The College of Pharmacy has developed innovative Cooperative Pharmacy Programs with the University of Texas at El Paso and the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley. These partnerships are designed to address specific needs within each community and to promote interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary education, research and service.
Background and Overview
The significant health care needs along the Texas-Mexico border coupled with a severe shortage of pharmacists were the primary driving forces for the development of the Cooperative Pharmacy Programs, which are funded by the state legislature.
The Cooperative Pharmacy Programs are structured so that students are able to complete the two years of pre-pharmacy requirements at either UT El Paso or UT-Rio Grande Valley and then come to Austin to complete their first two years of pharmacy coursework. Students return to their home region to complete their third and fourth years of the pharmacy curriculum.
The Pharmacy Scholars Program is an early admission program designed to encourage high school students to consider pharmacy as a career. The program offers conditional admission to the College of Pharmacy to a select number of highly-qualified high school seniors. Under the contractual agreement, students are expected to complete pre-pharmacy courses and maintain a grade point average equal to or greater than 3.2 on a 4.0-point scale. A minimum of a combined verbal and math SAT score of 1000 or a minimum composite ACT score of 21 is desired. Students may also apply to the Pharmacy Scholars Program during their first or second year of pre-pharmacy studies. Pharmacy Scholars become a part of the pharmacy community through participation in pharmacy-related seminars, special projects, summer research programs and community service projects under faculty direction and supervision.
Students at UT El Paso and UT-Rio Grande Valley who do not want to participate in the Pharmacy Scholars Program may pursue the normal admission process and apply directly to the College of Pharmacy after completing all pre-pharmacy requirements.
The primary goals of the Cooperative Pharmacy Programs at UT El Paso and UT-Rio Grande Valley are to:
- nurture student interest in pharmacy as a career,
- facilitate access to pharmacy education for youth in each region,
- alleviate the shortage of pharmacists,
- diversify the profession by educating more pharmacists who are sensitive to the unique needs of a largely Hispanic population,
- address the pharmaceutical care needs of these underserved communities,
- research border health issues.
For more information about the Cooperative Pharmacy Programs please visit their websites: