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it's one of the school I am applying to..... I haven't submit my application yet...

when did you submit your?
 

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Got a call from them today for an interview on Nov 9. Anyone else gonna be there?

Yeah i'll be there it's gonna be pretty sweet. I'l see you there probably, Peace
 

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Could you please let me know how it goes? I attend PBA for my pre-pharm pre reqs and submitted my application 2 weeks ago. When did you guys submit your pharmcas and your PBA app? Thanks
 

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I'm at odds as to whether I should apply there...

The one big pro is that it is very close to home (which is great because I really can't move right now).

The con is that it's a Christian school, and I'm not Christian. I know that their website states that they have all denominations attending there, but then I look at their application essay and student requirements. I would have to write an essay about why I want to attend a Christian school. I also see that students are required to attend chapel services.

To any current student...is it really that Christian focused? Thx.
 

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It is Christian focused. Most professors start classes with prayers or ask students to say them. We get tons of e-mails about church stuff and we do have to attend 12 chapels per semester, if not, we have to pay for everyday we're late or something like that. Their Pharmacy school is good, but their science undergrad leaves much to be desired, starting with the science labs
 

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sorry, im not a student there, but........

when i interviewed there, it was really really weird for me cuz i wasnt christian. hahah. there are some students there that arent christian and are really cool. but they do require you to do bible studies and attend church on wed mornings. and it is not uncommon that there is prayer beginning of class, or you have to take a religion class. that was info i got when i checked it out last yr.
but y not apply? it doesnt hurt. the idea of the christian focus is to use it toward helping your patient, not just pharmacotherapy, but also taking care of their health mentally and spiritually.

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QUOTE=pills4u;5680722]I'm at odds as to whether I should apply there...

The one big pro is that it is very close to home (which is great because I really can't move right now).

The con is that it's a Christian school, and I'm not Christian. I know that their website states that they have all denominations attending there, but then I look at their application essay and student requirements. I would have to write an essay about why I want to attend a Christian school. I also see that students are required to attend chapel services.

To any current student...is it really that Christian focused? Thx.[/QUOTE]
 

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The only thing I don't like is that their program has less credits than Nova and we only get to choose 1 or 2, 2 credit class in the 3rd year
 

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Make sure you read the 40 something page lifestyle contract or whatever it is called and feel comfortable signing your life away before you give them any money!
 

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I just got a call from PBA today, just wondering how many ppl got invited

lucky u i got a letter saying they want my fall grades but that was with a 70 pcat but now i have a score in the 90's so i hope to get an interview before xmas and get a dog from them or something lol.:laugh:
 
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I got wait listed back in september without an interview or anything. It was kinda weird. Did this happen to anybody else?
 

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I got wait listed back in september without an interview or anything. It was kinda weird. Did this happen to anybody else?

u have mistaken a potential interview pending grades or something. theres no waitlisting now esp in sept bc there are still alot of seats left. get it right please
 
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The letter said that they were awaiting for fall grades. I didn't know it was such a big deal to say you got wait listed. All the other schools I went to either will give you an invitation or won't.
 

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The letter said that they were awaiting for fall grades. I didn't know it was such a big deal to say you got wait listed. All the other schools I went to either will give you an invitation or won't.

i got that letter too, its not a waitlist though bc a waitlist means u can get accepted if some1 dosnt want to go to that school. once they see ur grades then u could get an interview, then after interview u can get waitlisted or get accepted.
 

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i got that letter too, its not a waitlist though bc a waitlist means u can get accepted if some1 dosnt want to go to that school. once they see ur grades then u could get an interview, then after interview u can get waitlisted or get accepted.

Ricarnrx, Pharmpills is totally right! I got a similar from Nova and PBA. I am not waitlisted however, and never assumed I was.
 

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i have an interview with them next week... but i have a feeling that i will get rejected afterwards. so we'll see....
 

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Hi Pharmpills,

If you don't mind me asking, how did you go from the 70's range to the 90's? What sort of studying did you do differently? How many hours a day did you spend studying? And...did you take that Collins course that is offered?
 

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Hi Pharmpills,

If you don't mind me asking, how did you go from the 70's range to the 90's? What sort of studying did you do differently? How many hours a day did you spend studying? And...did you take that Collins course that is offered?

hello, well the higher level classes i took helped aton. classes like human anatomy, cellular biology, microbio helped aton esp. microbio. those helped in the sciences, as for chem i studied General chem concepts and brushed up on orgo like general rxs. i studied for a month or so. nah i didnt take collins, i bought several kaplan books and baron and used gre words and searched the internet for words and found a 500 word list or so. i still havnt gotten an interview but then again my score was sent last week but still i want an interview :( gluck
 
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I have an interview on Feb. 8th, but I'm debating whether to go or not. I'm not Christian, and I don't know how much this would affect my chances on being accepted. I also heard that they require you attend 12 chapel services a semester or bible studies classes...so is it worth going to a Christian school if you're not Christian?
 

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I have an interview on Feb. 8th, but I'm debating whether to go or not. I'm not Christian, and I don't know how much this would affect my chances on being accepted. I also heard that they require you attend 12 chapel services a semester or bible studies classes...so is it worth going to a Christian school if you're not Christian?

i also have an interview on feb 8th and i am not christian. i would go for the interview even if i don't get in. i would atleast get the experience and that might help for the future interviews.
 

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I have an interview on Feb. 8th, but I'm debating whether to go or not. I'm not Christian, and I don't know how much this would affect my chances on being accepted. I also heard that they require you attend 12 chapel services a semester or bible studies classes...so is it worth going to a Christian school if you're not Christian?

PBA doesn't discriminate against religion, but they need you to be comfortable with Christian environment because you need to attend chapel services. I am not Christian either, I interviewed in Jan, and they called me yesterday to let me know that I got accepted:love:. So I would suggest you go ahead and see the school.
 

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congrats!
im interviewing feb 15...any tips? anything we should look out for?
when you guys fly out to places for interview, do you guys stay a couple days longer to enjoy the scenery and do that tourist thing or do you guys book it outta there...
west palm beach sounds pretty nice right about now..
 

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I have lived in West Palm Beach from when I was born until college, and I come back there occasionally. Yes, the school is in a really nice location. My high school is across from cityplace. And yes, it is great around this time of year.

Cautions: PBA is a very expensive school.
The economy there is all retail and tourist related. Not much industry at all, even though there was some back in the 80s (RCA, IBM, and United Technologies used to be there, but moved out)

High cost of living (expensive to live there)

Near PBA is actually a ghetto not that far away. But it is better than it used to be in the 80s. Also Palm Beach Mall is not that safe on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard. They plan to knock it down.

That whole Kravis Center / CityPlace area was all ghetto twenty years ago, before 1990 or so.

Yes, there are some really good areas contrasted with a few bad ones.

But overall, I think that someone who goes to PBA from out-of-state will have $25,000 tuition plus at least $12,000 in living expenses

37 * 4 = 148,000 in debt.

Just something to think about.

There may be less expensive private schools.

The school was actually called Palm Beach Atlantic College and changed to Palm Beach Atlantic University until they got the pharmacy school. The pharmacy school actually has put them on the map.

My first piano teacher is still the head of the piano department there, 20 years later!

Any questions about the WPB area, please feel free to PM me.
 

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I've lived in fl my whole life, and just recently moved to south florida and I HATE it here. Traffic sucks, the people suck, to cost of living sucks, the bagrillions of old people suck hahaha...I work for walgreens right now and if i had to stay down here for the rest of my life i'd go nuts. Im sure some people enjoy it but...I cant wait to leave...only a few more months lol....but come down and try it out, you may like it! Good luck
 

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I lived there almost my whole life. But I did get very, very tired of the place. Also, in North Carolina I have no allergies at all. When I visit my parents in North Palm Beach for Christmas, my nose stuffs up, and it is almost like I have a cold for the whole christmas.

No, I probably would not move back there. There are no jobs there (well not retail) but companies in the area.

IN the 1980s the jobs were not that bad, but people moved out as RCA laid everyone off moved, Pratt laid people off in 1991 and moved eveyrone to Hartford, CT, and IBM in Boca shut down and moved to the RTP, NC. Then the jobs were gone.

At one time, the cost of living WAS very cheap in the late 1970s. My parents bought there house for only $68,000 in 1979. It was MUCH nicer when I was a little kid in the 1980s then it is now. I remember the old Palm Beach INternational Airport with only one terminal building and that was it. No Wellington, just farms. And I remember the old Twin City Mall that closed in 1990 when the Gardens Mall opened. It had one of the few movie theatres in the area at the time, and was constnatly busy. There was the Orange Bowl Eatery in the food court, and I remember when I was five, a roach had slipped into my drink, and blended in with the soda. That was so funny!

But the whole mall closed in 1990 and was a deserted piece of land at the corner of Northlake Boulevard and US1. It is now a Publix, a bank, and a Chinese buffet restaurant.

The best thing that I like is that from my parents house, you can walk to this park and get a great view of the Intracoastal. I loved McArthur Beach State Park, and still very much do. I went to Palm Beach CC for one year 2001-2002. I had some classes in Lake Worth in the morning (general chemistry and differential equations, and speech or sociology), and then others at Palm Beahc Gardens in the afternoon (Calculus II, III, Physics I, II). And between I would have lunch on the beach and walk across the bridge.

But I do have some very fond memories and I remember what the place looked like when I was about 5-6 years old. At that time, it was dangerous being around PBA at night, as the surrounding area was indeed ghetto. No Kravis Center, no Clematis, no city-place. Downtown WPB was really a blighted area then. The remains of that are still on Tamarind Avenue and in Sapodilla Avenue.

It was much nicer area when it was cheaper with less people!!

Great place to go in the 1980s but not so much now unfortunately. Progress had made it worse, I think, but downtown WPB is now nice, unlike before.

I even went to the Performing Arts High school right across from Cityplace, at that time it was just being built, so we had a great view from our classroom windows!


Good luck to whoever applies to PBA! But it is very expensive school and expensive area! If you really want to come here, go to a cheaper school and THEN come here when you have the money as a pharmacist!!
 

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The good thing is that there are plenty of professional health care jobs as of now. The are IS expensive compared to rural, less developed areas, or up north, but is average for a place is south florida. For those who enjoy the the hot/warm weather and hate the col, like me, you can't put a price to the weather. Traffic might be a problem sometimes, but it is average, and MUCH less than Miami/Ft Lauderdale. Regarding ppl, it is like everywhere else, there are nice ppl and not very nice ppl, this is standard pretty much everywhere in the world. It depends who you treat and get along with. Professors, staff, students and ppl in general in the Palm Beach Atlantic University area are very nice and polite.
 

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anyone from florida who has interview on feb 8th at palm beach atlantic?
 
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congrats!
im interviewing feb 15...any tips? anything we should look out for?
when you guys fly out to places for interview, do you guys stay a couple days longer to enjoy the scenery and do that tourist thing or do you guys book it outta there...
west palm beach sounds pretty nice right about now..

Hello, I interviewed last week. One girl actually flew in from California. She flew back after the interview. I have a couple Ws because at the time I had some personal issues. I was asked extensively about that. They questioned my readiness for the rigorous program that is composed of at least 18 credit hours of challenging subjects and they don't want you to fail. Never the less, it was a real pleasant experience.

1st) you meet on 3rd floor where students are 'snacking'. On my way up, I met some students with their white coat, very professional. They were talking about some pathway of medication and pharmacotherapy type stuff. It was pretty cool. Their jargon made me a bit dizzy lol.

2) escorted to a room where the dean came a short while later and proceeded to ask us to introduce ourselves. Then he talked about the curriculum. Someone else came to talk about the technology, you will need a tablet pc.

3) next was a prayer by the dean wishing us luck this round of interview and hoped to see us in fall.

4) Suddenly, you are asked to spread out (leave empty seat next to you); then came the chem/math quiz and essay (40 mn). It was pretty intense but if you keep your cool, you'll do fine.

5) escorted to student interview where each applicant's name is called. Very nice student who seemed bright & also seem to like PBA.

6) escorted to a different floor for faculty interview. This was more intense. Faculty was cordial but wanted concrete answers to questions. There is no indication that a good gpa is good enough as they also want well rounded individuals. I was surprised faculty did not ask me questions based on my essay. They were mostly about grades and some praise for having taken 22 credit hours and did well in tough science and math classes.

6) Student tour. Student seemed very enthusiastic about PBA and proudly wore the white coat. I saw some students and although they were smiling, they seemed really busy to meet some deadline; I suppose the program is really rigorous.

I left the interview not knowing whether I'm in or not. I got the same impression about the other students. The questions were direct, but conversational. I'm relieved I did not have the chemistry professor (I heard he asks chem questions unexpectedly).

Beware: expensive private school! In or out of state... don't matter.

Hope this helps someone.
 

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I interviewed last friday as well. I did get the chemistry professor but did not get any chemistry questions at all. What you should know ... the school's tuition is NOW $28,400 PLUS $1900 for a WAY outdated HP tablet PC that you HAVE to buy no matter if you have a laptop or even a tablet, just so you know. Both faculty and student interviewers found pretty much everything they needed to know about me in my file, so it was mostly me asking them questions. I think I only got 2 questions in the faculty, why pharmacy and why pba? But he said in a way that was like, you know I have to ask you something at least. Both interviewers seemed very interested in my diverse work experience in pharmacy and even wrote down contact information for one of the companies lol ... the quiz and essay are really easy. Study basic anions/cations and basic conversions from kg to pounds and insulin conversions regarding units/ml units/day etc etc ... hope it helps
 

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thanks super much for all the information. I hope you guys get in! (as long as you dont take out-of-state seats) :thumbup:
 

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anybody knows any hotels with cheap rates $60-70 near PBA campus... i am planing to go there a night before the interview...
 

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I got a call today, I got accepted! yay .. now I have options for the first time in my life I guess :)
 

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I got a call today, I got accepted! yay .. now I have options for the first time in my life I guess :)

Congrats!!!! Something tells me though that Bradenton is already your 1st choice. hehe

P.S. I thought their tablet laptop was a bit heavy and WAY outdated as well. If the prior students did not need to have tablet PC, why is it necessary now?? Other schools don't really require it. I think it has to do with business deals. Anyways, I bought a new laptop in November so no need to spend $2000 for new one. Bradenton seems like a really really nice program. I can't wait to see campus during interview day.
 

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Yeah, I'll go to LECOM if I get answers to some concerns I have quick. I've sent them like 5 e-mails and haven't received any answer yet. The thing is that I haven't taken physics and I'll take it this summer before school, but they told me to take it in summer A before the interview, but it's only available in summer C in the colleges/universities in my area so I guess we'll see. If I can't go to LECOM I'll go to PBA.

The tablets ARE way outdated, heavy and bulky indeed. My student interviewer told me that the professors stopped printing the PPT for them in class and that every student was spending A LOT of money printing everything, and that after massive requests they finally started printing the PPTs again just for them. So I'm guessing the tablets are to replace all that work since we'll have them electronically.
 

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Yeah, I'll go to LECOM if I get answers to some concerns I have quick. I've sent them like 5 e-mails and haven't received any answer yet. The thing is that I haven't taken physics and I'll take it this summer before school, but they told me to take it in summer A before the interview, but it's only available in summer C in the colleges/universities in my area so I guess we'll see. If I can't go to LECOM I'll go to PBA.

The tablets ARE way outdated, heavy and bulky indeed. My student interviewer told me that the professors stopped printing the PPT for them in class and that every student was spending A LOT of money printing everything, and that after massive requests they finally started printing the PPTs again just for them. So I'm guessing the tablets are to replace all that work since we'll have them electronically.


That's great, but anyways it is nice to have options. The question I have is that how come our laptop is not good enough for them to receive powerpoints? Anyways, I'm happy I interviewed and hope to have choices as well. By the way, you heard from them quick (1 week) Wow, cool!
 

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NewRx, I hope you get accepted as well. Maybe they were letting know PBA students first. However, I'm sure you'll love LECOM Bradenton as well. The campus, ppl and curriculum are just great.

MsLovely, you're right about what they want for us. However, I hope that students can buy their own tablets. I will certainly not pay that ridiculous amount for such an antiquated machine. But we'll see.
 

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NewRx, I hope you get accepted as well. Maybe they were letting know PBA students first. However, I'm sure you'll love LECOM Bradenton as well. The campus, ppl and curriculum are just great.

MsLovely, you're right about what they want for us. However, I hope that students can buy their own tablets. I will certainly not pay that ridiculous amount for such an antiquated machine. But we'll see.

Thx for your comments. Like you, I'm not sure what I'd do next. Move out of town and pay for rent. Or stay local (PBA), rent-free, food at home, work when I want (give hours when I can work, flexible job). Nova would settle all that but they're not giving much luv right now.

Anyways, do I sense a bit of leaning toward PBA right now ;).
 

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NewRx, I hope you get accepted as well. Maybe they were letting know PBA students first. However, I'm sure you'll love LECOM Bradenton as well. The campus, ppl and curriculum are just great.

MsLovely, you're right about what they want for us. However, I hope that students can buy their own tablets. I will certainly not pay that ridiculous amount for such an antiquated machine. But we'll see.

LoKoTe, I was also just informed of my acceptance on feb 8, and plan on going to pba. I was wonderring if you happened to recieve your acceptance letter in the mail, and how does one go about sending the deposit if i dont have the letter. Any input would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
 

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LoKoTe, I was also just informed of my acceptance on feb 8, and plan on going to pba. I was wonderring if you happened to recieve your acceptance letter in the mail, and how does one go about sending the deposit if i dont have the letter. Any input would be greatly appreciated, thanks!


Congrats!!!! When did you interview?
 

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Congrats PharmD21 !! They called me but I haven't received the letter yet. Hopefully by today or tomorrow. I do know that we have 2 weeks from the day of the call to send the $500 deposit.
 

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Congrats PharmD21 !! They called me but I haven't received the letter yet. Hopefully by today or tomorrow. I do know that we have 2 weeks from the day of the call to send the $500 deposit.

I was told 10 days, but i am not sure if that is 10 business days?
 
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