Frequently Asked Questions

What is Pre-Pharmacy Society (PPS)?

We are an organization that promotes the profession of pharmacy through a variety of resources including networking, guest speakers, workshops, academic support, and volunteer opportunities. Our main objectives are to better prepare our members for pharmacy school admission and to learn about and explore the multitude of career options for pharmacists. While providing essential information to our members, PPS also strives to make the club as fun as possible for everybody through our social and volunteer events.

What are the workshops offered by PPS?

The workshops are essentially information-sessions specifically designed for preparing students for pharmacy school. Each workshop will focus on a certain topic which will range from mock interviews, pre-requisite planning, volunteering advice, PharmCAS tutorials, and much more.

How do I become a member?

To become a member of PPS, a Membership Application Form must be submitted along with a one-time $20 membership fee, which will cover membership for the entire school year. Membership forms can be found on our website under the "Membership" tab, or at general body meetings (GBM) and can be turned in to any PPS Officer. **Note: Membership is not required to attend GBMs, socials, volunteer events, or IM games!

What is the Mentor/Mentee Program?

Participants in the Mentor/Mentee Program will be sorted into one of seven families, which are led by PPS officers. Through family competitions and activities, we hope to create a tight-knit community of pre-pharmacy students. For more information on how to join, please follow the link and visit the Mentor/Mentee Program tab.

What is the Active Member Rewards Program?

The Active Member Rewards Program is a program designed to reward PPS members who are exceptionally active throughout the year. Attendance at every PPS event is recorded and tabulated. At the end of each quarter, the two most active PPS members for that quarter will each be awarded a prize.

Why choose a career in pharmacy?

Pharmacy offers stable and rewarding careers dedicated to improving the lives of patients through medication therapy management. As the drug experts, pharmacists utilize their extensive knowledge of physiology and the biological, chemical, and physical properties of drugs to ensure the best possible therapy is prescribed to patients. Pharmacy provides a diverse array of career options including jobs in retail pharmacies, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, academia, governmental agencies, and even law. With the recent legislation being passed across the country, the role and responsibilities of pharmacists are rapidly expanding, illustrating the massive growth potential of the profession. Pharmacy guarantees a fulfilling career which makes significant impacts not only to lives of individuals, but to the whole community as well. Continually seen as one of the most trusted professionals, pharmacists are emerging leaders in healthcare.

How do I prepare for pharmacy school?

Getting into pharmacy school is becoming more and more competitive each year, so the earlier you start preparing for the application process the better. Researching the schools you are interested in is the most important step in preparing to apply. Different pharmacy schools require different pre-requisite courses, which can vary from year to year. It is crucial to check each school’s required pre-requisites before you apply to ensure you have taken all the required courses. Most pharmacy schools outside of California also require the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) in addition to the PharmCAS application. At the moment, the only California pharmacy school that requires the PCAT is UCSF School of Pharmacy, however, more California schools may require the PCAT in the near future. Most schools require a minimum 3.0 GPA or higher to apply, and expect applicants to have some form of pharmacy experience. Whether that experience is actually working/volunteering in a pharmacy or shadowing/interviewing a pharmacist, pharmacy schools just want to make sure that applicants are familiar with pharmacy before they commit to the field. Recommended skills to develop before applying are strong leadership, communication, and writing skills as well as a diligent work ethic and confidence. A good question to always keep in mind as you prepare to apply to pharmacy school is: “Why Pharmacy?”

What can I do if I have any further questions?

You can email us any specific questions, concerns, or comments at pps@ucsd.edu, or contact any officer directly via email (emails provided in the “Officers” tab). Also, you are welcome to ask the officers about these topics and more at any PPS event. We’re all more than happy to answer any questions you may have for us!