Due primarily to challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UTEP School of Pharmacy has waived the PCAT admissions requirement. Effective immediately, Fall 2021 applicants will not be required to take the PCAT.
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Requirements and Recommendations
|Preferred Overall GPA: 2.75||Preferred Math/Science GPA: 3.2||PCAT requirement has been waived for Fall 2021 applicants
* Preferred does not mean mandatory. These are goals we hope prospective applicants aim to achieve, but applicants with metrics below these preferences will still be considered, and can still be admitted.
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 all undergraduate coursework does not need to be completed before application, but before matriculation. Students interested in the UTEP SOP will apply a year in advance and so will still be able to complete courses during the Fall in which they submit their application, the Spring after they apply, and potentially the Summer after they apply, if necessary.
Please also 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.
- Prerequisite Coursework completed with a grade of "C" or better.
- Core Curriculum: Students who have completed the 42-hour core curriculum at another Texas institution of higher education shall not be required to take additional courses to satisfy UTEP’s core curriculum. Students who transfer without completing the core curriculum at another Texas institution of higher education, but who have completed blocks within the core, shall receive credit in UTEP's core curriculum for each of the blocks successfully (C or better) completed in the core curriculum of the sending institution.
- Writing Intensive prerequisite: To submit a course other than RWS 3359 to fulfill our Writtng Intensive requirement, please email a syllabus to firstname.lastname@example.org for verification that it meets our specifications.
- Spanish prerequisite: For our Spanish prerequisite, any college level Spanish language course that is 3 SCH will fulfill this prerequisite. Students can also take the CLEP exam to receive college level credit without taking a course.
- 7-year Recommendation: 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.
- COVID-19 exceptions: We will be accepting S/U grades, or Pass/Fail grades, for prerequisite courses taken during the Spring 2020, Summer 2020, and Fall 2020 semesters.
- 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: The PCAT requirement has been waived for Fall 2021 applicants.
- 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.
Recommended Attributes for Application
Competitive candidates, in addition to the required minimum requirements, are recommended to have the following attributes that meet our IDEAL vision (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
Please note, fulfillment of these recommendations does not guarantee admission into the SOP.
Required Prerequisite Coursework
Students can complete required prerequisite coursework under any major they wish as our program does not require completion of a bachelors degree for admission. UTEP students are encouraged to choose the major Biology with a Biomedical concentration, since it's required coursework most closely fits our prerequisites.
School of Pharmacy Requirement
|Semester Credit Hours (SCH)|
|Calculus 1 (MATH 1411)||4|
|Descriptive & Inferential Statistics (STAT 1380) OR
Elementary Statistical Methods (STAT 2480)
|3 OR 4|
|Life and Physical Sciences|
|General Biology (BIOL 1305)||3|
|Topics in Study of Life 1 Lab (BIOL 1107)||1|
|Organismal Biology (BIOL 1306)||3|
|Organismal Biology Laboratory (BIOL 1108)||1|
|Human Anatomy/Physiology I (BIOL 2311)||3|
|Human Anatomy/Physiology Lab I (BIOL 2113)||1|
|Human Anatomy/Physiology II (BIOL 2113)||3|
|Human Anatomy/Physiology Lab II (BIOL 2113)||1|
|Genetics (BIOL 3320)||3|
|General Chemistry (CHEM 1305)||3|
|Laboratory for CHEM 1305 (CHEM 1105)||1|
|General Chemistry (CHEM 1306)||3|
|Laboratory for CHEM (CHEM 1106)||1|
|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 Microbiology (MICR 2340)||3|
|General Microbiology Laboratory (MICR 2141)||1|
|General Physics I (PHYS 1403)||4|
|Writing Intensive Course*|
|Writing-Intensive Designation (eg., English, History, Humanities, Political Sciene) (Courses Vary - 3000/4000 Level**) More than 50% of overall grade must come from writing assignments. Recommended course: RWS 3359.
|College Level or Test Equivalent (Courses Vary)||3|
All courses below are Texas Core Curriculum requirements. Students must be core complete to be admitted to our program. Applicants who have attained a baccalaureate degree, or who have completed the core curriculum at another Texas institution of higher education, will have any deficiencies in core requirements waived.
Core Curriculum Requirement
|Semester Credit Hours (SCH)|
|Rheteoric and Composition I (RWS 1301/ENGL 1311)||3|
|Rhetoric and Composition II (RWS 1302/ENGL 1302||3|
|Language, Philosophy & Culture
|(Courses Vary*) Recommended course: PHIL 2306||3|
|History of the United States to 1865 (HIST 1301)||3|
|History of the United States Since 1865||3|
|Introduction to Politics (POLS 2310)||3|
|Social & Behavioral Sciences|
|(Courses Vary*) Recommended courses: ECON 2303 or ECON 2304|
|Component Area Option|
|Seminar in Critical Inquiry OR
Interdisciplinary Technology and Society OR
Inquiry in Math & Science (UNIV 1301 OR SCI 1301)
|Public Speaking (COMM 1301)(Courses Vary*)||3|
* See Core Curriculum for complete list of courses which will fulfill this requirement.