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    I'm not familiar with any pharmacy specific scholarships, are you...

    Hi Ebonique,

    Sorry for the late reply. I don't think I was clear in my previous post, sorry!!! I'm not entering a non-traditional program. I consider myself a non-traditional pharmacy student because I'm not a first-time college student. I was working in another field when I decided to apply for the PharmD program, so pharmacy is a 2nd career for me.

    I've been volunteering at a hospital pharmacy and they offer tuition assistance for full-time pharm techs. I don't think I'll work full-time while in school and they don't cover very much of the tuition so I don't think I'll go that route. I'm still looking for options. I don't want huge amounts of student loans when I graduate, but I might not have a choice.

    What area of pharmacy do you work in?

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    Any pharmacists started out as pharm techs? My son is taking classes for pharm tech so he can get work in a hospital, and not work dreaded retail. He should finish up that program in February and now hints that he wants to go to pharmacy school.

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    Yes. A lot of pharmacists work as techs in drugstores and hospitals while going to school. Although back then they didn't require tech certification like a lot of hospitals do now. One of my supervisors worked as a technician for a number of years, decided to go to pharmacy school and the hospital paid for his education.

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    Hi, again everyone. I have been working for Walgreens for about 6 months now as a pharmacist..graduated from FAMU. I actually thought that I would never work for a retail pharmacy. I wanted to do a hospital residency and perhaps be an internal medicine pharmacist. Well, that changed after my rotations; they were not hard, but I didn't care for the limited patient interaction. I require a lot of stimulation or I will not be able to deal (Adult ADD or something of the sort, jk). So, I started working for Walgreens with no prior experience and I really really like it. I feel as though I do much more patient counseling than we were told in school, and I am constantly calling the physician or nurse on high doses or interactions. I even have physicians and nurses asking for recommendations, but of course meds you will see in the community and in the hospital will be different. We just completed training for compounding since my store was chosen as a compounding center, and hopefully, they will open a specialty clinic near here (Tallahassee). I have learned a great deal that was left out in school especially administration of different meds. Yes, they push sells and it is a lot of work but a lot better than it was made out to be. I guess you have to compare your personality and needs to the position. My ultimate goal is to hopefully be in charge of an ambulatory clinic like Coumadin or lipids, etc. I hope all of that helped a little.

    Well, good luck to everyone and it's worth it. If you have any questions just pm me.

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    I am so glad I found this thread. I am going back to school after being out 7yrs and I am seriously thinking about going into pharmacy. Right now I'm taking my generals that I've tweeked to fit the pre-pharm. requirements. I also signed up for the pharmacy departments open house in April at the school I'd like to go to. Any advice, questions I should be asking, or things I should be considering before I make my decision would be great.

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    I am so happy that I found this thread. I am actually a recent college grad ('07) with a liberal arts degree who is currently teaching at this point. I thought that I would love teaching, but I feel that the educational system is seriously flawed in this country, so it is really hard to make a real difference in the classroom. I am considering applying to pharmacy school and becoming a pharmacist. So, for all pharm students and pharmacists out there, what steps would you recommend I take to accomplish this? I was a science major before I switched to my liberal arts major back in undergrad, so I have taken gen. chemistry, organic chemistry, and biology and did well in all three. I am just confused as to where to even start. Any suggestions?

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    I'm very happy that this forum exist. I'm a pre-pharmacy student and I plan to start applying to pharmacy schools this summer.

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    Iam glad that i found this thread, also.
    I have a problem. I am currently taking pre-req's at my community college for nursing, but Iam really thinking about going to Pharmacy school. I always wanted to be a pharmacy tech and work my way up to pharmacist when i was younger. I choose the nursing field because it's a wide open field and nurses are in high demand. But iam scare that after i finish nursing, i won't be fufilled and end up going back for pharmacy. My SO say go ahead and switch my field. But is it that easy? Do i need the same pre-req? (Anatomy and Physi. I,II; Psychology; Microbiology)?As ya'll can see I don't know too much about the field. All I know is that i want to be a PHARMACIST.
    Please, Please, PLEASE help a sister out!!!!!

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    Too busy? I understand. Guess I'll just google Pharmacy or talk to my advisor at school.
    Just wanted to know from someone working or going to school in this field. Thanks for nothing.

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    Just wanted to know from someone working or going to...

    Awwwww I'm sorry! But anyway, the pre-req's that you need all depend on the school that you are trying to get into. Some require the pcat and others don't. You have prob already completed most of the pre=req's for most schools tho since u were in nursing. Just check with the school that you are looking at and they can give u more details on which of your classes they will accept and which ones they won't. You may even have to repeat some classes once you enter the pharmacy program b/c I know that for me, I didn't take microbiology and human A&P until I got in. Once again, I'm so sorry for this late reply....

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    Thank God I found this thread. I am studying Pre-Pharmacy now. I plan on getting my degree in Public Health and then go to Pharmacy School. I would like to know how long the break between pre-pharmacy and parmacy school was for some of you. If I don't get into pharmacy school right away, I want to start working with my public health degree and then go to Pharmacy School once I get accepted (if it takes that long to hear from the school).I don't wanna be in college my whole life and I want to get it all done one after the other.

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    Bumping. For all you pharmacy and science grads, have you thought about opening your own research company? Read about Rayonne Caesar-Chavannes in this thread: Introducing... my loc wrap and loc bun.... Her profile is at the bottom.

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