Pharmacy Schools in Texas
Texas requires pharmacists to have at least a bachelors degree in this field. Additional professional requirements include clinical practice hours and a national exam. Students in Texas have several program options; there are undergraduate and advanced degrees available. The schools described below offer options that may help students either to meet state certification requirements, or to pursue advanced study in pharmacology.
Texas A&M Health Science Center
This school's Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy is located on the Kingsville campus. Students here can follow a pre-pharmacy curriculum or earn a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.). The pre-pharmacy curriculum contains two years of undergraduate credit and is designed to fulfill the prerequisite requirements that are commonly set by pharmacy schools. The Pharm.D. program fulfills the state education requirements for licensure and can be completed in four years. Students complete three years of coursework covering chemistry, healthcare systems, communication, pharmaceutics, ethics, disease, toxicology and psychiatry. During the fourth year of this program, students gain hands-on experience by completing six advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPE). The fourth year also contains grand rounds, midpoint reflections and a pharmacy capstone.
Texas Southern University
At this Houston school, students can earn a Doctor of Pharmacy, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Master of Science (M.S.) in Pharmaceutical Sciences or follow an undergraduate pre-pharmacy track. Students in the PhD and M.S. programs can choose to specialize in pharmacology or pharmaceutics. Only the Pharm.D. program prepares graduates for licensure. The M.S. is intended to ready students for further education or mid-level employment, while the PhD prepares students for positions in research and academia. Faculty members at this school conduct research in a variety of fields, including drug delivery, hypertension and cancer, and are working on programs that can enhance the pharmaceutical profession. This school is home to a prescription practice dispensing laboratory, where students can practice counseling and drug dispensing.
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
This school, located in Lubbock offers a Master of Science and PhD in Pharmaceutical Science and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. The Pharm.D. is the only professional degree offered at this school; the M.S. and PhD will not prepare graduates for state licensure. Core coursework for the M.S. and PhD programs includes biochemistry, research design and analysis, physiology-based pharmacology and graduate pharmaceutics. Students in the Pharm.D. program complete coursework, laboratory requirements and clinical experiences. This school also offers a dual Pharm.D. and Master of Business Administration that can be completed in four years.
The University of Texas at Austin
At this Austin school, students can earn a Pharm.D., a PhD or Master of Science in Phamacotherapy through the College of Pharmacy. PhD students can study pharmaceutics, pharmacology and toxicology, health outcomes and pharmacy practice or choose an interdisciplinary major. Students can also earn a concurrent Pharm.D./PhD. The Pharm.D. is a professional degree that can prepare students for licensure. This program concludes with an internship comprised of six rotations.
University of Houston
This Houston schools offers a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and a variety of other graduate degrees in pharmacy. At the master's level, students can earn a Master of Science in Pharmacy Leadership and Administration or pursue a concurrent Pharm.D. and M.S. in Pharmacy Leadership and Administration. Doctoral students may earn a PhD in Pharmacology, Pharmaceutics or Pharmacology/Medicinal Chemistry. This school also offers a combined Pharm.D. and PhD in Pharmacology ,Pharmaceutics or Pharmacology/Medicinal Chemistry; post-doctoral research fellowships and clinical and research residency programs.
University of the Incarnate Word
At this San Antonio-based school, students can follow a pre-pharmacy curriculum or earn a Pharm.D. The pre-pharmacy curriculum contains two-years of coursework and covers chemical principles, anatomy and physiology, calculus, organic chemistry and microbiology. The Pharm.D. is a professional program that prepares graduates for licensure. Curriculum for this program includes pharmaceutics, ethics, drug information, public health, biostatistics and pharmacy management. During the fourth year of this program, students complete advanced pharmacy practice experiences.
To work as a pharmacist, one must earn a professional degree from a school that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. Professional qualifications can be met with a bachelor's degree in pharmacy. However, many choose to pursue a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.).
The Texas State Board of Pharmacy also requires that candidates pass the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) and the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination. Prospective pharmacists must also complete an approved internship that includes 1,500 hours of experience.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Pharmacy Degrees Offered||Graduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Texas A&M Health Science Center||Four-year, public; small city|| Pre-pharmacy curriculum,
Doctor of Pharmacy
|$8,656 in-state; $18,183 out-of-state*|
|Texas Southern University||Four-year, public; large city||Pre-pharmacy undergraduate track,
MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences,
PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences,
Doctor of Pharmacy
|$6,572 in-state, $12,892 out-of-state*|
|Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center||Four-year, public; midsize city|| Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Science,
PhD in Pharmaceutical Science,
Doctor of Pharmacy,
Dual Pharm.D. and Master of Business Administration
|$8,301 in-state; $17,661 out-of-state*|
|The University of Texas at Austin||Four-year, public; large city|| Master of Science in Phamacotherapy,
PhD in Phamacotherapy,
Doctor of Pharmacy
|$10,934 in-state; $20,762 out-of-state*|
|University of Houston||Four-year, public; large city|| Master of Science in Pharmacy Leadership and Administration,
Doctor of Pharmacy,
PhD in Pharmacology, PhD in Pharmaceutics, PhD in Pharmacology/Medicinal Chemistry,
Combined Pharm.D./M.S. in Pharmacy Leadership and Administration,
Combined Pharm.D./Ph.D. in Pharmacology or Pharmaceutics
|$9,074 in-state, $17,894 out-of-state*|
|University of the Incarnate Word||Four-year, private not-for-profit; large city|| Pre-pharmacy curriculum,
|$16,866 in-state and out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator