If Pharmacy School is your goal, maximizing your pharmacy admissions potential is your priority. Competition for all admissions, these days, is tough. Nearly every student will utilize some type of admissions assistance, even if just a couple books. So if you want to truly excel ahead of your competition, invest in the highest quality admission assistance with a private one-on-one pharmacy school admissions consultant. TutorNerds admissions consultants are guaranteed to immediately improve your application and simplify the process of applying to pharmacy school.
TutorNerds Admissions Experts
TutorNerds admissions faculty is composed of seasoned admissions consulting professionals. Our admissions consultants have a deep understanding of the application process and have helped hundreds of applicants get into their target programs. Most of our admissions consultants have worked on admissions committees or as advisers—many at top universities throughout the nation. They bring real life insight into the admissions process and an idea of what admissions committees and officers are looking for.
Let us give our definition of exceptional admissions consulting: Presenting you in the best possible light. Schools need to choose you from among thousands of applicants. But their understanding of your potential is limited to what appears on the application. So the goal of TutorNerds consulting is to bring out the best version of you on the application. Our approach is highly personalized and comprehensive. TutorNerds consultants have the practical working knowledge of the field of admissions to advise you appropriately. In order to assemble the best application, it is best to start early so that our consultants have the opportunity to understand your strengths, and so you can carefully address each stage in the application process according to those strengths.
TutorNerds consultants empirically address every aspect of the admissions process, even which pharmacy schools would be the right fit for you. You are not left on your own with anything; consultants are experienced in all the areas you need to have a strong application. Whether you know exactly where you want to go and what kind of pharmacy you want to study, or if you are entirely uninformed about the available options, we are happy and motivated to partner with you in reaching your goals.
So what goes into a pharmacy school application?
Admissions requirements vary from school to school, but you can count on a handful of factors to be consistent. Be sure to look into the processes of individual schools if you do research on your own. Here is a (relatively) concise summary of application components:
The Applications Themselves
Most schools work with PharmCAS (Pharmacy College Application Service), the pharmacy school equivalent of the Common Application; some do not and use their own application portals. The application cycle begins in the summer, with the last round of schools accepting applications the following spring. That might sound like a long time, but it is advisable to submit all documents and scores as early as possible, as pharmacy schools tend to accept students on a “rolling” basis. This means that the later you apply, the fewer spots will remain. It might even be ideal to apply Early Decision or as a “0-6” applicant right out of high school. You need to be aware of your goals and the deadlines involved in achieving them. No matter what your priorities, TutorNerds pharmacy school consultants can help you outline a plan for your applications, and they are fluent in all aspects of the process, so there is no unnecessary stress on you.
Your resume will outline your education and achievements over the course of your undergraduate education. You need to concisely and clearly list your academic and professional experience and explain how your experiences correlate to pharmacy school success. You cannot get away with using any resume, however. Your resumes need to be tailored to each pharmacy school according to your goals and even their length requirements, which can be agonizingly brief. TutorNerds consultants can help you boil your resume down to highlight your strengths appropriately for each school. Most of the following application components should be addressed on your resume.
Pharmacy colleges do not require specific undergraduate majors, but do have specific course requirements. Ideally you should be on a “Pre-pharmacy” track, taking certain science, math, or English classes that your target schools require. Moreover, you should strive for a solid foundation of knowledge and skills that will prepare you for pharmacy school. The benefit of a consultant here is to keep your course choice in line with pharmacy schools of your choice, particularly if you begin planning later in your undergraduate tenure and have less time.
Pharmacy programs may be extremely specific in their requirements. But you can be sure that all programs are seeking high-caliber students, foremost. Pharmacy schools actually admit very low percentages of applicants. You need to do very well in whatever undergraduate major you choose, and you will need to order official transcripts from your college to apply to pharmacy programs. During the application cycle, consultants will be able to estimate which schools would be appropriate for you based on your goals, experience, and resume. No matter what your situation though, a TutorNerds admissions consultant can help you present yourself in the strongest way possible. If undergraduate performance is a concern, consider our academic tutoring services.
The Pharmacy Admission Test (PCAT) is an admission prerequisite for many pharmacy schools. It assesses skills and knowledge that are required for success in pharmacy school, with topics from various science disciplines, mathematics, critical reasoning, and language skills. Your test performance is a major determinant of admissions competitiveness, but when you take the test is also important. Testing begins in the summer and continues through the fall, overlapping with pharmacy college application deadlines. Your consultant will be able to help you research data for any schools you are interested in, which will provide an indication of your desired performance and scheduling. Most students invest in test preparation of some kind, so consider TutorNerds one-on-one PCAT prep to put yourself ahead of the competition.
Personal Statement and Essays
The personal statement prompt from PharmCAS is intentionally vague– “Your Personal Essay should address why you selected pharmacy as a career and how the Doctor of Pharmacy degree relates to your immediate and long-term professional goals. Describe how your personal, educational, and professional background will help you achieve your goals.” Besides the fact that you are sending an application in the first place, the personal statement is your only opportunity to explain why you want to be a pharmacist. The prompt of It is up to you to come up with a captivating premise in service of this goal. It is always important to write for admissions committees specifically; you want to emphasize certain things and avoid others entirely. Our admissions consultants know that admissions officers ultimately want to hear your voice, so your consultant works with you to bring your ideas out in a sophisticated, academic way. And of course, you will revise many drafts so that you are left with an error free essay.
Letters of Recommendation
You will need to get at least a few recommendation letters from teachers, advisors, or managers who have worked with you. It is important to ask the right people in order to get high-quality letters. You may also need to provide them with a resume (different from those of applications) so that they may write you a comprehensive, personalized letter. Everything related to receiving exceptional letters of recommendation can be addressed by our admissions experts.
Internships and Undergraduate Programs
Internships and similar programs for undergraduate give students the opportunity to have practical experiences in the pharmacy field. Ideally, you have the opportunity to work with an actual pharmacist or other healthcare provider. Applying to such programs requires special consideration–they are quite difficult to get into. Also, it is important to emphasize certain experiences from such programs during the pharmacy school application process. Working with an expert will not only help you get into the best programs, but also make the best use of such programs in terms of your ultimate goal, getting into a great pharmacy school. See the “pre-consulting” section below for more.
Interviews are practically required for admission, so it is important to prepare thoroughly. An interview is an excellent opportunity to bring some extra creative charm to your application. In addition, interviews allow you to learn more about the program. Remember, you need to find the program that is right for you. But make no mistake, interviews are still part of your application. Admissions officers will ask you thoughtful, yet critical questions, like a verbal application essay. With our consultants, you will be more than prepared for any interview question. You will go through common interview questions in a mock setting so that you have your ideas outlined ahead of time. Most importantly, we improve your presentation skills so that you can take on your interview with confidence.
Pharmacy School “Pre-Consulting”
Are you on the right track to a successful pharmacy school application? TutorNerds can help you find out at any point.
Many years of planning and preparation goes into a high-caliber pharmacy school application. With our pharmacy school consulting, we don’t limit our involvement to any particular time. We want to make you the strongest applicant possible, and that demands effort throughout your undergraduate education. Our pre-consulting services are integrated into our consulting programs so that you have help at every step of the way. Our consultants meet with you periodically, at your preference, to advise you on class selection, PCAT preparation, extracurriculars, and any other necessary topics; and, equally important, they motivate you to continue to succeed. It takes a consultant who has the opportunity to get to know you as a student to give you the most accurate and applicable advice.
Struggle can come at any stage in the process. We happily help any applicant, any time. Even if you would like brief guidance along the way, or specialized help for a particularly challenging aspect, we have the expert services to make your application be unique and impactful.