No PCAT, No problem: Pharmacy Schools That Don’t Require the PCAT 2013-2014
The PCAT is not required for all pharmacy schools. The following are pharmacy schools that don’t require the PCAT :
- California Northstate
- Loma Linda
- University of California–San Diego (UCSD)
- University of California–San Francisco (UCSF)
- University of the Pacific (UOP)
- University of Southern California (USC)
- Idaho State
- Florida A&M
- Fairleigh Dickinson
- St. John’s
- Ohio Northern
- Oregon State
- Rhode Island
- Lebanese American
If you are applying to these pharmacy schools that don’t require the PCAT, you will want to strengthen other areas that are considered for admissions such as GPA, the interview, letter of intent, and letters of recommendation.
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Although you can still submit your PCAT score to the pharmacy schools that don’t require the PCAT to demonstrate your academic abilities, it will not make much of an impact on your admission chances. You may talk about your strong performance on the PCAT on your personal statement for pharmacy schools don’t require the PCAT.
All California pharmacy schools don’t currently require the PCAT. You will notice that the average GPA of accepted pharmacy students at many of these pharmacy schools are higher pharmacy schools that require the PCAT. You will also want to hone your interview skills for these pharmacy schools since it is weighted significantly at the pharmacy schools that don’t require the PCAT. I found the “Medical School Interview: Secrets and a System for Success” to be very helpful in preparing for the types of questions I faced in my real pharmacy school interviews. Although it is labeled as a medical school tool, it is highly relevant for any pre-pharmacy school student who wants to have a successful pharmacy school interview.