College of Pharmacy and Health Science

Examination Requirements

Comprehensive Examinations

Prior to entering the Professional Curriculum (third year), students must pass the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT). A comprehensive examination is required of all students during the fifth year. Students must attain a grade (usually 55.00% of the total points that can be earned ) as determined by the Faculty after statistical analysis of Texas State Board passing rates in the integrated Comprehensive Examination. A score of 75.00 in Texas Jurisprudence is required in order to be approved for graduation. Graduation must occur within one year of successful completion of the Comprehensive Examination, or the Comprehensive Examination must be repeated.

Environmental Health

Students must pass a comprehensive examination prior to graduation. The examination is administered during the senior year after candidates for graduation have initiated the graduation application process. Persons with prior certification in an environmental health profession or who have pursued certification examinations during the course of their studies from internationally acknowledged organizations, such as the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), may be exempt from this requirement based upon positive outcomes.

Health Administration

A comprehensive examination that must be completed successfully during the senior year is required of all students completing this program. Seniors are required to initiate the process of applying for graduation through the Program Director and to obtain information on the administration of the examination at that time.

Health Information Management

A comprehensive examination is required of all students to complete this program. They must pass this examination, which is given during their senior year, with a score of 75.00 or better; and they must have the approval of the Program Director before attempting the examination. once the examination is completed, students are individually issued a Certificate of Completion in Health Information Management; and they may petition to take the American Health Information Management Association Board Examination.

Medical Technology

All students in this program are required to pass a comprehensive examination during their senior year with a score of 75.00 or better prior to graduation. Students approved for graduation may also petition to take a national examination administered by The American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Registry and The National Certification Agency for Medical Laboratory Personnel. Students failing the comprehensive examination will be required to complete remedial activities and/ or course work prior to re-examination. In the case of failure, graduation must occur within one year of successful completion of the examination, or all sections of the examination must be repeated. Students will only be allowed to repeat the comprehensive examination twice.

Respiratory Therapy

A three-part comprehensive examination is required of all students to complete this program and to receive, individually, a Certificate of Completion in Respiratory Therapy. Students must be approved by the Program Director to attempt this examination. Successful completion of the examination qualifies students to take the National Board of Respiratory Care Entry Level Examination which must be passed, part by part, in sequence and in accord with national passing rates. Students failing any part or parts of the comprehensive examination will be required to enroll in documented recapitulative course work prior to taking the examination again.