Originally Posted by WednesdayBridge
Despite that, I stand by my advice, to ask the school to make sure you can be competitive.
As do I.
Originally Posted by bw6
Pharmacy schools accept CC credits but the stigma exists for a reason. I have done both and CC classes are easier. So an A from a university means more than an A from CC whether the careers community college attendees will admit it or not.
bw6, we've gone round on this particular topic before. I feel a better answer here is "it depends on the pharma school, depends on the rest of your application, and heavily depends on the CC." For brevity, I will reiterate that my classes were not easier than the equivalent Uni courses in my area, but CCs are not all created equal. I have not heard of someone failing to get into pharma school due to CC classes, but I have heard the inverse (CCers - including myself - getting into their school of choice first try
). Unfortunately, it isn't as cut-and-dried as one might think. The most sound advice I've heard is that if you are taking CC courses, make sure your GPA at CC is stellar & the rest of your application is strong - but that could just as easily be applied to any applicant.
That being said, I really hope this thread doesn't get hijacked for a CC vs Uni discussion, as that's been hashed out ad nauseum previously in this forum. If anyone is truly interested, I would point to the search function.
foomba, in short, all of your college classes will be factored into your PharmCAS GPA identically. Most schools have their own GPA calculation in addition / substitution for PharmCAS's calculation, so it would behoove you to call your prospective schools. The general advice for how to strengthen your application, besides having a great GPA & doing well on the PCAT (if applicable), is to try to a) have pharmacy experience and b) show through activity that you are a well-rounded individual (not just a student). Basically, beef out your extracurriculars - volunteer, join the pre-pharm / pre-health club, find a pharm tech position or shadow pharmacists.