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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.
|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|
|Introduction to Probability and Statistics||3|
|Introductory General Physics or Physics I||3|
|Elementary Microbiology with lab||4|
|U S and Texas Constitution and Politics||3|
|US Government: Congress, Presidents and Courts||3|
|Introduction to Psychology OR Introduction to Sociology||3|
|Language, Philosophy and Culture||3|
|Writing in the Disciplines||3|
|Fundamentals of Public Speaking||3|
|First Year Writing I and II||6|
|The United States History to 1877||3|
|The United States History since 1877||3|
Repeated course grades are averaged, not replaced. All Science and Math prerequisite courses must be completed by end of Spring 2016 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 Language, Philosophy and Culture; Creative Arts; and Writing in the Disciplines courses, visit the lists located at: http://www.uh.edu/pharmacy/prospective-students/pharmd/course-equivalency-guides/
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 2016 semester. For more information, visit: http://www.uh.edu/pharmacy/prospective-students/pharmd/prerequisites/
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 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 must be completed as well, 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. 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://las.uh.edu/uts/brochure/20140529-credit_by_examination_brochure___by_course.pdf
**Volunteer/community service is required for all applicants to UHCOP. See the Experience section for more details.
The UH College of Pharmacy requires an online Supplemental Application and a Supplemental Application Fee ($100) to be submitted.
The webpage for the Supplemental Application will be available on July 15, 2015.
UHCOP Early Decision applicants are to:
UHCOP Regular Decision applicants are to:
The UH College of Pharmacy will not 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.
The UHCOP Supplemental Application consists of:
The PharmCAS ID MUST be provided on all items sent to the UH College of Pharmacy.
Mail the UHCOP Supplemental Application materials directly to the following address:
University of Houston College of Pharmacy
Office of Admissions
141 Science & Research Bldg.2
Houston, Texas 77204-5000
If the applicant would like the opportunity to receive an offer of admission in October, and has taken the PCAT or plans to take the PCAT in mid-September, we encourage him/her to apply as an Early Decision applicant. Regular Decision Applicants must have taken the PCAT exam no later than November 6, 2015. January 2016 PCAT scores will NOT be considered.
For Early Decision applicants only, we will accept the Preliminary PCAT Score Report for the September 16th-18th PCAT so long as it is submitted by email (email@example.com) to UHCOP within 48 hours of the test date.
Offers of acceptance to Early Decision applicants taking the September 16th-18th PCAT will be made with the understanding that offers are dependent upon submission of official results of the September PCAT.
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.
**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.
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.
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:
•An individual interview conducted by 2 interviewers. UHCOP interviewers will be a combination two of the following: UHCOP faculty, UHCOP Pharm.D. alumni, or UHCOP Pharm.D. Residents
•The individual problem solving exercise
•The team problem solving exercise
• A brief review of an applicant's file and coursework by the Student Services Center Staff.
• An informational browsing session on some key features of our Pharm.D. program, housing, as well as pertinent financial aid information.