Cooperative Pharmacy Program
September 30, 2016

Program Overview

The UTPA CPP was developed to encourage students from the Rio Grande Valley and Laredo Regions to pursue pharmacy as a professional career. In consideration of the CPP Mission, Vision, and Goals, students who reside in the following counties are encouraged to apply: Webb, Zapata, Jim Hogg, Brooks, Kenedy, Starr, Hidalgo, Willacy, and Cameron.


The CPP is best described as pre-pharmacy + 2 + 2 program. Students admitted into the program complete the first two years at UTPA fulfilling the pharmacy pre-requisites; participate in a guaranteed interview, if successful, matriculate to UT Austin COP to complete the first two years of the pharmacy curriculum; and then return to UTPA and the Rio Grande Valley to complete the third and fourth years of the pharmacy curriculum. 

Pre-Pharmacy – at UTPA
Coursework in English, mathematics and the natural sciences, etc.  See complete list.

Pharmacy Curriculum - at UT Austin COP
Year 1: A broad foundation in physiology, pathology, pharmaceutical sciences and pharmacy administration
Year 2: An interdisciplinary approach to disease management and patient care through case-based learning

Pharmacy Curriculum -  at UTPA
Year 3: Advanced coursework in disease management and patient care
Year 4: Seven 6-week experiential rotations at pharmacy practice sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley

CPP Benefits

The  following is an overview of the benefits associated with being part of the CPP:

  • Opportunity to complete two-thirds of the academic training in the Rio Grande Valley
  • Guaranteed an interview by UT Austin COP
  • Personal mentoring by faculty
  • Peer support: small class size which fosters  collegiality and camaraderie
  • Opportunity to engage in professional and scholarly activities with faculty
Conditional Acceptance

Students offered admissions through the CPP are afforded a guaranteed interview by UT Austin COP. Each student must review and agree to abide by the CPP Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), which provides a detailed description of CPP requirements. The MOA requirements include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Admissions: UTPA and UT Austin COP;
  • Academics: math, science, and English grade point average (GPA), and semester credit hour workload;
  • PCAT scores;
  • Professionalism: attitudes, behaviors, and demonstration of continual development.

The CPP is just one of several methods for pursuing a pharmacy education, thus applicants are encouraged to review program requirements carefully before applying. The CPP required timeline for the completion of pharmacy pre-requisites may not be suitable for all student learners. The CPP does not offer a Bachelor's degree prior to matriculation to Austin.


The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accredits both the University of Texas-Pan American and the University of Texas at Austin. In addition, the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), 20 North Clark Street, Suite 2500, Chicago, IL 60602-5109, 312/664-3575, 800/533-3606; FAX 312/664-4652, web site www.acpe-accredit.org. Only graduates of accredited programs are eligible to sit for the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination™ (NAPLEX®) and Multistate Pharmacy Jurisprudence Examination® (MPJE®), both of which are required for licensure in the state of Texas.

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