Message from the Dean | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Dean SmithIt is a pleasure as dean to welcome you to the Jerry H. Hodge School of Pharmacy of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC). At this school, we take deep pride in the excellence of our Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) training program and in its leadership in developing clinical pharmacy practitioners for Texas and for the nation. Though our school is still fairly young (e.g., we just graduated our 20th class), we are ranked in the top 20 schools nationally in a recent survey presented at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. We have graduated more than 1,9000 pharmacists, roughly 90 percent of whom have remained in Texas to practice and serve patients. Seventy percent of our recent P3 class scored in the top 50 percentile nationally Seventy percent of our 3rdyear PharmD class scored in the top 50 percentile nationally on the Pharmacy Composite Outcomes Assessment of the National Board of Pharmacy. Fifty percent scored in the top 30% nationally, and close to 20% scored in the top 10 percentile nationally. This is a testament to the hard work and excellent of the students and the faculty.

We pride ourselves at Texas Tech in the innovation and quality of our curriculum, which is active, student-centered, and focuses on performance and application, as well as leadership and professionalism. It combines excellent faculty with extensive group projects and first-rate facilities. We are fully accredited through the Accreditation Council of Pharmaceutical Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. We plan to maintain this standing and have a comprehensive site review this Fall 2019, for which we have been preparing for the past two years.

Our curriculum places stronger emphasis on clinical training than virtually any other program in the U.S. pharmacy school. Further, we are one of very few programs which require clerkships in both pediatrics and geriatrics, demographics that jointly account for more than 80 percent of drug prescriptions in the U.S. today. Our Department of Pharmacy Practice is ranked among the top 10 such departments in the country. In addition, a good fraction of our students sign up for the joint Pharm.D./M.B.A. program which is offered in collaboration with the Texas Tech Rawls School of Business . This is the only program in the nation where you can obtain your M.B.A. before you graduate with the Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

Though we are on the cutting edge in our use of technology, and we remain strongly dedicated to quality, the School of Pharmacy is just as proud of its focus on the student, evidenced by a strong student-to-faculty ratio and multiple student programs to develop professionalism and leadership. Each year TTUHSC pharmacy students organize or lend their support to more than 600 community events in North Texas and the Texas Panhandle.

Outside the classroom, our licensed Department of Pharmacy Practice faculty members provide direct patient care and pharmaceutical support in clinics, pharmacies and hospitals in the communities served by all four School of Pharmacy campuses. In addition, the School of Pharmacy operates two specialty pharmacies, helps manage the Texas Panhandle Poison Center and houses the Texas Pharmacy Museum.

School of Pharmacy science faculty also conduct biomedical and pharmaceutical research with the help of more than $5 million of annual extramural grant funding. Our research focus areas include disease mechanisms, drug formulation and delivery, drug synthesis, drug action and clinical practice. We also have four centers of research excellence that concentrate on clinical pharmacology, blood-brain barrier, drug development and formulation, and immunology and biotechnology research.

When students enroll at the TTUHSC School of Pharmacy, they have access to all of these things, which makes ours one of the most cost-effective pharmacy programs in the state based upon tuition and fees. It is also why we are so proud of our role in training pharmacists who will be the profession’s clinical and research leaders of the future.

Quentin R. Smith, Ph.D.
TTUHSC School of Pharmacy