University of Houston
College of Pharmacy
See the interview section for updated interview dates!
- Contact Information
- Program Deadline
- Program Information
- Program Description
- Program Statistics and Criteria
- Program Prerequisites
- Supplemental Application
- Foreign Applicants
- Letters of Reference
- Accepted Applicants
- School Page Notifications
PharmCAS Application and Transcript Deadline for the class entering fall of 2014: December 2, 2013
- ACPE accreditation status: Full Accreditation
- 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 Yes
- If Yes, Check all that apply:
- Structure of your PharmD program:
- 2-4 (two years prepharmacy required)
- Open House Information:
- Details: While the UHCOP does not have open house dates, the applicant may wish to attend our STEP I advising sessions early in their pre-pharmacy academic career.
NOTE: STEP I advising sessions provide a full overview of requirements, application process and the profession. These sessions are not open to applicants seeking information about the progress and handling of their application file.
Please visit: http://www.uh.edu/pharmacy/prospective-students/pharmd/advising/index.php
- 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:
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.?
- Estimated number interviewed for fall 2013 entering class: 277
- Estimated number accepted for fall 2013 entering class: 125
- Estimated fall 2013 entering class size including early assurance and transfer seats: 125
- Estimated number of early assurance students advancing to the professional program: N/A
- Estimated number of transfer applicants accepted: 80
- Estimated number of out-of-state applicants accepted: 6
- Estimated percent of males in 2013 entering class: 30%
- Estimated percent of females in 2013 entering class: 70%
- Estimated average GPA of accepted students: 3.55
- Estimated number of students to be interviewed: 300
- Number of IN-STATE seats available for fall 2014 entering class: No Quota
- Number of OUT-OF-STATE seats available for fall 2014 entering class: No Quota
- Number of TRANSFER seats available for fall 2014 entering class: N/A
- Minimum overall GPA considered: 2.50
- Minimum prerequisite GPA considered: 2.50
- Minimum composite PCAT score considered: 60%
- Previous college experience prior to enrolling in the school/college of pharmacy: 3 or more years, no degree (>60 sem hrs)
- Age RANGE of entering students, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 18-40
- Ratio of applications received to the number of first-year students enrolled, excluding transfer students entering other than the first year of your program: 7:1
- Total number of college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 73
- Total number of basic science college SEMESTER HOURS that must be completed prior to matriculation: 40
- Applicants must successfully complete ALL course prerequisites by the end of the: Summer 2014 term
Course Prerequisites Table:
|Introduction to Biological Science I with lab
|Introduction to Biological Science II with lab
|Fundamentals of Chemistry I with lab
|Fundamentals of Chemistry II with lab
|Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry I with lab
|Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry II with lab
|First Year Writing I and II
|Introduction to Statistical Analysis
|The United States History to 1877
|The United States History since 1877
|Visual and Performing Arts
|U S and Texas Constitution and Politics
|Introduction to Psychology OR Introduction to Sociology
|Introductory General Physics or Physics I
|Elementary Microbiology with lab
|US Government: Congress, Presidents and Courts
|Writing in the Disciplines
|Fundamentals of Public Speaking
- Additional Information: 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/prepharmacy/pre-pharmacy-curriculum/UHCOP 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 (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. List 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 ? ?
- Supplemental Application required? Yes
- Details: The applicant is asked to provide a letter of explanation and/or additional information only if it would assist the Admissions committee in analysis of course grades, PCAT scores, letters of reference or community service information.
- Deadline: 12/2/2013 Postmarked by deadline
- Supplemental Application fee: $100.00
- Obtaining the Supplemental Application: Applicants will be provided the supplemental application by the University of Houston Admissions office upon receipt of the the PharmCAS application. Applicants will not be able to submit the supplemental application before the PharmCAS application processing has been completed.
- PCAT required? Yes
- The oldest PCAT considered: 1/11/2012
- Details: Applicants must have taken the PCAT exam by November 8, 2013. January 2014 PCAT scores will NOT be considered.
- Note: select PharmCAS Code 104 to report PCAT scores directly to PharmCAS.
- TOEFL® required? No
- Note: select code 8246 to report your TOEFL® and/or TSE® scores directly to PharmCAS.
- Other required tests or credentials:
- Is health care-related experience required? Not required but recommended
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.
- Is proof of state residency required? Yes
- Details: This information will be requested in the supplemental application.
For residency purposes, an official transcript is requested with the supplemental application If the applicant has attended a U.S.college/university within the past 12 months,
- Is preference given to state residents? No
- Is preference given to residents of other states? No
- 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: 12/2/2013 Postmarked by deadline
- Details: As part of the Supplemental Application, the applicant desiring to have international coursework considered for pre-pharmacy course prerequisites may 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. The international coursework credit is part of the college supplemental application.
- 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: 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.
- LOR types that are REQUIRED:
- Pre-Health Adviser
- Professor (Liberal Arts)
- Professor (Math)
- Professor (Science)
- Teaching Assistant
- LOR types that are RECOMMENDED BUT NOT REQUIRED:
- 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: A Committee letter is accepted and in most cases will serve as one (1) LOR.
- Does it count as more than one LOR? No
- Are Composite Letters accepted? Yes
- A Composite Letter is: Conditionally Accepted
- Details: A Composite letter consists of letters from several individuals and can serve as one to three (1-3) LORs.
- Does it count as more than one LOR? Yes
- Does your institution conduct interviews? Yes
- Interview Dates:
- Interviews occur between September and April.
- Saturday, September, 28, 2013 (Early Decision)
- Saturday, October 26, 2013
- Saturday, November 9, 2013
- Saturday, November 16, 2013
- Saturday, January 11, 2014
- Saturday February 8, 2014
- Saturday, February 22, 2014
- Details: 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. ?
- When are acceptance letters mailed to regular applicants? Acceptance letters are mailed four to six (4-6) weeks following the applicant interview.
- When is the response to the acceptance offer due? The applicant has one (1) week to respond after the conditional letter of acceptance is sent.
- Is there a deposit to hold an acceptee's place in the class? Yes
- Amount: $400.00
- Due: At the same time the acceptance letter is returned.
- Refundable? No
- Details: While not refundable, a portion of the deposit is applied toward the tuition and fees for the fall semester.
- New Student Orientation Information:
- August 19-22, 2014
- Details: The orientation is required for all admitted students.
- First day of classes and/or matriculation: August 25, 2014
- Are requests for deferred entrance considered? Yes