Message from the Dean
At the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Pharmacy, we take deep pride in the excellence of our Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) training program and in its leadership in developing clinical pharmacy practitioners. Though the school is not yet 20 years old, U.S. News and World Report and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy already ranks us among the top quarter of pharmacy schools nationally. Since opening our doors to the first class in August 1996, we have graduated more than 1,000 pharmacists and roughly 90 percent of these practitioners have remained in Texas. More than 90 percent of our students complete the Pharm.D. program on time and our students have an excellent first-time pass rate—greater than 97 percent annual average—on the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX).
The TTUHSC School of Pharmacy curriculum is innovative and student-centered. It combines extensive group projects with first-rate facilities and we are fully accredited and in good standing with the Accreditation Council of Pharmaceutical Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Our curriculum requires the highest number of clinical training hours of any U.S. pharmacy school and we are the only pharmacy program to require clerkships in pediatrics and geriatrics, demographics that jointly account for more than 80 percent of drug prescriptions in the U.S. today. Our Department of Pharmacy Practice is ranked among the top three such departments in the country and its clinical residency program is ranked as one of the top five such programs. In addition, students interested in pharmacy administration and management can obtain a M.B.A. through our joint Pharm.D./M.B.A. program, which continues to grow each year.
Though we are on the cutting edge in our use of technology, and we remain strongly dedicated to quality, the School of Pharmacy is just as proud of its focus on the student, evidenced by a strong student-to-faculty ratio and multiple student programs to develop professionalism and leadership. Each year TTUHSC pharmacy students organize or lend their suppport to more than 600 community events in North Texas and the Texas Panhandle.
Outside the classroom, our licensed Department of Pharmacy Practice faculty members provide direct patient care and pharmaceutical support in clinics, pharmacies and hospitals in the communities served by all four School of Pharmacy campuses. In addition, the School of Pharmacy operates two specialty pharmacies, helps manage the Texas Panhandle Poison Center and houses the Texas Pharmacy Museum.
School of Pharmacy science faculty also conduct biomedical and pharmaceutical research with the help of more than $5 million of annual extramural grant funding. Our research focus areas include disease mechanisms, drug formulation and delivery, drug synthesis, drug action and clinical practice. We also have four centers of research excellence that concentrate on clinical pharmacology, cancer, the blood-brain barrier and immunopathic and biotechnology research.
In 2015, the School of Pharmacy celebrated six faculty members who were awarded university distinguished faculty status and seven more who received either a TTUHSC President’s Award or a Texas Tech University System Chancellor’s Award for their excellence in the classroom and in the laboratory. In addition, Sid Phillips, Pharm.D., a proud School of Pharmacy alumnus, was elected president of the Texas Society of Health System Pharmacists.
When students enroll at the TTUHSC School of Pharmacy, they have access to all of these things, which makes ours one of the most cost-effective pharmacy programs in the state based upon tuition and fees. It is also why we are so proud of our role in training pharmacists who will be the profession’s clinical and research leaders of the future.
Quentin R. Smith, Ph.D.
TTUHSC School of Pharmacy