The College of Pharmacy, established in 1946, prepares students to enter into the practice of pharmacy in a changing health care system and to assume important roles as drug information specialists and primary care providers.
Upon graduation, the new professional utilizes a foundation of skills in administrative, biological, clinical, and pharmaceutical sciences to take an active role in contemporary pharmacy practice. Career options in pharmacy are virtually unlimited. From community to hospital practice, from home care to nuclear pharmacy, and from clinical practice to basic science research in the pharmaceutical industry, pharmacists participate in areas that provide patient care and unravel the mysteries of human health.
Pharmacists are responsible for supervising the drug distribution process, selecting appropriate drug therapies, determining drug dosages and routes of administration, and monitoring therapeutic outcomes. Working with other health care providers–physicians, nurses, veterinarians, and dentists–pharmacists complement the health care system by providing pharmaceutical care.
Students at the College of Pharmacy have at their disposal virtually every resource and opportunity they need to acquire a first-class education in pharmacy.
- In the college’s facility on the University of Houston campus, a dedicated Learning Resource Center and a computer lab provides advanced hardware and specialized software for class work and research needs.
- In the college’s second facility in the world-renowned Texas Medical Center, the students have the opportunity to train with physicians, medical students and members of our clinical faculty.
- In addition to faculty/staff offices, research laboratories, computer center, and classrooms, the building houses the Pharmacy Care lab. In this specialized learning laboratory, students learn techniques in pharmaceutical care by role-playing situations they would experience as pharmacists.
- The Sterile Products Laboratory teaches students the latest aseptic methods of drug formulation and preparation, especially for use in hospitals and home care.
Programs and Courses
The University of Houston no longer admits students into the Pre-Pharmacy major effective for students entering Fall 2015. Students who wish to become a pharmacist may choose any major while completing PharmD pre-requisite courses for admission to the PharmD program at UH. Prospective PharmD (applicants) students are encouraged to attend regular advising sessions with PharmD Advisors at the College of Pharmacy see http://www.uh.edu/pharmacy/prospective-students/pharmd/advising.
For information regarding graduate and professional degree programs in the College of Pharmacy, students can refer to the Graduate Catalog.