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Unformatted text preview: Your bm Begin taking your prerequisite courses for pharmacy. Concentrate on your studies. Get involved in student organizations. Visit your college career center and find out if your school has a prepharmacy student society. Sign up to receive information regarding pharmacy-related events, workshops, professional events, etc. Research the field of pharmary. p ilatomore F h F F h b' Talk to practicing pharmacists. Get some experience in a pharmacy-related setting. Research different pharmacy programs. Visit pharmacy schools'websites and find out about their prepharmacy requirements (whether you need to take the Pharmacy College Admission Test [PCAT] at this time). Participate in information sessions or campus tours that are offered at the pharmacy schools you find compelling. Junior ' Request the pharmacy schools'applications and keep a careful eye on deadlines. ' Thke the PCAT. (See chapter 4 for more on this test.) ' Begin requesting letters of recommendation and writing your personal statement. ' Participate in career center workshops related to applying to professional school. Senior Submit your pharmacy school applications. Prepare for your interviews. Apply for financial assistance. Complete your prepharmacy requirements. *Please note that many programs accept students after two years of undergraduate preparation. lf you choose to fol- low this route, your timeline will be compressed. q9 25 Planning for Pharmacy School CHOOSING AN UNDERGRADUATE MAIOR While a bachelor's degree is not required for pharmacy school, all applicants are required to complete certain prepharmacy course requirements at an accredited col- lege or university. Most schools accept students into their pharmacy programs once they've completed at least two years of undergraduate study, however, in recent years, there has been a growing trend of successful applicants who hold a bachelor's degree. As such, most pharmacy programs now highly recommend a four-year program with an increasing number of applicants who will receive a bachelor's degree by the time they attend pharmacy school. In general, admissions committees look for well-rounded candidates with a profi- ciency in the sciences. Therefore, as long as you demonstrate your academic abil- ity in the sciences by doing well in the required prepharmacy core science courses, you should choose an undergraduate major that interests you the most. Remember, you will most likely get better grades if you study a field in which you really enjoy investing time. With that said, while many pharmacy applicants are science majors (chemistry, biology, etc.), pharmacy students come from a wide variety of educational backgrounds with majors as diverse as English, business, economics, social sciences, and the like....
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