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What It Takes to Get into Pharmacy School

What It Takes to Get into Pharmacy School

By Jennifer LeClaire | Monster Contributing Writer

Footing the Bill

Once you win the competition and secure a spot, paying for pharmacy school is another challenge. But financial-aid gurus report a higher number of opportunities for scholarships, loan repayment programs and employment contracts in today’s climate.

Employment contracts are gaining particular popularity as pharmacies seek to fill today’s and tomorrow’s shortages. Major chains like CVS and Walgreens, among others, are paying tuition for up to two years in return for an employment commitment from the student.

“On the average, our students are able to finance well over half the cost of their education,” Condeni says. “It’s much more affordable than what meets the eye. We always encourage students not to be deterred by the cost.”

With an aging population and a generation of Baby Boomers who will soon retire, admissions officers report no end in sight to the need for pharmacists, and many are taking active measures to meet student demand. Until then, they will continue to look for the best and brightest to educate and send out to hundreds of pharmacies seeking qualified druggists.

This article originally appeared on Monster Career Advice.

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