Admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy program is selective and highly competitive. Admission criteria include demonstrated academic ability in pre-pharmacy curriculum, good moral character, proficiency and clarity in both written and spoken English, strong potential for professional outlook and behavior, evidence of leadership and maturity, and complete mental and physical competence to perform all tasks regularly expected of a registered pharmacist.

Doctor of Pharmacy Student Statistics

Average GPA
Year 2015 2016 2017 2018
Applicants 610 648 492 447
Matriculated 118 76 77 86

Average GPA

North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination 2
Year 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Science GPA 3.46 3.45 3.40 3.47 3.40
Overall Pre-pharmacy GPA 3.36 3.49 3.35 3.49 3.40

North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) pass rate for first-time takers:

North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination
Year 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Pass Rates 84.07% 81.90% 90.22% 79.63% 88.57%

On-Time Graduation Rate

On-Time Graduation Rate
Year Class of 2017 Class of 2018 Class of 2019
No. of Registrations 116 118 118
No. of On-Time Graduates 94 105 100
Graduation Rate 81.03% 88.98% 84.75%
Attrition Rate 18.97% 11.02% 15.25%

Interprofessional Education Highlight

The Class of 2017 and 2018 participated in an annual interprofessional education (IPE) event with the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. Over 900 students from 14 healthcare disciplines (including pharmacy, medicine, and nursing) participated in an interdisciplinary case to recognize their discipline's role in the case and collaborate with other disciplines in treating and caring for the patient. This Interprofessional Education activity is one of several in the College that prepares students to practice in a collaborative team-based approach to patient care.

  • Memorial Hermann Hospital TMC
  • Harris Health Systems
  • San Jose Clinic
  • Methodist Hospital TMC
  • Baylor College of Medicine

There were 114 pharmacy student participants in the   Class of 2017. Approximately 52% of the 4th year students in this class were selected by the university to participate in either the poster or oral presentation student forum of Research Week. The Class of 2017 had the distinction of receiving the most student awards for Research Week poster presentations and are listed below. All other 4th year students presented during the Annual RW College Breakout Session.

Class 2018  also participated in the longitudinal research project. Of the 117 fourth year professional students, 16 student groups (32%) were selected to present during the 2018 Research Week in the student poster forum. All other 4th year students presented during the Annual RW College Breakout Session.

Research Week Highlights

To assist in career readiness, graduating students participated in a longitudinal research project during their 4th professional year. Students were able to present their projects at both national and local professional organizations, including the annual TSU Research Week (RW). Students participated, under the supervision of faculty, adjunct faculty and preceptors as research advisors. Research sites included College partnerships with Texas Medical Center (TMC) and other Institutions. Selected sites are as follows:

Class of 2017 Student Poster Award Winners

  • Team: Demi Chan, Jesse Harris, Nirmal Koruthu, Esmail Moosavi and Brandy Wilkerson - 1st Place
  • Amina Nouchedeh - 3rd Place
  • Team: Minh Do and Amanda Briscoe - 3rd Place