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Is it more important to take Microbiology or Physiology?

Discussion in 'PCAT Discussions' started by knarf135, Mar 27, 2007.

  1. knarf135

    knarf135 New Member

    Jul 3, 2006
    I have to choose one or the other if I want to take the PCAT next summer, so which is more beneficial?
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  3. Bonbon2007

    Bonbon2007 2+ Year Member

    Feb 23, 2007
    page 27 of the PCAT 2007 candidate booklet states:

    Microbiology 20%
    Anatomy and Phys 20%

    If I were choosing, I would assume that anatomy and phys were 10% each, and Microbiology would be more useful on PCAT 2007 since it is 20%.

    However, those percentages are not always accurate on test day so take this information with a grain of salt on your way to the registrar.

    Good luck with your studies :luck:
  4. fmbzp5

    fmbzp5 7+ Year Member

    Jan 5, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    I think physiology would be a better class. Basic microbiology concepts like shapes gram reactions aerobic vs. anaerobic can be covered easily. A general overview of physiology though would take a lot more effort. People in the past have commented on not seeing very many microbiology questions or any of super difficulty.
  5. NDGirl

    NDGirl 2+ Year Member

    Feb 13, 2007
    I think physiology would help you out more in the long run. I learned alot more in my physio class that will be helpful in pharmacy school than I learned in my micro class. As far as preparing for the PCAT however, I really don't know. I took the PCAT last June and I don't really remember many micro questions on it, but then again I don't really remember many physio question on it either.

    Anyways, I would say Physiology would be much more helpful overall.
  6. sooz1002

    sooz1002 5+ Year Member

    i also don't remember many micro or physio questions on the pcat. i hadn't taken either of those classes and i did fine (99% bio). the pcat is mostly general biology (which i guess includes basic micro/anat/phys), so as long as you've completed that, you should be fine!
  7. Julianne

    Julianne War Eagle!! Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Feb 9, 2006
    If you're going to be taking one or the other anyway, my vote goes to Physiology... it might not help your score tremendously but I think it's good material to know as a foundation for future studies.

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