Frequently Asked Questions

Is Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy accredited?

The doctorate of pharmacy program at the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy was reaffirmed “Full Accreditation” status by the ACPE Board for the next eight years beginning in January 2016.

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When is the admission application deadline?

The Application deadline varies depending on the admissions process you choose:

Early Decision deadline 

Regular Decision deadline

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What do I need to apply?

• A complete PharmCAS Application.

•A complete Supplemental Application.

•The required, non-refundable Supplemental Application fee of $100 using Touch Net.

•Official transcript from each college or university sent directly to PharmCAS.

•PCAT score or scores.  PCAT scores are sent directly to PharmCAS (School Code: 104).  PCAT scores more than 3 years old are not considered for admission.

•Three PharmCAS recommendation forms. Prospective students should submit two recommendations from college professors (math and science), and one from an employer, advisor, or college or university administrator (mentor or teaching assistant recommendation forms are not accepted). Applicants who have been out of school for more than two years may submit three recommendation forms from a combination of the following categories: professors, pharmacists, other health care professionals (e.g., medicine, nursing, dentistry), or current and previous employers. Please see the PharmCAS school page  for additional information regarding the types of professionals who may submit recommendations.

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What are the International Student requirements?

All applicants who are not a U.S. Citizen or a U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident are classified as international applicants by Texas A&M University. Please see Early Decision or Regular Decision pages for more information.

International applicants are encouraged to contact Ms. Deborah Zacher at zacher@tamhsc.edu to learn more about International Student Services and other requirements.

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What are the TOEFL Requirements for International Students?

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to earn a TOEFL score of 550 (213 computer based, 80 on the Internet based test) or higher.

Scores must be sent directly from Educational Testing Service (ETS) to PharmCAS (use code 8246).

TOEFL scores more than 2 years old are not accepted.

Students who have completed at least 74 semester credit hours at an accredited U.S. university or college are not required to submit passing TOEFL scores.

F-1/J-1 students will be required to submit proof that they have met the Texas A&M University’s English proficiency requirements

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I’m a permanent resident or U.S. citizen, but I attended a university or college outside of the U.S. Do I need to submit the transcript?

Yes. All transcripts, including international transcripts, must be provided during the application process. A foreign credentials transcript evaluation for each international transcript must be sent directly to PharmCAS. Please see the list of acceptable credentialing agencies at the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. An official copy of each international transcript (native language and certified English translation) describing all academic programs attempted must be sent directly to the Office of Student Affairs.
Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy:
ATTN: Office of Student Affairs
1010 West Avenue B
Kingsville, TX 78363

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Is a bachelor’s degree required?

Students are not required to have a bachelor’s degree to be admitted to the Pharmacy program. Students must complete 74-75 semester credit hours of pre-pharmacy coursework

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When should the PCAT be taken?

Applicants should take the exam early in the admissions process. Test are offered in January, July, September, October, and November. Please visit the PCAT website for testing dates. 

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What PCAT score is required for admission?

To be considered for admission students must earn a composite PCAT score of 40 or higher and a PCAT writing score of 3.0 or greater. Official PCAT scores should be sent to PharmCAS (School Code: 104)

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How do I interpret my PCAT scores?

Our university requires a minimum composite score of a 40. Your composite score can be found under the PR column of your preliminary scores. 

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What GPA is required for admission?

To be considered for admission students must have a cumulative GPA, as determined by PharmCAS, of 2.75 or higher and a GPA of 2.75 or higher in the required pre-pharmacy coursework. 

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How is my GPA calculated for repeated courses?

We base our cumulative GPA calculations off of PharmCAS. PharmCAS averages the courses. If the repeated course is a pre-requisite, we will take the most recent grade. 

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What major field of study will prepare me for pharmacy school?

There is no specific major a student must declare to apply for pharmacy school. However, we recommend students follow a Biology or Chemistry degree plan during their undergraduate studies. Please refer to Pre-Pharmacy coursework for the specific courses needed.

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What courses should I take?

Students are required to complete 74-75 semester credit hours of pre-pharmacy coursework. For more information, visit our Prerequisites page. Students must earn a C or better in the pre-pharmacy coursework. A C- are not accepted. Students can submit unofficial copies of their transcripts for a pre-evaluation to cop-admission@pharmacy.tamhsc.eduPrerequisite coursework completed five or more calendar years prior to applying must be retaken unless the applicant has earned a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree. 

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Will a bachelor's degree waive any of the required pre-pharmacy coursework?

No. All students must complete 74-75 semester credit hours of the required pre-pharmacy coursework.

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What if I earned AP, IB, CLEP, or Dual Credit?

Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and Dual Credit are accepted if posted on your transcript from an accredited U.S. college or university. If you received college credit on a transcript for an AP or IB test subject, report the test credit as a course in the Coursework section of the PharmCAS application. If not posted on your transcript, you may arrange for the testing agency to send those scores directly to the Texas A&M Rangel College of Pharmacy. DO NOT SEND TO PharmCAS. This information should be sent to following address: Texas A&M Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy; Office of Student Affairs; 1010 West Avenue B, Kingsville, Texas, 78363.

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How will I know the status of my application?

Once we have received your verified PharmCAS application, supplemental application and application fees, we will begin corresponding with applicants through e-mail. Prospective students are also encouraged to contact us at cop-admissions@pharmacy.tamhsc.edu with any questions. 

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Is an interview required for admission?

Yes, an interview is required. Interviews take place on our Kingsville campus. For specific dates please visit:

Early Decision

Regular Decision

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When are interviews invites sent out?

Interview invites are typically sent out in early October for Early Decision. For regular decision, interview invites could be sent in late October for the November 11th interview. All other inverview invites will be sent out before the Christmas holiday and could be possibly be offered in January. 

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What is your campus selection process?

During Early and Regular Decision interviews, students fill out a campus preference form. The information provided by the student is used when making admission offers to both campuses.

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What scholarships are available for students?

Scholarships are available for students. Please visit our Available Scholarships page. Please note the eligibility requirements. More information about scholarships will be sent to students beginning in the fall semester. 

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How can I schedule a campus visit?

Information sessions are held at different times throughout the year. Sessions will be advertised on our website. If you are unable to attend an information session, a one-on-one session can be scheduled. Advisors are available to meet at the Kingsville campus only and can be scheduled Monday-Friday between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Please note, advisement and tours are not available at our College Station campus to prospective students. 

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