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Pharmacy Specialties  February 14th, 2013

Interested in the variety of career paths available in pharmacy? Check out the pharmacy career profiles at For more in-depth reading, read up on different practice areas on the AACP website.

Useful Professional Websites  January 17th, 2013

Many pharmacy professional organizations have useful websites for students. Pre-pharmacy students can use these to conduct research while applying to pharmacy schools. Here are some good ones:


ASHP (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists) Student Website

AACP (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) Student Center

APhA (American Pharmacists Association) Career Center

PharmCAS on Twitter and Facebook  January 10th, 2013

If you’re not following PharmCAS on Twitter and Facebook, you really should. Great way to get frequently asked questions answered.

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Resources for Gaining Healthcare Experience  January 7th, 2013

Prospective students often ask us about ways to gain healthcare or pharmacy experience. Here are a few resources that might be helpful:

The Oregon Board of Pharmacy website has information about becoming licensed as a pharmacy technician. Working as a technician is perhaps the best way to gain pharmacy-related experience. If you live outside Oregon, get information from the Board of Pharmacy in your state.

Volunteering in a health care setting is another great way to gain experience. Oregon State’s Center for Civic Engagement has information about volunteer opportunities. They can also consult with you about getting involved in the community and help you track your hours. Many other universities have similar centers or offices. Websites like HandsOn Willamette and VolunteerMatch let you search for particular types of volunteer opportunities. Check the website of your local hospital for information about volunteering there. Also, look into volunteering at city or county public health departments, which often run low-cost clinics. Consider “outside the box” healthcare opportunities like working in elder care or in a hospice facility. Finally, consult with your academic advisors and faculty members about opportunities they may know of.


Pharmacy Again Among Most Trusted Professions  December 13th, 2012

Data from the newest Gallup poll on honesty/ethics in professions. Trust in pharmacists is at its highest since the Gallup poll began in 1981.


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Biochemistry to Become Prerequisite  November 27th, 2012

Beginning with students applying to enter the Pharm.D. program in Fall 2014 (i.e. students applying next year), completion of an upper-division biochemistry sequence will be a required prerequisite for entry into the Pharm.D. program.

There are two main reasons for this change:

  • Ensuring that students have all necessary prerequisite science knowledge before the Pharm.D. program begins
  • Providing more room in the Pharm.D. curriculum to discuss new, current, and challenging issues in the pharmacy profession

Thus, this change should result in better career preparation for our graduates.

If you have questions about the best way to meet this prerequisite at your school, contact an advisor at

Demographics Show Need for New Pharmacists  November 27th, 2012

The U.S. population is aging. 75% of health care costs go to managing chronic diseases, a key role of pharmacists. It all adds up to a need for more pharmacists over the next decade.

See this editorial for one pharmacist’s perspective.

Deadline Extended – November 15  October 31st, 2012

PharmCAS just announced that they are extending all November 1 application deadlines to November 15 due to the severe weather on the East Coast. This applies to OSU applications. OSU supplemental applications will also be due November 15 rather than November 1. Please contact the College of Pharmacy if you have any questions.

Down to the Wire  October 29th, 2012

Just a few more days until our November 1 deadline! Make sure to e-submit your application, get all your transcripts and references to PharmCAS, and get your supplemental applications to us by the deadline.

Processing  October 22nd, 2012

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about whether it is okay if PharmCAS is still “processing” your materials on the November 1 deadline.

That is okay. However, you should make sure that you e-submit your PharmCAS application by November 1. You should also make sure that PharmCAS receives all your transcripts and letters of reference by that date. Finally, your supplemental application materials must arrive at the OSU College of Pharmacy by that date.