Doctor of Pharmacy

The Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy operates educational and research campuses in Kingsville and College Station, Texas. It offers a four-year professional pharmacy degree program.

The Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) professional 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 PharmD 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.

The first, second, and third professional years are offered on both campuses simultaneously, while the fourth professional year consists of advanced clinical rotations throughout Texas.

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 North American Pharmacy Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) and Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination (MPJE) on the first attempt.

The required core competencies to be attained by PharmD 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 all students are expected to satisfy over their course of study.