Will a post-bac program help me get into pharmacy school?

Will a post-bac program help me get into pharmacy school?

You may have heard a post-baccalaureate (post-bac) program will help strengthen your application to pharmacy school. Here are some questions we can answer that will help you determine if enrolling in a post-bac program is the right decision for you.

What is a post-bac program?

A post-bac program is designed to support the transition to professional school, and is reserved for individuals who have already earned an undergraduate degree. Typically, a post-bac program is one to two years long and includes prerequisite classes to professional school, such as pharmacy school or medical school.

Who should enroll in a post-bac program?

A post-bac program is ideal for career changers or for students who are taking a gap year. Post-bac programs benefit individuals seeking to strengthen their applications to competitive graduate programs.

How do I apply to a post-bac program?

The application process will differ depending on the post-bac program. Typically, the admissions process requires:

  1. A statement of purpose
  2. Letters of recommendation
  3. Transcripts
  4. Resume/CV

Check with the post-bac program you are interested in for a full list of application requirements.

Will a post-bac program help me get into pharmacy school?

There are many benefits to enrolling in a post-bac program. In addition to relevant coursework, many post-bac programs will provide you with access to faculty and advisors that can provide mentorship, career guidance, and preparation for your graduate school applications.

As you prepare for pharmacy school, there isn’t one set path you should take. More and more students are taking gap years to gain more relevant work experience or prepare for the PCAT exam.

One way to strengthen your application pharmacy school is to enroll in UCI’s Post-baccalaureate Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences. The post-bac program is designed for individuals seeking to strengthen their application to competitive graduate programs in pharmacy or other health fields, or for individuals whose undergraduate degree is not in pharmaceutical sciences and are seeking entry or advancement in a career related to pharmaceutical sciences.

About UCI’s post-bac program in Pharmaceutical Sciences

UCI’s Post-Bac Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences will equip students with a solid understanding of pharmaceutical sciences through upper-division academic coursework. Students will have the opportunity to participate in laboratory research and attend seminars that cover a variety of topics including PCAT preparation, graduate school applications, and interviewing skills.

UCI is the #1 feeder to pharmacy schools nationwide, and its pharmaceutical sciences program is among the top-10 pharmaceutical sciences departments in the nation.

To learn more about the UCI Post-Bac Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences, contact us at pharmsci-grad@uci.edu or visit our website.

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