José O. Rivera
Pharm. D. Director The University of Texas at El Paso, in cooperation with The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy, offers a program enhancing the access to the 4 year Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. Currently the Cooperative Pharmacy Program (CPP) is designed as a 2+2 year program where an El Paso student may obtain all of their prepharmacy prerequisites in their hometown of El Paso and gain admission to the nationally ranked and highly respected College of Pharmacy at The University of Texas at Austin. Once accepted to the CPP program, students in the CPP acquire their first two years of their professional curriculum on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin in the College of Pharmacy. Following completion of the first two years, the students return to El Paso and obtain their last two years back in their hometown of El Paso. Upon completion of the required studies, a clinical doctorate degree is awarded through UT Austin College of Pharmacy in cooperation with UTEP College of Health Sciences.
Our program consists of faculty who are committed to providing high quality education and training of pharmacists with a goal of meeting the 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 clinical role. The pharmacy profession offers career opportunities in many settings including community, hospital, ambulatory care, nuclear pharmacy, academia, drug industry, research and compounding. Other more specialized areas include family practice, internal medicine, critical care, infectious diseases, oncology, pediatrics, 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. I invite you to call for more information or to plan for a visit to our program offices.