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  • 1. Your Future in Pharmacy Clay Arnold Director of Recruiting and Pre-pharmacy Advising
  • 2. What does a pharmacist do? • Counsel patients on medication use: prescription and OTC • Advise other health care professionals on drug therapy decisions for patients • Prevent medication errors! • Make drugs easier for patients to take • Take patients’ vital signs • Invent new drug products
  • 3. Career Possibilities in Pharmacy • Academic Pharmacist • Ambulatory Care Pharmacist • Clinical Research Pharmacist • Community Pharmacist • Compounding Pharmacist • Critical Care Pharmacist • Drug Information Pharmacist • Emergency Medicine Pharmacist • Geriatric Pharmacist • HIV Pharmacist • Hospice Pharmacist • Hospital Pharmacist • Infectious Disease Pharmacist • Informatics Pharmacist • Internal Medicine Pharmacist • Long-Term Care Pharmacist • Managed Care Pharmacist • Medication Safety Pharmacist • Military Pharmacist • Neurology Pharmacist • Nuclear Pharmacist • Nutritional Support Pharmacist • Oncology Pharmacist • Operating Room Pharmacist • Outcomes Research Pharmacist • Pediatric Pharmacist • Pharmacist Attorney • Pharmacy Benefit Manager • Pharmacy Executive • Poison Control Pharmacist • Primary Care Pharmacist • Psychiatric Pharmacist • Public Health Service Pharmacist • Regulatory Pharmacist • Transplant Pharmacist • Veterinary Pharmacist
  • 4. The College of Pharmacy offers two programs • PharmD Program – Preparation to become a licensed pharmacist • PhD Program – Preparation to become a research scientist
  • 5. College of Pharmacy PharmD Program • PharmD (Doctor of Pharmacy degree) – Requires two to three years of college prerequisites PLUS four years of professional pharmacy school (six to seven years total after high school) – Does NOT require a bachelor’s degree. • Overview of Profession – Avg pharmacist salary in KY • $117,390/year – Top 5 most satisfying career – Top 5 most trusted profession
  • 6. College of Pharmacy • Ranked #5 in nation (US News & World Report) • New 280,000 sq ft building – largest pharmacy education building in the world! • 95% graduation rate • UK PharmD students rank among the best in the nation in first-time pass rates on the national licensing exam (NAPLEX) • Interdisciplinary learning: Six health colleges on campus (dentistry, medicine, public health, nursing, health sciences)
  • 7. A Differentiated Graduate Dual Degree Programs - make yourself competitive! Complete two degrees while in pharmacy school! • PharmD/Master’s Business Administration* • PharmD/Master’s Public Administration • PharmD/Master’s Public Health • PharmD/Master’s of Physician Asst. Studies* • PharmD/Master’s of Pharmaceutical Sciences • Residencies (>95% successfully placed) *2-3 additional pre-reqs required. View website.
  • 8. What does it take to get into Pharmacy School??? • Each year, approximately 76% of Kentucky residents and UK students who apply to College of Pharmacy are given interviews
  • 9. Prerequisite Courses For First-Time Freshman Entering College Fall 2014 or After Courses Semesters Credit Hours English 2 6-7 General Chemistry 2 plus labs 8-10 Organic Chemistry 2 plus labs 8-10 Biology 1 plus lab 4-5 Microbiology 1 plus lab 4-5 Calculus -OR- College Algebra & Elementary Calculus 1 OR 2 4-5 OR 6 Human Anatomy 1 3 Physiology 1 3 Statistics 1 3 Business 1 3 Electives Refer to handouts for recommendations Enough to bring total to 70 or more semester hours
  • 10. Notes on Classes • College of Pharmacy English policies are the same as UK’s : – Must satisfy Composition & Communications I & II – Honors classes, English ACT score, etc. • Chemistry 105 - If your ACT score is below the requirement, no worries! Your advisor will place you in a workshop. Possible summer class required to get back on track! - If you might struggle, consider CHE 109 & 110. Together, cover the same content as CHE 105 over extended period.
  • 11. Math Placement Exam • UK COP Math Requirement - Option 1:MA 109 and MA 123 OR • Must earn hours for both; placement alone does not satisfy either requirement. • Option 1 is the preferred option given the use of algebra (not Calculus!) in pharmacy school and on the PCAT! - Option 2: MA 113. • If you place into MA 113, you are good where you are! • AP credit accepted (score of 4 or higher) • If you have satisfied the requirement but need to “brush-up,” take MA 109 as an elective! • MathExcel supplemental workshop recommended
  • 12. Elective Courses to Consider • Prerequisite course handout in folder – Bottom right corner lists suggested electives (not required) • Take major courses or UK Core courses as electives to strengthen your back-up plan. • Take UK 101 (freshman orientation course) – UK 101 students have higher GPAs and retention rates – Only 1 credit hour. Important for pre- pharmacy students!
  • 13. FAQ: What major should I choose? • ANY major works as long as you take the required pre-pharmacy courses • Always have a back-up plan! • Majors to consider: – Agriculture Biotechnology (College of Agriculture) – Human Nutrition (College of Agriculture) – Human Health Sciences – Biology (College of Arts & Sciences) – Undergraduate Studies (This major houses the Pre- Med advisors to help keep you on track! Best option if unsure!!!!)
  • 14. FAQ: When will I complete the Pre-pharmacy courses? 10% – 15% of admitted students = 2 yr. path 40% of admitted students = 3 yr. path (most common) • Who is the successful 2-year student? – Has some AP credit-often 2 or more courses • This will lower college course load. – Math ACT of 26/27 or higher – Has excellent high school prep & good study skills – Able to score competitively on the PCAT (must take it after your freshman year on this plan)
  • 15. 2 year vs. 3 year • If you are planning to follow the 2 year pre- pharmacy plan, and are not already in Undergraduate Studies, change your major. • Two-year students can change to the 3 year plan if it becomes too difficult. Assess after first semester. • See handout in folder for 2 and 3 year sample schedules. (Take this with you to register for classes tomorrow!)
  • 16. Admission to the PharmD Program • College pre-pharmacy coursework (2-3 years) – Overall college GPA (3.0 – 3.5 recommended) – Science-only GPA (3.0 – 3.5 recommended) – We do not look at high school grades or ACT/SAT scores • Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) • Past experiences – Work and/or volunteering/shadowing • Letters of Reference – Plan ahead! (Work in a pharmacy, take same professor 2 semesters in a row, etc.) – 3 required; 1 must be from a pharmacist or professor • If invited: Interview
  • 17. What should I do to prepare? • Educate yourself about health care careers – Volunteer in the medical field (hospital, nursing home, hospice, Red Cross, etc.) • Center for Community Outreach – Project Health – Shadow a professional 2-3 hours (request assistance from guidance counselor or family member) • 3-4 different types of pharmacists if possible • Career Center • Explore whether health care is the right field for YOU! • Become familiar with admissions processes and requirements of schools – Prerequisites may vary!
  • 18. Pharmacy School • Class work and rotations – Professional year 1 -3 (PY1 – PY3) • Rotations in community/retail, hospital and other sites • Labs (sterile, compounding) • Mock patient labs – Diagnose and counsel mock patients – Professional year 4 (PY4) • Rotations in 7 different areas of pharmacy (6 weeks each) • International rotations available
  • 19. Paying For Pharmacy School • Financial Aid – Approximately 90% of students on full loans for COP – Professional students cannot claim parents income on financial aid documents • Typically allows for more financial aid • Scholarships – Available only to students admitted to COP, not undergraduate students – Some UK undergraduate scholarships can be applied to pharmacy school. See UK Scholarship Office for details.
  • 20. Pre-pharmacy Support at UK • Pre-pharmacy Advising & Workshops • Pre-pharmacy Club meetings • Pre-pharmacy Open House events (Saturdays) – September 20, November 1, TBD MOST Importantly: Join the pre-pharmacy listserv to receive emails about these events! – Tear our and complete the information card in your brochure and place on the back row or on the pharmacy information table just outside before you leave!
  • 21. BioPharm Complex (NEW College of Pharmacy) Tour: Tomorrow 2 p.m. (Corner of Virginia Ave and South Limestone)
  • 22. Questions? Clay Arnold Director of Recruiting and Pre-pharmacy Advising