Message from the Dean
What makes for an outstanding school or college of pharmacy? That is a question you may consider—and reconsider—as you begin the process of planning an education that will best prepare you for a career in pharmacy.
Like every other college or university program, a pharmacy school is only as good as its faculty, staff and student body. However, we believe there are several qualities that make the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy a truly unique institution.
• We are recognized nationally for preparing pharmacists who have the therapeutic management skills to serve patients who live with chronic diseases such as diabetes, epilepsy and heart disease. In fact, our students receive more clinical contact hours than do students at any other pharmacy program in the country.
• TTUHSC-SOP is the only pharmacy school in the country that requires advanced professional practice rotations in pediatrics and geriatrics. We are also one of only three pharmacy schools that require rural professional practice rotations.
• Our sciences faculty have spearheaded the development of four SOP centers for research excellence: the Center for Cancer Biology Research, the Vascular Drug Research Center, the Pediatric Pharmacology Research and Development Center and the Center for Immunotherapeutic Research and Development.
• Our practice faculty is nationally recognized for their collaborative practice partnerships with the hospitals, clinics and other healthcare facilities that serve our four campus communities. Our partnership with the Veteran’s Administration Hospital received the Crystal APPLE (Academic-Practice Partnerships for Learning Excellence) Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy for two consecutive years. It was the only partnership in the country to receive such recognition in consecutive years.
• TTUHSC-SOP is the only pharmacy school in the southwest U.S. to offer a joint Pharm.D./M.B.A. degree.
These accomplishments are the result of dedicated faculty and staff who enjoy working with students and treat them as future colleagues. We employ the latest technology to create a curriculum that focuses on the knowledge and skills required to practice pharmacy in the ever-changing health care area that exists today and will continue to evolve. We are part of a comprehensive health sciences center and our pharmacy students learn and train side-by-side with medical, allied health and nursing students.
In short, these components create an integrated package that is designed to provide the TTUHSC pharmacy student with the support and challenge to achieve his or her unique and full potential. That is what makes a great school of pharmacy, and I believe if you look closely, you will consider us to be the best place to learn, grow, and reach your full potential.
Quentin R. Smith, Ph.D., Dean