Admission Requirements

The pre-pharmacy coursework and PharmD program can be completed with a minimum of two (2) years of undergraduate course work and four (4) years of professional degree program coursework.  That said, the prerequisite coursework that needs to be completed prior to enrolling into the PharmD program could take three years of full-time undergraduate enrollment to be completed.  Please note that students can complete a bachelor’s degree before enrolling into the PharmD program, but are not required to.  It has been our experience that some of the most competitive and successful students have earned a bachelor’s degree prior to attending pharmacy school.

Minimum Requirements to Apply

  • Minimum overall GPA: 2.75
  • Minimum Math and Science GPA: 3.2
  • Prerequisite Coursework
  • It is highly recommended that students take required courses in science and math within 7 years of applying for admission to pharmacy school. In the holistic review of applicants, the UTEP SOP admissions committee will consider: 1) other advanced coursework in science and math with a high GPA, 2) PCAT score, and/or 3) other evidence of the student’s ability to complete advanced science and math coursework in pharmacy school.
  • Summer courses before enrollment: All prerequisite courses should be completed by the end of the Spring semester prior to enrollment into the PharmD program.  Students can take prerequisite courses the summer prior to enrollment, but must successfully complete the course(s).  These courses will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis to ensure that they may be feasibly completed, while maintaining the required GPA, prior to enrollment.
  • Repeated Coursework: For courses that are required to be completed at a grade of "C" or higher, students may retake these courses. If they receive a grade of "C" or higher, this requirement will be considered met. 

  • GPA Calculations: GPA for cumulative and science/math grades are calculated using a four-point scale.  An A = 4, B = 3, C = 2, D = 1, F = 0.  Grades with pluses or minuses will be converted to the corresponding A, B, C or D letter grades.  Course grades indicating a failure, e.g., an F, no credit (NC), will be calculated as an "F" in the GPA calculations.  The SOP will calculate the most recent grade in a course, if it is repeated, towards the GPA.
  • PCAT: Applicants should take the PCAT within the last 24 months of applying. There is not a recommended score, but the score is considered in the holistic, whole-file review process. 
  • Meet Professional Technical Standards for Admission, Matriculation, and Graduation: The Professional Technical Standards are established by the SOP based on the physical and mental attributes required of students to function competently as a pharmacist upon graduation.  Students with disabilities are welcome to apply and consult with the Director of Student Affairs and/or the Center for Accommodation and Support Services regarding accommodations that may be available to meet the Professional Technical Standards.  A full list of the Professional Technical Standards for Admission, Matriculation, and Graduation can be found here.
  • Eligibility for Admission to UTEP: Admission to the SOP is contingent on admission to UTEP.  For example, students that have been barred from applying to UTEP or who are ineligible for readmission to UTEP will not be considered for admission to the School of Pharmacy. 
  • Official U.S. Transcripts: Must be submitted with your application.
  • Foreign transcripts: Transcripts not in English or Spanish must have an official evaluation to be accepted.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Three (3) letters of recommendation must be submitted along with your application. These letters should discuss your professional, research, academic, and service/civic experiences.  Personal recommendations are not recommended.
  • Supplemental Application 
    • The vision of the UTEP School of Pharmacy is to be a pioneer of excellence in pharmacy education for Innovation, Diversity, Engagement, Access, and Leadership (IDEAL). Tell us about how you meet the IDEAL through your education, in your professional involvement, and/or in your own personal life. How do you see yourself continuing, developing, and/or sharpening your IDEAL talents, skills, and service during the Doctor of Pharmacy education?. This statement is your opportunity to share with us more about yourself-- to describe how your hopes, ambitions, life experiences, and/or inspirations have shaped you. Remember this personal statement is exactly that – personal. Your personal story is an important component of your application and will help put your entire application in context.
    • Maximum length: 1 Page 8 1/2" x 11”. Formatting requirements: Single-Sided, Single-Spaced, Typed, Font size 11 pt, Times New Roman or Arial, 1-inch margins

Applicants are eligible for an application fee waiver if:

  • Applicant has received or is eligible to receive an ACT or SAT testing fee waiver.
  • Applicant is enrolled in or eligible to participate in the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch program (FRPL).
  • Applicant's annual family income falls within the Income Eligibility Guidelines set by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.
  • Applicant is enrolled in a federal, state or local program that aids Applicant from low-income families (e.g., TRIO programs such as Upward Bound).
  • Applicant's family receives public assistance.
  • Applicant lives in federally subsidized public housing, a foster home or is homeless.
  • Applicant is a ward of the state or an orphan.

The Director of Student Affairs, in consultation with the Student Excellence Team, will review and approve waivers.  Note: Applicants do not need to self-identify, but will need to provide proper documentation, including, but no limited to: FASFA, testing fee waivers, etc.

The criteria are based on the National Association for College Admission Counseling standards.

Recommended Attributes for Application

Competitive candidates, in addition to the required minimum requirements, are recommended to have the following attributes that meet our IDEAL (Innovation, Diversity, Engagement, Access, and Leadership):

  • Extracurricular participation and/or leadership
  • Experience in health-related fields
  • On-going community engagement/service
  • Ability to work with diverse populations
  • Demonstrated leadership

All applicants are required to have completed at least a semester’s worth of college-level Spanish or equivalent (e.g., coursework, AP credit, UTEP Spanish placement exam)

Please note, fulfillment of these recommendations does not guarantee admission into the SOP.

Required Prerequisite Coursework

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Subject Semester Credit Hours (SCH) Meets Core Curriculum
Rheteoric and Composition I (RWS 1301/ENGL1311) 3 X
Rhetoric and Composition II (RWS 1302/ENGL 1302 3 X
Calculus 1 (MATH 1411) 4 X
Elementary Statistical Methods 4 X
Life and Physical Sciences
General Biology (BIOL 1305) 3 X
Topics in Study of Life 1 Lab (BIOL 1107) 1 X
Organismal Biology (BIOL 1306) 3 X
Organismal Biology Laboratory (BIOL 1108) 1 X
Human Anatomy/Physiology I (BIOL 2311) 3 X
Human Anatomy/Physiology Lab I (BIOL 2113) 1 X
Human Anatomy/Physiology II (BIOL 2113) 3 X
Human Anatomy/Physiology Lab II (BIOL 2113) 1 X
Genetics (BIOL 3320) 3
General Chemistry (CHEM 1305) 3 X
Laboratory for CHEM 1305 (CHEM 1105) 1 X
General Chemistry (CHEM 1306) 3 X
Laboratory for CHEM (CHEM 1106) 1 X
Organic Chemisty (CHEM 2324) 3
Lab for Organic Chemistry 2324 (CHEM 2124) 1
Organic Chemistry (CHEM 2325) 3
Lab for Organic Chemistry 2325 (CHEM 2125) 1
Biochemistry I: Structure & Function (CHEM3330) 3
General Microbilogy (MICR 2340) 3
General Microbiology Laboratory (MICR 2141) 1
General Physics I (PHYS 1403) 4 X
Subject Semester Credit Hours (SCH) Meets Core Curriculum
Language, Philosophy & Culture
(Courses Vary*) 3
Creative Arts
(Courses Vary**)
American History
History of the United States to 1865 (HIST 1301) 3 X
History of the United States Since 1865 3 X
Government/Political Science
Introduction to Politics (POLS 2310) 3 X
(POLS 2311) 3 X
Social & Behavioral Sciences
(Courses Vary**)
Components Area Option
Seminar in Critical Inquiry OR
Interdisciplinary Technology and Sociert OR
Inquiry in Math & Science (UNIV 1301 OR SCI 1301)
3 X
Public Speaking (eg., COMM 1301)(Courses Vary**) 3 X
Writing-Intensive Course
Writing-Intensive Designation (eg., English, History, Humanities, Political Sciene) (Courses Vary - 3000/4000 Level**) 3
College Level or Test Equivalent (Courses Vary**) 3
Total SCH 93

* It is highly recommended that students take Ethics (PHIL 2306) to fulfill this requirement

** Refer to Texas Core Curriculum for complete list of courses offered.

In addition to the required courses for pre-pharmacy, all undergraduates at UTEP are required to complete a 42-semester credit hour core curriculum. As shown above, these requirements will all be met through the pre-pharmacy required coursework.