Congratulations! If it's any consolation, we had 12 alternates to begin with and all 12 got in (out of 64 full-time, 32 part-time, 32 accelerated and EMT/LPN bridge)
Pharm seems to differ from school to school in complexity. It was a very time consuming course. Our school considers it the only nursing course you're allowed to take without being previously accepted into the program. So, it's run exactly like the other nursing course. No rounding of grades, no extra credit, LOTS of reading and you have to pass all math quizzes with a 90% or better or you fail the ENTIRE course
Lots of memorization and this is where your Physiology really comes in to play. Review how different systems work and that will help you when trying to memorize functions of drugs. Especially when it comes to the nervous system. You'll want to know the sympathetic & parasympathethic down cold. (e.g. constricts pupils/dilates pupils, increases respiration/decreases respiration, raises heart rate/slows heart rate, etc.)
If your school offers supplemental instruction or tutoring for this course, I would highly recommend taking it, if it's a complex course at your school. Going to SI made the difference between getting a B and getting an A in this course for me. Our supplemental instructor was GREAT! I think I learned more from him than in the actual class itself
He was a 2nd year nursing student, so he gave us lots of advice on what to expect in the program as well. I really enjoyed the SI sessions!
I can't say that I loved Pharm, but I got an A in it and I've never worked that hard in a class before. It was a LOT of memorization. If you have a math portion, don't freak out by the "pass with a 90% or fail" rule. It's actually a lot easier than you think it might be. If you're good with fractions and dimensional analysis (conversions), then you'll do fine in the math portion. Once I learned to equate all the drugs with the physiology, that's when it all "clicked" for me.
Make yourself flashcards of each drug with the Generic Name, Prototype, Indications, Dosage Information, Route of Administration, Contraindications, Potential Side Effects and Nursing Implications. If you do this for each drug, you'll have a great study tool for your exams. Learn how the drugs physiologically affect the body and it will help you recall them by function. (At least, that's what worked for me!)
Best of luck to you and I hope you get some good news that you'll be in the program this year