UCSOP Offers Summer Camp for High School & Undergraduate Students

Contributed by: Taylor Pickens, ExRx Boot camp Alum and Class of 2020

Are you interested in learning about the pharmacy profession? Registration for the 2016 Experience Pharmacy Bootcamp is now open. Tuesday, June 21 will mark the first day of the second ExRx BExRx-postcardootcamp event held at the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy, in Charleston, WV. This unique four-day event is designed to give high school juniors, seniors, and undergraduate college students the opportunity to experience pharmacy in an interactive, hands-on fashion. Students will take part in organized activities beginning Tuesday morning, June 21 and ending Friday afternoon, June 24. Some of the week’s events will include hands-on simulation, compounding, and IV lab experiences, as well as sessions on the history of pharmacy, medicinal plants, pharmaceutical career options, mock interviewing, and many other activities.

Students learn to compound IV products at ExRx Bootcamp

Students learn to compound IV products at ExRx Bootcamp

This unique experience is a prime opportunity to gain insight and preparation for that next step toward a future in pharmacy. Whether you are interested in learning more about a pharmacy career as a whole, or need help preparing for the application process, ExRx Bootcamp will prove to be a worthwhile experience. Emily Chattin, a freshman pre-pharmacy scholar at the University of Charleston says, “I would highly recommend attending this event. You are educated on what it takes to succeed before, during, and after pharmacy school, make lifelong friendships and connections with your preceptors. You also get to do fascinating experiments in the lab.”

Participating students will be housed in UC residence halls, with meals provided by the UC dining hall. Cost for the four-day camp is ONLY $99.00 per student, and includes meals, lodging, linens, towels, as well all activities. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. If you would like to register, or are interested in receiving more information, please contact Ms. Jamie Bero at jamiebero@ucwv.edu, or call (304)720–6685.

Registration forms and information can also be accessed online at: http://www.ucwv.edu/pharmacy/ 

PCAT Prep and Resources

CaptureAs you are preparing for your entry into pharmacy school, you will need to take the Pharmacy College Aptitude Test (PCAT). Most schools of pharmacy require this test, and many schools require a particular score for admission.

The PCAT contains six sections: writing, reading comprehension, verbal ability, biology, chemistry, and quantitative ability.

  1. The Writing section is timed for 30 minutes and includes one writing topic where you are asked to address conventions of language and problem solving
  2. The Verbal Ability section is timed for 25 minutes and includes analogies and sentence completions
  3. The Biology section is timed for 35 minutes and covers general biology, microbiology, and human anatomy and physiology
  4. The Chemistry section is timed for 35 minutes and covers general chemistry, organic chemistry, and basic biochemistry
  5. The Reading Comprehension section is timed for 50 minutes and includes 6 passages and covers comprehension, analysis and evaluation
  6. The Quantitative Ability section is timed for 45 minutes and covers basic math, algebra, probability and statistics, pre-calculus and calculusCapture

Electronic resources to assist you with preparing for the PCAT exam:

Highly Rated PCAT prep books:

Mobile Apps:

  • My PCAT. This Apple application is designed to help prepare for the computer-based PCAT covering topics in PCAT specific subjects. Cost: $18.99
  • PCAT prep for Android. This android application has over 1100 detailed flashcards.
  • McGraw Hill PCAT prep. This application has over 1000 copyrighted questions, 10 diagnostic tests, over 100 pages of review material including 50 top strategies for test day, and a PCAT study plan. Cost $34.99

It’s Your Time to Apply to Pharmacy School @UCSOP!

The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy (UCSOP) is excited to share that there is still time to apply to join the Class of 2020!

You may have heard that our application deadline was March 1st. However, the UCSOP will be granting individual PharmCAS deadline extensions through June 1, 2016.  

To take advantage of this deadline extension, please follow the process outlined below: 

  1. Create your PharmCAS account by May 18, 2016
  2. Once you are ready to submit your application, email Stacie Geise at staciegeise@ucwv.edu to request your PharmCAS extension.  
  3. Once the extension is granted, PharmCAS will email you directly confirming the 48-hour window to submit the application has begun.
  4. Complete your UCSOP Supplemental Application at http://www.ucwv.edu/pharmacy 

Please note: the UCSOP Supplemental Application deadline has also been extended to June 1, 2016. The UCSOP will accept January & February PCAT scores.  

If you have any questions about this process, please contact Stacie Geise at 304-357-4889 or staciegeise@ucwv.edu.  

We look forward to receiving your PharmCAS application soon!