Degrees and Programs

The University offers the Pharm.D. as the sole entry-level pharmacy practice degree. As described in the mission, this program emphasizes an integrated and problem-based approach to disease management as the core of the didactic, laboratory, and experiential program of study.

The capstone of the Pharm.D. program is a series of seven six-week rotations known as the advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPE). Each APPE course requires a minimum of 45 on-site, practitioner-faculty-supervised hours of internship experience a week for six weeks.

The college expects but cannot guarantee that experiential regions will include Austin/Temple/Waco, Dallas/Fort Worth (the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and other area health care facilities), El Paso (the University of Texas at El Paso and area health care facilities), Galveston/Houston (the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, and other area health care facilities), the Rio Grande Valley (the University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley and health care facilities primarily in Harlingen and McAllen), and San Antonio (the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio and other area health care facilities). Students in the UT - Rio Grande Valley cooperative program and students assigned to San Antonio spend two years in these regions, while students assigned to other regions spend only the final year in the APPE region.

College of Pharmacy students who complete their experiential courses at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio are considered part of a joint Pharm.D. degree program and receive a degree awarded jointly by the two institutions. The joint nature of this program is reflected on the student’s diploma. Students who complete the UT - Rio Grande Valley cooperative program receive a diploma reflecting the cooperative nature of their programs of study.

In completing the Doctor of Pharmacy degree, students also fulfill the internship requirements of the Texas State Board of Pharmacy. The final year of APPE courses and several other practice-based experiential courses, beginning in the first professional year, make up the experiential program. The professional experience courses are currently approved by the Texas State Board of Pharmacy to meet its standards for completion of the professional internship licensure requirement. The board reassesses all programs annually.

The Minor

While a minor is not required as part of the Pharm.D. degree program, the student may choose to complete additional coursework in a field outside of the College of Pharmacy. A course may not be counted both toward the minor and toward the 213 hours of work required for the Pharm.D. degree.

The transcript-recognized undergraduate academic minor must be completed in conjunction with an undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin; students pursuing an integrated undergraduate/graduate program must complete the requirements for the minor within one year after completing the undergraduate requirements of their program. For more information regarding the requirements for achieving a minor, including a comprehensive list of minors, please visit the Minors and Certificate Programs section of the Undergraduate Catalog.

Applicability of Certain Courses

Physical Activity Courses

Physical activity (PED) courses are offered by the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education. They may not be counted toward a degree in the College of Pharmacy. However, they are counted among courses for which the student is enrolled, and the grades are included in the University grade point average.

ROTC Courses

Courses in air force science, military science, and naval science may be substituted for a total of nine semester hours of non-pharmacy electives by students who complete the 16 to 20 semester hours of required air force science, military science, or naval science coursework and accept a commission in one of the services. These courses may not be counted toward the professional elective requirement.

Correspondence and Extension Courses

Credit that a University student in residence earns simultaneously by correspondence or extension from the University or elsewhere or in residence at another school will not be counted toward a degree unless it is specifically approved in advance by the dean. No more than 30 percent of the semester hours required for any degree may be completed by correspondence, and no pharmacy courses taken by correspondence or extension may be counted toward a pharmacy degree.

Prescribed Work

Students who enter the Doctor of Pharmacy degree program must complete a minimum of 219 semester hours of coursework in the following areas: the core curriculum, additional basic education requirements, professional electives, and pre-professional and professional coursework.

Core Curriculum

Each student must complete the University's Core Curriculum. Because of the intensity and structure of the professional pharmacy curriculum, and because admission to the professional curriculum is highly competitive, the College of Pharmacy strongly recommends that students complete all of the core courses before they enter the college

The following core requirements are usually met by the pre-professional and professional coursework described below: English composition with one writing flag, mathematics, science and technology (parts I and II), and humanities. Students must complete additional coursework to meet the core requirements listed below; the courses in each core area are listed in Core Curriculum.

RequirementsHours
Additional Coursework
First-year signature course3
American and Texas government6
American history6
Social and behavioral sciences3
Visual and performing arts3
Total Hours21

Transfer students who complete the core curriculum at another public Texas institution of higher education with core completion specified on their transcript and who are then admitted to the Pharm.D. program are considered "core complete" by the University. Core curriculum requirements are waived for students admitted to the Pharm.D. program who have previously earned a bachelor's degree.

Additional Basic Education Requirements

All students must also earn the following skills and experiences flags: writing, quantitative reasoning, cultural diversity in the United States, ethics and leadership, global cultures, and independent inquiry. See skills and experiences for more information; courses that carry these flags are identified in the Course Schedule. All skills and experience flags are fulfilled by courses within the professional pharmacy sequence, except for global cultures.

Flag requirements are waived for students admitted to the professional curriculum who have already earned a bachelor's degree.

All students must complete the foreign language requirement  before they enter the professional curriculum (unless they hold a prior bachelor's degree).

Professional Electives Course Requirement

The student must complete at least two professional elective courses, for a total of at least six semester hours, on the letter-grade basis. The student must take the courses used to fulfill the professional electives requirement after admission to the professional curriculum.