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Learn from the best that UNM and NMSU have to offer in our Cooperative program.


UNM/NMSU Cooperative Pharmacy Program

Designed for small town, high school seniors who are interested in starting college at a smaller university first. The UNM/NMSU Cooperative program is designed for those a part of the program to attend NMSU-Las Cruses to complete their undergraduate coursework, then transition to UNM for graduate school. This programs helps to work towards competition of  PharmD.

Benefits of the UNM/NMSU Cooperative Program

  • Academic Support
  • Face to face meeting with both NMSU and UNM pharmacy advisors.
  • Opportunities for networking and community engagement

What to Expect

If you are selected for the Cooperative Pharmacy Program during your senior year of high school, you will:

  • Complete pre-pharmacy coursework (91 to 92 semester hours over three years) at New Mexico State University.
  • Enter the UNM College of Pharmacy for the three-year didactic phase of the PharmD curriculum.
  • Look forward to pharmacy practice experiences in southern New Mexico the summers after your first and second years at NMSU, as well as during your final year of pharmacy school at UNM.

Apply to the program if you're a high school senior who:

  • Attends high school in any of the following counties: Catron, Chaves, Cibola, Curry, DeBaca, Doña Ana, Eddy, Grant, Guadalupe, Hidalgo, Lea, Lincoln, Luna, Otero, Quay, Roosevelt, Sierra, Socorro, Torrance and Valencia.
  • Has a cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) in English, math, social studies, science and foreign language classes at the end of the junior year of high school.
  • Will complete the following high school coursework by the end of senior year: math (three years), English (four years) and science (three years).
  • Will attend NMSU main campus (Las Cruces) for pre-pharmacy coursework and complete courses within three years.
  • Earned a competitive ACT score.
  • Is a U.S. Citizen or legal U.S. permanent resident.

Learn More

Explore what to expect during your pre-pharmacy studies at NMSU, which provides a comprehensive curriculum and supportive living learning communities.