Policies & Requirements - Experiential Programs

Texas State Board of Pharmacy Internship Rules and Regulations

Texas State Board of Pharmacy Rules

The Texas State Board of Pharmacy rules allow for an undergraduate student enrolled in a professional pharmacy program to be designated as a “student intern.” Student interns may perform all of the duties of an intern as prescribed in the link above. A student working outside of the college’s experiential program may function as a student intern only under the direction of a preceptor licensed by the Board, and in sites and under conditions specified by the Board. Student interns may accumulate internship hours toward licensure, but hours earned by this process may not replace the school-based experiential program hours requirement described elsewhere in these pages.

The Texas State Board of Pharmacy On-Line Intern Application

The Texas State Board of Pharmacy intern application must be completed by each student immediately prior to the first professional year. This application must be completed accurately and honestly, including any explanations required in reference to prior convictions. The Board performs a required criminal history check on every applicant. Failure to fully disclose the information requested, in addition to any history of convictions that the Board of Pharmacy believes could jeopardize public health, may prevent a student from becoming licensed as a student intern. Thus, the student would be unable to complete the requirements for a pharmacy degree and subsequent licensure as a pharmacist. However, the Board of Pharmacy may grant internship status to those with prior convictions under limited circumstances. Cases are handled on an individual basis upon receipt of the application.

Although the College facilitates the application process, students must recognize that this application is a “contract” directly with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy. Thus, students performing internship duties, whether within or outside of the college’s curriculum, are directly responsible to the Board for their actions as student interns. Discipline of student interns by the Texas State Board of Pharmacy may result in academic penalties, including the ability to progress in the curriculum.

Students are responsible for notifying TSBP in writing within ten days of a change of address.

Additional information is available in the Office of Student Affairs, PHR 5.112.

Registration as a Student Pharmacist Intern

Apply to Become an Intern with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy

Upon matriculation to the first professional year, each student must apply to become a student intern with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy. Each student must be registered as a student intern in order to acquire, through pharmacy courses, the internship hours necessary for licensure as a pharmacist in Texas following graduation. The College of Pharmacy directs this process, and additional information is provided to students who matriculate into the professional program. Students should be aware that a social security card is required for TSBP to process the intern application. Students not able to obtain a social security card cannot become student interns, and therefore cannot complete the College of Pharmacy curriculum.

Specific Intern Requirements

Students should be aware that the process of registration as an intern includes a criminal history and fingerprint check. The existence of a criminal record may preclude the student from registration as an intern and from subsequent licensure as a pharmacist in Texas. However, the Texas State Board of Pharmacy may grant limited internship status under certain conditions to those with prior convictions. It is possible that health care facilities in which students are placed for experiential coursework may mandate an additional background check and/or drug screen. Students assigned to these facilities must comply with all such requirements. If a student cannot be placed in health care facilities because of prior convictions that appear on any background check, or because of a positive drug screen, his or her graduation may not be possible or may be significantly delayed.

Once registered as a student intern, students will earn internship hours toward licensure through professional sequence pharmacy courses, and may also be employed as student interns in certain practice settings. Internship hours gained outside the College of Pharmacy curriculum may not replace any portion of the College of Pharmacy’s experiential program required for graduation.

Graduates of the College of Pharmacy are eligible to apply to the Texas State Board of Pharmacy for licensure as pharmacists. Licensure exams may be taken shortly after graduation. Postgraduate internship experience is not currently required for Texas licensure but may be required for licensure in other states.

Additional information about requirements for licensure in Texas is available from the Texas State Board of Pharmacy’s website. The URL is http://www.tsbp.state.tx.us/, and the telephone number is (512) 305-8000.

Intern registration and pharmacist licensure requirements are subject to change by the Texas State Board of Pharmacy. Students and graduates must meet current requirements, even if they differ from those described above.

Health Insurance

Health Insurance is required of all students in all years of the program to cover treatment for injuries they may sustain and diseases they may contract while in these laboratories and experiential courses.

The University of Texas Academic Health Plans

The Student Health Insurance Plan offers optional low-cost insurance for students who are not covered by other programs, and covers students in all experiential regions. Information about the plan is available from University Health Services and the above site.

Other options for health insurance may include coverage on a parent’s or spouse’s existing policy, or public assistance programs.

Liability Insurance

All students are required to purchase liability insurance coverage during each year of the pharmacy program through enrollment in the University of Texas System endorsed malpractice insurance plan. The plan year under this policy is September 1 through August 31, OR when the student completes the curriculum if prior to August 31 of the coverage year. Under the definition of malpractice, coverage includes: error, omission, or negligence in the performance of duties as an intern.

The college-endorsed student liability insurance policy DOES NOT cover students practicing as pharmacy technicians, serving as pharmacist-interns outside of the college’s program, or graduates continuing their internship status prior to licensure. An extension of this policy can be purchased directly from a liability insurance provider after college coverage has expired.

Additional information is available in the Office of Student Affairs.

Pharmacy Licensure

Texas State Board of Pharmacy

The Texas State Board of Pharmacy (TSBP) is the state agency that registers and regulates pharmacy technicians, student-interns, and pharmacists in the State of Texas. Members are appointed by the Governor and serve overlapping terms. TSBPis located at the William P. Hobby Bldg., Suite 3-600, 333 Guadalupe, Box 21, Austin, TX 78701-3942, 512/305-8000. The Executive Director is Ms. Gay Dodson.

During the first year of the pharmacy curriculum, all students make application to the Texas State Board of Pharmacy to become student intern trainees. In the last year of the curriculum, pharmacy students make application to the Texas State Board of Pharmacy to become a pharmacist in Texas, and to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy to take the North American Pharmacy Licensure Examination (NAPLEX®) and the Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Exam (MPJE™). Successful completion of both exams is necessary to become licensed in most states; please check individual state board of pharmacy for their specific requirements for licensure. Licensure and exam fees vary.

UT Registration Information

Course Schedule

Please check to determine times during which you may register for classes, add, and drop via TEX (512/475-9800).

Students MUST early register for rotation courses in order to participate in and receive credit for these courses.

Upon matriculation to the first professional year in the College of Pharmacy, each student must apply to become an intern trainee with the Texas State Board of Pharmacy.

Student Credentialing

Student credentialing occurs in all years of the pharmacy program.  These requirements are in place because student pharmacists are in practice sites caring for patients.  Not all items listed below are required every year, but they are intentionally scheduled to meet the practice sites’ expectations for students training in their facilities through IPPE and APPE coursework.

1.  All required and elective coursework and programmatic requirements that are prerequisites for an IPPE course must be completed before that IPPE course.  All P1-P3 coursework and programmatic requirements must be completed prior to progressing to the P4 APPE year.

2.  Immunization requirements

As required by the Texas Administrative Code and affiliated practice sites.

3.  Liability insurance through The University of Texas System

The annual policy runs September 1-August 31.

4.  A current Texas State Board of Pharmacy intern card or certificate

6.  Certification of American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers (CPR and AED)  

7.  Health insurance coverage

8. Completed training modules in HIPAA, Bloodborne Pathogens (OSHA), and Fraud, Waste, and Abuse

10.  Medication Therapy Management (MTM) certification through the American Pharmacists Association

11.  Immunization administration certification through the American Pharmacists Association

12.  Certification in sterile admixtures in compliance with Texas Administrative Code, §291.133

13.  Completion of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Patient Safety program

14.  Completion of a minimum of three (3) hours related to opioid overdose prevention and response, including naloxone distribution, and counseling patients on its use