Mission, Vision, and Philosophy
The mission of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Pharmacy is to enhance the lives of the diverse people of Texas and beyond through excellence and innovation in educating health care practitioners, researchers, and educators; providing pharmaceutical care and service; and advancing knowledge through scholarship and research.
Our vision is to become internationally recognized for expanding the pharmacist’s role as a leader in health care by developing models of excellence in patient-centered care and collaborative drug therapy management through an innovative educational curriculum, while advancing health care and science through cutting-edge research.
The pharmacist's role has traditionally been that of a dispenser of medications. However, this traditional model of practice is no longer adequate to ensure effectiveness and patient safety in the use of medications and health devices. The focus of pharmacy practice must change from that of product distribution to a more expansive duty: assuming the responsibility for our patients' outcomes from the medications they use.
Health care reform has put an emphasis on primary health care. This emphasis, when combined with a lack of access, continually rising costs and a concern for quality, is making the pharmacist a crucial member of the primary health care delivery team.
Pharmacists are the most well dispersed health care professionals in the U.S. and pharmacies are ubiquitous — located in most rural, suburban and urban communities throughout the country. This physical placement of the pharmacist, who is trained to deliver comprehensive care to the public, allows access to primary health care in locations where it may be critically lacking.
The pharmacist's role as a member of the primary health care team does not replace that of the physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner, but it enhances the team's effectiveness. The pharmaceutical services provided in the evolving health care arena will include participation in the drug therapy decision-making process whereby the pharmacist will recommend therapeutic objectives; select the most appropriate drug product to achieve the desired therapeutic outcomes, given the patient's unique characteristics; determine dose and dosage schedule; select the drug product supply source and method of drug preparation; and monitor the patient's response to the therapy so that the patient receives the optimal benefits with minimal adverse drug effects. The contemporary role of the pharmacist as the patient's therapeutic manager, including that of a legend medications prescriber pursuant to a physician's written protocol, are being defined and established by pharmacists who have received advanced training.
The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Pharmacy offers the Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Pharm.D.) with these expanded roles of the pharmacist in mind. The effective delivery of essential primary health care services requires the pharmacist to accept greater responsibility and expand the depth and breadth of their education to support future practice.
TTUHSC School of Pharmacy is uniquely positioned to offer you these expanding educational opportunities. The evolving role of the pharmacist in comprehensive medication therapy management is not always easy to understand, but our faculty are pharmacists/educators who recognize and embrace the new direction in pharmaceutical practice and education and they nurture its development. There are no traditions to overcome and no outdated curriculum content to hamper the educational needs of today's TTUHSC pharmacy student.
It is a goal of all TTUHSC School of Pharmacy educators to foster within students the desire to learn and the ability to discover. Our curriculum has been designed to encourage your intellectual development and to help you become a competent and skilled professional pharmacist. Our faculty will work with you to develop your conceptual competence, technical competence, integrated competence and career marketability.
Pharmaceutical education must provide students a fundamentally sound science base that enables them to evaluate clinical studies and use data to reach conclusions regarding a variety of issues. Students must also be mathematically competent so they can resolve problems related to drug therapy. Analytical and critical thinking must be cultivated to provide today's pharmacy students with the tools they will need to be effective decision makers. Communication skills are essential to prepare the student to be an impactful and attentive caregiver and graduates must have an understanding of the social context in which their profession is practiced. They must learn to listen first so they can more effectively convey information regarding drug therapies and they must be sensitive to patients from all socioeconomic levels, including those whose native language is not English.
You will find that the TTUHSC School of Pharmacy program is student centered and focuses upon problem-based educational strategies. Our curriculum provides an integrated course context that includes pathophysiology, pharmacology, medicinal chemistry and therapeutics. It offers expanded practice management instruction and clinical experiences that begin early on and continue throughout the four-year professional program. Each of the curricular and instructional strategies have been precisely balanced to give you the academic and clinical preparation to ensure your success in your chosen profession.