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UTPA becomes official site to take the Pharmacy College Admission Test
Posted: 03/05/2009
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The University of Texas-Pan American is proud to announce it has been approved as an official site in the state where students can take the PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test).

The PCAT has been endorsed by the American Association of College Pharmacy as the official preferred admission test for entrance to pharmacy school and UTPA is now one of only 18 test sites in Texas authorized to administer the PCAT said Connie Rosas-Najera, director, UTPA High School to University Services and Testing Services.

"This will benefit students who are interested in entering a pharmacy school to meet their goals of becoming pharmacists. Previously the closest testing site to the Rio Grande Valley was in Kingsville," she said.

The exam test dates have been established up to January 2010 and students can begin to register now. The first exam offered at UTPA will be on June 20, 2009. Students may register online at www.PCATweb.info. A printable Candidate Information Booklet can also be found at the PCAT Web site along with the test schedule. The test fee is $150.

Rosas-Najera said the testing services office, which will act as the authorized site at UTPA for the administration of the PCAT in 2009, was approved earlier this year after meeting the requirements set by Pearson, Inc., a leading global corporation providing educational publishing, assessment, information and services where the PCAT was developed.

The PCAT is a specialized test that helps identify qualified applicants to pharmacy colleges. It measures general academic ability and scientific knowledge necessary for the commencement of pharmaceutical education. The PCAT, constructed specifically for colleges of pharmacy, consists of 240 multiple-choice items and two writing topics. Candidates are given four hours to complete the test.

University Testing Services, located at the UTPA Annex, 2412 South Closner Blvd., Edinburg, provides a variety of testing services for new students, currently enrolled students, and the community.

For more information, contact Rosas-Najera at 956/292-7570 or via e-mail at cnajera@utpa.edu.