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Founded in 1946, the University of Houston College of Pharmacy(UHCOP) combines the opportunities and experiences of the Texas Medical Center's world-class healthcare community with resources of the University of Houston, Texas' premier urban teaching and research university, to offer its students the best possible education. The College is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education and holds membership in the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.
The College of Pharmacy has two campuses: the main University of Houston campus; and the Texas Medical Center(TMC) campus, where students have access to the Texas Medical Center Library and collaborations with TMC institutions. The College offers a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) professional degree, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy, a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Pharmacology or Pharmaceutics, and a combined Pharm.D./Ph.D. in Pharmacology or Pharmaceutics. The college also offers post-doctoral research fellowships, post-graduate clinical fellowships, and post-graduate residency affiliations in cooperation with institutions in the TMC and Greater Houston area. Our faculty, many of whom are recipients of patents and prestigious National Institutes of Health grants, is one of the most diverse in the nation. The College includes more than 50 full-time faculty members, 350-plus preceptors who provide training for students on pharmacy practice experiences, and many healthcare providers from the community who serve as volunteer faculty. The College aspires to foster a commitment to lifelong learning and an environment where students develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills consistent with the high standards of their profession and/or scientific field.
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|Course Title||Semester Hours||Quarter Hours|
|Introduction to Biological Science I with lab||4|
|Introduction to Biological Science II with lab||4|
|Elementary Microbiology with lab||4|
|Fundamentals of Chemistry I with lab||4|
|Fundamentals of Chemistry II with lab||4|
|Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry I with lab||5|
|Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry II with lab||5|
|Introduction to Probability and Statistics||3|
|Introductory General Physics or Physics I||3|
|Introduction to Psychology OR Introduction to Sociology||3|
|US Government: Congress, Presidents and Courts*||3|
|U S and Texas Constitution and Politics*||3|
|The United States History to 1877*||3|
|The United States History since 1877*||3|
|First Year Writing I and II*||6|
|Writing in the Disciplines*||3|
|Language, Philosophy and Culture*||3|
Applicants must receive no less than a "C" (2.0) in all prerequisite courses in order to be considered for admittance.
Repeated course grades are averaged, not replaced. All Science and Math prerequisite courses must be completed by end of Spring 2017 semester.
Two semesters or one year of high school physics in U.S. may satisfy the physics prerequisite course.
Organic Chemistry I & II lecture/lab series requires 2- two semester hour Organic lab components totaling 5 semester hours. Organic Chemistry I & II lecture/lab series taken outside of UH will be evaluated based on the institutional catalog of the applicant.
The Biology I & II lecture/lab series may be satisfied by taking BOTH Botany lecture/lab, AND Zoology lecture/lab courses designed for science majors. If Biology I lecture/lab is taken at an institution, Biology II lecture/lab should be completed at that same institution to meet the Biology I & II lecture/lab series. It is NOT permissible to take either Botany lecture/lab or Zoology lecture/lab at one institution, then take Biology I lecture/lab or Biology II lecture/lab at another institution.
*Applicants are exempt from certain courses if core curriculum is complete from another accredited public Texas college/university OR have earned a baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited U.S. college/university at the time of enrollment to UH for the fall 2017 semester.
To determine courses which are acceptable for Language, Philosophy and Culture; Creative Arts; and Writing in the Disciplines courses, visit the core curriculum in UH catalog located at www.catalog.uh.edu
Prerequisite course guides for several college/university(s) can be found at http://www.uh.edu/pharmacy/prospective-students/pharmd/course-equivalency-guides/
In order to use credit earned by examination (i.e. AP, IB, CLEP, etc.) for meeting prerequisite coursework, official college/university transcript(s) sent into PharmCAS must have specific course names and course numbers of credit awarded clearly indicated to be recognized.
An official Student Score Report from College Board (http://www.collegeboard.com) may be used to verify credit by examination (AP, IB, CLEP) from College Board. The Student Score report may be mailed directly from College Board, or by the applicant to UHCOP, so long as the official Student Score Report remains in its sealed envelope. Listed below is the link to determine which prerequisite coursework may be met through AP, IB, and CLEP: http://ussc.uh.edu/
**Volunteer/community service is required for all applicants to UHCOP.
A minimum of twenty-five (25) volunteer/community service hours are required for admission consideration. Volunteer/community service activities must be clearly indicated within the Extracurricular Experience section of the PharmCAS application where appropriate.
Students should have a consistent amount of volunteer/community service hours to be a competitive applicant. Volunteer activities do not have to be in the health-care area, and can be whatever type they choose, so long as it is non-paid and clearly benefits the community at-large. This volunteer/community service must begin at the onset of the applicant's college-career.
Early Decision and Regular Decision applicants are to:
The UH College of Pharmacy cannot process an applicant's PharmCAS record until the PharmCAS processing team has verified the applicant's information (i.e. PharmCAS application, college transcript[s], processed PharmCAS fee, etc.).
As PharmCAS processing may take up to five weeks once all required materials are received, applicants are encouraged to apply early and submit the UHCOP Supplemental Application and fee as soon as a PharmCAS ID is obtained.
The UHCOP Supplemental Application consists of:
An official transcript in a sealed envelope from your college/university indicating earned college credit (i.e. AP scores, CLEP exams, etc) at the institution also may be used. Specific course names and course numbers awarded must be clearly indicated on the transcript for credit to be recognized. (Note: Transcripts sent to PharmCAS may already have college credit listed)
Mail any applicable Supplemental Application materials (i.e. high school transcript, International Transcript Evaluation Process documentation, etc.) to the following address:
University of Houston College of Pharmacy
Office of Admissions
3455 Cullen Blvd., Room 122
Houston, Texas 77204-5000
The PharmCAS ID MUST be provided with any supplemental materials sent to UHCOP.
Regular Decision Applicants must have taken the PCAT exam no later than November 4, 2016. January 2017 PCAT scores will NOT be considered.
We will accept the Preliminary PCAT Score Report for the July, September, October, and November test days so long as it is submitted by email (email@example.com) to UHCOP within 24 hours of the test date, with the PharmCAS ID included on the Student Score report.
Instructions for emailing Preliminary PCAT Score Report:
1. Scan the Student Score Report, and email it as an attachment.
2. In the subject heading of the email message, indicate PCAT Scores, lastname, firstname, and PharmCAS ID, (ex. PCAT scores Smith, Joe 20170119999).
3. Attach the document (Preliminary PCAT Score Report Document) in an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org
4. The attachment must be easily readable and cannot be any larger than 3MB in size
Offers of acceptance to applicants taking the October/November PCAT will be made with the understanding that offers are dependent upon submission of official results of the PCAT.
Applicants desiring to have international coursework considered for Pharm.D. prerequisite courses will be asked to provide additional information such as:
World Education Services, Inc.
Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.-International Education Consultants
No Pharm.D. course credit is granted from international transcripts.
A valid Social Security number is required as a condition of acceptance into the Pharm.D. program.
LORs from family members and close friends are NOT accepted. Three LORs are required:
1. One letter of reference must be completed by a licensed pharmacist practicing or having practiced in the U.S. There is no exception to the pharmacist LOR.
2. One letter of reference must be completed by an academic advisor, professor or teaching assistant teaching from a U.S. institution.
3. One letter of reference may be completed by a second professor or second pharmacist or supervisor/employer working in the U.S.
The interview process consists of a 4 hour process which includes: