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
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
Writing has always been a weak point in my abilities throughout my life. I have gradually improved over the years. My writing ability improved dramatically in college when I took English 101 and Technical Writing courses. Honestly, the best way to improve writing ability is practice and read as much as possible. Once I entered Pharmacy School there were few assignments that required writing. Years have passed since my writing prime. I practice by writing these Continue reading