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Mar. 8th, 2009 | 11:42 am
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So todays post is in regards to to following article from Yahoo.
http://education.yahoo.net/degrees/articles/featured_fifty_dollar_an_hour_earning_power.html

The jist of the article talks about what it takes to become a pharmacist; and in the end says "If six years of college education seems daunting, consider embarking on a pharmacy technician career with a two year associate's degree, and pursuing your Pharm.D. online while you work."

That last part concerns me a bit... "pursuing your Pharm.D. ONLINE while you work". I really hope they mean completing some of the undergraduate work to apply to pharmacy school. When you think about it, this shouldn't be possible. Most of the pre-reqs for pharmacy are science based classes with lab work. I don't see how you could do lab work online. Unless they start coming up with insanely crazy computer applications that simulate horrible stench of O-chem lab. Surviving the stench of O-chem lab and passing O-chem is a right of passage. How would you do this online?

There's also the possibility that the actual pharmacy curriculum is completed online. I don't think anyone would want their pharmacist to say they got their degree from an online university. It's just like asing your MD where he got is degree and him saying some shady online college - something just seems fishy about it.

I really hope there isn't an online pharmacy school. Otherwise those online schools just lowered our profession.

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pharmd.com

from: anonymous
date: Mar. 9th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
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http://spahp2.creighton.edu/admission/pharmacy/Pharmacy_Distance.htm
Yep, online. (and we're talking about the actual PharmD part!)

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Re: pharmd.com

from: anonymous
date: Mar. 9th, 2009 02:08 am (UTC)
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I've seen online pharmD, a pharmacist I know got her's that way but she had had her BS for probably 15 years and did it over the internet with the college and faculty to do a "non-traditional" pharmD track. But the idea that you'll get your pharmD. over the internet is a joke. Some how I don't forsee them ever passing the part III exams in NYS, need to know how to compound to do those. I doubt a computer simulation is going to help make those capsules or an IV.

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Re: pharmd.com - (Anonymous) - Expand

Damn it feels good to be a Gangsta...

from: anonymous
date: Mar. 9th, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
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Creighton is the only online pharmacy school as of right now. Honestly it doesn't sound like a bad idea for some students. I never ask questions in class, so watching a podcast of class would be fine with me. Podcast, lecture notes posted online, text and online class forum for discussion and you are good to go. The students go to the campus in the summer to complete lab work.

University of Florida and maybe a couple others have an online PharmD program for Rphs, you have to already be a Rph to apply to these online PharmD programs.\. The author of the article did poor research and got her dumbass all confused most likely.

This article probably got a few idiots excited, hearing that they could make 50/hr with some online education, poor bastards are going to be disappointed when they learn the truth.

So what are your plans after school Angry Intern? Have any of your rotations changed your mind about what you want to do after you graduate? Have you had any rotations with IHS, VA or military?

I am a second year student and enjoy reading your blog, more entertaining than medchem.

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(no subject)

from: anonymous
date: Mar. 16th, 2009 07:40 pm (UTC)
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There is an online pharmacy school!!

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from: anonymous
date: Mar. 19th, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC)
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Online pharmacy schools should not exist. The excessive number of pharmacy schools is already cheapening the profession. Standards need to be keep high and online teaching can fail in many ways on this.

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ONLINE Pharmacy Schools

from: anonymous
date: Mar. 23rd, 2009 10:36 pm (UTC)
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Most of the online pharmacy schools are post-BS pharmacy, PharmD programs. Creighton is the only on-line school that I know of that does not require a BS in pharmacy , however you have to have an MS or Ph.D. in a science. If the school is ACPE accredited then the standards are the same as anohter motar and brick program.

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Re: ONLINE Pharmacy Schools

from: anonymous
date: Mar. 31st, 2009 06:43 am (UTC)
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Creighton's program is an entry-level program. While most entering students may have a BA or BS, some have only completed the normal pre-requistes (65 semester units) while there are some others with more advanced degrees. Among my classmates there are a CPA, a lawyer, and a DVM, along with others that have BA's, BS's, MS's and PhD's. Please check your information more thouroghly before posting next time. (P4, Creighton "Distance Pathway")

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(no subject)

from: anonymous
date: Mar. 25th, 2009 03:58 am (UTC)
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There is definitely an intern at my old store who is persuing an online Pharm-D. I guarantee she's going to make an awful pharmacist.

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Well Fuck

from: anonymous
date: Mar. 25th, 2009 06:03 am (UTC)
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Looks like I'm going to have to go to med school to fill my own prescriptions. This scares me.

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Creighton University

from: anonymous
date: Mar. 27th, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC)
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I am a student in Creighton University's "online" pharmacy program. We take the same classes as the students on campus, with the same professors and exams. All of our lectures are audio and video recorded and streamed online. We have small group patient case discussions with our professors via online web conferencing.
I don't think that my class is lowering the standards of our profession at all. We consistently perform as well as or better than our campus counterparts. I'm finishing up rotations right now and have yet to be told that my education was a joke, in fact I think I'm better prepared than most students that took class the traditional way.
Most of the students in my class are older than typical pharmacy students and have previous degrees. I definetly don't think this program would work for everyone, but for dedicated students it's a great option.

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Re: Creighton University

from: anonymous
date: Mar. 27th, 2009 06:28 pm (UTC)
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Oh, and we spend our summers on campus doing the lab portion of our classes like compoundin, learning how to take BP's and making IVs.

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Fetus Fajitas

from: anonymous
date: Mar. 28th, 2009 05:33 am (UTC)
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Just heard a horror story of on-line education, a fellow lowly P1 told me of his escapade into the biology of the Fetal Pig on his kitchen counter, Thats right, they send you the lab supplies in the mail. This was for a pre-requisite bio course, he did the dissection on his kitchen counter where he later proceeded to make fajitas for dinner. He threw the pig abortion into the dumpster behind his apartment. Shudder- the things people will do to get into pharmskool.

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On-Line PharmD

from: anonymous
date: Mar. 31st, 2009 06:37 am (UTC)
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I'm also a Creighton student and am finishing my P4 year in a few weeks. Hopefully, you have taken the time to research the link for Creighton's School of Pharmacy and will have noticed that a great deal of time effort and technology have been poured into the "distance pathway." As has been mentioned in some of the other comments, Creighton's distance based students have done as well if not better on their school exams and the final board exams. The curriculum is not for the faint of heart. Our class schedule matches that of the campus students and lectures are audio/video recorded then loaded on a secure server for our access. Exams are proctored and are the same that campus students take with the same time constraints and on the same day. A testing window is given toallow for time-zone differences and individual testing center schedules. We spend about 2 weeks every summer on campus to complete parenterals, compounding, dispensing, patient assessment and other hands-on activities that our campus counterparts do during the course of a semester. This is an entry level program and does not require a prior degree (more than 50% of my class has at least a BA if not an MS or other doctorate). There are the standard types of prerequisites that you might see for any othe entry level PharmD program (about 65 semester units in specific classes and fields) and Creighton requires the PCAT. All said, this is a very organized and successful program. It has been fully acredited by the ACPE and is in it 7th ot 8th year. Please reconsider your opinion, there is nothing shady about Creighton University, it is however one of the more prominent and well respected healthcare programs in the country. If anything our program is taking Pharmacy school to the next level.

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Re: On-Line PharmD

from: anonymous
date: Apr. 18th, 2009 09:15 pm (UTC)
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One problem the web-program caused was a decrease in campus performance. This resulted from professors not putting the time into the campus program. This has improved.
A former creighton campus student

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(no subject)

from: anonymous
date: Apr. 2nd, 2009 02:24 pm (UTC)
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wonderful! i feel i'm already surrounded by enough morons in school AND at my pharmacy, they're going to allow people to get doctorates online?! SWEET >_< more f'd up medications to be prescribed and administered.. o joy...

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(no subject)

from: anonymous
date: Apr. 4th, 2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
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Thank you--I saw that too and wanted to smack the idiot who wrote it.

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Online Pharmacy School

from: anonymous
date: Apr. 4th, 2009 07:23 pm (UTC)
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I attend a university where the "distance" based program is offered (I am campus based). I also have gotten the opportunity to work with a pharmacist who did the "distance" (online) degree. They still have to do their rotations, but I feel that they lack some of the common sense/people skills that comes with going to class every day. Honestly, I don't think pharmacists should get their degree online. It makes the profession look bad. If you really wanted to go to pharmacy school you get out of bed and dressed everyday to come to 8 am lecture!

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Online school

from: anonymous
date: Apr. 11th, 2009 03:28 am (UTC)
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Creighton actually has an online program

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You stupid fuck

from: anonymous
date: Apr. 11th, 2009 04:26 am (UTC)
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You didn't read the article right you stupid fucking intern. I can't believe you're about to get your goddamn PharmD diploma. You can pursue the education by doing some of the work online. Obviously, you can't do a fucking lab online. What a fucking fuck tard dick nosed faggoty ass little foreign bitch

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Re: You stupid fuck

from: anonymous
date: Apr. 16th, 2009 02:55 am (UTC)
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Not necessary.

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OK with online schools... to a point

from: anonymous
date: Apr. 16th, 2009 09:50 pm (UTC)
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There are students in my class who are even more non-traditional (married and with kids while trying to pursue a Pharm.D.). The commute alone for some students is an hour if not longer. The online program could be a godsend.

For regular lectures, being taught online is not a big deal. I don't ask questions in class. If I have an issue, I e-mail the instructor. My classes are also taped so we can go back and re-watch the lecture if we didn't understand something. Very easy.

On the flip side... I have had online quizzes and tests before from various classes. They are horrible. Have a question about something you see on the exam? Oh well!

I do think that students should be required to at least visit a main campus physically to take labs.

So, watching lectures online? That's fine. Online quizzes, tests, and lab sessions though? Very bad idea.

The 40 year old pharmacy tech working 24-40 hours a week has just as much of a right to get their Pharm.D. as the 20-something year old living off mommy and daddy. Online degrees do have a time and a place.

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