Question from Reader:
“What Major Should I Choose for My Bachelors?”
My answer to this common question is simple. It does not matter what major you choose for Pharmacy School. Pharmacy schools do not really care what major you chose for your bachelors degree. They just want to make sure you fulfilled all the prerequisite courses required to apply. The only time I see this being of any significance is when you have an extremely competitive applicant pool to choose from. In these rare cases, a pharmacy school might pick and choose different majors that diversify the background knowledge of students in the classroom. However, as stated before, this would be rare.
The ideal situation is to get into pharmacy school without a bachelors degree. Why is this? By getting into pharmacy school earlier you saved 1, 2, or even more years of your life. Why waste additional years of your life in school, accruing more debt, and not earning income? That bachelors degree will not do you any good if your ultimate goal is to become a pharmacist. All you need is your doctorate of pharmacy and a pharmacist license to work. The best use for that bachelors degree will be decoration on your wall.
“What if I don’t get in and I no bachelors degree either?” If you fail to get in your first try, pick yourself up and try again! Do not fear failing. My suggestion is to talk to the pharmacy school and ask them what you can improve on for the next round of applications the following year. If you do not get in, just continue pursuing your bachelors degree. You have nothing to lose by applying early without a bachelors degree. If anything, it will give you more experience with interviews.
- Does not matter what major you choose for Pharmacy School
- Apply early as possible, do not wait to complete your bachelors degree
- Also Read: Pre-Pharmacy
I hope the recommendations above will help guide, motivate, and inspire you to achieve your goals. Follow my blog for more tips and advice on finances and being a pharmacist. What are your experiences? Please comment below and share your thoughts.
A common question that comes up:
“Does it Matter What Pharmacy School You Go To?”
Choosing a pharmacy school can be a difficult choice for many students. This choice for myself was not too difficult. I knew I wanted to stay close to home where all my family and friends lived. The other variable I was considering was the location I would be practicing as a pharmacist. This was important for networking in the area to get a job after graduation. Thus, I chose to apply to both of the pharmacy schools in the state of Washington.
To answer the question, yes, it does matter what pharmacy school you go to. Here are the top 4 reasons why it matters what pharmacy school you go to: Continue reading
Guest blogger Alex Barker is a full time clinical pharmacist and founder at Pharmacy School HQ which is dedicated to helping students become pharmacists.
As I’m sure you’ve heard, your Pharmacy CV is critical to getting your foot in the door with prospective employers. And in this job market, a “good enough” CV simply will not cut it.
Many years ago, I was in your shoes and banging my head on the keyboard while trying to write my pharmacy student CV (<- that’s the result after 3.5 years of pharmacy school). Spoiler alert: It turned out to be uninspiring and not a CV that I would be impressed with.
I may have learned some lessons the hard way, but the good news is that I am going to share what I learned with you.
I’m not going to bore you with the basics—being the conscientious future pharmacist that you are, I know you’ve already run the spell-checker, followed a template, and created a professional-sounding Gmail address (not firstname.lastname@example.org).
To take your CV from lackluster to legendary—and grab the attention of hiring managers/residency directors/admission committees—I recommend the following: Continue reading
Choosing a pharmacy school can be a difficult choice for many students. For myself this was not an issue. I was fairly set on attending either Washington State University or University of Washington School of Pharmacy. Back then I wanted to stay close to home with family and friends. Another reason for choosing these schools was to start networking in the area that I wanted to practice in as a pharmacist. The other factor people consider is the ranking of the pharmacy program. Many people have asked me if it matters if they attend a Top 10 Pharmacy School. Continue reading
PharmCAS is a centralized application service on the web to apply to pharmacy school (http://www.pharmcas.org). It is important to keep in mind this is only one portion of your entire pharmacy school application. This application can be tedious to fill out. Ideally, you should start at least 3-6 months before the application deadline. Continue reading
Most Pharmacy Schools will require a Pharmacy School Supplemental Application in addition to a PharmCAS Application. Each School will have their own supplemental application to complete. This can be a tedious task when you apply to many schools. Often the pharmacy school supplemental application is overlooked as a component to the overall process.
Pharmacy School Supplemental Application
First, start by visiting each school’s website and download the supplemental application. I would recommend creating an organized folder on your computer or cloud storage system for Continue reading