10+ Year Member
- Dec 16, 2004
I'm currently trying to get into pharmacy school, but I have been rejected by the University of South Carolina. I still have a shot at getting into another school, but I'm not real confident after getting rejected by USC b/c i thought I was a lock to get in to USC. I am probably going to shoot for optometry school next year if I don't get in to pharmacy school this year. My pre-pharmacy GPA was a 3.6 and I was crediting a more advanced calculus, statistics and two physics courses than the pharmacy schools require. I have an undergrad degree in mechanical engineering, and I finished up with a 3.1 GPA in that. Since returning to school last year to finish up the pharmacy prereqs, I have made all A's, including both organic chemistry and both anatomy/physiology courses. I would have to take a few more courses required by optometry schools like microbiology and biochemistry, so I think my pre-optometry GPA will be close to a 3.7 if I keep making A's. I made a 86% on the PCAT and I didn't study much for it....I only reviewed some biology for about 3 hours. I was wondering if anybody here as taken the PCAT and the OAT, and if the PCAT is comparable to the OAT. I know the OAT has physics on it, but the PCAT doesn't. If I do above average on the OAT, do I have a good chance of getting in with a 3.7 pre-optometry GPA and an undergrad degree in mechanical engineering? UAB and SCO both reserve about 3 seats a year for SOuth Carolina residents, and only about 8 students apply to each school a year, so I seem to have a good chance at least statistically, especially compared to pharmacy school where they get 5 applications for every seat. I really need to get into a school next year or I'm just going to have to go back to engineering. Any feedback would be appreciated.