The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Cooperative Pharmacy Program College of Health Affairs

Frequently Asked Questions

  • As a high school applicant, do I need to apply to UTRGV?

    Yes, all students applying to the CPP must apply and be accepted to UTRGV. This step must occur either before or at the same time you are applying to the CPP. The CPP is a program within UTRGV; therefore acceptance to UTRGV is required.
  • Where can I find information about UTRGV financial aid, scholarships, course registration, and housing?

    All UTRGV students are responsible for pursuing each of these as necessary. Information is available through the UTRGV web site by selecting the Undergraduate Students Tab under Admissions and Aid. www.utrgv.edu/en-us/admissions/undergraduate-students/index.htm The CPP staff is unable to assist with these areas beyond referring applicants to the UTRGV web site.
  • Will Advanced Placement (AP) Credit be accepted?

    UTRGV and the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) accept AP test scores. Students should consider obtaining official AP credit while attending UTRGV since the requirements for UT Austin may be more stringent. Please contact the admissions office of the respective institution for additional information. Students should verify that AP credits will transfer to the degree granting institution. For pharmacy scholars enrolled in the CPP Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences (BMED) cohort, an AP Biology credit will not fulfill the requirement for this degree program.
  • Will dual or concurrent enrollment credit for coursework earned during high school be accepted or will I have to repeat these courses?

    Both UTRGV and UT Austin accept dual and concurrent enrollment credit for coursework earned during high school. Student transcripts are reviewed in order to determine allowable equivalent course credit. Please contact the admissions office of the respective institution for additional information. Students should verify that dual and concurrent enrollment credits will transfer to the degree granting institution.

    For pharmacy scholars enrolled in the CPP Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences (BMED) cohort, Biology dual or concurrent enrollment credits will not fulfill the requirement for this degree program.

  • Can dual or concurrent enrollment credit be used to satisfy the pharmacy pre-requisites?

    Yes, accepted dual or concurrent enrollment course credit may be used to satisfy pharmacy pre-requisites. However, all students enrolled in the high school pathway are required to complete at least two years at UTRGV, and comply with semester credit hour workload requirements. Under these circumstances additional coursework will be recommended. For additional information please select the Pre-Pharmacy Course Requirements tab.

    Students should verify that dual and concurrent enrollment credits will transfer to the degree granting institution.

    For pharmacy scholars enrolled in the CPP Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences (BMED) cohort, Biology dual or concurrent enrollment credits will not fulfill the requirement for this degree program.

  • Which dual or concurrent enrollment credit can and cannot be used to satisfy pharmacy pre-requisites?

    There are no restrictions as long as the course credit is accepted by the degree granting academic institution. For example, most institutions will not accept dual or concurrent enrollment credit for earned letter grades of D or less. Students should verify that dual and concurrent enrollment credits will transfer to the degree granting institution.

    For pharmacy scholars enrolled in the CPP Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences (BMED) cohort, Biology dual or concurrent enrollment credits will not fulfill the requirement for this degree program.

  • How can I fulfill the Global Cultures Flag course requirement for UT Austin College of Pharmacy?

    Information on fulfilling the global cultures flag course requirement can be found at https://www.utexas.edu/ugs/flags/students/about/global-cultures

    Students who did not earn a bachelor’s degree at UTRGV must submit a petition to UT Austin College of Pharmacy for the global cultures flag course requirement.

  • What is the PCAT and why is it required for admissions?

    The Pharmacy College Admission Test (CAT) is a standardized examination used by Colleges and Schools of Pharmacy to assess the scholastic aptitude of applicants. The CAT is required for admission by all Texas Colleges and Schools of Pharmacy. Click here for more information about the CAT including test dates.

    All students admitted to the CPP, whether high school or transitional, are required to take the CAT. The UT Austin COP maintains a database containing information on all admitted students. Basic, general information (gender, race, etc.) pertaining to CAT scores is shared with accreditation bodies and professional organizations as a means of comparison between institutions. Student confidentiality is maintained.

  • When should I take the PCAT?

    The PCAT should be taken no later than any of the September exams dates prior to the year you are seeking admissions. For example, if you are seeking Pharm.D. admissions for fall 2017, you must take the PCAT exam no later than September 2016.
  • What is the minimum acceptable PCAT score that must be attained?

    All students must strive to attain the highest CAT scores possible. Current CPP CAT requirements are as follows: >75% composite, >50% in each sub-score, and >3.0 writing score. Please visit the UT Austin COP Admissions web site for additional information. http://sites.utexas.edu/pharmacy-admissions/
  • How do the application requirements for transitional applicants differ from those required of general applicants to the UT Austin COP?

    The only differences is as follows:

    Applicants agree to return to UTRGV and the Rio Grande Valley for third and fourth years of the pharmacy curriculum (i.e. early region selection). Applicants make this selection through the PharmCAS application by selecting the UTRGV CPP under the Supplemental Information section.

  • What happens if there are more transitional students than openings?

    The admissions process to all PharmD programs across the country is competitive and not all students may be granted admission. All applicants who apply through the transitional route will be reviewed in comparison with the entire general applicant pool and will be afforded full consideration. Applying through the CPP merely provides notification of region preference.
  • Can I apply through the transitional pathway if I did not complete my coursework at UTRGV?

    No, the transitional pathway is currently available only to those who have completed the majority of the pharmacy pre-requisites at UTRGV. Majority is defined as at least the final two long semesters (fall/spring) of pharmacy pre-requisites at UTRGV. This includes students who will be completing a degree or have received a degree from UTRGV, as long as the majority of the pharmacy pre-requisites have been completed at UTRGV. All other students should apply directly to the UT Austin COP.
  • Is there extra help or tutoring I can get for help with the PCAT exam?

    Yes, the following are links to resources for PCAT preparation
  • Can I apply to the CPP while I am a student at UTRGV?

    You can only apply to the CPP if you have been a student at UTRGV and are ready to matriculate to the UT Austin College of Pharmacy. This means that you have fulfilled all pre-requisites and have taken the PCAT exam as per UT College of Pharmacy requirements.
  • Are there any organizations on the UTRGV campus for Pre-Pharmacy students?

    Yes, the Pre Pharmacy Organization at UTRGV. CPP faculty are the sponsors for this organization. You can call the CPP office at (956) 665-5255 for information about membership or message the organization directly through Vlink at https://utrgv.collegiatelink.net/organization/PPAatUTRGV
  • What is the deadline for application for the early admission CPP (high school pathway)?

    January 6th (If the 6th falls on a weekend, the deadline will be the following Monday).
  • What is the application deadline for TRANSITIONAL students (students that have fulfilled all pharmacy pre-requisites and have taken the PCAT exam)?

    Nov 1st via PharmCas (http://www.pharmcas.org/)
  • What is the age requirement to be a pharmacy technician/trainee?

  • What are the pre-requisites for the UT Austin College of Pharmacy?

  • Are the pre-requisites the same for all colleges of pharmacy?

    No. You must check the individual requirements for each college of pharmacy.
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