Dean’s Welcome


José O. Rivera, PharmD. Founding Dean

¡Bienvenidos!  And thank you for your interest in pursuing pharmacy education at The University of Texas at El Paso!  These are exciting times for the UTEP Pharmacy program, as we move from a Cooperative Program with The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) to a stand-alone School of Pharmacy at UTEP.  By opening a new School of Pharmacy, UTEP is in a position to make a significant contribution to meet the health needs and challenges facing the Paso del Norte region.  We are committed to working closely with our community partners toward this goal.

In May 2015, the Texas State Legislature allocated $7 million over the 2016-2017 biennium to expand the pharmacy program at UTEP.  In November 2015, the UT Board of Regents approved the creation of the School of Pharmacy and established the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program at UTEP.  To best meet the current and future health needs of the El Paso area and beyond, UTEP embarked on an aggressive and ambitious plan to open a pharmacy school and enroll the first PharmD class in Fall 2017.  The UTEP School of Pharmacy will be the first pharmacy school/college on the Texas – Mexico border that is not a cooperative program, and one of only a handful of pharmacy school/colleges at a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) nationwide.

The current Cooperative Pharmacy Program with UT Austin has proven fruitful in increasing the number of pharmacists in the region and providing continuing education for local pharmacists.  While the Cooperative Program has served us well in many ways, it cannot meet the increasing demands for health care providers, specifically pharmacists, in this region.  UTEP Pharmacy will continue to meet its obligation to Cooperative pharmacy students who are already enrolled and looks forward to a continued strong and productive relationship with the UT Austin College of Pharmacy.

UTEP Pharmacy is currently in the process of completing its accreditation application for “pre-candidate status” with the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).  The six-year accreditation process requires UTEP Pharmacy to demonstrate that it has the capacity, capability, and resources to institute a successful and competitive pharmacy program. We are confident that we can meet and exceed these requirements. 

The UTEP School of Pharmacy is committed to UTEP’s twin goals of access and excellence through its admissions process, curriculum, clinical experiences, and community engagement.  The integration and implementation of the UTEP motto is captured within the proposed program’s vision and mission statement.  The UTEP School of Pharmacy vision is to be a pioneer of excellence in pharmacy education for “Innovation, Diversity, Engagement, Access, and Leadership” (IDEAL).  The program’s mission is to “bridge borders for access and excellence: transforming pharmacy education, patient care, community service, research and leadership to benefit a 21st century demographic.” 

We welcome you to join us in this journey.  Please check in with us often to track our progression to becoming a School of Pharmacy.  To provide a financial contribution toward the establishment of UTEP’s stand-alone School of Pharmacy, please visit the UTEP School of Pharmacy Gift Fund.

Go Miners!

José O. Rivera, PharmD
Founding Dean