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Official University Of Alberta 2017 Pharmacy Applicants - Class Of 2021


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#41 x00f

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Posted 08 March 2017 - 04:24 AM

Hey everyone, I think my question might be a little silly but I'll ask anyway! On the U of A website, it says that the requirements are:

Where it says "successful completion of a combination of university level course work", does anyone know if they prefer us to take more science related courses or can we take any courses that we want? I've already completed the prereqs and now I'm just trying to decide what courses I should take next. For those who have applied already, what other courses did you guys take besides the prereqs?

Thank you!  :)

 

Hey pharmacy2016, 

 

I continued to take courses to complete my degree after completing my prerequisite courses, which consisted of random electives and some science classes. From my understanding (correct me if I am wrong), if you have your prerequisite courses completed you can take any courses you want combined with the prerequisites however from the FAQ it says that:

 

"We encourage to take courses related to pharmacy prerequisites, such as genetics, microbiology, nutrition, pharmacology, and other science-oriented courses." 

 

Courses like such can make some components in PHARM 306 and PHARM 321 more of a "review" for you rather than learning new material.

 

Hope that helps! 



#42 Lil_pink

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Posted 14 March 2017 - 02:23 AM

hey, do y'all know when is the invitation for interviews will be sent out? like is there a concrete time for that?



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Posted 14 March 2017 - 02:49 AM

When I submitted everything, they told me to check for an invitation in early April. Gives us plenty of time to complete them, cause I think they are due by end of May if I am not mistaken.



#44 Runner5

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 11:42 PM

Hey pharmacy2016,

I continued to take courses to complete my degree after completing my prerequisite courses, which consisted of random electives and some science classes. From my understanding (correct me if I am wrong), if you have your prerequisite courses completed you can take any courses you want combined with the prerequisites however from the FAQ it says that:

"We encourage to take courses related to pharmacy prerequisites, such as genetics, microbiology, nutrition, pharmacology, and other science-oriented courses."

Courses like such can make some components in PHARM 306 and PHARM 321 more of a "review" for you rather than learning new material.

Hope that helps!


I agree! Some pharmacy courses are taught for 6 hours a week (7.5 hours a week for Pharm 321 in the beginning); during those times, I find they teach you the information at a faster pace than in the courses I have taken in faculty of science before, so it definitely helps if you already retained lots of knowledge from previous upper level science courses. Also, with the way courses run (a lot of them end during the middle of the term), you may be having finals while your friends in other faculties might be having midterms, so for those of you that don't try to cram everything the night before like me, it may seem like less time to study.

From an application perspective, if you did badly in any of your base level prerequisites, you can do that prerequisite at a higher level and replace any bad base level prerequisite grade with your new grade, though I can't remember if they pick the grade from the highest level prereq or if they pick the highest grade in that prereq...

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 04:59 AM

Hey guys I know this may sound awkward  but I wish to understand some details about the admission progress, like the cGPA, pre-reGPA and other aspect that keeps you competitive for admissions. Thanks 



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Posted 21 March 2017 - 05:11 AM

Hey guys I know this may sound awkward  but I wish to understand some details about the admission progress, like the cGPA, pre-reGPA and other aspect that keeps you competitive for admissions. Thanks 

 

Hey Boboeat, 

 

If you haven't already, I think you should definitely check out their FAQs! They do answer a little bit more regarding how admission averages are calculated. 

 

Here's the link: https://www.ualberta...asked-questions

 

Hope that helps! 



#47 Boboeat

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 09:11 AM

Hey Boboeat, 

 

If you haven't already, I think you should definitely check out their FAQs! They do answer a little bit more regarding how admission averages are calculated. 

 

Here's the link: https://www.ualberta...asked-questions

 

Hope that helps! 

Hey x00f,

        Thanks for the reply I went through the link many times but a friend told me that at times the information on their website does not accurately reflect what they actually need to keep you competitive for the process....... 



#48 Runner5

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Posted 26 March 2017 - 10:52 PM

Hi Bobcat,

 

I found FAQ reflect accurately for me for the most part; however, there may be discrepancy in terms of whether the admission favours your overall grade (emphasis on recent grades) or your prerequisite mark. The two university links (admission site and University Calendar site) gave contradictory information to each other.

 

For those applying after 1 or 2 years, their prerequisite grade and overall grade is practically the same thing. I have finished my degree, so when I applied, I phoned the office and the office told me that 2 years ago, applicants used be ranked based on their prerequisite grade, but they changed the focus to ranking applicants based on overall grade last year and hasn't had the chance to change information on University Calendar website. My friend who phoned last year was apparently told that applicants were ranked based on prerequisite grades still. I made it in last year despite having pretty low prerequisite grades, though my friends pointed out that I grossly underestimated my prerequisite grades...

 

The best advice I can give to anyone wondering (if prerequisite grade is more important or if overall grade is more important) is to take upper level of prerequisite courses you think you did badly in (ex. BIOL 107 --> BIOL 207), do well in those upper level courses so you can replace the prerequisite mark and boost your overall grade at the same time

 

Hope that helps and good luck! :)



#49 Boboeat

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Posted 28 March 2017 - 02:28 AM

Hi Bobcat,

 

I found FAQ reflect accurately for me for the most part; however, there may be discrepancy in terms of whether the admission favours your overall grade (emphasis on recent grades) or your prerequisite mark. The two university links (admission site and University Calendar site) gave contradictory information to each other.

 

For those applying after 1 or 2 years, their prerequisite grade and overall grade is practically the same thing. I have finished my degree, so when I applied, I phoned the office and the office told me that 2 years ago, applicants used be ranked based on their prerequisite grade, but they changed the focus to ranking applicants based on overall grade last year and hasn't had the chance to change information on University Calendar website. My friend who phoned last year was apparently told that applicants were ranked based on prerequisite grades still. I made it in last year despite having pretty low prerequisite grades, though my friends pointed out that I grossly underestimated my prerequisite grades...

 

The best advice I can give to anyone wondering (if prerequisite grade is more important or if overall grade is more important) is to take upper level of prerequisite courses you think you did badly in (ex. BIOL 107 --> BIOL 207), do well in those upper level courses so you can replace the prerequisite mark and boost your overall grade at the same time

 

Hope that helps and good luck! :)

@Runner5

       Thanks very much for the detail info, it answered my question very precisely






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