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atnguy13

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I’m currently studying for my PCAT (taking it in less than 2 weeks), I finished all the prerequisites, and currently about to get my bachelors in 2017. My head has been perusing pharmacy since I’ve started college. I’m starting to get cold feet due to finally applying soon and reading so much about the saturation on here. Also, for the past year, I’ve been really interested in pre-med (possibly because the people I surround myself with are pre-med) but I know I would not want to spend that much more time in school and my GPA is not at all competitive to apply, so my anatomy professor suggested PA and I'm really considering it. Not sure if this makes a difference but I have always heavily loved biology courses much more then chemistry although I do almost equally well I can even tell while studying for the PCAT I am dreading touching chemistry and I assume pharmacy school is much more chemistry based than biology. The human body fascinates me and learning more about it in a biology aspect is always interesting. I’m unsure of where to go next, pharmacy has been my goal for many years but I have heard nothing but bad things about pharmacy since I’ve touched this website, any insights about PA? Anyone switched from pre-pharmacy to PA? I’m scared to make the wrong move.
 

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Pharmacy is really saturated, and PAs are in need. I'd say the current market favors PA. However, for PA school you usually have to have a lot of hours working in the medical field in certain areas to apply. I'd be sure you can fulfill that criteria. Otherwise, it may take you a while before you can apply to PA schools.
 

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However, for PA school you usually have to have a lot of hours working in the medical field in certain areas to apply. I'd be sure you can fulfill that criteria. Otherwise, it may take you a while before you can apply to PA schools.
I have heard of that before, however I do not see that in arizona schools? Except for volunteering which I have 200 volunteering hours in a hospital (pharmacy and ER)

https://www.midwestern.edu/programs_and_admission/az_physician_assistant_studies.html

https://www.atsu.edu/ashs/programs/physician_assistant/admissions.htm
 

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I have heard of that before, however I do not see that in arizona schools? Except for volunteering which I have 200 volunteering hours in a hospital (pharmacy and ER)

https://www.midwestern.edu/programs_and_admission/az_physician_assistant_studies.html

https://www.atsu.edu/ashs/programs/physician_assistant/admissions.htm
Yeah every school is different. I'd apply broadly. So some school you would have to apply to would require many hours of working in a healthcare related environment. Some schools require over 2,000 hours. It's ridiculous. I'd avoid those. But yeah if you meet the requirements to a certain school, you'd be good to apply there.
 
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