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Do pharm schools take into consideration non-prereq classes?


Full Member
Sep 10, 2017
  1. Pre-Pharmacy
This might be a silly question but I can't seem to find an answer anywhere online. Do pharmacy schools bother looking at non-prerequisite courses? A lot of prereq classes were introductory classes for my major and when I first started college, simply put, I didn't know how to study or manage my time efficiently until my junior year (because I'm dumb). Thus, I got subpar marks for those classes (i.e. physics, physio, intro to genetics). Since then, I've taken a few advanced/upper div classes (like physical biochem, analytical chem, molecular genetics, etc.) and I've gotten better grades for those courses. But at the same time, I didn't have the chance to retake my prereqs and as a result my science gpa is a mere 2.8 (my cumulative is somewhere near 3.2-3.3).

I'm concerned because, first of all, those classes aren't prereqs that I can list on the "prerequisite" section of the PharmCas app and I'm aware that schools generally compare applicants by their prereq coursework. Does anyone have any insight??
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Full Member
2+ Year Member
Apr 9, 2016
  1. Pharmacist
Is the 2.8 calculated by PharmCAS or your undergrad? Have you repeated courses? I believe a lot of the school who use PharmCAS will look at the GPA calculated by PharmCAS. There are some schools that will recalculate their own GPA but its rare
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