Tylenol deeply committed to helping aspiring healthcare professionals

Whether you’re a student whose family has the means to pay full tuition, or a student who needs as much financial aid as possible, applying for scholarships is a no-brainer when it comes to higher education. Of course, filling out applications may not be the most entertaining thing in the world. During my senior year, the idea of applying to even more scholarships was just about my undoing. People my age already have experience completing college and job applications, so it makes sense they no longer wish to partake in such a tedious job. Nevertheless, U.S. News and World Report lists “why it’s imperative that you understand that scholarships can be vital to your post-college success.” Scholarships are used to pay for not only tuition, but room and board, textbooks, and other school supplies. And the best part is, there’s no debt. It’s important to invest in our education. Just think–in the end, spending several hours online searching and applying for scholarships won’t be bad at all when a congratulatory letter comes in the mail.

Especially in an era where plenty of young people are choosing to earn degrees in the health sciences, such as Pharmacy or Nursing school, academic competition may cause unwanted stress. Similarly, not having the proper funds may discourage students to strive for academic success.

Lucky for them, the makers of Tylenol, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, are offering a total of $250,000 in scholarships. The company is “most widely recognized for its Tylenol brand” out of a “broad range of well-known and trusted over-the-counter products,” and has proven track records of helping students in higher education in the last 23 years. 

“The Tylenol brand is deeply committed to caring for people who are committed to caring for others,” said Denice Torres, President, McNeil Consumer Healthcare. “To date, our Tylenol Future Care Scholarship program has awarded more than $8.9 million in scholarship funds to more than 6,700 students.”

They recognize college is expensive and not everyone has the means to pay for schooling. The scholarships serve as a reward for students who are serious about having a career in healthcare, willing to make the commitment in helping others, and wish to serve their community for years to come. Explained in its company overview, it also “helps students getting a healthcare-related education to manage the rising costs of education.”

Students with at least one academic year in higher education can apply by Saturday, June 15. Titled the Tylenol Future Care Scholarship, 10 undergraduate or graduate students at a two or four-year school will be granted $10,000, and 30 granted $5,000 to assist in their education. The Tylenol Future Care Scholars will be chosen sometime in July, awarded on August 31, and must be “committed to a career of caring.”

The good news is, the qualifications for earning the scholarship are not entirely dependent on academic results. According to UWIRE, successful applicants “will be selected based on leadership qualities, academic performance and community involvement.” This is great since a considerable amount of hands-on experience and good communication is very useful in this profession. With this being a profession that’s exceedingly popular, I’d say it’s a pretty good deal. Every little bit helps. Scholarships like this are one of the many reasons students should continue to care so much about their school work and stay involved in activities that attribute to their future goals. 

For more information or if you’re interested in applying, look at www.Tylenol.com/Scholarship. If you’re active on Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/TylenolScholarship, or sign up for SMS reminders by texting SCHOLAR to 87715.


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2012 Pharmacy School Rankings from US News!

2012 PharmD Program Rankings USNews

US News finally made the update to their pharmacy school rankings. There has definitely been some movement and shuffling, but UCSF remains #1. Please read their methodology for more information (a direct quote is below). Note that this is a subjective and quantitative research analysis.

All the health rankings are based solely on the results of peer assessment surveys sent to deans, other administrators, and/or faculty at accredited degree programs or schools in each discipline. All schools surveyed in a discipline were sent the same number of surveys. Respondents rated the academic quality of programs on a scale of 1 (marginal) to 5 (outstanding). They were instructed to select “don’t know” if they did not have enough knowledge to rate a program. Only fully accredited programs in good standing during the survey period are ranked. Those schools with the highest average scores appear in the rankings.




Pharmacists Salary Outlook 2012

2012 Career and Salary Outlook for Pharmacists

Careers in health care continue to be in demand, creating opportunities for many new graduates. In particular, demand for trained pharmacists is projected to grow and salary outlook remains high. For those who are interested in starting a pharmacy or pre-pharmacy training program, or for those who are about to graduate from such a program, here is some more detailed information about projected growth to understand career and salary outlook for the field in 2012:

Reason for Demand

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that demand for trained pharmacists is expected to rise 17 percent between 2008 and 2018, creating approximately 45,900 new jobs. The projected growth is faster than average for other careers. Many factors contribute to the increasing demand for pharmacists:

  • Increasing numbers of middle-aged and elderly people, who have more need for prescription drugs
  • Growing involvement of pharmacists in patient care, including the need to counsel patients on drug use and interactions
  • Growth of pharmaceutical industry and creation of new therapeutic drugs
  • Expanded access to insurance coverage under health-care reform

A shortage of trained pharmacists is also projected, contributing to greater demand. A conference sponsored by the Pharmacy Manpower Project predicted that there will be a shortfall of as many as 157,000 pharmacists by 2020 because the number of graduates is not keeping pace with the demand. Another report conducted by the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Depart of Health and Human Services reached similar conclusions about a projected shortage of pharmacists.

Because of the ongoing demand, 2012 pharmacy graduates should have no trouble finding immediate employment. (This is assuming that graduates are willing to relocate if their geographic areas are saturated such as in large metropolitan areas, e.g.: Los Angeles).

Salary Projections

Pharmacists have traditionally enjoyed an above average salary. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that median annual wages were $106,410 in May 2008, and that the middle 50 percent of pharmacists earned between $92,670 and $121,310 a year. The highest 10 percent earned more than $131,440 a year.

The good news is that salaries are expected to remain high. The bad news is that salaries for pharmacists have traditionally remained stagnant over the course of a career, with small adjustments for inflation or experience earned. Some experience little to no salary growth over the course of their careers, limiting the potential for upward mobility.

However, many pharmacists can find advancement through research or managerial positions, which offer potential for salary increases. Because of the projected expansion of pharmaceutical services, many pharmacists are likely to find greater opportunities for mobility within the profession in the coming years.

Becoming a pharmacist takes many years of training – as much as six to eight years, depending on your program and your background – but there are many opportunities for those wishing to begin their careers in the field, either in hospitals, clinics, community centers, or retail pharmacists. Demand will continue to grow, expanding opportunities across sectors, and salaries will continue to remain high.



Erinn Stam is the Managing Editor for nursing student scholarships. She attends Wake Technical Community College and is learning about nursing scholarships for single moms. She lives in Durham, NC with her lovely 4-year-old daughter and exuberant husband.




Pharmacy School Organizations

As a pre-pharmacy student, it would behoove you to become familiar with the professional pharmacy organizations that represent different aspects of pharmacy practice. Even as a pharmacy school student, getting involved in organizations will allow you to meet working pharmacists, hold leadership positions, and network with students (your future colleagues) at local/national conferences. In pharmacy school, it is usually who you know NOT what you know that will open doors to internships and jobs. Recently, a fellow classmate told me he joined a national organization PRIOR to applying to pharmacy school to demonstrate his interest in pharmacy to the admissions committee. He went to local association meetings to meet pharmacists and learn about the key issues in pharmacy. If I were to apply to pharmacy school again, I would have done the same, and I recommend that you do the same (joining not just to join but really to see what a pharmacy career is all about). Don’t forget to join your undergraduate university’s pre-pharmacy club!

Here are some organizations that you should research. Please note that the pharmacy school that you attend may or may not have a student chapter. This is not an all-inclusive list.

  • American Pharmacists Association – APhA
  • State Pharmacist Associations – California has CPhA (California Pharmacists Association)
  • Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy – AMCP
  • National Community Pharmacists Association – NCPA
  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists – ASHP
  • State Society of Health-System Pharmacists Association – Calfornia has CSHP
  • American Society of Consultant Pharmacists – ASCP
  • Student National Pharmaceutical Association – SNPhA


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