Admission Overview

Pharm.D. Admission Overview

The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Admissions and Academic Standards Committee will consider an applicant’s COPHS pre-pharmacy coursework for admission to the Doctor of Pharmacy Program.  

Application Deadlines
The COPHS will participate in Early Decision and Regular Decision deadlines through PharmCAS.  

Early Decision Deadline: September 2, 2014

1.    An Early Decision applicant’s opportunity requires that all prerequisites 
       be completed by no later than the end of fall to be eligible.

2.    Students in progress with courses during the fall who are offered
       admission under the Early Decision deadline will need to produce official
       transcripts documenting all in progress coursework was completed with
       a C or better.

3.    Students who do not meet the criteria for Early Decision will be moved to
       the Regular Decision deadline applicant pool without needing to re-apply.

4.    An applicant can be offered admission or denied admission.  If an applicant is offered admission as an Early
       Decision Applicant, the applicant is obligated to accept the offer and will not be permitted to apply to other
       PharmCAS institutions.

5.    Early Decision applicants must e-mail the preliminary score report to Dr. Linda Solís at
       within 24 hours of the test date along with copies of all unofficial transcript(s). However, an Official PCAT
       Score Report is required to be enrolled in the first year pharmacy classes.

       NOTE: Out of State students are strongly encouraged to submit unofficial transcripts to Dr. Solís at  for verification of coursework and transfer hours prior to applying (especially students
       with quarter hours.

Regular Decision Deadline: December 1st

1.    Regular Decision applicants must have Pre-Pharmacy coursework completed no later than the end of the
       spring semester and take a maximum of six semester hours in the first summer semester.
2.    Students in progress with courses during the spring who are offered admission under the Regular Decision
       deadline will need to submit official transcripts documenting all in progress coursework was completed with a
       C or better.

Completion of Pre-Pharmacy Curriculum Requirements
1.    All pre-pharmacy classes must be completed prior to beginning the professional phase of the program if
       admission is offered and accepted (all Math, Science, English, and Speech courses must be completed no
       later than spring prior to fall admission).  Six semester hours maximum can be taken in the first summer
       semester.  No courses are permitted during the second summer session.

          Pre-Pharmacy Curriculum (PDF)
2.    The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Admissions Committee requires a minimum
       Pre-Pharmacy/science GPA of 2.75 that is calculated based on the Pre-Pharmacy math and science
       courses on the TSU Pre-Pharmacy curriculum.

3.    Courses that are not part of the TSU Pre-Pharmacy curriculum are not calculated into the GPA.    
       Note:  No more than sixty-six (66) credit hours from junior and or community colleges
       maybe transferred to Texas Southern University.

Repeat Policy
1.    If a student repeats a Pre-Pharmacy course, then the last grade will stand and be used for the purposes of
       meeting admission and graduation requirements. Repeats are not averaged into the Pre-Pharmacy GPA.

2.    Grades of less than a “C” in all prerequisite courses must be repeated.   
3.    A ½ point will be deducted for each repeat within 5 years of the application cycle for earned grades of less
       than a “C,” to include “C-,“ “D+,” “D,” “D-,” “F” or withdrawals when being evaluated for a possible interview.  No points are awarded for these grades including incompletes (I).

1.    The Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) is a requirement for admission into the COPHS.  
2.    There is no minimum required score for PCAT to apply, but scores of 60th percentile and above are
       considered to be more competitive.

3.    If the PCAT has been taken multiple times, the College does not average PCAT scores and will only accept
       the specific scores required for the current admission cycle. Applicants are encouraged to retake the exam to improve their score, if advised. However, applicants should be aware of the PCAT policy that limits the number of attempts.

4.    For the 2015 application cycle, scores from the following PCAT exam dates will be accepted:
      January 2013 through October 16, 2014 (Early Decision deadline)
      January 2013 through November 7, 2014 (Regular Decision deadline)
      **January 2015 PCAT scores will not be considered for the 2015 admission cycle

Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) Program 
The Doctor of Pharmacy program is a 4-year full time academic program that prepares graduates to pursue a career as pharmacist.
The Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum (PDF) at TSU offers integrated courses and experiential training to pharmacy students.  

Doctor of Pharmacy students who have a documented disability, as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, will be referred to the campus Office of Disability Services (ODS). The College will make accommodations on a case-by-case basis with advice from ODS. Students with disabilities who require accommodations for full access and participation must be registered with ODS on the first day of enrollment.

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.

Texas Southern University admits students without regard to their sex, disability, race, color, creed or national origin and entitles them to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded to its students. Texas Southern University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, academic and other standards, or for other financial aid, or in the planning and administration of its academic programs.

Graduation Requirements
All requirements for graduation with a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree must be completed within seven years of initial enrollment in the Pre-Pharmacy Program or within six years in the Professional Program for transfer students. All requirements for graduation with a Bachelor of Science degree in one of the Health Sciences must be completed within six years of initial enrollment as a freshman or within four years in the professional program. When this is not the case, the complete academic records of the student will be subject to review by the faculty to determine whether the student will be allowed to continue in the program.

During the semester prior to graduation, students must file a graduation application with the office of the Director of Student Services.