Hello, I am relatively new to the Pharmacy game. After realizing being an MD wasn't for me, I decided to look in Pharmacy and I have a few questions. This may be lightly touched upon in other threads, but there hasn't been a centralized thread (at least not in the 8 pages of the pre-Pharm forum I've read through). So what I've gathered from this forum is that there are basically 3 paths that are sensible to do to get a PharmD: 1. High School directly to 6 years Pharm School (0+6 years) PROS: -You get to start making money earlier (at least 2 years) which equals to about $200k head start -Less tuition costs (since you're staying for 6 years rather than the 8 or more) -You get to keep your youth while you have it,albeit 2 years, rather than feel like an old man -No worrying about PCATS/traveling for interviews and the whole applying headache -Less application process costs CONS: -May want to change career after finding out Pharm isn't for you -No undergrad time to have fun/party enjoy your life -No B.S. degree or higher incase you need to fall back on in the future -May be unprepared physically/mentally for Pharm School 2. Highschool--> Undergrad College for 2 years-->4 years Pharm School (2+4) PROS: -Enjoy college life while you can -Less tuition costs since you're staying for 6 years instead of 8 -make money earlier -Youth -Some time to decide if Pharm is good for you -Relatively developed mentally/physically for Pharm School CONS: -No B.S. degree or higher to fall back on -Application headache and PSCAT/Pharmcas headaches -May be taking harder courses to get GPA to get in Pharm School, other than high school courses -No B.S. degree to help get in Pharm School 3. Highschool-->Undergrad for 4 years(get B.S. degree)-->Pharm School 4 years (4+4) PROS: -Get B.S. degree to fall back on incase Pharm doesn't work out -only 2 years difference between this and alternatives (a lot to some people) -B.S. degree looks better on an application to Pharm School -Mentally/Physically matured to handle stress/school/work (I hope) CONS: -Wasted 2 years of your prime -Same Application headaches and PSCAT/Pharmcas headaches as a 6 year program -Losing 2 years of work worth about $200k -Bigger debt: 8 years of schooling instead of 6 Conclusion: I think if you know for sure that you want to be a pharm, and think you can handle Pharm School, you should try to go for the (0+6) plan. No hassle in worrying about getting in Pharm School in the future. If your credentials (GPA, EC,) are good enough, why not take the sure thing instead of taking your chances in undergrad where you will take harder classes and be set up to lose with the responsibility in having a job. If that is not possible, I would go with the (2+4) and if you still can't get in, improve your application by doing more EC and getting a B.S. (4+4 years) as a backup plan. Agree/disagree with my conclusion? Any Pros/Cons I forgot? Any mistakes I make in facts? I am relatively new to the Pharm process and would like some feedback. Thanks.