Pharmacy Schools & Degree Programs in Texas

Oct 20, 2021

Pharmacy Schools in Texas

Texas requires pharmacists to have at least a bachelor's degree in this field. Additional professional requirements include clinical practice hours and a national exam. Pharmacy colleges in Texas offer several program options; there are undergraduate and advanced degrees available.


Schools with Pharmacy Programs in Texas

If you're looking to acquire a pharmacist degree in Texas, the following schools all offer programs that may be of interest to you. These schools offer options that may help students to either meet state certification requirements or to pursue advanced study in pharmacology.

Texas A&M Health Science Center

Adding to the list of pharmacy schools in Texas is the Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy, located on the Kingsville campus. Students here can follow a pre-pharmacy curriculum or earn a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.). The pre-pharmacy curriculum contains two years of undergraduate credit and is designed to fulfill the prerequisite requirements that are commonly set by pharmacy schools. The Pharm.D. program fulfills the state education requirements for licensure and can be completed in four years. Students complete three years of coursework covering chemistry, healthcare systems, communication, pharmaceutics, ethics, disease, toxicology and psychiatry. During the fourth year of this program, students gain hands-on experience by completing six advanced pharmacy practice experiences (APPE). The fourth year also contains grand rounds, midpoint reflections, and a pharmacy capstone.

Texas Southern University

At this school, one of two pharmacy schools in Houston, students can earn a Doctor of Pharmacy, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Master of Science (M.S.) in Pharmaceutical Sciences or follow an undergraduate pre-pharmacy track. Students in the PhD and M.S. programs can choose to specialize in pharmacology or pharmaceutics. Only the Pharm.D. program prepares graduates for licensure. The M.S. is intended to ready students for further education or mid-level employment, while the PhD prepares students for positions in research and academia. Faculty members at this school conduct research in a variety of fields, including drug delivery, hypertension, and cancer, and are working on programs that can enhance the pharmaceutical profession. This school is home to a prescription practice dispensing laboratory, where students can practice counseling and drug dispensing.

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

This school, located in Lubbock offers a Master of Science and PhD in Pharmaceutical Science and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. The Pharm.D. is the only professional degree offered at this school; the M.S. and PhD will not prepare graduates for state licensure. Core coursework for the M.S. and PhD programs includes biochemistry, research design and analysis, physiology-based pharmacology and graduate pharmaceutics. Students in the Pharm.D. program complete coursework, laboratory requirements and clinical experiences. This school also offers a dual Pharm.D. and Master of Business Administration that can be completed in four years.

The University of Texas at Austin

At this Austin school, students can earn a Pharm.D., a PhD, or Master of Science in Pharmacotherapy through the College of Pharmacy. PhD students can study pharmaceutics, pharmacology and toxicology, health outcomes, and pharmacy practice or choose an interdisciplinary major. Students can also earn a concurrent Pharm.D./PhD. The Pharm.D. is a professional degree that can prepare students for licensure. This program concludes with an internship comprised of six rotations.

University of Houston

This Houston school offers a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and a variety of other graduate degrees in pharmacy. At the master's level, students can earn a Master of Science in Pharmacy Leadership and Administration or pursue a concurrent Pharm.D. and M.S. in Pharmacy Leadership and Administration. Doctoral students may earn a PhD in Pharmacology, Pharmaceutics, or Pharmacology/Medicinal Chemistry. This school also offers a combined Pharm.D. and PhD in Pharmacology, Pharmaceutics or Pharmacology/Medicinal Chemistry, post-doctoral research fellowships, and clinical and research residency programs.

University of the Incarnate Word

At this San Antonio-based school, the only private pharmacy college in Texas, students can follow a pre-pharmacy curriculum or earn a Pharm.D. The pre-pharmacy curriculum contains two-years of coursework and covers chemical principles, anatomy and physiology, calculus, organic chemistry, and microbiology. The Pharm.D. is a professional program that prepares graduates for licensure. The curriculum for this program includes pharmaceutics, ethics, drug information, public health, biostatistics and pharmacy management. During the fourth year of this program, students complete advanced pharmacy practice experiences.

Comparison of Pharmacy Schools in Texas: At a Glance

School Name School Type and Setting Pharmacy Degrees Offered Graduate Tuition & Fees (2019-2020)
Texas A&M Health Science Center Four-year, public; small city Pre-pharmacy curriculum,
Doctor of Pharmacy
$10,173 in-state; $22,196 out-of-state*
Texas Southern University Four-year, public; large city Pre-pharmacy undergraduate track,
MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences,
PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences,
Doctor of Pharmacy
$6,811 in-state, $14,192 out-of-state*
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Four-year, public; midsize city Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Science,
PhD in Pharmaceutical Science,
Doctor of Pharmacy,
Dual Pharm.D. and Master of Business Administration
$9,301 in-state; $19,361 out-of-state*
The University of Texas at Austin Four-year, public; large city Master of Science in Phamacotherapy,
PhD in Phamacotherapy,
Doctor of Pharmacy
$11,998 in-state; $22,966 out-of-state*
University of Houston Four-year, public; large city Master of Science in Pharmacy Leadership and Administration,
Doctor of Pharmacy,
PhD in Pharmacology, PhD in Pharmaceutics, PhD in Pharmacology/Medicinal Chemistry,
Combined Pharm.D./M.S. in Pharmacy Leadership and Administration,
Combined Pharm.D./Ph.D. in Pharmacology or Pharmaceutics
$9,372 in-state, $18,748 out-of-state*
University of the Incarnate Word Four-year, private not-for-profit; large city Pre-pharmacy curriculum,
Pharm.D.
$19,122 in-state and out-of-state*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

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