Pre-Pharmacy Society. To Contact Us: [email protected] http://www.csupomona.edu/~prepharmsociety. Jennifer Nguyen. Overview Went to MTSAC, transferred to Cal Poly Major: Biotechnology Work ~4 years as a tech Volunteered ~4 hours a week Intern Clubs
eg. 1st chartered University in California
(but don’t have this as your only reason when you interview)
School asks more specific questions
(English professor, Dr. Chan, friends, etc)
. Arcadia High School Class of 2007
. 2 years Pasadena City College, 2 years CSU Pomona
. B.S. Microbiology Spring 2011
GPA: 3.69 Cumulative, 3.49 Science
PCAT: 60 (1st attempt), 95 (2nd attempt)
Experience: 1 year volunteering at a small independent pharmacy
Letters of Reference: Anatomy/Physiology Prof, Pharmacist I volunteered for.
Strengths: Strong Personal Statement, High PCAT score, academic performance
Weaknesses: Hardly any community service, could use more experience, no research, did not practice for interviews (could have sold myself more)
Applied: 10 schools
Interviews granted: 10
Nova (accepted), UOP (waitlisted), & UCSD (rejected)
School of choice: Nova Southeastern University
Why: Location (weather, new place for growth/development), Reputation, Tuition, New labs/equipment/classrooms
. PCAT Tips – See handout in member folder for my personal guide to attaining a high PCAT score.
. Closed File vs Open File Interview tips
. Time Management
- Will go over my personal timeline to help gain a perspective on the application process and how you should plan.
Closed File = All they have is your resume at the most. Common w/ most California schools. Usually the interview is weighed more heavily w/ this style of interviewing.
Open File = The interviewers read through your interview prior to interviewing you. Usually the interview is not weighed as heavily.
. Know what questions to expect and be prepared for the style of the interview. Use SDN interview feedback.
. Be prepared.
. E-Submit PharmCAS Application before Fall Quarter starts! This is to give you time to work on the supplemental applications and perhaps time to study for the PCAT if you still need to take it.
. It is ok to submit PCAT later. For most schools, up until the January PCAT will be considered.
Applied: 4 Schools - UOP, USC, UCSF, & WesternU
Interviews granted: 4
Accepted: UOP, WesternU
Where am I at now? WesternU
What do I like about WesternU? Most personal experience. Interacted with their students/faculty. Block system. Upcoming, soon to be established among fly-by-night schools. Able to serve immediate community.
What do I like about USC? Incredibly established school. Founded PharmD program. Amazing networking opportunities. Outstanding and nationally recognized community outreach programs. Interpersonal and communication skills to suffice beyond pharmacy school.