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Discussion in 'Pre-Pharmacy' started by kittygirl, 10.23.06.


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  1. kittygirl

    kittygirl

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    Hi everyone -- I'm in my 2nd year of Undergraduate, and I have a GPA of 3.4 (Science- 3.2, and Non-Science- 3.5). I'm also involved in ECs, worked in a hospital setting, and have done some volunteer work. I just recently changed my career choice to pharmacy, and I'm wondering if my stats so far are good enough for pharm school. I've been told by a pre-health advisor that I need at least a 3.6 GPA and an 80th percentile PCAT score, but I am finding it very hard to raise my GPA, and I am generally not a very good test-taker. Do you think being involved in ECs and working will increase my chances?
  2. meowmeow

    meowmeow Junior Member

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    yes. but how r u going to do well on your pcats if ure not a good test taker?
  3. Hosstheboss

    Hosstheboss Junior Member

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    I'm in the same boat I have a 3.42 GPA now and knew I had to do well on the PCAT. Get the Kaplan book and Shwann's guide to College Chemistry. Also there were flashcards by some company for vocabulary. I used these things and got in the 95th percentile. Also any extracirrulars can help i would think. Good luck. Hope those study aids can help you.
  4. 104921

    104921 New Member

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    "I've been told by a pre-health advisor that I need at least a 3.6 GPA and an 80th percentile PCAT score"

    This person is lying to you. That, or they are uninformed. I've found pre health advisors to be generally unknowledgable or deliberately misleading about the actual process compared to what actual pharmacy students and pharmacy advisors have said. Talk to someone in the pharmacy dept, not in undergrad advising.
  5. kittygirl

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    Thanks a lot for the input!
  6. GrignardRX

    GrignardRX New Member

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    LOL yeah those advisors are useless. My pre-health advisor told me that almost everyone gets a bachelor's prior to applying to pharmacy school. And she also told me that people generally take ONE YEAR off just to study for the PCAT. LMAO.
  7. gchiq84

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    OMG... a YEAR for the PCAT?! Yeah, that advisor doesn't know squat. She must have confused it with the MCAT...
  8. Farmercyst

    Farmercyst Lowest common denominator Moderator Emeritus

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    How 'bout this one. 3.57 Cum, 3.49 Science. No real EC's (meaning no healthcare setting). Full-time work while going to school Full time (8 units at CSU, 8 Units at CC this quarter/semester). Wife and two kids. BS Biochem, minor Biology. Not taking PCAT.
  9. CaliRx

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    I think you have a pretty good chance with your GPA and a BS in biochem. Try to get some healthcare experience by volunteering or even shadowing a pharmacist might help you out.
  10. blueclassring

    blueclassring Senior Member

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    your stats are fine. just get a 70s or 80s on the pcat and you have a great chance of an interview.

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