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500 W. University Avenue, El Paso, Texas 79968
Room 700

The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy, in cooperation with The University of Texas at El Paso, offers a program leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree.  Following acceptance into the College of Pharmacy, the student obtains the first two years of professional curriculum in Austin and upon returning to El Paso, the student obtains the last two years of professional curriculum.  Upon completing the required professional studies in El Paso, the student is awarded the Doctor of Pharmacy degree through the UT Austin College of Pharmacy with the Cooperation of the UTEP College of Health Sciences.  The Cooperative Pharmacy Program offers enhanced access to the UT Austin College of Pharmacy and a career in Pharmacy.  Pharmacy students in the Cooperative Pharmacy Program enjoy the benefits of a small program, along with the advantages of graduating from a renowned and highly ranked College of Pharmacy.  Students gain the economic benefits of completing 50% of the professional curriculum in El Paso.

Our program includes faculty who are committed to providing high quality eduction and training of pharmacists with a goal of meeting the pharmaceutical needs of the underserved population of our region and beyond.  The program combines cutting edge pharmacy practices with culturally and linguistically competent approaches with a strong emphasis in community involvement.  The practice of pharmacy has evolved from a traditional dispensing role to a more advanced comprehensive direct patient care clinical role designed to help patients achieve improved outcomes from their medication.  The pharmacy profession offers career opportunities in many settings including community, hospital, ambulatory care, nuclear pharmacy, academia, drug industry, and research and compounding.  Other more specialized areas include family practice, internal medicine, critical care, infectious diseases, oncology, pediatrics, ambulatory care, drug information, and others.  Our program offers a well-rounded training experience that serves as a strong foundation for entry into a variety of professional settings.

Admission Requirements

The Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) is a degree that requires undergraduate pre-pharmacy prerequisites, core curriculum requirements, and four years of professional Pharm. D. curriculum.  Below is The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy School admission requirements.

  • Required Pre-Pharmacy Courses (grade C or better)
  • Core Curriculum Complete (Students who transfer to UT Austin from another Texas state-funded institution as "core complete" will be considered "core complete" with UT Austin)
  • PCAT (Pharmacy College Admissions Test)
  • Complete application through PharmCAS

The Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) is required for admissions into UT Austin College of Pharmacy.  Scores cannot be older than 3-years to be considered for admissions.  Click on the link to look at PCAT dates and register for an exam date and location

UT Austin College of Pharmacy participates in the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS).  A PharmCAS application and UT Austin Supplemental application will need to be submitted.  Click on the link to start your application with PharmCAS

Further information about the program can be obtained from the program office.

DIRECTOR: José O. Rivera


José O. Rivera
Contact Information:; 915-747-8535
Education: BS, University of Puerto Rico; Pharm D, University of Kentucky

Clinical Associate Professor

Amanda M. Loya
Contact Information:; 915-747-8534
Education: BS, University of Texas at El Paso; Pharm D, University of Texas at Austin

Jeri J. Sias
Contact Information:; 915-747-8599
Education: BS, Texas Christian University; Pharm D, University of Kansas School of Pharmacy

Clinical Assistant Professors

Margie E. Padilla
Contact Information:; 915-747-8532
Education: BS, Our Lady of The Lake University; Pharm D, University of Texas at Austin

Celeste Vinluan 
Contact Information:; 915-747-5000
Education: Pharm D, Virginia Commonwealth University