I know this is not a beauty video but with so many requests and questions regarding pharmacy I wanted to take advantage of BACK TO SCHOOL season to talk about it. Both my boyfriend and I are in pharmacy school currently and I gathered both of ours experience to answer the questions I gathered. I hope it is helpful and informative. Of course there is more to what I have mentioned so please feel free to ask me questions below. Also, if you're also in the same profession and have some additional advice or would like to share any experience feel free to! It's very helpful to everyone who's reading/watching as well :D
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Do you have any friends or acquaintances who went for a PharmPhD in order to go into research? I am debating between getting that or a PharmD, although my family is heavily in favor of getting a PharmD. I am taking calc2 this summer, and next year will be finishing ochem and biochem, then I will have my pre requisites done! Thank you for your video and sharing your experiences--- : )
+just a random gal --I just want to say thank you because the article that you shared with me was very helpful-- as well as the website in general. I am glad that I have a few more quarters before I will be submitting applications.
If you want to do bench/lab research, go for the PhD. If you want to do clinical research, go for the PharmD and get involved in clinical research opportunities while in school. If you want to do both, do both. There are joint PharmD/PhD programs out there.
Thanks for your informative video! I live in TX so we have a 6 drop limit and I dropped 4 classes already. Due to this, I am a part-time student and a little scared that if I become a full-time student I will not be able to handle it and drop another course. However, I am going to suck it all up and try my best to become full-time so that I Pharmacy school admission committees or whatever it is called lol can see that I can handle the load of classes. My question is does it matter that I take long to grad with a Bachelors? ( and I am talking about more than 6 years of undergrad). I hope you see this question.
If you are torn between pharmacy and just anything else healthcare related, look into medical laboratory science. That profession is projected to grow at %13. Plus, you don't need to go to grad school. Just get your bachelor's in medical laboratory science.
In my opinion the best answer to having a low PCAT score even if you scored lower on your second time. "Pharmacy is about accuracy, a simple miscalculation in dose could lead to death or severly harming a patient. The PCAT in my opinion is not a best judgment of a pharmacy applicant's abilities. The test is graded about 3-5 times a year, there are many different students taking the exam at different times of that individual year. How can a test averaged at those specific times of the year be a true determinant of me getting through pharmacy school or being a good applicant? Pharmacy is about accuracy and the PCAT in my opinion is not an accurate test of my ability to be a good applicant due to the inaccuracy of the test." FYI I scored a 29 overall my first time and a 21 on my second time. Make sure to point out your highest averaged scores in individual subjects like math and science, usually pharmacy students do worse on the verbal portion of the exam making their average go down. I used this answer on why they asked me, "Why did you score so low and even lower your second time". I also got accepted to many high ranking pharmacy schools. Make sure to relate your answers specifically to pharmacy. (just a tip)
Great blog but ,How about the joblessness rate among new graduates Is staggeringly high. In the 2012 Pharmacy Graduating Student Survey conducted by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), 88.7% of graduates indicated that they had taken out student loans, with an average loan amount of $123,000.17 While the potential of a 20% (or higher) joblessness rate among new pharmacy graduates is alarming enough, the looming economic hardships and personal tragedies are incalculable. schools should be more conservative on their approach wile the market is in crisis of unemployment at unprecedented levels and only getting worst
I would do it because most pharmacy jobs are retail pharmacies. You should figure out if you like that environment before you take out $200,000 in student loans.
A pharmacy giving a patient a DISPILL containing TOO MANY pills, or containing the WRONG pills does constitute sufficient evidence of pharmaceutical negligence, regardless of consequences, even in Canada
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Hi! I was just wondering does the undergrad college where you receive your prerequisites matter to the pharmacy school as long as your grades are good? Say it's not an amazing school or anything but you got all your required classes. Also, what advice would you have for a current high school student looking to go into this profession?
Omg ur a lot like me, I love to help ppl and sick ppl as well also I have insanity cleanliness so I can't touch ppl and I'm so sensitive so if i see someone is so sick or in pain or die id just cry 😂 so yes I said pharmacy is great for me but as I'm studying piloting now i wanted to ask u do u think it's good to study pharmacy or not cuz so many pharmacists say don't do it and just go with piloting but oh well piloting is just so risky job Bcuz even if I get injured or crash or accident or any surgeries body problems I'll get medical failure and I can't continue my job so I've to study another Field too but as my diploma is science fiction and I love biology chemistry anatomy and these subjects I thought pharmacy is cool for me to choose but my pharmacists frds say it's too much to study, do u think it worth it ?! Or I better choose easier field ?! Btw I'm 20 so I'm still thinking Abt it
So I got my bachelors in psychology and have struggled with what I want to do with my life for the past three years after graduating. Also during my time in college I struggled with math and science however I have such an interest for it. Anyone kinda in the same predicament as me? Just want to know some tips and advice
i am a pharmacy college student from indonesia, As a pharmacy student it does not matter if we are not good at all subjects, its mean only good in some subjects, Is it a good or bad condition for college students in the world of work?
Do you have to have a bachelors degree when applying to Pharmacy school? I don't have the money for university so I will be doing all of my pre-reqs at community college. Do you think that will be fine?
Not necessarily-- for example, 80% of University of Washington pharmacy school acceptees have a bachelors degree. What is more important is completing the pre requisites-- but more than often you will see that the pre reqs often add up to enough credits for the BS depending on which undregrad college you are at. Good luck!
I want to be a pharmacist and I'm good at science and I like science but hate the idea of being a science major during undergrad so I'm gonna be a political science major on a pre-pharmacy track. Uhh idk if I'm taking a risk or if this will play out in my favor in the future. I'm strong in my science classes but suck at physics and idk how that will affect me in the future :/
I'm not a misogynist but so many women wanting to pursue pharmacy really turns me off. Not to mention the job outlook for pharmacy is terrible now that pharmacy schools are accepting anyone with half a brain and a fat ass payment.
It's funny. I've been subscribed forever and just now watching this video. My 4th year rotations are starting this May, so I'm really excited and look forward to it. Just wanted to mention that dentistry was also my other career option I was thinking about. ^_^
hi ,i am surya from india.i have completed d pharm.After two months i will go to london with spouse visa. i want to study and job in uk .then how i will apply?and can i know the procedure for that because i have only diploma in pharmacy.
Angelxbaby88 A good colleague of mine who entered pharmacy school with me was 30 (I was 21) and we came out together amazing. He met a technician he fell in love with during rotations and is getting married.
Thank you for all the info really appreciated because both my daughters are in the medical fields at university one is in medical school and the other in pharmacy school.. congratulations you'll be an awesome pharmacist..
Most pharmacist just fill out the script regardless , they do not ever help the doctor make the best choice, they do spot drugs that may interact adversely with existing drugs being taken.
I know this for a fact but won't get into it.
This is very inspiring and makes me feel better on choosing pharmacy course although its sound quite hard but i'll try my best to make sure myself studying and woking in this profession in the future :)
I'm a dual enrolling high school Junior who is in the pharmacy tech program, after watching your video i am more inspired of going to UF to get all my pre-requisite credits in order to apply for Pharmacy school!! Thanks for telling me about your experience! :)
Jen, thank you so much! This is what I really needed to hear today and I'm glad I found you here. :) This is truly helpful and I would usually skip though when I watch a video of people talking. But, this. I watched it non-stop from the beginning to the end. Once again, Thank you. !
I just came into the united states and im yet to begiin my career.Ill love to get into Pharmacy but honestly im not so good at numbers and maths and physics are real challenge for me.What can i do about this?
Julie Assila For me, Math and Science are my two best subjects; I would advise to study a lot if not everyday. Maybe you can ask your teachers/professors for help or tutoring. Also, for the PCAT, you can take free pretests online so you can know what to expect.
You don't have to major in science to become a pharmacist but it does help you fulfill the many science prerequisites the schools will require for application. TLDR: science major = faster route to apply to pharmacy school.
I'm starting college this semester as a biochem major because I'm an aspiring pharmacist. Anxiety is getting to me because I don't know if I can do it. But I know if I work hard and stay motivated it will pay off in the end and I might even get into pharmacy school. I'm going to look back at this video when I need some inspiration lol
itsrheny good luck. after wasting my life for a,bit. not knowing what I wanted to do and finally getting my pharm tech certificate. I too want to attend pharmacy school to become,a pharmacist. nervous also.
this was so so so helpful! I'm going to my 3rd year of undergrad and I really needed to hear some advice from someone in Pharmacy school themselves. Thank you so much for this post! :) It also inspired me to keep trying even if I do fail my PCAT or getting admitted into the school.
No Im from Canada. . . but you can get licensed in most states with a Canadian PharmD. . . Waterloo is about $20,000 a semester for international students ($10,000 for Canadians), which is still much cheaper than American universities. . . just tell them DarthHater100 from youtube sent you lol. . .
Fook Yu If you are asking me, I didnt work as a tech, but I volunteered weekly at a pharmacy. . . I actually didnt learn a lot of tech stuff. . . never did stock, or called insurance companies, or used the cash register. . . but by continuing to come back, by my third application, I could list over 2 years of pharmacy experience, and I did enough stuff and asked enough questions to have a decent answer about pharm experience when asked during my interview. If you have trouble getting into a school bc your marks arent that high, find a school like University of Waterloo Pharmacy (Canada) that looks more at experience, volunteer work, and other resume items than purely numbers. Get their PharmD and get licensed in the U.S. I got into Waterloo with a 79% average (about 3.2 GPA I believe) and there was no PCAT. . . but I had a good resume, and nailed the interview. . . good luck.
I'm now a junior in undergrad and i've never had a job before nor have I joined any clubs. I plan on becoming a certified pharm tech before I graduate. Will my lack of extracurriculars be a red flag? I do have connections to at least a few pharmacists.
I know this might sound a little silly if I am incorrect, but I am still learning, the pharmacy program I am looking into requires 65 hours of prereq's many of which she listed. Would these count at a community college? I am currently attending one right now and want to be sure that I am not wasting my time. I don't think I am, but I am still new to the way colleges work with each other.
+Samadhi Perera Good for you. In my country pharmacists don't earn that much compared to other countries that's why a lot of them chooses to work abroad. Pharmacy is tough but if you love what you're doing you'll be fine. Good luck to you!
Hello its a very motivative vlog .
I have a question , im licensed pharmacist out side USA, now im following the steps needed to be licensed in USA but im in love with compounding so whats the needed steps to be a compoundin pharmacist after having the license ? Many thanks
+Bongalope MaryJane There's a guy at my pharmacy school who waited until his 40s to start pharmacy school. So you're never too late. I've even seen RPh's that are older than that go back to pharmacy school for their PharmD. It's never too late to go into pharmacy, you'll be close to most students' ages actually.
+Spider Man I heard the job market was getting tougher for pharmacists because of a saturation of competitors. Maybe that applies to densely populated states like california, florida, new york...
The average gpa for the pharm school I want to go to was a 3.46, and other univs with a pharm school in Florida have averages around 3.45s although they don't release their average PCAT scores. Sadly for me, I only have 5 options of pharm schools in Florida.
OMG THIS VIDEO! I'm so glad I across this. I am a second year undergraduate working on my BS in biology and I recently got super interested in Pharmacy, not because of the money lol I mean I'm gonna be in debt for most part but like the idea of making the medication or recommending. So like YU said have a lot experience? I am studying to get my Pharm tech license and get a job, and also I am going to join the pre pharmacy club at my college! My question is like should I contact the school I'm planning on attending and ask if I'm on the right track? Like idk I'm scared, the pressure of not finding a job is intimidating.
Community pharmacists are the health professionals most accessible to the public. They supply medicines in accordance with a prescription or, when legally permitted, sell them without a prescription. In addition to ensuring an accurate supply of appropriate products, their professional activities also cover counselling of patients at the time of dispensing of prescription and non-prescription drugs, drug information to health professionals, patients and the general public, and participation in health-promotion programmes. They maintain links with other health professionals in primary health care.