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    Hey all! I am a student at FAMU College of Pharmacy. I am soooooo tired of studying and I try not to complain but pharmacy school can depress someone! I am finishing my third year and was debating about going to summer school AGAIN but I decided my mind can only take so much. Plus I'm getting married in Aug. I'm glad my husband will be there for my remaining three yrs to help me relieve stress I keep looking towards my prize but pharmacy school can make you question if you are really supposed to do this. lol it is definitely doable but it takes a lot of work.... a lot of long nights and there are so many days when all of my classmates look like it's just one of those tough majors that require a lot of extra attention.

    Is there anyone else going through pharmacy school also or who has been through it and can encourage a sista out?? I'm pushing through and now that I'm finishing my third yr I can see the light a little clearer now I promise if it wasn't for my supportive parents, fiance', and my relationship with God, I would have lost it last semester!

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    hit up ebonique she is a pharmacist

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    Hey Rattler!

    I'm not a pharmacist but I did complete med school so I know how you feel. (My two best friends graduated from FAMU COP) Just keep your eyes on the prize. It's definitely "Greater Later", as they say.

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    Third and fourth years require a lot of studying. If you got through third year, you can do fourth just don't give up and keep studying. I went to summer school after third year to lighten the load but I don't know which classes they are offering this time around. In fifth year, no one knows whats going on and sixth year is cool breezing. You can do it. It goes by so fast...I'm graduating this month and sometimes wonder where those years went.

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    no one hit me up, just happened to come across it while browsing.

    pharmacy school is just basic training. The real education doesn't start 'till after you graduate. Good luck ladies. And good luck taking the boards.

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    bumping up. i'm a current sophomore undergrad kines major. thinking of going to pharmacy school. scared and excited at the same time. lol. anyone else?

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    M sister and sister-in-law are both FAMU Pharmacy grads, sister has her PharmD. Hang in there girl, it'll be worth it in the end. I bet the wedding plans are adding more stress, take the summer off and chill, we know you'll graduate.

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    I feel your pain, Mz B! I just finished up my first professional year (3rd year) Temple U. I'm just rejoicing that I go to a school that takes the summers off because I almost killed myself this past semester. But we gotta stay strong! I'm praying that it is worth it in the long run. Hey, are you going to the SNaPha convention in Las Vegas this summer (are you even a member?)?

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    no one else is doing pharmacy? is it really that bad?

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    I'm a biology/pre-pharmacy major and I'm trying to decide if I want to take a break after graduation, or just go ahead and apply to pharmacy school. The two schools I want to go to are FAMU and Ole Miss. I just feel so tired of school at the moment and I don't want to go in discouraged because right now I'm barely hanging on. After reading this thread, I think I'm going to go ahead and apply. I'm a little concerned though, because now I'm working full time and going to school full time and I know I won't be able to do that in pharmacy school. ...we'll just see how it goes.

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    Hey sweetie,

    Just wanted to let you know that FAMU is near-impossible to get into if you weren't enrolled in their pre-pharm program. They have a 0-6 program which rarely allows for what they will consider transfer admission. I'm not so sure about Ole Miss. And you're right pharmacy school doesn't allow for you work full time at all , but most people I know make it work some kind of way, so don't worry, hon! Have you looked into Samford, Auburn, or Mercer? Those are in that same region and may be feasible for you. Take time off if you need it, but stay active in education yourself (pick up a few hours as a tech a pharmacy) because it'll look good on your app and you'll learn stuff that'll help you once you get it.

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    So here's the thread where all the pharmacists/future pharmacists are hiding All of you who aren't done yet, keep your heads up. Time goes fast--I agree Niknik. I especially feel you Mz. B cuz I just graduated and had my wedding. Very very stressful...in fact, if I could do it again I would get married AFTER graduation. Or if I had to get married I would be small and low key and have a big celebration after. Whatever you do though, best of wishes!!! I know us 'type a' pharmacy people have a way of getting the job done and doing it right :P
    To you all that are considering, if you want it you'll make the sacrifices. It is true that it's hard to get into programs that are 6yr guarantee programs but it's not IMPOSSIBLE. Don't give up on what you want, just try harder when you know it's tougher. Job-wise you work less (I had 3 jobs before going in...) but that's why you get loans. It's doable, trust me! PM me if you have ?'s.

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    If you want to work, try to look for a job at a drugstore or at a hospital. Most pharmacy departments will be pretty flexible with your work hours, especially if they know you're a student. If you can get a job during your first couple of years, great. You'll have a much easier time when you get to your professional courses and have to start learning the names and classes of drugs.

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    It's nice to see there is a pharmacy thread here. I'm right now taking the prerequisites to get into a couple of florida pharmacy schools but I have a few questions. Does everyone in pharmacy school have a biology degree or is there any diversity amongst those who get into pharmacy school that have a non-science degree? I'm questioning if I really want an biology degree before I apply. Also is it near impossible to have a child during pharmacy school? Has anyone done this? I'm just curious.

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    I went into my program straight from high school so I didn't have a prior degree. I did know of a one woman at the time that had graduated with a biology degree prior to entering the program and she started with professional courses.

    I'm not up to date on current academic requirements, but I know from talking with current pharmacy students that come to my hospital for rotations that pharmacy school has gotten a lot more competitive in the last couple of years, at least the ones in my area. The trend I'm seeing is that a lot of people who have prior college education are applying to pharmacy school either as a second career or because of lack of opportunities in their first choice occupation.

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    I'm currently a P2 at Howard University School of Pharmacy and must say that although the majority of students in my class have either a Masters or Bachelors in Biology or Chemistry there surely are other majors like engineering, respiratory therapy, nursing and even a zoology major!! What's most important is that you of course complete the required prerequisites so that you cannot only qualify to go to the school of your choice but do well on the PCAT.

    Pharmacy is a hot field right now so getting into Pharmacy school is very competitive, I would recommend for anyone applying now to apply to more than just one or two schools, look into schools that may be a little off the beaten track, not just the most common names because it is the most popular schools that get the most applications and quite frankly it's hard to stand out among that many people. At Howard alone there were over 1,500 applications for only 60 spots last year so you see the odds. Howard was that only school that I applied to because besides the fact that I LOVE the school, I went here for my prepharmacy requirements had excellent grades, did very well on the pcat and I was only very involved on campus especially the Prepharmacy Student Association so I knew the dean and faculty. So for those who are currently still doing your prerequisites I would definitely suggest besides staying on top of your work and grades get involved in campus and get to know the pharmacy faculty if your school has a college of pharmacy.

    Also, two students in my class had children. One didn't complete the year and fell back, while the other got through. It really all depends on your mind set. You have to be focused, it will be tough but you can do ANYTHING that you put your mind too as long as you put your mind to it and do what you're supposed to do. Good luck to all!

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    I am definitely relaxing this summer. i actually had an...

    Well, i know one girl who is going into her 3rd professional year and she's had like 2 or 3 babies since being in pharmacy school. she remains on the dean's list. i also have a friend who is with me, going into our 2nd professional yr, and she had a baby and she was on the honor roll. they just made up their mind that they were going to make it work. it's all up to you and your drive and dedication to finishing pharmacy up on top.

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    Thanks for answering my questions ebonique, lilsnukems, and Mz. B

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    Hang in there!

    I never would've looked at this thread before but my sis is going to Pharmacy School in the fall and looking for the finances to make it happen. Do you know if FAMU's accreditation is on sound footing now? She applied and interviewed there and everything and one of her friends is currently in the school, a girl named DeAna.

    My sis opted to go to ULM in LA and she said she was the only one out of like 90. Only black. It's a lonely feeling. So hang in there for the girls like my sister who need supporters and mentors to let them know that it is possible. BW are powerful and can do anything they set their minds to, despite the opposition.

    God made His children to be overcomers.

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    I never would've looked at this thread before but my...

    Was the pharmacy school put on probation for some reason? What was the issue with their accreditation?

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    current pharmacists...what do you like/dislike about your career? what's ur day like? do u enjoy your career or is it really dry? thanks.

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    After about 21/2 years of graduating from physical therapy, I decided to apply to PHAMD. Right now , I'm on the waiting list...I'm the 4th in my category...

    I'm praying so much to get in!

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    I'm praying so much to get in!What made you decide...

    My days are pretty unpredictable. One minute it can be smooth, boring, monotonous and the next minute all hell can break loose. It depends on where you're working and the population you're working with. I work both inpatient and outpatient settings so situations are different depending on where I'm at. It has it's frustrations like any other job, but for the most part, I can't complain.

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    Does anyone know what is considered to be a good PCAT score? I don't feel that bad about my score, but I wouldn't mind for it to be higher.

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    80+ is considered to be good. Most schools won't even consider you if you score <50th percentile. I would suggest when you take the test to be very conscious of the time constraints because finishing on time is actually the biggest challenge. Also, make sure your reading comprehension skills are up to snuff, it'll make the test really flow for you.

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    80+ IMO is considered excellent. You can pretty much get into anywhere with that and good grades but a score above 60+ is still considered competitive. That means that you've scored better than 60% of the other test takers or other applicants for the year so you're in good shape. But obviously the higher the score the better. I had a 78% on my PCAT and a 3.7 GPA and had no problems getting into my #1 choice which was the only school I applied to.

    People are always more inclined to apply to the most popular schools which isn't the best idea if you're someone with a lower score, like below 60. I would say keep your options open, apply to schools that may not be that well known if you're having problems scoring well on the test. At the end of the day everyone graduates with a Pharm.D and there are plenty of jobs available.

    Also remember that there are other things to consider besides the PCAT score and grades. The interview, recommendations and essay are also very good oppurtunites to showcase your educational ability. I went ALL out on my essay. I know the pharmcas question is pretty basic but make sure that your essay is passionate about why you choose pharmacy as your future profession. Your recommendations should not only be from someone who knows you but someone who I hope is a good writer. I had one of my recommendations written by my high school guidance counselor who I am very close to and have a great relationship with. Not only does he know me well but he's an exceptional writer. He wrote a full page of praise! Even the recruiter for the School of Pharmacy commented on how well written it was. I really wanted a knock out recommendation because the two others from my professors were kinda basic and blah. You know how professors can be.

    I hope this helps. God luck to everyone.

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    Any non-traditional pharmacy students? I've been accepted into a program for Fall 07, but I'm not a first-time college student. Has anybody found any scholarship opps for pharmacy? I'm struggling to find scholarships for folks that already have a degree. Most are for folks just graduating high school.

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    What program are you in? I graduated from a non-traditional PharmD program a couple of years ago.

    I'm not familiar with any pharmacy specific scholarships, are you employed? Have you looked into any employee scholarship programs?

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    I'm praying so much to get in!...

    I'm soo happy I received an answer 2 days ago...aaaannnnd, I've been accepted!!
    I am going to start this September!!! Of course, I know I will have to work very hard and make lots of sacrifice, and I will be getting old by the time I finish (I'll be 29 )...but I really think it's worth it!

    By the way, I was so surprised that people at my work place agreed with my decision..I thought my boss would not very happy because there is a shortage here in Quebec of physical therapists.

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    Sorry for replying late, I did not notice you questionned me. But to answer your question, I am thinking of leaving physio because I was almost getting physically tired everyday, as I have to move a lot, do either transfers or mobilise patients, depending with the clientele I'm working with. After one year, I noticed that things were getting quite monotonous, I sometimes feel that I'm working in a factory (I work in a hospital with no ac in summer).

    I like working with people, but in physio I noticed that I can get sometimes too close, emotionally, and psychologically with the patients. It happens not that often but it's enough to make me feel tired mentally especially when they have problems and don't really want to seek professional help when they've been told to. I think it's because it's a profession where you get to spent more time with the patient compare to the doctor, the nurse or other direct health professional...a treatment time can be around 30 and 60 minutes per patient.

    Plus, the advancements, here in Quebec are not really great. The salary is relatively low compare to other fields with the same load and years of study. With that low salary, I have to pay the Order of physical therapy of my province a relatively high amount compare to others I know who make much more. And the courses also, the conferences, and all activities related often have to come from my own pocket.

    I was thinking, if I was not accepted in PHAMD to do a master in physio (because I want to advance in whatever I do), but I knew in the end that my working condition, and my salary would not change a lot with an advanced degree...I could go to teaching or research...but I'm not really interessed.

    That's mostly why , I and some other people I know are changing to another profession.

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