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  1. How it works at the School of Pharmacy in my area is you need to do all of the pre-pharmacy classes (at least 2 years and at least 72 credits, various class in chemistry and biology ect.) Then you can apply for a 4 year pahrmacy programe.

  2. Actually your information is based on a little web surfing, NOT real life. I am a first year Pharm.D. student, and VERY few candidates are accepted with just the bare minimum prereqs. For example, I did not even get ONE interview after completing all prereqs, having 3 years of tech experience and a 94th percentile PCAT. It took 2 more yrs of apps and the completion of my bs in chemistry to get interviewed, and another year of applying to get accepted. It is FAR more competitive than you say

  3. Isn't pharmacy school only 2 years? A lot of pharmacy workers that I had talked to say that it took them about 6 years total (4 years of regular college, 2 years pharmacy school). Can somebody confirm this for me?

  4. i got my pre-reqs in 2 years of college, now i'm in my first year of a 4 year program and we accrue 500 hours of internship throughout the 4 years, so by then, we'll be able to work

  5. You make it sound like all you have to do is the 2 years of pre-requisite work, get a "good" PCAT and keep your GPA higher than 3.0…and then you are IN. This is not correct, not even close. My school had 2,200 applicants last year for a class size of 135. They pick from the top of the pile, so BARE MINIMUMS get you nowhere. There are only about 4 people out of 135 who do not have their bachelors degree. They have special life stories, and that is why they were chosen.

  6. Sorry if you are so easily offended. You will not easily get in with bare minimums at any school. Those are the facts. You are speaking with someone who knows what it takes to get in, because I DID get in after 3 years of trying at numerous schools. At one time, I thought that I could get in with minimums, and it did not happen, not even close. Now that I am in, I know that nearly all of my classmates are above and beyond the minimums. Remember, 2200+ people met the minimums. 135 are attending..

  7. Wow. Actually you said that such minimal requisites would *easily* get someone into many schools. If your personality causes you to blow up in profanity at someone during a disagreement, you will make a lousy pharmacist. Pharmacists have to tactfully negotiate disagreements every day.

  8. You can do the pre-requisites which are generally around 60-70 credits in two years yes. But it will be hard to cram it in like that and it also means you have to do outstanding. For me I am on my second year and I am planing to stay until I get my Bs in Biology just in case I dont get in and also if you try the two year thing and realize your gpa wont be good enough. take 2 more years to get better grades. also u will have more volunteer experience and time to study for pcats.

  9. wow sounds like alot of work but it can be done…let me know how it pays off for you, thnaks for the info i will consider this once i start my freshmen year of college

  10. Anyone know if volunteer work is mandatory, or even useful for a CV when aiming to become a pharmacist?

  11. @chaosnitez4 It depends what college you go to. Some schools like St. Louis College of Pharmacy (where I go) and Ohio Northern University are only 6 years straight out of high school. The 1-2 years of "internship" (actual term is "residency") are not required to take the NABPLEX to become a licensed pharmacist. Thus, you can become a pharmacist in 6 years after you graduate high school depending on what college you go to.

  12. @Gmoney3290 As with all jobs, it depends where you work and who you work for. However, I think the majority of pharmacists now earn 6 figures.

  13. @0:49,
    You also don't necessarily need a 3.7. In pre-requisites, A's and B's are expected. That averages out to between a 3.3-4.0. Very few people make it through a legitimate college curriculum with many different types of courses with a 4.0. Anything over 3.3 is good enough to be considered in general as long as your extra-curricular activities, work experience, and a strong PCAT is there.

  14. @djasimos,
    You're fourteen! Everything is going to look hard at fourteen. You don't have to plan your whole life out right now. Consider lots of different options and the most important thing is to do well in school to keep options open.

  15. @djasimos Your parents want you to do it? You should want to do this. When you grow older you will realize that happiness comes first in a job. Anyway, nothing is hard in life. It is all based on perception. I may find math hard, but you might not. 🙂

  16. To practice as a pharmacist, including as a clinical pharmacist, graduates do not have to complete a residency program at this time.

  17. @pharmdtobe,
    Most pharmacists that work in a clinical setting do some type of residency. It's not a legal requirement because of massive shortages in clinical pharmacies, but it is a de facto requirement for most. At least, that's what I gather at my school.

  18. Like doctors and lawyers, pharmacists don't technically need a bachelors degree. They just need to take the undergraduate prerequisites that every pharmacy school requires and they need to do well in them(usually around a 3.5, but sometimes lower in special circumstances).

  19. @terracerocks121,
    Just take physics at an easy college with a good/sane professor. Be sure to duck the crazy foreign(their English often is hard to understand) Physics professors and classes where the averages tend to be low.

    Mechanics is easy once you get the hang of it. Electricity/Magnetism is harder, but the Pharmacy schools and even the Medical Schools don't put a whole lot of weight on it so just do okay.

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