College Station Campus
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The Texas A&M Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy welcomed the first cohort of students in the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program to the Bryan-College Station campus in fall 2014. Approved by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education in July, the expansion of a pharmacy branch campus in Bryan-College Station marks a significant milestone for the Kingsville-based college, providing additional opportunities for student pharmacists in Texas and ultimately resulting in improved access to quality health care throughout the state.
Established in 2006, the college was created to address gaps in the health care workforce in the underserved South Texas region. A result of the demand for additional capacity, with 647 applicants vying for 87 spots in Kingsville in 2013, the college moved forward with plans to open additional seats in Bryan-College Station. In the fall of 2014, 87 student pharmacists joined the Kingsville campus, and for the first time in the college’s history, an additional 33 students began coursework in Bryan-College Station. The college plans to add 30 to 35 students to the Bryan-College Station campus each year until reaching the full, four-year complement.
“Through unbridled commitment to exceptional pharmacy education, the college continues to produce compassionate, patient-centered pharmacists to serve South Texas, with one-third of our graduates staying in the region to practice,” said Indra K. Reddy, PhD, professor and founding dean of the Rangel College of Pharmacy. “While our mission to alleviate the shortage of pharmacists in South Texas will remain ever-important, the expansion of a branch campus in Bryan-College Station will allow us to extend our reach and answer the call for improved access to care across the entire state.”