Degree Programs Schools in Alabama Recommended Courses Entrance Exam Outside the Classroom Doctor of Pharmacy After graduating from UAH, a PharmD degree can be completed after 4 years of pharmacy school. A PharmD degree can also lead to further development and studies in pharmaceutical care, pharmaceutical sciences, and pharmaceutical health policy and management. Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacy The PhD degree is ideal for someone who wants to work as a pharmaceutical scientist dealing with basic or clinical research. Some programs and schools offer dual degrees (PharmD/PhD or PharmD/MS). Medical Schools in Alabama Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy - Auburn, ALPCAT is not required McWhorter School of Pharmacy Samford University - Birmingham, ALPCAT is not required Recommended Courses & GPA Requirements At UAH, we can help you become a competitive applicant for your future professional school. These courses support required and suggested coursework for Alabama schools. The combination of courses are guidelines. Specific requirements may vary among schools. Entrance Exam PCAT The PCAT tests the following areas: Verbal ability Biology Chemistry Reading comprehension Quantitative ability Writing Testing Dates The PCAT is not offered often, so be prepared and organized to register for this exam. Preparation Practice tests allow for analysis of strengths and weaknesses. Take an official practice PCAT test. Practice tests grant an understanding of the test and how to improve one's skills. Many programs begin to fill their class as soon as their application cycle opens. It becomes crucial to apply early. Important Making an appointment with your Pre-Health Professions Advisor is crucial before taking the MCAT. Book an appointment Outside the Classroom Health Care Experience What better way to make sure you want to be in healthcare than by shadowing? Gain experience and possible references. Shadowing will go a long way in, not only making you a mature applicant, but making sure others see you as prepared. Keep a Journal Use a journal to record thoughts on your experiences. Activities come to life with reflection. Topics to consider writing about may include: Why one chose their profession, shadowing, or volunteering. This journal may be helpful when writing your personal statement. Community Service and Volunteering Working in healthcare means having a heart of service. This means wanting to give back to the community. Find something enjoyable and go forth! Research Research experience can provide you with opportunities to work with faculty, learn skills beyond the classroom, use research methods, and engage in critical analysis. Research allows a better understanding between theory and practice using innovative and creative thinking.