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Pharmacy or nursing school

kgy5926 kgy5926 (New) New

Hi! I am a girl who will be graduating from high school soon, and I got into 5 year accelerated program for pharmacy and UC nursing school.

pharmacy school is $150,000 more expensive than nursing school.

So for this pharmacy school, after 5 years, I will become a pharm D graduate. people say pharmacists are super saturated and hard to find jobs, but others say nursing is a hard job.

My head hurts so much from thinking, and I wanted to hear other's opinions

Please help me!!!!

calivianya, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU.

If I could do it all over again, I would probably pick pharmacy over nursing, but that's just my opinion. I am sure pharmacy is stressful, too, but it would be nice not to have to ruin my back to do my job.

I wouldn't hold it being hard to find a job against pharmacy. In some areas of the country, it can take well over a year after graduating from nursing school to find a job, and you might even have to relocate to another state to get a job at all. Check out the first job hunt section of this forum... it can be pretty eye-opening if you have been buying into all the BS the media is throwing down about a nursing shortage.

Either way, it's up to you in the end. Good luck!

I am finishing up nursing school, which cost me a whopping $160,000, and from going to my clinical sites, I see that a lot of our graduates where taken in along with many of my recent new grad friends who had jobs within a couple months!

Everyone's opinion is different, but I'm getting my BSN-RN in 2.5 years (an accelerated program as well) and have a pretty high chance of getting a job soon after graduation. I have heard similar to what you have heard about pharmacists having a very hard time finding a job. It would be horrible to go to school for 5 years and struggle to find work after all those hard years of study. In my opinion, its not worth it. I would go for nursing school, you have a VERY high probability of finding a job soon after.

Thank you so much for your reply!!!!

I really appreciate it :)