For Current Students
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This policy applies to accepted applicants and to currently enrolled pharmacy students in an educational program at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Pharmacy that includes assignment to a clinical healthcare facility.
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Disclaimer Note to Student & College/School Offices of Academic and Student Affairs
This Student Handbook is intended for information purposes only. It is not a statement of official policy of the Texas A&M System Health Science Center. The provisions of this Student Handbook do not constitute a contract, expressed or implied, between any applicant, student, or faculty member and the Texas A&M System. Although every effort has been made to verify the accuracy of information in this publication, the Texas A&M System, the Texas A&M Health Science Center, and the HSC-Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy reserves the right to change course offerings, fees, tuition, academic calendars, curricula, degree requirements, graduation procedures, and any other requirement affecting students. Changes will become effective whenever the proper authorities so determine and will apply to both prospective students and those already enrolled. The College, at all times, retains the right to dismiss a student who does not attain and maintain adequate academic or clinical performance or who does not exhibit the personal and professional qualifications required for the practice of pharmacy.
Updates and changes are made annually to the handbook. Anyone with suggestions for amending or changing any of the information in this handbook should make those suggestions in writing to the HSC-COP Office of Student Affairs. The Texas Health Science Center and the HSC-College of Pharmacy reserve the right to make changes to policies and procedures without notice as necessitated by governing authorities or administrative needs.
Detailed instructions on processes related to the Offices of the Registrar, Financial Aid, and Finance can be obtained by contacting the respective office or visiting their websites. Again, this handbook is meant to be a quick reference tool to assist the student with “general” processing information.
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Admission Technical Standards
It is the policy of The Texas A&M Health Science Center Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy that no person shall be denied admission or graduation on the basis of any disability, provided that the person demonstrates ability to meet the minimum standards set forth herein. Standards are developed as criteria to achieve the Doctor of Pharmacy degree in preparation for licensure as a practicing pharmacist and for postgraduate professional training and education in any of the varied fields of pharmacy. Further, the safety of the patient, on whom the pharmaceutical education process is largely focused, must be guarded as the final and ultimate consideration. Therefore, it is not only reasonable but also essential for competent patient care to require minimum technical standards for the education of pharmacists.
- Read more about our admissions technical standards here.
A key responsibility of the College of Pharmacy is to benchmark student progress through the professional curriculum and to assess student learning. The primary purposes of the Comprehensive Benchmark Assessment Protocol are to obtain data on:
- Student mastery of knowledge
- Student mastery of ability to use knowledge
- Student performance in an authentic context
These valuation points are scheduled throughout the curriculum at strategic times in order to promote progression from a dependent learner to an independent learner. Encouraging planned review and reflection on previously taught course material is a method of positive reinforcement, better learning, and builds a student’s confidence and knowledge base in foundation courses.
- Read more about benchmark assessments by downloading this PDF file.
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