The University of Texas at El Paso

School of Pharmacy

Contact Information (back to top)

Admissions Office Contact:


Office of Student Affairs

500 W. University Avenue
El Paso, Texas 79968

Phone (Work): 915-747-8519

Academic Advisor

Office of Student Affairs

500 W. University Avenue
El Paso, Texas 79968

Phone (Work): 915-747-8519


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


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)










  And thank you for your interest in pursuing pharmacy education at The University of Texas at El Paso!  The University of Texas at El Paso School of Pharmacy (UTEP SOP) is committed to preparing IDEAL pharmacists to meet the needs of a 21st century demographic.  Our vision is "to be a pioneer in the advancement of pharmacy education through Innovation, Diversity, Engagement, Access, and Leadership (IDEAL) in our community and beyond."

The UTEP SOP Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) curriculum ( provides distinct experiences to prepare its students in providing excellent patient care while developing the capacity for lifelong learning.  


  • Students will become proficient in technical medical Spanish.  
  • Students will participate in a study away experience where they immerse themselves in another community (e.g., Washington DC, Nashville, TN, Ireland) and learn about that community’s health-related issues.  
  • The study away experience will be applied in the local setting via service-learning with community partners (e.g., health fairs, homefree/less shelters).  
  • Students will complete a CAPstone project where they work on teams with a faculty member to complete a research project.  
  • Students will have the opportunity to develop their professional and personal skills via co-curricular activities such as leadership development.  
  • PharmD students will work in healthcare teams with medical, nursing, physical therapy, social work, and other healthcare professions students in Interprofessional Professional Experiences to simulate future work as a healthcare team.  
  • All students will engage in practical, hands-on experiences with trained preceptors (i.e., pharmacists and other healthcare providers) to apply their classroom knowledge and professional development in the real world.  
  • Successful students of the program will complete certificate program in Immunization Delivery.


We are looking for students who meet, or believe the SOP will help them grow to meet, our IDEAL.

Innovation: Students who can think outside the box, who show creativity, who have strong critical thinking skills and can troubleshoot in difficult situations.

Diversity: Students who embrace differences and new experiences, who showcase honesty and compassion to everyone, who are culturally competent and who like to step out of their comfort zone.

Engagement: Students who are involved in a variety of extracurricular activities such as community service or student organizations, who showcase professionalism, who have strong assessment and people skills.

Access: Students who are resilient and dedicated, who strive to be inclusive and resourceful, who advocate for those who need it and who encourage others.

Leadership: Students who are adaptable and confident, who have a positive outlook and strive to be a role model for others, who are pro-active and aim to be entrepreneurs and leaders in the field of pharmacy be it in research, education, practice or other settings.

There are many ways an applicant can showcase how they meet, or are striving to meet, the SOP’s IDEAL. We are looking for a diverse student body with a variety of backgrounds, opinions, and experiences. The above characteristics are just examples of how you can showcase your strengths, but there are many other characteristics that can make you an IDEAL candidate.

UTEP Pharmacy is currently in Precandidate status with the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education ( (ACPE).  The six-year accreditation process requires UTEP Pharmacy to demonstrate that it has the capacity, capability, and resources to institute a successful and competitive pharmacy program. We are confident that we can meet and exceed these requirements. 


I invite you to explore our website ( and learn more about our innovative pharmacy program.  We are here to help you through the admissions process so please reach out to us at with any questions.  We invite you to attend one of our application fairs or open houses so we can meet you and you can meet us.  We welcome you to join us in this journey.

Go Miners!

José O. Rivera, PharmD
Founding Dean


Program Statistics and Criteria (back to top)

Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 72-106
Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: 65-70
Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: 65
Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2019: 0
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: Preferred not minimum (2.75 overall GPA)
Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: Preferred not minimum (3.2 for Math/Science GPA)
Minimum composite PCAT score considered: Preferred not Minimum (40%)
Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? Recommended, but not required
Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 35%-45%
Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 50%-65%
Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.33
Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 20-44
Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 2.4:1

Program Prerequisites (back to top)

Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 93
Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 46
Total number of college QUARTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation:
Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2019 term
Course Prerequisites Table
Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
Total 93   
Rhetoric and Composition I   
Rhetoric and Composition II    
Calculus I (a course in Business Calculus does not meet the requirement)   
Elementary Statistical Methods (a course in Business Statistics does not meet the requirement)  3-4   
General Biology (Biology I)   
Topics in Study of Life 1 (Biology I Lab)   
Organismal Biology (Biology II)   
Organismal Biology Laboratory (Biology II Lab)   
Human Anatomy/Physiology I    
Human Anatomy/Physiology Lab I    
Human Anatomy/Physiology II   
Human Anatomy/Physiology Lab II   
Genetics I   
General Chemistry (Chemistry I)   
Laboratory for CHEM 1305 (General Chemistry I Lab)   
General Chemistry II   
Laboratory for CHEM 1306 (General Chemistry II Lab)   
Organic Chemistry I   
Lab for Organic Chemistry 2324 (Organic Chemistry I Lab)   
Organic Chemistry II   
Lab for Organic Chemistry 2325 (Organic Chemistry II Lab)   
Biochemistry I: Structure & Function   
General Microbiology   
General Microbiology Laboratory   
General Physics I w/lab   
Language, Philosophy & Culture (Must meet Texas Core Curriculum standard)   
Creative Arts (Must meet Texas Core Curriculum standard)   
History of the United States to 1865   
History of the United States Since 1865   
Introduction to Politics   
American Government and Politics   
Social & Behavioral Sciences (Must meet Texas Core Curriculum standard)   
Component Area Option (Must meet Texas Core Curriculum standard)   
Public Speaking   
Writing-Intensive Designation (e.g., English, History, Humanities, Political Science)   
Spanish (College Level or Test Equivalent)   

Additional Information


Applicants who have earned a degree must complete all math, science, writing intensive, and Spanish courses, but are not required to have completed the Texas Core Curriculum requirements.

Applicants must also be core-complete to be admitted to our program. You are automatically core-complete if you have attained an associates or any higher level degree. If not, please see the full list of UTEP courses that meet the Texas Core Curriculum at the following page:


A course, most likely in the humanities or liberal arts that is at a 3000 (junior) or 4000 (senior) level and wherin over 50% of the overall grade comes from writing assignments/exams.


Applicants must demonstrate that they have completed at least a semester of college-level Spanish.  This can include coursework, AP credit, or test equivalent (CLEP).


It is the responsibility of the applicant to verify that a prerequisite course taken outside of UTEP is equivalent to the UTEP prerequisite.  No exceptions will be made.  See link for Texas Common Course Numbering System Evaluation:

See the UTEP Pharmacy website for more information:

AP Credits Accepted for Prerequisite Coursework


Supplemental Application (back to top)

Supplemental Application Required


Supplemental Application fee: 100
Obtaining the Supplemental Application:

See UTEP School of Pharmacy website:

Tests (back to top)

PCAT required?


The oldest PCAT considered: within 24 months of applying
Note: Select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
TOEFL® required?



All international students must submit their official TOEFL scores (this is an immigration requirement).  

Minimum scores are:

TOEFL (paper based)

• Minimum score of 500 on UTEP’s institutional paper based exam
• Fee $42
• Institutional exam
• Registration at


• Minimum score of 79 on the Internet Based TOEFL (IBT)
• Fee $175 
• Registration and request your score at
• School code 6829

Pleases see for more information.

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

Applicants must also provide documentation that they have completed all required immunizations, CPR certification, criminal background check, and drug screen prior to matriculation. 


Experience (back to top)

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

Residency (back to top)

Is proof of state residency required? Yes
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
Deadline for receiving foreign transcripts/evaluations: August 17, 2019 Postmarked by deadline

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:

Three (3) letters of recommendation should be submitted via PharmCAS.  These letters should discuss your professional, research, academic, and service/civic experiences. Letters from family members, friends, or close reltations are not recommended.  One recommendation letter MUST be from a faculty member (all disciplines accepted, but a science faculty is recommended).  Recommendation from a health-professional (e.g., pharmacist) or pre-health advisor (e.g., pre-pharmacy academic advisor) is highly recommended.

LOR types that are REQUIRED:

  • Family Member


  • Health Care Professional
  • Pharmacist
  • Pre-Health Adviser
  • Professor (Science)


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

LOR types that are NOT ACCEPTED:

Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
Does it count as more than one LOR? No
Are Composite Letters accepted? No

Interviews (back to top)

Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
Interview Format:
  • Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
Interview Dates:
  • Oct 12-13
  • Jan 18-19
  • Jan 25-26
  • Apr 5-6
  • Apr 12-13

The UTEP School of Pharmacy interview process consists of a Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) and a Health Science Reasoning Test (HSRT) Only students who have successfully passed the first round of the admissions process are invited to campus to participate in the UTEP Pharmacy on-site interview.  Applicants should schedule at least four hours for the interview.  Each individual MMI is between 8-20 minutes. The UTEP School of Pharmacy will arrange the time and place for the interview.

The MMI structure is based on the format pioneered by McMaster University that allows an applicant to interview with multiple individuals/stakeholders (e.g., current students, faculty, staff, preceptors) over short periods.  This allows for applicants who may have difficulty in one session to recover in a future one.  Also, at this point of the admissions process, applicants have already been screened for their academic achievement, so the MMI will focus more on general knowledge and cognitive skills: creative thinking and problem solving, analysis and public speaking, ordering information and presentation.  Finally, the MMI will assess how the applicant fits the UTEP School of Pharmacy mission of: Innovation, Diversity, Engagement, Access, and Leadership.

For more information see:

The HSRT measures high-stakes reasoning and decision-making processes. The HSRT is specifically calibrated for trainees in health sciences educational programs (undergraduate and graduate) and for professional health science practitioners.

For more information see:

Accepted Applicants (back to top)

When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are sent withing two weeks following the applicant interview. Timeline for each admission cycle can be found on our website:
When is the response to the acceptance offer due? The response deadline will be noted in the admissions offer letter, and is usually within one to two weeks.
Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class?


Amount: 200
Due: The deposit deadline will be noted in the admissions offer letter, and is usually within two weeks to one month.
Refundable? No
Details: The deposit can be paid at:
New Student Orientation Information:
  • mid-August
First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 26, 2019 (proposed UTEP calendar)
Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes