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Texas Education Agency Supports B.S. over Pharm.D

Magazine article Drug Topics

Texas Education Agency Supports B.S. over Pharm.D

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Education officials in the Lone Star State have taken a stand against the Pharm.D. as pharmacy's sole entry-level degree. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board last month rejected a request from the deans of the state's four pharmacy schools to replace the five-year B.S. as the licensable professional practice degree with a six-year Pharm.D.

The board, which approves all academic programs for colleges and universities in the state, ruled that each pharmacy school in Texas must offer students the option of a five-year B.S. degree in pharmacy. Schools that also want to offer a Pharm.D. as an initial degree would have to seek authority from the board and be able to certify that adequate funds were available to begin the program.

The deans' request flowed from a 1989 proposal by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education to revise accreditation standards to require a six-year Pharm.D. as the entry level degree. ACPE expects a final vote on the proposal in late 1996 or 1997. Most national pharmacy and pharmacy education associations support the proposal.

However, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, which has been leading the fight against scrapping the pharmacy baccalaureate degree, applauded the board's decision. …

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