Preparing for a Career as a Pharmacist
- Course Work - Most pharmacy schools require a minimum of chemistry (4 semesters), biology (2 semesters), physics (2 semesters) and math. Many schools have additional requirements of math and English. It is always wise to check on the specific requirements of schools to which you may eventually apply. Manchester's pre-pharmacy curriculum is designed to meet the admission requirements of most pharmacy schools.
- Experiences - Most pharmacy schools look favorably upon experience that suggests you have familiarity with the occupation you are pursuing. This experience fits into two categories.
- Basic research - Conducted on your home campus or at some other campus, research shows intellectual growth and problem solving skills that may lack from ordinary coursework.
- Health care-related experience - Job shadow a pharmacist or other health care professional, get a summer job in a pharmacy or other health care related environment, or participate in a meaningful volunteer experience.
- Application Process
For most colleges and schools of pharmacy, the application process has become more streamlined and easier to navigate. The primary components include an application, test scores, and an interview. Below is a more detailed description of each of these components.
- The Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS) is an application clearing house that operates exclusively online. The PharmCAS service takes all your information and distributes it to the schools you indicate. Many schools may require a supplemental application if additional information not required by PharmCAS is needed. One particularly important piece of your application is your personal statement, which should be very carefully written and reviewed. You will find Manchester University College of Pharmacy listed in the PharmCAS school directory.
- The Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT) includes five sections- verbal reasoning, biology, reading comprehension, quantitative ability and chemistry. The entire exam is 300 questions and takes three hours of test time (more with breaks). Not all pharmacy programs require this test, so check with the individual programs in which you’re interested.
- The interview process is the third primary component in the application process. Based on a strong application and test score, successful applicants are invited to an on-site interview at the school. This very important step of the process provides the school and the applicant with the opportunity to learn more about one another.
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