3 Crucial Things to Consider to Get into Pharmacy School
The aspiration of pharmacy school and a return on the long-term investment it represents– a lucrative and highly successful pharmacy career – jointly serve as pie-in-the-sky ventures for a number of college students and people desiring to launch new careers. That is, getting into pharmacy school is or can be a financially demanding and time-consuming endeavor. It begins with the choice to consider a pharmacy career, continues with the need to study hard and do well in classes during college, and – for lack of a better word or phrase – continues to continue until you see an acceptance letter.
It goes without saying that getting into pharmacy school is an investment. Getting into the best pharmacy school, or one with the programs suited to your ideal pharmacy career, requires even more energy, commitment, and luck. Below you’ll find a handful of the considerations that the admissions committee for a pharmacy school will make when they see your application:
What was the Grade Point Average, or GPA, for your undergraduate degree?
GPA is as important a consideration as any for admissions committees at universities everywhere. A GPA indicates not only your ability to take your studies seriously, but also a commitment to success in classes outside your personal preferences and specialization.
To be fair, most admissions committees evaluate the overall GPA for the classes required for the completion of your major. If you limped through Advanced Physics with a D- but passed Advanced Biology II with an A, you’ll probably merit greater consideration. Still, it’s best to study hard now to avoid regrets and concerns about your application later.
How well did you do on your Pharmacy College Admission Test, or PCAT?
Standardized tests exist at all levels of society in the United States and around the world, and determine our access to one level or the next. Getting into pharmacy school is not unique in this context. Much as with law or medical school, prospective pharmacy students need to study for the Pharmacy College Admission Test, or PCAT, and score highly to receive admission into their pharmacy school of choice.
Admissions committees tend to weigh heavily in favor of someone with a high PCAT score. If you didn’t do as well as you would have liked in your undergraduate classes, consider the PCAT a second chance. Taken with a relatively low or poor GPA, the PCAT will win over a divided admissions committee or counselor.
How well did your pharmacy school interview go?
Interviews with your pharmacy school count as the last, important step for consideration by an admissions committee or counselor. Just as you would for a job, you need to deliver excellent results during your interview with a pharmacy school.
Remember to dress conservatively, carry a copy of your resume and transcripts, and answer any and all questions as truthfully or accurately as possible – and you’ll do well.