Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
School of Pharmacy

Indicate EARLY DECISION in your application if Texas Tech is your #1 school--deadline is 9/8/15. Regular Decision deadline 12/1/15. Prereqs don't have to be completed for the Early/Reg Decision app.

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2017:  December 1, 2016

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    Deadline--Early Decision 9/8/15, International Student 11/1/15, Regular Decision (US citizen/Perm. Resident) 12/1/15. If Texas Tech is your #1 school, consider indicating Early Decision in PharmCAS.

    • 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
      • Other
      • If Other, please list: The PharmD/MBA program has a Health Organization Management (HOM) concentration within the MBA program matched with what the pharmacy faculty believed were the necessary areas of focus to develop strong leaders in health care organizations. Contact Dr. Roland Patry roland.patry@ttuhsc.edu with any questions.
    • Structure of your PharmD program: 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
    • Is a Baccalaureate degree preferred for admissions? Yes
    • Open House Information:
      • Dates:  
      • Details: Tours are available on the Abilene and Amarillo campuses. For an appointment, contact Abilene at (325) 676-7948 or Amarillo at (806) 414-9393. 
    • Does your institution participate in the Early Decision Program (EDP)? Yes
    • Alternative enrollment options available
    • 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:
      • Campus Assignment Options -- Abilene-four years -- Amarillo-four years -- Amarillo-first two years/Dallas-3rd/4th years -- Amarillo-first two years/Lubbock--3rd/4th years -- We do not have a four-year program in Dallas or Lubbock.  

  5. Program Description ↑ 

    Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Pharmacy offers the degree of Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) with the expanded role of the pharmacist in mind. The effective delivery of essential primary health care services requires a greater responsibility for the pharmacist and a greater depth and breadth of education to support it.

    TTUHSC School of Pharmacy’s program is student centered, focusing on problem-based educational strategies. The curriculum provides an integrated course context of pathophysiology, pharmacology, medicinal chemistry and therapeutics, built on a solid understanding of the biomedical sciences. It offers expanded practice management instruction and clinical experiences early and throughout the four-year professional program. Each of the curricular and instructional strategies has been precisely balanced to give the academic and clinical preparation to optimally succeed in any pharmaceutical profession.

    · TTUHSC-SOP is nationally recognized for preparing pharmacists who have the therapeutic management skills to serve patients whose lives are affected by certain chronic diseases. In fact, our program provides more clinical contact hours than any other pharmacy program in the state and almost all other pharmacy programs in the country. 

    · TTUHSC-SOP is the only pharmacy school in the country that requires advanced professional practice rotations in both pediatrics and geriatrics. We are also one of only three pharmacy schools that require rural professional practice rotations.

    · TTUHSC-SOP sciences faculty have spearheaded the development of four Centers for Research Excellence: the Center for Cancer Biology Research, the Vascular Drug Research Center, the Pediatric Pharmacology Research and Development Center and the Center for Immunotherapeutic Research and Development.

    · TTUHSC-SOP practice faculty are nationally recognized for their collaborative practice partnerships with the hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities that serve our four campus communities. Our partnership with the Veteran’s Administration Hospital received the Crystal APPLE (Academic-Practice Partnerships for Learning Excellence) Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy for two consecutive years. It was the only partnership in the country to receive such recognition in consecutive years.

    · TTUHSC-SOP is the only pharmacy school in the southwest U.S. to offer a joint Pharm.D./M.B.A. degree with an HOM concentration

    Note: For Early Decision, we will accept the June 2013 to July 2015 PCAT. See the Test section below regarding acceptance of the September 2014 PCAT for Early Decision. Prerequisites do not have to be completed prior to applying to the Early Decision Program but must be completed by May 31, 2016.

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    Preferred GPA minimum 3.0-preferred PCAT minimum 50. Deadlines--Early Decision 9/8/15, International Students 11/1/15, Regular Decision (US citizens/Perm. Residents) 12/1/15. 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2017 entering class: 300
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2017 entering class: Total 155--Amarillo 115 and Abilene 40
    • Estimated fall 2017 entering class size including early assurance: Total 155--Amarillo 115 and Abilene 40
    • Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program in 2017: N/A
    • Is preference given to in-state applicants vs. out-of-state applicants? Yes
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2017 entering class: 155
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2017 entering class: 15
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: Overall GPA generally not reviewed.
    • Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 3.00 (preferred)
    • Minimum composite PCAT score considered: 50 (preferred)
    • Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
    • Estimated percent of males in 2016 entering class: 40%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2016 entering class: 60%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2016 entering class: 3.50
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2016 class: 18-46
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2016 class: 3.5:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 75 appx.
    • Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 44 appx.
    • 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: Spring 2017 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 75 appx.   
      Biology--Biology I for Majors with lab   
      Biology--Biology II for Majors with lab   
      Biology--Microbiology with lab   
      Chemistry--Chemistry I for Majors with lab   
      Chemistry--Chemistry II for Majors with lab   
      Chemistry--Organic Chemistry I with lab   
      Chemistry--Organic Chemistry II with lab   
      Physics I with lab (trig or calculus based accepted)   
      Speech (Public Speaking) (not waived with a bachelor's degree)   
      *English Composition (two 3-hour courses-not used in GPA calculation)   
      *English/British/U.S./Ethnic/Women's Literature (not used in GPA calculation)   
      *Humanities/Social Sciences (five 3-hour courses-not used in GPA calculation)  15   
      Economics (macro-preferred or micro) (not waived with a bachelor's degree)   
      Math--Calculus I   
      Biology--3000-level Human-Based Science (not 2000-level from a Community College--must be Upper Division Junior or Senior level)--with or without lab  3-4   
    • Additional Information: 

      A three thousand level course (or above) is required in the broad field of human-based sciences. We will not accept this course from a Community College. Specific branches may include anatomy, biology, biochemistry (highly recommended), bioengineering, bioinformatics, biomechanics, biomedical research, biophysics, biotechnology, developmental biology, genetics, histology, microbiology, molecular biology, neurobiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, physiology, and virology. Some schools may use a three digit numbering system. Submit a request for courses approval to the Office of Student Services by emailing sopadmissions@ttuhsc.edu .


      *Exemption from English and Humanities/Social Science courses if applicant has earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university prior to enrolling in the School of Pharmacy. All other prerequisites are required. Economics and Public Speaking are not waived even with a bachelor's degree.


      Humanities/Social Sciences include: Anthropology, Communications (excluding Public Speaking prerequisite), Economics (excluding Economics prerequisite), Ethnic Studies, Family Living/Human Development, Geography, History, Journalism, Philosophy, Political Science (Government), Psychology, and Sociology. 

      Note: Performing and Fine Arts (including Music), Physical Education, Foreign Languages, Religion, Computer Science, or similar courses will not meet Humanities/Social Sciences Requirement. Prerequisite groupings for Humanities/Social Sciences, e.g., 6 hours of history and 6 hours of government, are not required. Any combination of Humanities/Social Sciences is acceptable.


      Advance Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), CLEP, and Dual Credit courses are accepted if listed on an accredited U.S. college or university transcript.


      Courses are accepted from any regionally accredited U.S. college or university. A course-by-course foreign transcript evaluation is required to be sent to PharmCAS for any foreign institution courses.


      Courses completed prior to seven years previous to admission date must be approved. Send your approval request to sopadmissions@ttuhsc.edu . Include the course name, course number, year and semester completed, school at course completed, work experience since completing the course.


      English, Humanities/Social Sciences, Economics, and/or Public Speaking may be taken during Summer I 2016 with approval by emailing sopadmissions@ttuhsc.edu .




  8. Supplemental Application ↑ 

    • Supplemental Application required? Yes
      • Details: A submitted supplemental Merlin application is required of all applicants found at https://www.ttuhsc.edu/merlin/ -- Early Decision deadline 9/8/15 (all applicants) -- International Student deadline 11/1/15 -- Regular Decision deadline 12/1/15 Additional documents are also required from International Students (does not include U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents).-- International Student deadline 11/1/15
      • Deadline: December 1, 2015 (Early Decision 9/8/15 and Int'l Students 11/1/15) Postmarked by deadline
      • Supplemental Application fee: $100.00
      • Obtaining the Supplemental Application: 


        All applicants are required to submit a supplemental application. International students (does not include U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents) are required to submit additional documents by November 1, 2015.

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: June 2013
      • Details: 

        June 2013 to January 2016 (including October and November 2015 tests) are accepted for Regular Decision. PCAT's prior to three years from date of admission are not accepted. A copy of the preliminary January 2016 PCAT is required to be scanned/emailed or faxed to us within 48 hours of the test date.

        Early Decision Program Applicants: June 2013 to July 2015 are the only PCAT's accepted for Early Decision applicants. However, we will accept the September 2015 PCAT for Early Decision if preliminary September 2015 PCAT scores are submitted to us (scan/email or fax) within 48 hours of the test date. Scan/email to sopadmissions@ttuhsc.edu or fax to (806) 356-4017. Be sure to indicate Early Decision in your PharmCAS application.

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

        For International Students (does not include U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents)


        • ·         All academic records as identified in the Prospective International Students information must be received before the application can be evaluated. Please utilize the checklist available on our web site. Additionally, a course-by-course evaluation of foreign courses must be sent to PharmCAS.
        • ·         Uncertified copies and notarized copies of academic records are not acceptable. Proficiency in English is required. An official TOEFL score report indicating a minimum of 650 paper-based/280 computer-based/114 internet-based is required. Photocopies are not acceptable. Official TOEFL scores must be sent to PharmCAS.
        • The TOEFL is waived for international applications who complete a bachelors degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or for those who are a citizen of a country whose native language is English.
        • ·         Postmark deadline for all required documents is November 1 of the year prior to admission.




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

      For admitted students, candidates must also provide documentation that they have completed all required immunizations and CPR certification prior to matriculation. Also, upon acceptance, a Criminal Background Check is required.


      International students are required to send to PharmCAS a course-by-course evaluation of any foreign courses.

      Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

  10. Experience ↑ 

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

  11. Residency ↑ 

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

  12. Foreign Applicants ↑ 

    • 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: November 1, 2015 Postmarked by deadline
    • Details: 

      The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy only accepts course-by-course FTER's that are sent to PharmCAS. Foreign transcripts are not accepted. 

      A second supplemental application is required for International Students in addition to the supplemental Merlin application. The course-by-course evaluation must be from an evaluation service listed in the PharmCAS www.pharmcas.org Applicant instructions. Consideration will also be given to evaluation service members of www.naces.org . See International Students under Prospective Students at http://www.ttuhsc.edu/sop .


      TOEFL Score Requirement --

      An official TOEFL score report indicating a minimum of 650 paper-based/280 computer-based/114 internet-based is required.

  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: 

      We prefer LOR's from people who know you well (non-family). We prefer letters from: science and/or a math professor, pharmacist, employer.

    • LOR types that are REQUIRED: 
      • Employer
      • Pharmacist
      • 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: 
      • Family Member
    • Are Committee Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Committee Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
      • Details: Health Professions Committee letters are accepted.
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No
    • Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
      • A Composite Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
      • Details: Composite evaluation similar to an Office of Professional and Graduate School Advising is accepted but must be accompanied by letters of evaluation from that institution. A LOR will be counted for each professor/advisor. Call (806) 414-9393 for clarification.
      • Does it count as more than one LOR? No

  14. Interviews ↑ 

    • Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
    • Interview Format:
      • Individual applicants with two or more interviewers
    • Interview Dates:
      • Early Decision: September/October; Regular Decision: January to April (subject to change) 
    • Details: 
      • Critical Thinking Skills Test
      • Group Dilemma
      • One-on-one Behavioral interview with a faculty member and a current student
      • a tour of the school including Sim Center, Anatomage tables, Sterile Products IV lab, and Compounding lab
      • Q&A with students
      • Curriculum Overview

  15. Accepted Applicants ↑ 

    • When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? THE TTUHSC SOP uses a policy of rolling admissions; candidates are invited and offered admission on a continual basis.
    • When is the response to the acceptance offer due? The deadline is in the Offer of Acceptance letter. Normally, a candidate is given about two weeks in which to accept or reject the offer.
    • Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
      • Amount: $100.00
      • Due: Acceptance Letter deadline
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • August 3, 2015 
      • Details: Mandatory participation beginning August 3, 2015 through August 14, 2015. Dates subject to change.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: Monday -- August 17, 2015
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: Each request is evaluated individually.