What are my chances?

Discussion in 'Pre-Pharmacy' started by SClENCE, Oct 28, 2014.

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  1. SClENCE

    SClENCE 2+ Year Member

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    I'm not sure if I will get instantly rejected my most schools or receive interviews as my stats are all over the place.

    3.05 GPA with Degree in Biology and Chemistry minor

    I have one W on my application (Calc 2) and two retakes (D+ to a B in ochem 1 and a C+ to A in micro).
    I have a C in biochem 1 and 2, physics 1, A&P 2, vert zoology, and ochem 2

    A's in calc and all of the basic science/chem classes like ornithology, botany, cell bio, gen chem, etc. GenEds are all A's/B's

    My entire senior year of college I would have had a 4.0 if it wasn't for C's in biochem 1&2. Had a 4.0 my first semester of my freshman year. My sophomore year was TERRIBLE

    My PCAT:

    Verbal - 87
    RC - 86
    Chem - 93
    Bio - 79
    Quant - 72
    Comp - 90

    I am currently working 30+ hours a week as a pharmacy tech at CVS with 5 months experience

    I'm looking into applying to Ohio State and then several "lower tier" schools
    Do I fall within the competitive range? Am I a long shot? I know my GPA is below average for EVERY school while my PCAT is above competitive for EVERY school so i'm not sure what to expect
     
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  3. gwath

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    You sound really competitive. I wouldn't worry if I were you. You're definitely getting in somewhere.

    Your GPA is weak, but your PCAT balances that.
     
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  4. PharmDCandidate2014

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    You'll be fine.

    In-state schools tend to be more competitive: 3.0 GPA, 80 PCAT seem to be the norm there according to PharmCAS.
    For-profit/private schools are much more lax with academic requirements: 2.4 GPA, 50 PCAT is about the norm.

    Your CV is strong and has some good, quality experiential work there.

    Good luck!
     
  5. kaidou1412

    kaidou1412 2+ Year Member

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    ergh what? 2.4 GPA with 50 PCAT is norm? is this academic requirement for pharmacy tech?
     
  6. oldstock

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    if you look at past posts here in this forum, you might see that 10s-20s percentile on the PCAT and GPA like 2.0s do get in a lot of good places (e.g. U of Arizona)...

    from what I have seen, 3.os GPA is considered a "competitive" score now, so is 50 percentile on the PCAT.
     
  7. Digsbe

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    I don't know of any school where the norm is a 2.4GPA and a 50 PCAT. That might be a minimum req for not having an app thrown out but I don't know of any school where that is the average. Heck, if you kept that kind of GPA in pharmacy school many programs would put you on academic probation.

    I go to a private school and our average is around ~3.3 with a 65+ PCAT. Average means that some are higher while others are lower, with a 3.05 I'd say you are probably still competitive in most programs. If your transcript shows wide GPA disparity you may want to be able to explain why certain semesters were a struggle. I had a year where my Ugrad GPA wasn't what I wanted because my grandmother was sick and passed away (dropped a calc class) and I was working ~20 hours a week.
     
  8. tbear15

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    A person with a 2.4 gpa & 90+ pcat OR >3.5 gpa& 50 pcat may get accepted into pharmacy school, but it's ridiculous and unbelievable if you say a 2.4 GPA & 50 PCAT is about the norm.
     
  9. SouthStudent31

    SouthStudent31 2+ Year Member

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    I have a 3.0 in my Sci/Math and have been through some abnormal hardship, I hope I do well enough on the PCAT to get in somewhere, I've spoken to some colleagues of mine and to some of their friends that pre-acceptance had lesser grades than I and a few with hardly any experience. also some of them had PCAT scores ranging from 50-70max soooo... even with all that I'm still nervous about getting in somewhere :annoyed: :cyclops::oops:
     
  10. Sgriz97

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    Your PCAT score is pretty strong, so that will balance out your GPA. You also have a decent amount of experience working in a pharmacy, which is good. I have no doubts that you will get in somewhere. Good luck!!!
     
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  11. SClENCE

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    Thanks for the replies. I'm not really sure what the one guy was talking about but obviously a 2.4 and 50 PCAT won't get you in anywhere.

    I was just asking about my stats - I'm pretty hopeful though I still need to get my LORs so I will probably not be able to apply until end of November when my PCAT is final and my LORs are in
     
  12. RxStudentatUB

    RxStudentatUB 2+ Year Member

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    Pharmacy school isn't too competitive nowadays, so I like the OP's chances of getting in to a school, as long as applications are sent to more than one school.
     
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  13. bubblesoccer

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    I'm also applying to Ohio State, it's my first choice and I'm worried I won't get an interview. my stats: 3.37 GPA and 76 PCAT (with a 95 on the chem section), I do have 2 years of pharm tech experience (which would be the only reason I would get in considering my stats aren't very competitive)... You would definitely get into NEOMED and other schools because your PCAT is very high. However, for OSU you never know, I heard of some students getting in with 2.8-3.0 GPA's so they must've had high PCAT scores like you.
     
  14. Mur7ay

    Mur7ay 2+ Year Member

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    Your stats are fine just apply to multiple school
     
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