. The College embraces the following Core Values as part of our academic and professional culture: Integrity, Optimism, Curiosity, Accountability, Leadership, Initiative and Development. These core values are used to guide our interactions, both current and future.


Applicants applying Early Decision must submit all materials (PharmCAS application, Supplemental Application, Letters of References) by September 4, 2018. We recommend submitting before/on Aug 5, 2018 to allow time for processing. Applicants who do not submit all of their materials on/before Sep 4 are automatically considered a Regular Decision applicant. The Supplemental Fee deadline is individualized and will be requested only after the candidate's application file is reviewed; this may be after the Sept 4th deadline.

Applicants applying Regular Decision must submit all materials (PharmCAS application, Supplemental Application, Letters of References) by March 1, 2019. The Supplemental Fee deadline is individualized and will be requested only after the candidate's application file is reviewed; this may be after the March 1st deadline.


Prospective students are encouraged to review all of the admissions information posted on our web site at Please note that all communication between the student and the college may be considered within the application process including phone calls, emails, and written correspondence.


The college uses a whole file review process when determining admission decisions. We primarily focus on whether or not the student is a good fit for the profession, the college and the university. This evaluation includes, but is not limited to, academic records, prior experiences in pharmacy or healthcare, volunteer activities, recommendation letters, writing skills, PCAT, and admission interviews. Residency status (e.g. in-state vs. out-of-state applicants) is not considered in admission decisions.


The college uses a rolling admission process, e.g. as applications are received, files are reviewed and candidates invited for interviews. All candidates must complete an on-site interview.


Applicants must meet the minimum requirements in order to apply. Exemptions to these requirements are not available.

  • GPA (total): 2.5 or above;
  • GPA (science/math): 2.5 or above;
  • GPA (prerequisite) considered: No specific minimum; must be completed as a "C" or higher;
  • PCAT (composite): No minimum score is required. The PCAT is OPTIONAL for those applicants with a science/math GPA (combined) of 3.0 or higher. When required, the PCAT must be taken within the previous 3 years (e.g. between July 2015 and Jan 31, 2019.
  • Able to meet the Professional Technical Standards for Admission, Matriculation, and Graduation.


Total and science/math GPA calculations are calculated using a four-point scale (e.g. A, 4 points per semester hour). Grades with pluses or minuses are converted to the corresponding A, B, C or D letter grades. Failing course grades, e.g. "F", withdraw failing (WF), and no credit (NC), will be calculated as an "F". For repeated courses, both the original grade(s) and repeated grade(s) are included. Coursework from unaccredited colleges and/or universities within the US will not be included in GPA calculations. All other GPA calculations follow the rules outlined by PharmCAS.

Prerequisite courses are required to be completed at a grade of "C" or higher. Students may retake these courses. If a grade of "C" or higher is achieved, this requirement is considered complete.

The Professional Technical Standards for Admission, Matriculation, and Graduation are based on the physical and mental attributes required of students to function competently as a pharmacist upon graduation. Students with disabilities are welcome to apply and may consult with the Office of Student Affairs and/or the Disability Services Office regarding accommodations that may be available.

Applicants to the college must be eligible for admission to UT Tyler, e.g. students who have been barred from applying to UT Tyler or ineligible for readmission will not be considered for admission.


The tuition for the 2019-20 Academic Year has not been finalized. Tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $17,253 per semester (P1, P2, P3 fall and spring), $12,343.58 (P3 Summer) and $18,485.37 per semester (P4 Fall/Spring). The tuition rate includes all mandatory state student fees. The third professional year includes a summer semester. This is when students will start their Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences.

Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 250
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 102
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 102
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: N/A
Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? No
Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class:
Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class:
Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.5
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: No minimum; all prerequisites must be completed as a grade of C or higher
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: No minimum score. PCAT is OPTIONAL if the applicant's science/math GPA (combined) is 3.0 or higher.
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: 34% (Fall 2018)
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 66% (Fall 2018)
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.28 (Fall 2018)
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 18-41 (Average 23.7 years)
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 3:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 69
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: N/A
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 69  N/A 
General Chemistry I with lab   
General Chemistry II with lab   
General Biology I with lab (for science majors)   
General Biology II with lab (for science majors)   
Fundamentals of Speech   
Microbiology with lab   
Organic Chemistry I with lab   
Organic Chemistry II with lab   
Calculus I   
Anatomy and Physiology I with lab    
Anatomy and Physiology II with lab   
Economics: Macro or Micro   
Texas Core Curriculum (General Education Requirements)  24   

Additional Information


  • Pharmacy prerequisites include a combination of courses in biology, chemistry, and math to build a solid foundation in the sciences. Pre-requisite courses also include communications and economics as well as a strong foundation in general education requirements. All prerequisite coursework must be completed by May 31, 2019. If prerequisites need to be taken during summer 2019, the course(s) must be approved by the Office of Student Affairs. Summer course requests should include the college/university name, course name/number, and start/end dates and emailed to Requests for summer coursework are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Prerequisite Coursework - Time since completion: Organic chemistry, biology, anatomy/physiology, and microbiology courses must be completed within 7 years of entry into the College of Pharmacy. For Fall 2019, these courses should be completed between Fall 2012 and May 31, 2019.
  • Exemption Requests - Candidates may request an exemption for specific prerequisites or other requirements by completing the Exemption Request Form:


  • The Texas Core Curriculm describes the general education requirements for all college students in Texas. Applicants who already have/will have a bachelor's degree (or higher) prior to entering the Pharm.D. program are not required to complete the Texas Core Curriculum. The Texas Core Curriculum includes courses in US history, government, fine arts, life sciences, behavioral sciences, communication, and mathematics. Several of the pharmacy prerequisite courses may satisfy several of the Texas Core categories, such as Speech (communication), Calculus (Math), Biology/Chemistry (Life Sciences & STEM), & Economics (Social/Behavioral Sciences). Additional information on the Texas Core Curriculum and specific coursework is available at

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Details: The Supplemental Application is embedded into PharmCAS and is label "Additional Questions".
Deadline: March 1, 2019 (or September 4, 2018 for Early Decision candidates).Received by deadline
Supplemental Application fee: $75
Obtaining the Supplemental Application:
  • The Supplemental Application is embedded into PharmCAS and is label "Additional Questions".
  • The Supplemental Fee ($75) will be requested once the Office of Student Affairs has verified that the application packet is complete. At that point, applicants will receive an email confirming the submission of a complete application and requesting payment of the supplemental fee. The deadline to send the supplemental application fee may be after the application deadline and will be individualized based upon the date your file was reviewed by our faculty/staff. If you have any questions regarding this, please contact us at
  • A supplemental fee waiver may be available for select students. Please email if requesting a fee waiver and the reason for the request.

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: 3 years (July 2015)

Applicants must have taken the PCAT in the previous 3 years (between June 2015 and February 28, 2019). Early Decision candidates must take the PCAT by Sept 7, 2018. The PCAT is OPTIONAL if the applicant's science/math GPA (combined) is 3.0 or higher.

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



International students may be required to submit TOEFL scores. See for more information regarding the TOEFL and other English Proficiency Assessments. The TOEFL (or other assessments) must be completed within 2 years of expected entry into the program.

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

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? No
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
Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: March 1, 2019 (Regular Decision) or Sept 4, 2018 (Early Decision) candidates. Postmarked by deadline

International applicants are considered to be those candidates who are not US citizens and not lawful permanent residents. International applicants may be considered for admission and may have additional requirements:

  • Social Security Number (SSN): The Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP) requires all pharmacy students to submit a SSN when applying for their pharmacy intern license. SSNs are available to all US citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, and aliens who are authorized to work in the US. Additional information on obtaining a SSN as an international student is available through the Social Security Office printed information or by contacting the local Social Security Office. Since admitted students are required to obtain a pharmacy intern license before week 8 of the program, international applicants should begin the process of obtaining a SSN prior to becoming admitted into the program.
  • US Work Authorization: One of the strengths of the Pharm.D. program is that students begin experiential training the first year of the program. In order to obtain a SSN, the international applicant must be able to work within the US when the first professional year starts.
  • F and J Visas: Applicants with an F or J visa may be considered for admission to the Pharm.D. program. Applicants must also be eligible to work within the US and obtain a Social Security Number.
  • English Proficiency Testing: International applicants may be required to submit an English Proficiency assessment. Others may be exempt from testing. If required, applicants may take the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE exams. The International Students Admission Process web page provides a list of English Proficiency assessments (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS or PTE) and the minimum scores required by UT Tyler. The list of exemptions for English Proficiency Assessments is also provided on this website. English Proficiency scores may be reported to PharmCAS, UT Tyler (TOEFL Code 6850), or to the College of Pharmacy directly. To be considered, scores must be within *2* years of expected entry into the program.
  • Exemptions to English Proficiency Assessments:
    • Countries: Applicants from the following countries do not need to submit a TOEFL score: American Samoa, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada (except Quebec), Dominica, Grenada, Grand Cayman, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, New Zealand, Sierra Leone, Trinidad/Tobago, United Kingdom, U.S. Pacific Trust.
    • UT Tyler Intensive English Language Institute: *Students who successfully complete The University of Texas at Tyler's Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) Level 6 or 7 with qualifying scores will satisfy/meet UT Tyler's English requirement for full admission to an undergraduate program, as long as all other admission requirements have been met.
    • English 1301 & 1302: TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores can also be waived if students have taken English 1301 and English 1302 and scored a grade of B or better.
    • Bachelor's or Master's Degree: Applicants who have completed bachelor's or master's degrees from a regionally accredited US academic institution are not required to submit an English proficiency test score; instead, they will submit an official transcript from the institution from which they earned their degrees.

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:

Letters from pharmacists, supervisors, and/or college faculty are strongly encouraged. Please no family or friends. Letters of reference must be sent to PharmCAS by the application deadline.

LOR types that are REQUIRED:


  • Pharmacist
  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)
  • Supervisor


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

  • Co-Worker
  • Employer
  • Faculty Adviser
  • Health Care Professional
  • Pharmacist
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • Professor (Liberal Arts)
  • Professor (Math)
  • Professor (Science)
  • Supervisor
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Letters should be from those individuals who know the applicant well professionally or academically. Letters should NOT be submitted from family or friends.

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

  • Family Member
  • Friend
Are Committee Letters accepted? No
Are Composite Letters accepted? No

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
Interview Dates:
  • October-May (rolling admissions)
  • On-Site Interview: The College of Pharmacy uses the Multiple Mini-Interview format for the on-site interviews. In this type of interview, candidates will have approximately 7 brief "mini" interviews with a variety of individuals, such as college faculty, students, pharmacists, and staff. The interviews will also include a variety of assessments, such as group exercises, a math assessment, and writing assessment. The interview day will end with the candidates participating in a mock Team-Based Learning (TBL) classroom session.
  • Open House: The evening prior to the interview, candidates are invited to the College of Pharmacy Interview Open House to visit with faculty, staff, and students in an informal and relaxed setting. Family members are encouraged to attend and actively participate in open house activities.

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? 3 weeks following interviews
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? 2 weeks following offer of admission
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: $200
Due: 4 weeks following deposit request
Refundable? No
Details: For students starting the program, the deposit will be applied to the first tuition bill. The deposit is non-refundable if the student does not start the program.
New Student Orientation Information:
  • August 19-23, 2019 (Anticipated Dates)
First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 26, 2019 (Anticipated)
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes