Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
School of Pharmacy

  1. Contact Information ↑ 

  2. Program Deadline ↑ 

    PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2019:  December 3, 2018

  3. Accreditation Status ↑ 

  4. Program Information ↑ 

    • Do you follow the AACP Cooperative Admissions Guidelines? No
    • 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 believe are the necessary areas of focus to develop strong leaders in health care organizations. Contact Dr. Roland Patry roland.patry@ttuhsc.edu or sopadmissions@ttuhsc.edu with any questions. PharmD/MBA information can be found at http://www.ttuhsc.edu/pharmacy/mba/default.aspx . A bachelor's degree is required to apply to the PharmD/MBA program but not to just the PharmD program.
    • 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, Amarillo, and Dallas campuses. For an appointment, contact Abilene at (325) 676-7948, Amarillo at (806) 414-9393, and Dallas at (214) 654-9404 for Office of Student Services. Abilene and Amarillo campuses have P1, P2, P3, and P4 students. The Dallas and Lubbock campuses have P3 and P4 students only. Preference is given to PharmCAS Early Decision Program applicants. 
    • 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:
      • Campus Options -- Abilene-four years -- Amarillo-four years -- Dallas-four years-- Amarillo-first two years/Dallas-3rd/4th years -- Amarillo-first two years/Lubbock--3rd/4th years -- We don't have a four-year program in 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. and only one of two in the U.S. to offer a joint Pharm.D./M.B.A. degree with an HOM concentration. PharmD/MBA information can be found at http://www.ttuhsc.edu/pharmacy/mba/default.aspx . The PharmD/MBA Program requires a bachelor's degree while the PharmD Program does not require a bachelor's degree.

    Note: For Early Decision Program, we will accept the July 2016 to July 2018 PCAT. See the Test section below regarding acceptance of the September 2018 PCAT for Early Decision. Prerequisites do not have to be completed prior to applying to the Early Decision Program (or Regular Decision) but must be completed by May 31, 2019.

    Advisors/Addresses for the TTUHSC SOP Fall 2018 Application process are the following:

    If your last name begins with “A” through “B”, your advisor is Josh Burrull josh.burrull@ttuhsc.edu.

    If your last name begins with “C” through “E”, your advisor is Ashley Forti ashley.forti@ttuhsc.edu.

    If your last name begins with “F” through “J”, your advisor is Bridgett Gann bridgett.gann@ttuhsc.edu.

    If your last name begins with "K” through “L”, your advisor is Christine Andrews christine.andrews@ttuhsc.edu.

    If your last name begins with “M” through “O”, your advisor is sarah.innis@ttuhsc.edu.

    If your last name begins with “P” through “R”, your advisor is Sarah Innis sarah.innis@ttuhsc.edu.

    If your last name begins with "S", your advisor is Ashley Forti ashley.forti@ttuhsc.edu.

    If your last name begins with "T” through “Z”, your advisor is ashley.forti@ttuhsc.edu.

    While email contact is preferred, Natalie Auci, Ashley Forti, and Christine Andrews can be reached at (806) 414-9393 for Amarillo information.

    For Abilene information, please contact Aimee Agee or Bridgett Gann at (325) 676-7948.

    For Dallas information, please contact Sarah Innis and Josh Burrull at (214) 654-9404.

  6. Program Statistics and Criteria ↑ 

    • Estimated number planning to interview for fall 2019 entering class: 300
    • Estimated number planning to accept for fall 2019 entering class: Total 155--Amarillo 75, Abilene 40, Dallas 40
    • Estimated fall 2019 entering class size including early assurance: N/A
    • 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? Yes
      • Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: 155
      • Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2019 entering class: 15
    • Minimum overall GPA considered: 3.00 (preferred)
    • 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)
    • Does your program require pharmacy observation hours? No
      • Details: 
    • Estimated percent of males in 2018 entering class: 40%
    • Estimated percent of females in 2018 entering class: 60%
    • Estimated average GPA of accepted students in 2018 entering class: 3.42
    • Age RANGE of entering students for fall 2018 class: 18-44
    • Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled in fall 2018 class: 3.0:1

  7. Program Prerequisites ↑ 

    • Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 72 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 2019 term
    • Course Prerequisites Table:
      Course Title Semester Hours Quarter Hours
      Total 72 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 (not business calculus)   
      Math--Statistics (or biostatistics)   
    • Additional Information: 

      *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 2017 with approval by emailing sopadmissions@ttuhsc.edu.




    • Does your program accept AP credits for prerequisite coursework? Yes

  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 Program deadline 9/4/18 (all applicants--Preference is given to PharmCAS Early Decision Program applicants) -- International Student deadline 11/1/18 -- Regular Decision deadline 12/3/18 (U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents only) Additional documents are also required from International Students (does not include U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents).-- International Student deadline 11//1/18 for all three applications and documentation to be submitted including a course-by-course FTER foreign transcript evaluation submitted to PharmCAS.
      • Deadline: December 3, 2018 (Early Decision 9/4/18 and Int'l Students 11/1/18) Postmarked by deadline
      • Supplemental Application fee: $100.00 (non-refundable)
      • 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, 2018.

  9. Tests ↑ 

    • PCAT required? Yes
      • The oldest PCAT considered: July 2016
      • Details: 

        Preference is given to PharmCAS Early Decision Program applicants.

        July 2016 to January 2019 (including October and November 2018 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 2019 PCAT is required to be scanned/emailed to sopadmissions@ttuhsc.edu or faxed to us at (806) 356-4017 within 48 hours of the test date.

        Early Decision Program Applicants: July 2016 to July 2018 are the only PCAT's accepted for Early Decision applicants. However, we will accept the September 2017 PCAT for Early Decision if preliminary September 2018 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 Program 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 FTER 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 bachelor's 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 (CBC) is required.


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

      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
      • Details: Residency information is gathered in the supplemental application. Any residency questions should be directed to the TTUHSC Registrar at (806) 743-2300. http://www.ttuhsc.edu/Merlin
    • 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? 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: November 1, 2018 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. International Student deadline 11/1/18 for all three applications and documentation to be submitted including a course-by-course FTER foreign transcript evaluation submitted to PharmCAS.

      Another 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/pharmacy .


      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 professors, pharmacist, employer, supervisor.

    • 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 may 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 (EDP): September/October (preference is given to PharmCAS EDP applicants); Regular Decision: January to March (subject to change) 
    • Details: 
      • Team-Based Learning Decision Making Exercise
      • 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. Preference is given to PharmCAS Early Decision Program applicants.
    • 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: $400.00
      • Due: Acceptance Letter deadline
      • Refundable? No
    • New Student Orientation Information: 
      • August 5, 2019 
      • Details: Mandatory participation beginning August 5, 2019 through August 10, 2019. Dates subject to change.
    • First day of classes and/or matriculation: Monday -- August 12, 2019. Date subject to change.
    • Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes
      • Details: Each request is evaluated individually.