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How To Get Into Pharmacy School

Apr 16, 2008
Becoming a pharmacist is a solid career choice. Demand for pharmacists currently outstrips supply. This is due to a combination of factors which aren't likely to decrease in the future. The population needs more prescriptions, and as we live longer we demand more medicines. In addition the administrative burden on pharmacists (mainly third-party payments for prescriptions) is increasing.

So how do you take that first step on the ladder to becoming a pharmacist Getting into Pharmacy School.

You should apply early to pharmacy schools as soon as you can, let them know you're eager, eager to study at their school. Pharmacy schools are inundated with applications so get yours in early whilst the admissions staff are still fresh and you have a better chance of making it.

One of the first things you will need to do is pass your PCAT Thanks. This is the pharmacy college admissions test. It is a 240 multiple choice question exam with two writing sections and it takes approximately 4 hours. It covers the full range of subjects that are needed at this level to study pharmacy (biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, verbal ability, reading comprehension and quantitative ability).

As many other prospective students have worked out that pharmacy is a good place to be, competition is fierce for each place so it is vital that you do well on this exam. Take this exam as soon as you can but not before you are ready. Make sure that you have taken all the courses you need, and take the exam directly after that so that the knowledge is still fresh in your mind. Schools can be very selective in the students that they take so they are very demanding of academic grades. Good Grades on the PCAT is the best way to get into Pharmacy School. Don't despair if you have a borderline score there are things you can do to tip you over into acceptance.

Another thing that will help your application is to get some work experience in a pharmacy. Shadow a pharmacist and ask intelligent questions, find out what the profession is really about and demonstrate that you are interested. This will give you valuable information and insight if you are called for an interview, it will also get you the chance to have a reference from an actual practicing pharmacist. Work experience in a pharmacy will also show the pharmacy school that you are serious about wanting to study pharmacy and take it up as a career.

The very best way to get into Pharmacy School is to build a relationship with the school that he wanted to go to. Visit the school, asked to observe a day there, talk to the staff and in particular the people in charge of admissions show them your keen show them you are interested. Check out the school you want as most you can find out if they have any particular requirements and work towards fulfilling them find out what they like to see an applicant and try to be that.

At your interview with the school demonstrate that you have researched the school and the subject. Show them that you are an interested and motivated student and that you have planned how to pay for your schooling! Having people drop out of school costs them money, so demonstrate that you have thought about this and really want it.
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