Doctor of Pharmacy

The Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree program aims to increase representation in the pharmacy profession by the traditionally underrepresented demographic groups of South Texas, provide the population of South Texas access to a high quality Pharm.D. program, support advanced research in pharmaceutical care issues pertinent to South Texas, enhance health outcomes, and expand the scope and depth of regional health care service activities.

Educational Objectives

The Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy prepares entry-level pharmacy practitioners with the essential abilities necessary to be competent professionals, as evidenced by the ability to pass the national licensing exam (NAPLEX) on the first attempt.

The required core competencies to be attained by Pharm.D. students are grouped into the following categories:

  • Communicating with patients and health professionals
  • Applying basic science to practice
  • Problem-solving and decision-making
  • Dispensing pharmaceuticals
  • Providing pharmaceutical care
  • Performing professionally and ethically
  • Managing and supervising within pharmacy practice

Each of the above categories has specific learning objectives that each student is expected to satisfy over his or her course of study.

Courses that comprise the core curriculum of the Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy curriculum leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree are described below. The core includes both required and elective coursework. The courses below are listed by year and consist of didactic, laboratory, practice experience (introductory and advanced) and post-experiential offerings. Each course is shown with designations of pre-and/or corequisites where applicable.

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
PHAR 626Human Physiology 4
PHAR 627Biochemistry 3
PHAR 641Pharmaceutical Calculations 2
PHAR 610Principles Drug Action I 2
PHAR 656Health Care Systems 2
PHAR 672Introduction to Patient Care 2
PHAR 671Clinical Communications 2
PHAR 605IPPE I: Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences 1
PHAR 601Forum / Student Portfolios / Professional Development I 0
 Term Semester Credit Hours18
PHAR 673Self Care and Non-Prescription Medications 3
PHAR 611Principles Drug Action II 2
PHAR 628Research Methods/Biostatics 2
PHAR 658Public Heath and Pharmacoepidemiology 2
PHAR 642Pharmaceutics I 4
PHAR 657Pharmacy Law and Ethics 3
PHAR 606IPPE II: Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experiences 1
PHAR 601Forum / Student Portfolios / Professional Development I 1
 Term Semester Credit Hours18
Second Year
PHAR 742Basic Pharmacokinetics 3
PHAR 741Pharmaceutics II 3
PHAR 710IPT I: Electrolytes, Acid-Base, and Kidney Diseases 2
PHAR 711IPT II: Cardiovascular Diseases 4
PHAR 721Nutrition, Vitamins, Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2
PHAR 777Sterile Products/IV Admixtures (Lab) 1
PHAR 705IPPE: Community Pharmacy Practice 1
PHAR 714IPT Recitation/Rounds I 1
PHAR 701Forum/Student Portfolios/Professional Development II 0
 Term Semester Credit Hours17
PHAR 726Microbiology/Immunology 3
PHAR 757Pharmacy Management and Pharmacoeconomics 3
PHAR 712IPT III:Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases 3
PHAR 713IPT IV: Neurology and Pain Management 3
PHAR 778Drug Literature Evaluation and Patient Drug Education 3
PHAR 706IPPE: Institutional Pharmacy Practice 1
PHAR 715IPT Recitation/Rounds II 1
PHAR 701Forum/Student Portfolios/Professional Development II 1
Elective 0
 Term Semester Credit Hours18
Third Year
PHAR 841Toxicology and Poison Management 2
PHAR 872Social-Behavioral Aspects of Patient Care 2
PHAR 810IPT V: Psychiatry and Addiction 3
PHAR 811IPT VI: Critical Care, GI, Pulmonary, Rheumatic, Ophthalmology and Dermatology 5
PHAR 814IPT Recitation/Rounds III 1
PHAR 801Forum/Student Portfolios/Professional Development III 0
PHAR 842Patient Assessment 3
Elective 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours19
PHAR 873Pharmacy Professionalism 1
PHAR 875Clinical Pharmacokinetics 3
PHAR 871Pharmaceutical Care Lab and Medication Therapy Management 2
PHAR 812IPT VII: Infectious Diseases 5
PHAR 813IPT VIII: Oncology, Transplant and Genomics 3
PHAR 801Forum/Student Portfolios/Professional Development III 1
PHAR 815  1
Elective 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours19
Fourth Year
 Term Semester Credit Hours24
PHAR 805Capstone 1
 Term Semester Credit Hours13
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 146

Course Credits

The learning format of the class governs the number of Semester Credit Hours (SCH) a particular course is given. The following guidelines were used to make these determinations:

  • Didactic Courses: 1 x 50 minutes = 1 Semester Credit Hour
  • Seminar Courses: 2 x 50 minutes = 1 Semester Credit Hour
  • Laboratory Courses: 3-4 x 50 minutes = 1 Semester Credit Hour
  • Recitation Courses: 3-4 x 50 minutes = 1 Semester Credit Hour (e.g., case studies)
  • Experiential Courses: 81 x 50 minutes = 1 Semester Credit Hour

For experiential courses, semester credit hours assigned are described in the course syllabus and typically 8 or more 50 minute sessions equals 1 semester credit hour.

Requirements for Graduation

A candidate for the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) degree must meet all of the following requirements to be eligible to graduate:

  • Satisfactorily meeting all requirements for admission
  • Satisfactorily complete all curriculum requirements including:
    • the total number of semester credit hours
    • all specified didactic and experiential coursework
    • passing all applicable comprehensive benchmark assessment activities
    • completion of all final administrative or other requirements (e.g., final debts to the college or Texas A&M University)
  • Satisfactorily complete all Student Portfolio assignments
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.3 or higher for the total degree program requirements
  • Complete all immunization certification requirements
  • Complete an exit interview with the Texas A&M University Scholarships & Financial Aid and the college’s Office of Student Affairs
  • Submit a graduation application by the due date to the Texas A&M University Office of the Registrar
  • Pay any required graduation fees or outstanding debts to the Texas A&M University Student Business Services

A student failing to meet any of these requirements may not graduate until ALL requirements are met.