The mission of the Cooperative Pharmacy Program (CPP) is to enhance the knowledge, health, and well-being of the people we serve in concert with the mission, vision, and values of both cooperating campuses through the recruitment, training, and retention of proficient Doctor of Pharmacy trained pharmacists. The program will strive to encourage the provision of pharmaceutical care by cultivation of our graduates’ critical thinking skills and an appreciation for the need for life-long learning. The program will foster the development of clinical and translational research and clinical pharmacy services with other healthcare providers in the region, state and nationally.


The vision of the CPP is to prepare students to become competent, empathetic, and culturally sensitive pharmacists who are committed to life-long learning and service to the Rio Grande Valley and Laredo regions. Our graduates will practice in a responsible and ethical manner and ensure optimal patient outcomes.


The goals of the UTRGV CPP include:

  • Address the pharmaceutical care needs of the underserved in the Rio Grande Valley and Laredo Regions;
  • Nurture student interest in pharmacy as a professional career;
  • Enhance the accessibility of a pharmacy education to students residing in the Rio Grande Valley and Laredo regions;
  • Diversify the pharmacy profession by educating more pharmacists who are sensitive to the unique needs of the Rio Grande Valley and Laredo regions;
  • Research border health issues.