Admission requirements (Pharm.d.)



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Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) Program 

The on-line application deadline is December 15, 2013 for the 2014 application cycle and all supporting documents must be postmarked by January 10, 2014. No exceptions.  

Come learn more about the new on-line application and requirements for 2015              Wednesday, April 30, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m.
Please RSVP with Dr. Linda Solis

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.  

Pre-Pharmacy Curriculum (PDF)

Texas Southern University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences application for admission is an on-line application process. All applications must be submitted on-line with a $150.00 dollar non refundable application fee by credit card or e-check. An admission file will not be generated until the on-line application and application fee is received.

The COPHS considers prospective students based on the following requirements:

  • On-line application w/fee
  • Application content
  • Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (Electronic transcripts not accepted)
  • Academic record
  • Pre-pharmacy prerequisites
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Minimum GPA’s of 2.75 (Overall pre-pharmacy and Science)
  • Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT scores) - scores more than one year old will not be considered for admission
  • Personal interview – does not guarantee admission
  • Technical Standards for Admission, Retention and Graduation

Your Spring 2014 grades will not be considered in the initial review to interview for admission.

Submission of all required documentation (complete file) does not guarantee an invitation to a personal interview. If an applicant is invited to interview, each applicant will be asked to write a short essay at the beginning of the interview process and complete a basic math skills test.

Allapplication materials are important and will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee as part of the overall process for admissions. Your previous course failures: C-, D+, D-, D, and F including W, will follow you through this process and will be considered. The subtotal score to interview will be adjusted based on the number of non passing grades and courses you have withdrawn from in the last 5 years.

A prospective student will not be allowed to take more than 7 hours during the Summer I semester before fall admission.

Prospective students will not be allowed to take any pre-pharmacy prerequisites in the Summer II semester prior to fall admission. No exceptions will be made.

Prospective students are encouraged to take the PCAT test in July, September, October and November. The COPHS code is 0065. PCAT scores must be submitted directly from Pearson.    

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.

The Admissions and Academic Standards Committee will not consider an application until all admission documents, fees, and test scores are received by the Office of Admission in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. All applicants who receive acceptance to the COPHS will be required to mail one official transcript directly from all colleges/universities attended and submit a $ 250.00 seat deposit fee to hold a seat in that class.

The Admissions and Academic Standards Committee encourages prospective students to apply early, check the status of their file on-line to confirm receipt of their application materials and contact the COPHS Admissions Department during the admission cycle for additional assistance at (713) 313-6700 or  

All data submitted in support of the application becomes the property of the University and can not be returned. Supporting documents from previous application cycles cannot be used for the2013 admission cycle. Documents will not be accepted/processed unless an on-line application has been submitted.

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.