GPA – GPA is one of the most important criteria for admission into pharmacy school. Most pharmacy schools do separate your GPA into “Overall GPA”, “Pre-Pharmacy GPA”, and “Science/Math GPA.” Calculating and knowing each of these GPAs will give you a better idea of what the admission staff sees. For example, you could have a low overall GPA from taking difficult classes in a difficult major at a top tier school, but with a high Pre-pharmacy GPA and a strong Science/Math GPA, you still have a good shot at being accepted to even the top pharmacy schools (assuming your other stats are stellar) cypioject.
PCAT Scores – It is important to first note that NOT all schools even require that you take the PCAT. This would include California pharmacy schools as well as many others scattered throughout the United States. Check which school of pharmacy programs require the PCAT by checking the PharmCAS website or check out my other article on which schools do not require the PCAT.
Interview Performance – The interview process is an important aspect of the application process as the pharmacy school gets to see what kind of individual you are and how well you will fit into their pharmacy school. Check out real questions from applicants who were interviewed in the past application cycles by clicking the link at the bottom of this article.
Letter of Recommendations – Pharmacy schools have specific requirements on the types of recommendations that they accept. Generally speaking, recommendations from a pharmacist or a science professor who knows your ability on a personal level serve as the best type of recommendation. You will want to prepare and give ample time for whoever writes your letters to complete the necessary forms (either through PharmCAS or directly to the school) in a timely and un-rushed manner.
Pharmacy Experience – Although pharmacy experience is not a requirement, having pharmacy experience will definitely show an admission committee that you have experienced a pharmacy workplace, and a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree this is something you have no doubts about pursuing. Obtaining a pharmacy technician license (most states just require passing of the exam), will allow to garner more responsibilities in the pharmacy and further prepare yourself for pharmacy school.