GraduationThe School of Pharmacy offers the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) as its single professional degree. The Pharm.D. is a four-year professional program, requiring at least two years of pre-professional studies that may be completed at any accredited college or university.

Students are admitted once each year for enrollment in the fall semester. Studies must be on a full time basis. Students will spend the majority of each weekday in classes, laboratories, or clinical experiences.

The goals of the program are to prepare entry-level pharmacy practitioners, eligible for licensure as a pharmacist in any state, with practice knowledge and skills in drug distribution and control, practice management, and direct patient skills to manage drug therapy and provide therapeutic management of patients as recently authorized by the 1995 Texas State Legislature.

The School of Pharmacy will utilize community pharmacies, clinics, hospitals and nursing homes throughout the Panhandle and West Texas for clinical instruction.

Purposes and Functions

The purpose of the program is to prepare entry-level pharmacy practitioners with minimal competencies in:

  • Collecting and interpret relevant patient data as a basis for therapeutic decision making.
  • Prospectively reviewing medication orders and the patient's database to evaluate efficacy, appropriateness, potential toxicity, and cost effectiveness of prescribed drug regimens.
  • Counseling patients, caregivers, and other health professionals on the rational, safe, and effective use of medications.
  • Counseling patients and caregivers on the rational, safe, and effective use of non prescription medication.
  • Developing therapeutic care plans.
  • Assessing and therapeutically managing patients according to a written protocol in partnership with a physician, including prescribing legend medications under protocol.
  • Monitoring a patient's therapeutic outcomes according to his/her therapeutic care plan and intervene as appropriate.
  • Preparing medication as appropriate to meet patients' needs according to Texas and Federal laws, rules and regulations, including the compounding and dispensing of dosage forms.
  • Administering medications.
  • Supervising pharmacy personnel.
  • Interpreting financial information relevant to a pharmacy practice environment.
  • Practicing in an ethical manner.

Program of Study

Year 1

Students will be taught basic biomedical and pharmaceutical sciences. Pharmaceutical sciences include the study of physical, chemical and biological aspects of drug dosage forms; drug action; and pharmacotherapy. Introduction to clinical practices will occur through drug and poison information telephone calls, patient counseling on non-prescription drug products and working with patient care support services.

Year 2

The focus is on studies of disease states and pharmacotherapy. Students learn special skills in therapeutically dosing and monitoring patients with potentially toxic therapeutic agents. Clinical practice knowledge and skills are developed through studying the use and potential problems with commonly prescribed medications. Basic physical assessment skills for therapeutic drug monitoring are introduced. Students begin clerkships in community pharmacy practice.

Year 3

This year continues studies of disease states and pharmacotherapy. Drug distribution and control within institutional practice skills is a major focus in clerkships. Skills for managing drug therapy and providing case management are provided through clerkships in patient care facilities.

Year 4

Devotes 48 weeks to full-time clinical pharmacy experiences in various patient care sites. There will be eight rotations each six weeks in length.

The third and fourth year may be based at any of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center campuses at Amarillo, Dallas and Lubbock, and perhaps El Paso. The student will be asked to give his/her location preference at the time application for admission is made, but the assignment of sites can not be guaranteed. Relocation expenses are the student's responsibility.

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