• Set Yourself Up For Success Webinar

    October 6, 2021 at 2 PM Eastern/11 AM Pacific
    SDN and Osmosis are teaming up to help you get set up for success this school year! We'll be covering study tips, healthy habits, and meeting mentors.

    Register Now!

  • Site Updates Coming Soon

    Site updates are coming next week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Click the button below to learn more!

    LEARN MORE

Is my course/work-load for this summer too heavy?

Steroids

Full Member
10+ Year Member
Feb 29, 2008
14
0
0
  1. Pre-Pharmacy
School (5 courses):
1) Vector Calc, 2) Linear Algebra, 3) Anatomy & Physiology, 4) Health Care Administration, 5) Hygiene Practical Course (we meet only 4 times for a "practical," where we visit a site, and do reports on our experience)

Work (20 h/wk): 10 h/wk in cancer lab, 10 h/wk in health research setting

Other: Study for PCAT, work on journal manuscript
 
Upvote 0

kevintech

Member
10+ Year Member
Sep 26, 2005
290
0
201
  1. Pre-Medical
School (5 courses):
1) Vector Calc, 2) Linear Algebra, 3) Anatomy & Physiology, 4) Health Care Administration, 5) Hygiene Practical Course (we meet only 4 times for a "practical," where we visit a site, and do reports on our experience)

Work (20 h/wk): 10 h/wk in cancer lab, 10 h/wk in health research setting

Other: Study for PCAT, work on journal manuscript

Yes, but it is possible.
 
Upvote 0
About the Ads

trailrider400

Full Member
10+ Year Member
5+ Year Member
Oct 29, 2007
402
0
0
  1. Pharmacy Student
yeah that will be a little rough... most people only take one or two summer classes just to catch up or get ahead a bit... I don't think I could personally be focused enough to do that in the summer but that doesn't mean you can't do it... I thinks its possible to do well just make sure you know that the work load is going to be pretty big... Make sure you are ready for the challenge so you don't end up settling for poor grades... good luck!
 
Upvote 0

PharmApp2008

Full Member
10+ Year Member
Mar 9, 2008
201
0
0
  1. Pharmacy Student
I would say that schedule is impossible. I don't even know how you could fit that many classes into 24 hour days! I took A&P over the summer and that summer it was the only class I took. We met 4 hours a day 4 days a week and it was very very hard!!! we had it split up anatomy semester A and physiology semester B. The anatomy was the worst part so if your class has it combined maybe it will be easier. For example, our bone practical was the 2nd week of class. But where will you fit in those other classes? I did work during the summer but I don't think I worked very much.
 
Upvote 0

BlueCrayon

Full Member
10+ Year Member
Feb 21, 2008
153
1
0
Buffalo
  1. Pharmacy Student
School (5 courses):
1) Vector Calc, 2) Linear Algebra, 3) Anatomy & Physiology, 4) Health Care Administration, 5) Hygiene Practical Course (we meet only 4 times for a "practical," where we visit a site, and do reports on our experience)

Work (20 h/wk): 10 h/wk in cancer lab, 10 h/wk in health research setting

Other: Study for PCAT, work on journal manuscript

Yikes! :eek: Last fall, I took Biochem and Physiology, worked 30 hours/week doing research and studied for the PCAT and I thought that was a lot! I also have a family/house to deal with. That's a pretty hefty load especially in the summer!
 
Upvote 0

RaginCajun

Full Member
10+ Year Member
Nov 4, 2007
145
0
0
  1. Pharmacy Student
A+P needs some love if you want an A then don't play around.

I took A+P, Micro, Stats and Advance Public Speaking while working over the summer and got B's and C+. When I reapplied to pharmacy school I felt like a jackass. I still got in but it would have been a hell of a lot easier to just pace myself.
 
Upvote 0

Steroids

Full Member
10+ Year Member
Feb 29, 2008
14
0
0
  1. Pre-Pharmacy
Thanks for the reality check- A&P sounds brutal. I'm trying to get a head start on Calc 3 and Linear Algebra- I'm hoping this helps. I might drop A&P early on (before it will appear on my transcript), depending on how it goes. I'm scared. I'm thinking Courses 4) and 5) should be fairly manageable.
 
Upvote 0

Pharmpills

Accepted Pharmacy Student
10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
Oct 26, 2007
642
14
161
  1. Pharmacy Student
School (5 courses):
1) Vector Calc, 2) Linear Algebra, 3) Anatomy & Physiology, 4) Health Care Administration, 5) Hygiene Practical Course (we meet only 4 times for a "practical," where we visit a site, and do reports on our experience)

Work (20 h/wk): 10 h/wk in cancer lab, 10 h/wk in health research setting

Other: Study for PCAT, work on journal manuscript

I dont think its bad bc last Fall i took Cellbio, Anatomy, Microbio, Evol., Econ. Bot., and 2 labs All were upper division classes PLUS i worked almost 30 hours :eek: plus i took part in some school clubs.

this semester im taking about 17 credits or so all Upper level and working just a little less.


Your work schedule might be too much u should cut the 20 hours in cancer research and health research bc u might end up hurting ur grades. I mean u can pass with the schedule now but i doubt pull off a good gpa with so much on ur plate.
 
Upvote 0

cinnamoroll12

Full Member
10+ Year Member
5+ Year Member
Dec 16, 2007
1,327
0
0
  1. Pharmacy Student
I dont think its bad bc last Fall i took Cellbio, Anatomy, Microbio, Evol., Econ. Bot., and 2 labs All were upper division classes PLUS i worked almost 30 hours :eek: plus i took part in some school clubs.

this semester im taking about 17 credits or so all Upper level and working just a little less.


Your work schedule might be too much u should cut the 20 hours in cancer research and health research bc u might end up hurting ur grades. I mean u can pass with the schedule now but i doubt pull off a good gpa with so much on ur plate.

This person meant for summer, not fall. Nothing is impossible, but personally I think that you have quite a load of classes in your hand even without working and studying for your PCAT. Unless if you break the class load into 2 summer sessions: 2 classes each, for example.
 
Upvote 0
About the Ads

mrblah

Full Member
10+ Year Member
Feb 27, 2008
815
3
0
texas
  1. Pharmacy Student
If you can manage straight A's while you are at it, then go for it. IMHO, there is no point in taking so many classes if you end up getting all B's (you might actually hurt your gpa). The linear algebra and anatomy/physio class are killer classes, so be weary about those.

I pulled off physio, calc.1 and speech all in a 5 week period last summer (basically in class 10 hours a day for 5 weeks), along with 32 hours of work, and I literally was only sleeping maybe 4 hours a night and a slave to my textbooks. Luckily I pulled off straight A's, but man I was burned out for a few weeks. Was it worth it, yes. Would I do it again, no.
 
Upvote 0

Steroids

Full Member
10+ Year Member
Feb 29, 2008
14
0
0
  1. Pre-Pharmacy
Calc 3 and Linear Algebra go from May 12 to Aug 19 (they both meet 3 times per week)
A&P is from May 5 to July 31 (lecture meets 2x/wk, lab meets 2x/wk)
Health Care Admin is from May 5 to June 24 (meets 2x/wk)
Hygiene Course is from May 5-July 31 (meets only 5 times total - the rest is reports submitted via e-mail)

Does this make it better? I may still drop A&P, based on your advice. I'm working on reducing my work hours too.
 
Upvote 0

PearLBenzene

Accepted Pharmacy Student
10+ Year Member
Feb 6, 2008
58
0
0
  1. Pharmacy Student
I think it's a lot. Especially if you're working too. I say keep the semesters tougher and lighten up on yourself a little bit for summer.

I wish I had given myself more time to study for the PCAT. I worked a lot and didn't reserve as much time for it as I probably should have.
 
Upvote 0

Transformer

Full Member
10+ Year Member
Feb 17, 2007
884
61
256
  1. Pharmacist
School (5 courses):
1) Vector Calc, 2) Linear Algebra, 3) Anatomy & Physiology, 4) Health Care Administration, 5) Hygiene Practical Course (we meet only 4 times for a "practical," where we visit a site, and do reports on our experience)

Work (20 h/wk): 10 h/wk in cancer lab, 10 h/wk in health research setting

Other: Study for PCAT, work on journal manuscript


Like other people have already mentioned...it depends on the person.

If you're used to a hectic schedule like this and you can manage to ace most of those classes; go right ahead.

Experience tells me, most people (including myself) wouldn't want a summer schedule like yours.

Its a risky gamble. If you can pull it off with mostly As and a high PCAT score, youll look like a really smart person. On the other hand, if you perform poorly in one or two of those classes, you'll look like a poor decision maker or worse yet, a student unable to handle rigorous pharmacy curriculum.
 
Upvote 0

firefighter9015

It's not THAT kind of study hour...
10+ Year Member
Mar 10, 2007
312
1
0
  1. Pharmacy Student
Calc 3 and Linear Algebra go from May 12 to Aug 19 (they both meet 3 times per week)
A&P is from May 5 to July 31 (lecture meets 2x/wk, lab meets 2x/wk)
Health Care Admin is from May 5 to June 24 (meets 2x/wk)
Hygiene Course is from May 5-July 31 (meets only 5 times total - the rest is reports submitted via e-mail)

Does this make it better? I may still drop A&P, based on your advice. I'm working on reducing my work hours too.

Summer classes tend to carry a more concentrated work load whcih means it takes longer to prepare and do well with them since they are shorter classes. I would look at it closely and be able to tell what you can handle. No one can else can tell you that, only you can decide that. Just be prepared and think it through!
 
Upvote 0

collegegirl247

Accepted Pharmacy Student
10+ Year Member
5+ Year Member
Feb 3, 2007
416
1
0
  1. Pharmacy Student
it CAN be done..but do you really want to?? I have done it in the past, and looking back I would have gotten a lot more out of each class if I hadn't taken so many at once (you have a choice over the summer.)

TIME MANAGEMENT!!! thats the only way to get it done
 
Upvote 0

Steroids

Full Member
10+ Year Member
Feb 29, 2008
14
0
0
  1. Pre-Pharmacy
I need the math classes for my alternate career to Pharm (still not 100% sure about what career I want to choose). I've replaced A&P with a non-science course that meets once per week (instead of 4 times per week for A&P) so this will lighten my load. You're right- if I had to ask, then it is probably too difficult. I've had harder in the past but have paid the price with grades, so it is time to wisen up. Thanks all.
 
Upvote 0
About the Ads
This thread is more than 13 years old.

Your message may be considered spam for the following reasons:

  1. Your new thread title is very short, and likely is unhelpful.
  2. Your reply is very short and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  3. Your reply is very long and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  4. It is very likely that it does not need any further discussion and thus bumping it serves no purpose.
  5. Your message is mostly quotes or spoilers.
  6. Your reply has occurred very quickly after a previous reply and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  7. This thread is locked.