INFORMATION & LINKS
Long video, but I hope you got some information out of it. If you guys want me to do a Part 2 ask away! Below I have links to the things I mentioned in the video.
I didn't mention in the video that all the pharmacy programs now are Doctorate programs. So when you graduate you become Doctor of Pharmacy or PharmD.
Top Pharmacy Schools in the USA
FAQ Questions About Pharmacy Admission Process
Pharmacy Career Information
Pharmacy Board Exam (NAPLEX) Book
I am very bad at math, was okay at Chem.. do you think Pharmacy would be a bad idea for me? I am really interested in the healthcare field but dont do well with blood. I have my bachelors and have been working for 2 years but want to change my career... advice much appreciated! <3 love your videos!
Just discovered your channel ! I came to college originally planning to be a doctor but now I am seriously considering pharmacy ! Your video was very informative! You're gorgeous and so intelligent! I would love to see an updated video on your pharmacy career. Life after graduation, getting a job, was it everything you expected it to be?
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do you recommend being a pharm tech before pharmacist? I live in Maryland and just got a job as a pharm tech but my main goal is to be a pharmacist and yeah I work at cvs because they gave me free training
Yea, it helps you know the ins and out of the insurance companies since techs mostly deal with them. Then when you're a pharmacist you will know how to do everything! LOL I don't know how to deal with insurance companies as well as my techs do
Thank you so much for this video! I'm a freshman in college working on doing the 6 year track just like you did and sometimes I get really overwhelmed about all of the work that is ahead of me. Your video really helped reassure me that this is really going to be worth it in the long run!
I'm so jealous of the amount Pharmacists in the US make. I hear you guys make over $100,000 as soon as you qualify?? we make a measly £25,000 on average in our first years! but I guess we don't have as much of a student loan as you guys
Thanks for being so helpful! I'm planning on studying pre-pharmacy this coming year after I finish my EET degree. My main concern is to whether or not I have the intelligence needed to get accepted at a school of pharmacy. I got a 28 on my ACT and I currently have a gpa of 3.9 in my current program. I've taken some of the prerequisites for pharmacy already, but I haven't taken any calculus, biology, or chemistry courses. Life sure is overwhelming, but I take more of an interest in medicine than I do in technical electronics.
Ify, Please I did not get the name of the online Pharmacy Job company you said you do on your off days. I am in pharmacy school in the University of Oklahoma and will like to get information on the online job. Thank you for help.
+fresh alovia I attend a pharmacy school in Florida and we definitely have numerical grades as well as gpa. Very few classes (maybe 1 or 2) at my school have the pass or fail grading system, and they are usually electives.
Also some pharmacist are looking to go into residency after they graduate, and those programs only select the best students with the highest grades & extracurriculars.
i want to study pharmacy but i have a rap sheet that was expunged. the state board can still see expunged records can i still get licesne do if they do background checks . u know anyone who has been in my shoes
+Shateya4 Hi! I'm currently in pharmacy school and my classmates range from age 20-55. A good chunk are married, have children, etc. I definitely think it's doable.
Also look into Lecom's distance learning pharmacy pathway. You'll learn the majority of courses online and travel to the campus (in Florida) at the end of each semester to do labs and take exams.
I hope I helped :)
I love this video! You're down to earth and gave me a real life look at the process of becoming a Pharmacist. Do you think it's possible to pass PharmD school with a 1 year old and 6 year old? I'm married and my husband is working while I'm in school full time.
Hi, Im from Detroit MI and I want to become a Pharmacist. I'm Now A Senior In High School and My ACT score was not that high.I'm retaking it. I didn't have all of those Kaplan classes and all of the stuff you had due to financial problems. In high school I do pretty well. My GPA is a 3.7 cumulative and regular GPA is a 4.2. Will they see that I do well in school and I do a lot of extra curricular activities, or my ACT score really affects my chances of getting into that 0-6 program.
Thanks for the really helpful vid but I have one concern... Is human anatomy and physics a large part of pharmacy school? I'm going to be a junior in HS and I've decided to take AP Chem but I'm not sure whether I should take AP Anatomy, AP Bio, or Physics senior year.. Which would be more beneficial for pharm school? Thanks again! xo
I also am going to Massachusetts college of pharmacy and health sciences! I will be going for my bachelors in pharm sciences. It was a late acceptance so I only got into conditionally for that program, unfortunately. Later on I plan on continuing the education though. Hopefully it will be not too difficult. You really showed a lot of potential opportunities in the field. So many people show negativity towards the field. Great video. Thanks
Hello Ify Yvonne,
I would like to become a pharmacist and attend pharmacy school as well. I plan to start studying for PCAT this summer. I currently have Kaplans PCAT prep. I watched your video and you said that you did not have to take the PCAT, however do you have any advice for me to get ready for pharmacy school. I am currently in the undergrad for my degree in Biochemistry, but I'm kind of iffy about where to begin on my journey preparing for PCAT, and apply to my preferred schools. Is there away you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or reply to my comment.
+Keitaris Goldston I got a 95 on PCAT so maybe I can help. The Kaplan PCAT prep book is good but incomplete. It lacks the microbiology section. If you have the 14-15 Kaplan, its organic chemistry and math section is very lacking. Find a book(s) that supplements that. If you have the 15-16 Kaplan, its organic chemistry includes bunch of stuff that are not covered on the exam (Ex. Spectroscopy).
Also, I recommend that you buy the 3 practice tests that Pearson offers (company that does the PCAT).
Hey omg thank you so much for this video, did u have to take 4 years of college then 2 under grd school years or just 2 under grd and soo on. In other words was it only 6 years or 6 years plus the 4 college years. THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH. BTW I'M ONLY 14 AND I'M FREAKING OUT
Am in pharmacy school now. I like what you are doing. It's inspirational. Can you please give some study tips and time management.
Then how to memorise the drug classifications and structures please.. Thank you.
OH MY GOSH!! I just found your video and I am currently sitting in my dorm... in St. Martin's Hall and about to finish my first year of the 6 year Doctor of Pharmacy program at Duquesne University!!!!! And I'm Nigerian (Igbo kwenu) so I am soo excited I found you!! Oh, things have changed since you've have been here lol. We all have to take the PCAT now, ugh but as long as you keep you GPA above a 3.3 and get a PCAT score of 375 (not bad at all) you will basically be guaranteed. They also have us doing interviews now so we have to apply for the pharmacy school but the application doesn't require extra stuff like teacher recommendations and all that... I think they're doing all this now for record purposes but we are all still guaranteed a seat (like about 2 students don't get in every year and that's like if you dropped gen chem or bio or something). ALSO, did you have Dr. Paterno for Gen Chem I & II ??? She is death! lol you can tell I am really excited but I didn't think many black people went here! lol
Your video is so helpful! I am planning to attend Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University's 6 year PharmD program next school year and hopefully,attain a dual degree to get my Masters of Public Health. Your video really opened my mind to the diverse opportunities of the career. I am so inspired by your drive to help others! Hopefully, I will be in a familiar position as you in 6 years! Thanks and good luck with everything!
I'm sorry but I have one more question! Since I am in the six year program and only took two years of undergrad to do my prerequisites, unlike most other people who actually finish a bachelors degree (usually in chem or bio) before starting pharmacy school, will I have a much harder time grasping the new concepts and keeping up? Sometimes I feel like I will be unprepared because I didn't do a full major before pharmacy school, and I was thinking of working through a PCAT prep book over the summer to make sure I know all the basics.
+GuitarGirl506 Sometime people feel like that, and they do some prep the summer before or take some sciences at local/community colleges to help prepare before the semester starts. That's what I did, I audited some classes for personal advancement
When you talk about needing to finish 1500 hours of experience, do you mean volunteering or actually working in a pharmacy? I am also in a 6 year program, currently finishing my undergrad and matriculating to pharmacy school this fall, and I volunteer at a local hospital pharmacy. Will these hours count towards my total, or do I need to get an actual job in a pharmacy / as a pharmacy technician to start building up my hours? This video was so helpful by the way, thank you!
+GuitarGirl506 You need to intern hours, that you have to fill a form out every couple months or so to turn into the state board so they have record of your experience to sit for the board exam. Some states don't require intern hours like Ohio, and every state has their own required hours of interning to do
This is a really great video. I have my Bachelors in Nursing and worked as a nurse for many years, but I want to switch to pharmacy. Any advice for someone taking this route? Did you have any peers who took this route ?
Thank you for posting this video. I'm currently in a pharmacy technician course but ultimately I want to go to pharmacy school. I just had a few questions and was wondering if I could get your email to ask you how I can pursue my goal?
Im applying to pharmacy school this year. I just finish the pcat and got a 99%. Im very enthusiastic about a career in pharmacy and I'm looking forward to it.... I notice though that there is a lot of talk of over-saturation of pharmacist and making jobs a lot more difficult to come by. As someone who is a relatively new pharmacist (couple years, I assume; not really sure) what is your take on the job market in pharmacy? What advice would you have to offer pre-pharm students with regards to the market? I think this could be a very interesting video you could make. Thank you.
I was accepted into pharmacy school (all 6 years at the same college, wouldn't have to take the PCAT, and I wouldn't have to interview) and got a very nice scholarship. It was in my hometown and it could not have gotten any better. A week before school was supposed to start, I got cold feet and I did not attend. I wish I would have went because I was literally handed a golden opportunity. Since then, I have taken a few months to really figure out what I really want to do. I still want to be a pharmacist so I applied to a university for their Pre-Pharmacy program and am going to take all my prerequisites in two years. Then Ill take my PCAT, and since my soon to be university is partnered with a college of pharmacy I'll hopefully be able to finish my last four years with them. I'm just thankful to have my family's support and letting me take the time to think about everything. All of my family and teachers know I can do it, its just up to me to act on my dream. Thank you for the video, it really helped. :)
This is amazing information, I was just wondering how much you get paid for working retail at Walmart. Also I want to move to New York to work for pharmacy and I was just wondering what your thoughts are about pharmacy in NYC...:) thank you so much!!
+Chloe Fowler Hey Chloe! Glad you enjoyed that info :-) It depends on which state you live, you have to google salary calculator to determine. If you are a pharmacist in NYC you would make more money than a Pharmacist in Ohio.
So I'm a sophomore in High School and I'm interested in the Pharmaceutical field but I've heard people say that it's not a guaranteed "golden future", that if I was looking for jobs I would have to move far away from my family. So I'm kind of worried because there are people telling me to not waste my time on pursing this as it's not going to be successful. Also that I should go into nursing instead. I want to do retail for Pharmacy. But is it true that it's just a waste of time for a unsuccessful future?
Seriously thank you so much for this video very informative! I am 20 years old and left college for a year for personal reasons but now that I want to go back I feel like I'm going to be so lost, I've considered being a pharmacist many times but there's always that doubt in my mind saying I can't pass all those test I am horrible at math. Sorry for the whole paragraph lol any advice?
I really hope you help me with my questions.
1. Did you work while in school, (undergrate/grad) & if you did was it very difficult?
2. I will be 90% complete with my prereqs next year fall, I plan on getting my Bachelor degree in science, when is the right time to do my pharmacas & take the pcat? (by the end 2016 Spring, I should be 100% will all classes)
3. When you apply to the schools of your choice, is it only for 1 yr? Like you just have 1 yr to apply and if you did not, then you'd have to wait until next yr? Am I correct on this?
4. Lastly, Im probably wayy older than you. LOL I'm 31 did you see a lot of older students in your class?
Thx in advance
+manie sonnie I'm not sure but my GPA in highschool was 3.6
check these out http://www.duq.edu/academics/schools/pharmacy/become-a-student/doctor-of-pharmacy/prerequisites-for-professional-phase
You answered, so Many of my questions. Thank you!! My dilemma today is I'm currently pursing a bachelors, not in any pharmacy/pharmaceutical major, but in psychology. With that being my major, after graduating can I still attend Pharmacy school?
Hello, this video was really helpful for me because I'm really interested in becoming a pharmacist but sometimes I don't really know what I'm getting myself into. I'm currently a junior in high school and thinking about the future really stresses me out because I don't really have an adult figure supporting me and most of my family didn't attend college. I'm a good student and I really care about my grades. Math and science are my favorite and im currently taking AP chem and calculus. My question is: Did the "0-6" program that you were in cost more money than taking the 8 year route? Thank you for your time I really appreciate this video.
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