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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, a Master of Science (M.S.) and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Pharmacy Administration, a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Pharmacology or Pharmaceutics, a combined Pharm.D./Ph.D. in Pharmacology or Pharmaceutics, and a combined Pharm.D./M.S in Pharmacy Administration. 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, 700-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.
|Course Title||Semester Hours||Quarter Hours|
|Introduction to Biological Science I with lab||4|
|Introduction to Biological Science II 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|
|First Year Writing I and II||6|
|Introduction to Statistical Analysis||3|
|The United States History to 1877||3|
|The United States History since 1877||3|
|Visual and Performing Arts||3|
|U S and Texas Constitution and Politics||3|
|Introduction to Psychology OR Introduction to Sociology||3|
|Introductory General Physics or Physics I||3|
|Elementary Microbiology with lab||4|
|US Government: Congress, Presidents and Courts||3|
|Writing in the Disciplines||3|
|Fundamentals of Public Speaking||3|
Repeated course grades are averaged, not replaced. All Science and Math prerequisite courses must be completed by end of Spring 2014 semester. Two semesters or one year of high school physics in U.S. will satisfy the physics course requirement.
To determine courses which are acceptable for Humanities, Visual and Performing Arts and Writing in the Disciplines courses, visit the lists located at: http://www.uh.edu/academics/catalog/policies/degree-reqts/current-core/core-requirements-by-category/index.php
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 2014 semester. For more information, visit: http://www.uh.edu/pharmacy/prospective-students/pharmd/prerequisites-courses/index.php
Organic Chemistry I & II lecture/lab series requires 2- two semester hour Organic lab components totaling 4 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 with most Botany and Zoology courses designed for science majors. Course transfer guides for several college/university(s) can be found at http://www.uh.edu/pharmacy/prospective-students/prepharmacy/course-transfer-guides/
In order to use credit earned by examination (i.e. AP, IB, CLEP, etc.) for meeting prerequisite coursework, official college/university transcript(s) or an official Student Score Report must be submitted along with the supplemental application. Specific course names and course numbers of credit awarded must be clearly indicated on official transcript(s) in a sealed envelope from the college/university for prerequisite credit by examination to be recognized. An official Student Score Report from College Board (http://www.collegeboard.com) used to verify credit by examination (AP, IB, CLEP) must be received in a sealed envelope from College Board. The Student Score report may be mailed directly from College Board, or by the applicant, 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://www.las.uh.edu/uts/brochure/20130418-credit_by_examination_brochure___by_course.pdf
**Volunteer/community service is required for all applicants to UHCOP. See the Experience section for more details.
UHCOP Early Decision applicants are to:
• Submit their PharmCAS application to PharmCAS without delay.
• Complete and submit the UHCOP supplemental application and fee ($100) without delay.
• Provide the completed supplemental application and fee directly to the UH College of Pharmacy no later than September 3, 2013.
• Place their full name and PharmCAS ID number on their $100 supplemental application fee.
UHCOP Regular Decision applicants are to:
• Submit their PharmCAS application to PharmCAS without delay.
• Complete and submit the supplemental application which will be provided to the applicant electronically once the PharmCAS processing team has verified the applicant's information (i.e. PharmCAS application, college transcript(s), processed PharmCAS fee, etc.). The UH College of Pharmacy will not process a Regular Decision applicant's PharmCAS or supplemental application until verification has occurred through PharmCAS.
• The completed supplemental application and fee ($100) must be mailed directly or hand-delivered to the UH College of Pharmacy. It must be postmarked no later than December 2, 2013.
• Place their full name and PharmCAS ID number on their supplemental application fee.
UHCOP Supplemental Application materials consist of:
• $100.00 nonrefundable Supplemental Application Fee (personal check or money order)
• Credit by Examination Documentation Items (if applicable)**
> Official, sealed AP/CLEP/IB Student Score Reports from College Board (http://www.collegeboard.com)
> 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 may also be used. Specific course names and course numbers awarded must be clearly indicated on the transcript for credit to be recognized. For more information go to: http://www.las.uh.edu/uts/uh-credit-by-examination.aspx
• International Transcript Evaluation Process (if applicable)
• Official U.S. high school transcript to show completion of high school physics (if applicable)
• Residency Questionnaire (documentation required if requesting in-state 'Texas' residency)
• Important Disclosures
• Technical Standards
• Certification Page
Technician certification is NOT a requirement for college admissions. While, health care experience is not required, it is highly recommended. This is distinct and separate from the community service requirement. Shadowing a pharmacist, building a relationship with a pharmacist as mentor and/or work experience as a cashier or technician in a pharmacy will assist the interested applicant in gaining valuable information in order to better assess their decision to become a pharmacist. As a letter of reference from a pharmacist is required, this would also aid the applicant in obtaining this letter of reference.
**Volunteer/community service is required for all applicants to the program. Volunteer/community service activities are to be included within the Extracurricular Experience section of the PharmCAS application.
There is no set minimum amount of volunteer/community service hours for admission consideration. Students should have 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.
As part of the Supplemental Application, an applicant desiring to have international coursework considered for pre-pharmacy prerequisite courses will be asked to provide additional information such as an official, sealed international transcript(s) and syllabi and/or catalog course descriptions. No pharmacy course credit is granted from international transcripts.
A course by course evaluation (original copy) performed by one of the following companies is also required:
• World Education Services, Inc.
• Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
• Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.-International Education Consultants
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 in the U.S.
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:
• The individual interview
• The individual problem solving exercise
• The team problem solving exercise
• The applicant will spend time with pharmacy students and Student Services Center staff to review coursework and obtain information about housing, financial aid and responses to questions to aid in the admission decision.
• A brief informational session on some key features of our Pharm.D. program as well as pertinent financial aid information.