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Reggie in Atlanta, Georgia

76 months ago

I have extensive experience in the orthopedic therapeutic field. In addition, I have experience as a teacher and some sales experience. I would like to work in the pharmaceutical field or possibly even DME sales in the South Florida area. Please contact me @ sporttrim@yahoo.com

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Clint in Roanoke, Virginia

76 months ago

Lisa in West Palm Beach, Florida said: The CNPR Training program is the only accredited education program that is available to entry level pharmaceutical sales candidates. I took the course back in 2003 and the NAPSRx CNPR Training is the reason I ended up becoming a pharmaceutical sales rep with Watson Pharmaceuticals. I know do the hiring for reps in over 10 U.S. states and look for the CNPR Training on resumes. I want to interview and hire candidates who have pharmacology training and exposure to the rules and regulations that reps must adhere to. I recommend the CNPR Training to anyone looking to break into a pharma sales career.

Accredited by who?

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Beth in Lorain, Ohio

75 months ago

I'm very interested in breaking into pharm sales. I've got 20 years of sales experience, with a history of exceptional performance. I have an assoc. degree and I'm considering taking the CNPR coursed. Will this help me find a job, even though I do not have a 4 year degree?? I appreciate any advice you can give me. You can email me at bdawson8784@aol.com. THANKS!!

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leving in New York, New York

75 months ago

I have 9 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industy, of which 5 have been as a District Sales Manager. You would be waisting your time and money on taking that course. As a hiring sales manager in the industry...that certificate means absolutely nothing because pharma companies will train you on everything you need to know about the product and disease state knowledge. Its sad that the company who provides this CNRP training is capitalizing and preying on people who want to break into the industry. DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY!!. Here are tips that I would recommend to get into the industry.

1. Getting a referral from a representative with the company of interest is always ideal. A lot of jobs are filled through internal referrals. If you dont know a rep, physician offices and medical buildings are a breeding ground for reps. If you are outgoing, hang out in a medical office building and approach a rep. Let them know that you are really interested in getting into pharmaceutical sales and learning more about the position(ask for a card). If they are impressed, they will probably would recommend you because if you are hired, they will get a referral bonus. Also, most managers encourage their reps to proactively recruite.
2.Job/Career Fairs-that is a great way to meet with a hiring manager and/or one of their developmental representatives. During the 5 minutes that you have to talk, make sure your personality shines. Get that person to like you.
3.Send your resume to the employer on-line. Unfortunately, a lot of companies have a series of qualifying questions that they ask in order to disqualify candidates that arent the "right fit" .So, if you dont have the traditional 2 yrs B2B sales with few jobs after college, then the system will disqualify you. So, if you have a non-traditional background that does not involve sales, it may be hard to get past the HR department.
4.Recruiter-but find a really good one that has a lot of contacts.

Good Luck!

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leving in New York, New York

75 months ago

Michael in Williamstown, New Jersey said: I was wondering if it is possible to get a pharmaceutical sales job with the CNPR designation and no bachelors degree. I have 11 years of sales experience and am currently working towards a degree in Marketing/Communications at Drexel University. I am very interested in the CNPR course, but don't want to waste my time if no one will look at me because I do not have a degree. Thanks again for your time!

No, you absolutely must have a 4 year degree to get into pharma. That certificate is a waste of time and money. Im a 5 year District Manager and pharma only hires people with a bachelor's degree. It also doesnt matter what the degree is in.

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Steven Neece in Washington, District of Columbia

75 months ago

The NAPSRX works with PHRMA and most pharmaceutical companies. If you really area a District Manager why would pharmaceutical industry education be a negative or waste of time. Obviously your company provides it but it is actually better for aspiring applicants to have taken it before they get hired. The universities provide it for students who are pursuing this industry. I am sure as a DM you have had several new hires who could not absorb all of the pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics with products and you had to let them go. Check out this links attached, many states are requiring licensure and training before hiring or being able to send out reps into the field. You might want to get better informed. www.examiner.com/a-943107~Measure_would_put_drug_sales_reps_under_microscope.html

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John in Westland, Michigan

75 months ago

Megan-P in Naples, Florida said: I know our company, GlaxoSmithKline, has job postings on the NAPSRX website. I am a sales mgr. and would like to receive resumes for CNPR Graduates for the Southern U.S. Region. My email is glaxosalesmgr09@aol.com

Gotta Love it, sales mngr. for a big Pharm. co. using AOL...lol

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John in Westland, Michigan

75 months ago

Fran - Recruiter in Cheshire, Connecticut said: I am a pharmaceutical recruiter looking for CNPR graduates to fill pharmaceutical sales openings in the Northeast. My pharmaceutical client is seeking the CNPR Training with some sales experience and some college. Please email if you have the above at rxstaff0117@hotmail.com

lol...hotmail too!

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John Markardt in Atlanta, Georgia

75 months ago

Hi Lisa, I appreciate the info you shared but what I have not been able to determine up to this point is if this course will surfice for little or no college. Could you perhaps provide an answer to this.

Lisa in West Palm Beach, Florida said: The CNPR Training program is the only accredited education program that is available to entry level pharmaceutical sales candidates. I took the course back in 2003 and the NAPSRx CNPR Training is the reason I ended up becoming a pharmaceutical sales rep with Watson Pharmaceuticals. I know do the hiring for reps in over 10 U.S. states and look for the CNPR Training on resumes. I want to interview and hire candidates who have pharmacology training and exposure to the rules and regulations that reps must adhere to. I recommend the CNPR Training to anyone looking to break into a pharma sales career.

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leving in New York, New York

75 months ago

Steven Neece in Washington, District of Columbia said: The NAPSRX works with PHRMA and most pharmaceutical companies. If you really area a District Manager why would pharmaceutical industry education be a negative or waste of time. Obviously your company provides it but it is actually better for aspiring applicants to have taken it before they get hired. The universities provide it for students who are pursuing this industry. I am sure as a DM you have had several new hires who could not absorb all of the pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics with products and you had to let them go. Check out this links attached, many states are requiring licensure and training before hiring or being able to send out reps into the field. You might want to get better informed. www.examiner.com/a-943107 ~Measure_would_put_drug_sales_reps_under_microscope.html

Ive been in Big Pharma for 9 year, of which 5 have been in management. I would bet that 90% of Managers and/or Directors have very little familiarity with the specifics of this program. The problem that I have is that its giving people a false sense of hope that if they spend their money to take this class, then it will land them a job in pharma. If you are the right candidate and have the qualities and skills that a hiring manager is looking for, this course wont make a difference. On the other hand, if you dont have the skills and you are not a fit for the position, the course wont make a difference. Pharma companies will train you on everything you need to know in order to be successful. Dont waste your money folks....its a joke!!!!

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John in Westland, Michigan

75 months ago

If you are really interested in the field don't show them your not willing to go the distance.
"Real" College credits will never hurt, but don't show them you're not willing to go the distance by taking "online" courses.
Thats the fastest shortcut for your resume to the trash...

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Cheryl in Indianapolis, Indiana

75 months ago

I took my CNPR Training through Indiana University and it was very valuable education. The course was pricey (thank god for my tuition reimbursement from my company) but it has opened up doors for me with pharmaceutical companies. The course has certainly helped me because I never had any medical coursework and new nothning about clinical pharmacology.

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Cheryl in Indianapolis, Indiana

75 months ago

Clint in Roanoke, Virginia said: Accredited by who?

It is accredited by the ACE which accredits all college coursework

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Mandi in Springfield, Illinois

75 months ago

I am a college student and am very interested in pharmacuetical sales. I plan on getting my degree in marketing or communications and am also a certified pharmact technician, which is what turned me into pharmacuetical sales. Does anyone prefer ordering the material and doing it yourself or should I continue my education at one of the colleges or universities that offers the program.

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Clint in Salem, Virginia

75 months ago

Cheryl in Indianapolis, Indiana said: It is accredited by the ACE which accredits all college coursework

NAPSR is NOT accredited by ACE. This is misinformation.

So I repeat my previous question: Accredited by who?

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Quinn in Robards, Kentucky

75 months ago

""I work for Eli Lilly and we recently hired several CNPR Graduates. I know several of them would be willing to sell their used NAPSRx Training Manuals. Some are 2007 and others 2008. Email me if you want to purchase any of them at jst_lilly@yahoo.com""

Apparently Eli Lilly had to remove company email to cut costs, they must not be doing so well this quarter. On a serious note, I am a graduate with a degree in marketing and am interested in being a pharma rep. The CNPR training sparked my interest and some say it's a scam while others say it's a necessity. Here's a question: If it is a scam, why would it be offered through accredited universities? (many of which are highly reputable academically) I would greatly appreciate a reply from someone with no agenda on this matter. And please don't ask me to send a resume to your aol email, that's just ridiculous.

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Michael in East Rutherford, New Jersey

75 months ago

Please allow me to add my humble opinion on the CNPR course:

Anytime you invest in something to further your knowledge or education it is not a waste of money, especially if it can add value to your career. I have been studying the course for about 2 weeks now and hope to take the exam by the end of the month. Every time I pick up the book I learn something new about this remarkable industry.

I understand this is not a replacement for a college degree, and also understand each company has their own training program. At least you are going into an interview with a deeper understanding of the industry and the ability to speak fluently with the decision makers. This course is in no way a waste of time or money.

My issue today is I do not have a 4 year degree (I am working towards that now). I do however have 11 years of direct business to business sales experience. Perhaps someone can help me understand how a recent graduate with no experience is more qualified than someone like myself who works 50 hours per week to get the job done, who has a family to support along with a mortgage, car payment, utilities, etc., and cannot afford to settle for mediocrity in my business. Please don't get me wrong, I admire the hard work and dicipline of those who are graduating this month and I wish you all the success in the world.

PS - I am taking 2 classes this summer that are required for my degree program: Art Appreciation and Western Civilization. 6 credits at $510 per credit hour for 2 courses that, in my opinion, are a waste of time and money versus $239 for a 23 chapters of solid industry information that will be used daily in a pharmaceutical sales career.

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Justin-Lilly Sales Mgr. in Steger, Illinois

75 months ago

Obviously almost all pharmaceutical reps use hotmail, yahoo or aol accounts. Very rarely do we log into our companies network. People posting in this blogs are not very smart or informed. Good luck, there are openings in pharmaceutical sales but you better be educated and ready to interview well. JUSTIN

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Enforcer in Salem, Virginia

75 months ago

Quinn in Robards, Kentucky said: The CNPR training sparked my interest and some say it's a scam while others say it's a necessity. Here's a question: If it is a scam, why would it be offered through accredited universities? (many of which are highly reputable academically) I would greatly appreciate a reply from someone with no agenda on this matter. And please don't ask me to send a resume to your aol email, that's just ridiculous.

The schools that offer the NAPSR course have contracted with a third-party company – in this case, Gatlin Education Services – to provide a package of continuing education courses for members of their community. That package includes the NAPSR course. While the courses are available through some universities, you mostly see them offered through smaller schools and community colleges. Regardless of the school, it is important to keep in mind that NASPR and similar programs are offered “through” universities and not “by” those universities. This is an important distinction. The schools don’t create the courses; they simply allow Gatlin to use them as a distribution portal and take a cut of the profits. I doubt that anyone at these schools has even reviewed the course content.

Now, just because the NAPSR course is offered through a university does not automatically mean that it is a quality educational offering. Gatlin also offers courses such as “Casino Baccarat Dealer”, “Microsoft Word 2007”, “Pay Per Click Marketing”, and “Certified Wedding Planner”. Now, these may be interesting courses, but they are NOT university level courses, and they have NO university credit associated with them. The universities offer them as a service to the community and, face it, as a way to make more money. It implies no approval, accreditation, endorsement, or validation of these courses by said universities. The courses are not even designed by the university faculty. (continued in next message)

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Enforcer in Salem, Virginia

75 months ago

Quinn in Robards, Kentucky said: The CNPR training sparked my interest and some say it's a scam while others say it's a necessity. Here's a question: If it is a scam, why would it be offered through accredited universities? (many of which are highly reputable academically) I would greatly appreciate a reply from someone with no agenda on this matter. And please don't ask me to send a resume to your aol email, that's just ridiculous.

(continued) The universities make a huge cut from these courses. For instance, if you sign up for the NAPSR course through the NAPSR website, it will currently cost you $239. If you take the SAME course offered through one of the Gatlin-associated schools, it will cost you $1,600. That’s a LOT of money for what is basically a book. So, what happens is: the host university makes a lot of money, Gatlin Education Services makes a lot of money, NAPSR makes a lot of money, and you lose a lot of money.

That same money will buy you a lot of for-credit courses from the very same community colleges. For example, at Cedar Valley College in Texas (where the NAPSR program is offered for $1,600), the current tuition is $39 per credit, which means that a typical 3-credit college course would cost you only $117. As a matter of fact, for $1,600, you could amass 41 college credits at Cedar Valley College. Going beyond community colleges, that same $1,600 would allow you to register for 11 hours of college credit at Winston-Salem State University (over 20 credits if you base it on their distance learning tuition rates). And finally, at Rutgers University (which NAPSR proudly touts), part-time tuition is currently $275 per credit hour, which means that for the $1,700 Rutgers charges for the NAPSR course, you could sign up for 6 credit hours of real college credit.

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Mig in Rockaway, New Jersey

75 months ago

leving in New York, New York said: Ive been in Big Pharma for 9 year, of which 5 have been in management. I would bet that 90% of Managers and/or Directors have very little familiarity with the specifics of this program. The problem that I have is that its giving people a false sense of hope that if they spend their money to take this class, then it will land them a job in pharma. If you are the right candidate and have the qualities and skills that a hiring manager is looking for, this course wont make a difference. On the other hand, if you dont have the skills and you are not a fit for the position, the course wont make a difference. Pharma companies will train you on everything you need to know in order to be successful. Dont waste your money folks....its a joke!!!!

Leving,
Thank you for the info. I was about to purchase this course/class to try to get an upper hand in pharma sales. Your post saved me time and money. Any advice on how I can get into pharma sales? I have about 8 years sales experience, 5 of which were b2b. Some college courses completed, but never got my degree. I'm in the NNJ/NY area.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. You can email me @ mvillacis@gmail.com.

Thank you.

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Bill in Onarga, Illinois

75 months ago

I took the course at Rutgers University and of all of the 37 classes I took in college this was the most interesting, most valuable and definetly important in securing my pharmaceutical sales career. I called the NAPSR after I saw this thread (by the way I had no problem reaching anyone) and they told me that negative statments were posted. The person from the NAPSr said that they came from envious trade book writers. I did see one on this thread so I assume he wrote the other statements as well. The course is very valuable!!!! Rutgers would not offer it if it was not legit. Also, I interviewed with 3 pharmaceutical companies over the last 2 weeks and they all have heard of the CNPR Training. It is sad that anyone would say something negative about this program. It is the only pharmaceutical sales training program offered at colleges.

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John in Westland, Michigan

75 months ago

They Are Just trying to make money off of Desperate People!
If any of them really worked at lilly or any other Pharm. Co. and not just trying to sell CNPR Training, why dont they post things like this?

www.lilly.com/careers/recruiting_process/SalesBrochure.pdf

Maby we should ask them for a job selling this, They must be making more money doing this than pharmaceutical sales.

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Lori in Inglewood, California

75 months ago

I have been reading over the Questions and Comments. My question is, in order to obtain a job in the pharmaceutical sales industry one must have a four year degree regardless of any training or job skill in the pharmacy industry? Any feedback will be helpfull!

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JPelaccio in Phoenix, Arizona

75 months ago

I am interested in taking the NAPSR Certification Course. Does anyone have a complete list of the colleges/universitys that offer this course.

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John in Westland, Michigan

74 months ago

Enforcer in Salem, Virginia said: (continued) The universities make a huge cut from these courses. For instance, if you sign up for the NAPSR course through the NAPSR website, it will currently cost you $239. If you take the SAME course offered through one of the Gatlin-associated schools, it will cost you $1,600. That’s a LOT of money for what is basically a book. So, what happens is: the host university makes a lot of money, Gatlin Education Services makes a lot of money, NAPSR makes a lot of money, and you lose a lot of money.

That same money will buy you a lot of for-credit courses from the very same community colleges. For example, at Cedar Valley College in Texas (where the NAPSR program is offered for $1,600), the current tuition is $39 per credit, which means that a typical 3-credit college course would cost you only $117. As a matter of fact, for $1,600, you could amass 41 college credits at Cedar Valley College. Going beyond community colleges, that same $1,600 would allow you to register for 11 hours of college credit at Winston-Salem State University (over 20 credits if you base it on their distance learning tuition rates). And finally, at Rutgers University (which NAPSR proudly touts), part-time tuition is currently $275 per credit hour, which means that for the $1,700 Rutgers charges for the NAPSR course, you could sign up for 6 credit hours of "real college credit."

"real college credit."
SAYS IT ALL!

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Jeff Gordon in Cornelius, Oregon

74 months ago

I have three former colleagues that work in Pharma and do very well with it. Pharma is an industry I am considering but I would strongly suggest that people be very cautious about these "generic" training programs. As times get tough..all sorts of programs pop up that tend to oversell their significance. This training may be worthwhile, it may not be, but I'm a little suspicious when I see alleged hiring managers for major companies list their e-mail and it is not even a legitimate corporate e-mail. Pharma is not this amazing be all end all career...you can actually make a lot more money selling stuff for Oracle or Computer Associates, but it is an industry where decent sales people without a lot of technical knowledge or specialized training can make a nice living. This tends to get a lot of people trying to jump on the bandwagon that maybe shouldn't which is a breeding ground for fraud and "short cut" schemes. I agree with the reps that suggest a great resume and solid sales wins!

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Scott in Newmarket, New Hampshire

73 months ago

I have to say that I have never heard of NAPSRx in the 25 years I have been in the Pharmaceutical arena. With 15 years in sales management and hiring people in over 20 states I have never even interviewed someone with this "certification". There is only one true certification company with a national reputation and that is the CMR Institute. They are really set up to help representatives expand their knowledge sets and become a significat asset to their organizations. It takes 36 credit hours to complete and costs about $4,000. Most of the major pharmaceutical companies pay for this for their representatives. Go to their web site and you will see the difference between real and make believe certification.

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Scott in Newmarket, New Hampshire

73 months ago

Bill in Onarga, Illinois said: I took the course at Rutgers University and of all of the 37 classes I took in college this was the most interesting, most valuable and definetly important in securing my pharmaceutical sales career. I called the NAPSR after I saw this thread (by the way I had no problem reaching anyone) and they told me that negative statments were posted. The person from the NAPSr said that they came from envious trade book writers. I did see one on this thread so I assume he wrote the other statements as well. The course is very valuable!!!! Rutgers would not offer it if it was not legit. Also, I interviewed with 3 pharmaceutical companies over the last 2 weeks and they all have heard of the CNPR Training. It is sad that anyone would say something negative about this program. It is the only pharmaceutical sales training program offered at colleges.

The real certification programs can be found at CMR Institute. All the courses are recommended for college credit and many have credit for Masters and MBA programs. Check out the web site.

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Steve in Perrysburg, Ohio

73 months ago

Rufus in Saint Louis, Missouri said: I keep seeing this ad and have looked into it but I am very skeptical of a $250 fee for training which supposed to give an advantage when searching for a pharma sales rep job. Anyone ever do it? Did it work? Or is it a scam which will not give an advantage but will only pad the wallets of internet scammers?

I have been in industry for 12 years, and I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF THIS BEFORE, EVER! Buyer Beware!!!!

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Eric P. in Los Angeles, California

73 months ago

Well thank you Scott from New Hampshire for the posting above. We now know who is writing these negative postings. It has to be the CMR Institute. It is sad that a group has to defame an organization and then promote their own. Not very good marketing and what does that say about the CMR Institute. My name is Eric and I have worked in the industry for 14 years and the last 7 with GlaxoSmithKline. I am an Advisory Board member and will be attending PharmaForce 2008 with 11 other Advisotry Members of the NAPSRX. I wonder how PhRMA would feel about something like this. PharmaForce is attended by over 2000 pharmaceutical sales managers and executives. It is the elite convention for pharmaceutical sales. The NAPSRX has over 48,000 members, overs its CNPR course at over 300 universities/colleges (to be over 500 by the end of the year), works directly with almost of the major and medium sized pharmaceutical companies, and has lobbyed with PhRMA on a federal and state level. So for someone to make the statement that no one has ever heard of the NAPSRX is ridiculous. Why would the CMR Intitute stoop to such low levels. It is concerning since I am part of the industry. The NAPSRX has made me aware that the posting made by John from Westland, MI belongs to another pharmaceutical group called PharCor. We appreciate INDEED's technical department in tracking down John's from Westland MI IP address. We have contacted the FTC to report the abuse. If anyone has seen this statement think for yourself that the statements were made in a defamatory way and then promoting their own service. No one would do this unless the worked for the CMR Institute. If you have read the above statement please call the NAPSRX directly at 800 913-0701. I hope to see real pharmaceutical sales industry professionals at PharmaForce 2008 in September, see you there.

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Steve.C in Chino Hills, California

73 months ago

Problem is try calling NAPSRX, no one picks up the phone. I wonder if NAPSRX is only ran by one guy. They are good at taking your money for the materials, when you have a question, good luck contacting anyone.

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Enforcer in Chesterfield, Missouri

73 months ago

Eric P. in Los Angeles, California said: It is sad that a group has to defame an organization and then promote their own.

LOL. I don't see anything in Scott's or John's posts that could be considered defamation. And I'm sure PhRMA couldn't care less about what's being posted on these boards. They have much bigger things to worry about.

Eric P. in Los Angeles, California said: I am an Advisory Board member and will be attending PharmaForce 2008 with 11 other Advisotry Members of the NAPSRX.

Well, you may be an Advisory (not Advisotry) Board member or you may not. It's hard to tell since NAPSR's website is so confusing and out of date. For example, here's the Advisory Board page:

www.napsronline.org/advisoryboard.html

The date is 2006! Now, let's check out their "News" page:

www.napsronline.org/publicnews.html

Also dated 2006! I could keep going, but that will do for now.

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Enforcer in Chesterfield, Missouri

73 months ago

Eric P. in Los Angeles, California said: The NAPSRX has over 48,000 members, overs its CNPR course at over 300 universities/colleges (to be over 500 by the end of the year)

I assume you mean "offers"? Once again, the schools that offer the NAPSR course have contracted with Gatlin Education Services to provide the NAPSR course. It is important to keep in mind that NASPR and similar programs are offered "through" universities and not "by" those universities. The schools don't create the courses; they simply allow Gatlin to use them as a distribution portal and take a cut of the profits. I doubt that anyone at these schools has even reviewed the course content. In other words, just because the NAPSR course is offered through a university does not automatically mean that it is a quality educational offering. Gatlin also offers courses such as "Casino Baccarat Dealer", "Microsoft Word 2007", "Pay Per Click Marketing", and "Certified Wedding Planner". Good company there. The universities offer these courses as a service to the community and, face it, as a way to make more money. It implies no approval, accreditation, endorsement, or validation of these courses by said universities. The courses are not even designed by the university faculty.

Eric P. in Los Angeles, California said: So for someone to make the statement that no one has ever heard of the NAPSRX is ridiculous.

Lots of people have never heard of NAPSR - as I am sure that lots have never heard of CMR Institute.

Eric P. in Los Angeles, California said: We appreciate INDEED's technical department in tracking down John's from Westland MI IP address. We have contacted the FTC to report the abuse.

Once again, what abuse?

Eric P. in Los Angeles, California said: If you have read the above statement please call the NAPSRX directly at 800 913-0701.

What the heck does that mean? LOL!

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Enforcer in Chesterfield, Missouri

73 months ago

Enforcer in Chesterfield, Missouri said:
Now, let's check out their "News" page:

www.napsronline.org/advisoryboard.html

Oops, here's the correct "News" page:

www.napsronline.org/publicnews.html

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Steve in Chino Hills, California

73 months ago

I also wonder why the latest news go back to 2006 and there isn't anything more recent on their web. When I tried going into the forum, it always says "out of service". As for the career center, I thought NAPSRX would have jobs posted that we might not be able to search under indeed or careerbuilder, NAPSRX simply links us to compnaies career site when you click on career.

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Nick hall in Seattle, Washington

73 months ago

Chad in Lambertville, Michigan said: Whoever is pushing this CNPR NAPSRx stuff would certainly have more credibility with me if they SPELLED THINGS CORRECTLY! So . . . you KNOW do the hiring? How can you be a business professional and not know the difference between KNOW and NOW? I've seen this exact mistake on other messages as well which makes me think that some of these posts praising a mail-order education system aren't quite right. I know if I was pushing something like this, I'd go pop up some glowing reviews on various message boards, too. Then of course, there's the less desirable alternative, which is that this individual IS ACTUALLY hiring applicants. If that's the case, well . . . at the risk of sounding even more like a jerk, I'll let you draw your own conclusions. I just get so frustrated when I think about all of the people from all over this country that are less qualified and yet make a lot more money than I do. I'm sure right now there's a dude sitting in an office who has difficulty reading words over eight letters long and who makes $80,000 a year. Or maybe he just sits around while the company wastes their money on his salary because he's so adept at creating the illusion of being industrious. Do you people know how many idiots are in the work force sitting on jobs we could have? It's just ridiculous.

That's real positive-not!

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Chant in Windsor, Ontario

73 months ago

I would like to break into pharmceutical sales industry. I have a 4 year degree and some sales, front and back office experience. I live in Windsor, ON. Do U.S. companies hire Canadians as sales agents? Since I live in a border city, I was wondering if this option is available. I would appreciate any advice please email zhasa@hotmail.com.

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Michael in Williamstown, New Jersey

73 months ago

Hi Folks - I am interested in selling my NAPSR book and the exam rights. I purchased the course but decided to stay in financial services. I found the course VERY informative and is a great way for someone looking to break into the field to gain an upper hand.

Please email me at njpilot41473@yahoo.com if you would like to purchase my book (at a good discount) and we can make arrangements. I already checked with the NAPSR and I would just need to let them know the new students name to take the exam.

Have a great day!!!

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Jeremy in Bondville, Illinois

72 months ago

I am interviewing 2 fresh candidates for my company--Merck. They both definetly need the training as neither have any pharmacology knowledge. I will pass on your email to them.

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Joyce in Los Angeles, California

72 months ago

Justin-Lilly Sales Mgr. in Chicago, Illinois said: I work for Eli Lilly and we recently hired several CNPR Graduates. I know several of them would be willing to sell their used NAPSRx Training Manuals. Some are 2007 and others 2008. Email me if you want to purchase any of them at jst_lilly@yahoo.com

Hi, I may be interested in purchasing these manuals, can you email me at allee@tmail.com so we can discuss the details.

Thanks!

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Joyce in Glendale, California

72 months ago

Hi, I live in Los Angeles, and I am interested in buying someone's 2008 books to get the CNPR certificate for Pharmaceutical Reps. Anyone who is looking to sell their 2008 manuals, lease contact me at allee@tmail.com

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Joyce in Glendale, California

72 months ago

To Michael in New Jersey,

I am interested in purchasing your book. Please contact me at allee@tmail.com

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Roz DeVaux in Amherstburg, Ontario

72 months ago

Rufus in Saint Louis, Missouri said: I keep seeing this ad and have looked into it but I am very skeptical of a $250 fee for training which supposed to give an advantage when searching for a pharma sales rep job. Anyone ever do it? Did it work? Or is it a scam which will not give an advantage but will only pad the wallets of internet scammers?

I recently took NASPR training course and have interviewed with three diffrent pharmaceutical companies and took a position with ELI Lilly.

The course provided me with the tools I needed to get the interview and made me confident I was prepared for the interview process. I am thrilled to be working for such a good company and support team.

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Roz DeVaux in Amherstburg, Ontario

72 months ago

Steven Neece in Washington, District of Columbia said: As the Managing Director of the NAPSR it is time to set the record straight. First of all any negative comments you may see on blogs like this are definitely coming from small organizations that write help books for pharmaceutical sales. It is unfortunate that ignorant people post such outrageous things. The most important facts are that the NAPSR does work with numerous pharmaceutical companies, our CNPR Program is offered at over 300 universities/colleges nationwide, the CNPR Program provides vocational training for those individuals who want to break into a pharmaceutical sales career and the program helps thousands every year. There is no way that major universities and pharmaceutical companies would deal with an association that was bogus. You make up your own mind but if you have questions please do not hesitate to call us. See below for more facts about the NAPSR.
1) The NAPSR has recruitment advertising contracts with numerous pharmaceutical companies. This is true as they seek our members to fill pharmaceutical sales opportunities. They best candidates for them are our members who are experience or trained.
2) The NAPSR CNPR Training program is offered at over 300 major colleges and universities. These colleges would not offer the NAPSR Training course unless it was worthwhile and helpful.
3) The NAPSR has thousands of members who are pharmaceutical sales reps, district managers, regional managers, pharmaceutical sales trainers and HR staffing managers.
4) The NAPSR staff members are involved closely with the industry and appear at many of the national pharmaceutical sales conferences such as: PHARMAFORCE, IQPC, MM & M, etc
5) The NAPSR advisory board members can be found writing articles in Pharmaceutical Representative magazine which circulates to over 70,000 pharmaceutical sales reps and managers.
6) The NAPSR has worked successfully with thousands of individuals over the years, ma

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Tim in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

72 months ago

I'm currently attending college and have over 10 years of sales experience. I do not have my degree as of yet. Could someone tell me if a degree is 100% required? clarityofmind1976@yahoo.com

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Aspacia in Orlando, Florida

71 months ago

Hi Vera,

Just curious if anything has come through for you yet?

alindstrom1@cfl.rr.com (please email me directly)

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Kiran in Tomball, Texas

71 months ago

I graduated from NAPSRx in August 08 and still have not heard from any pharmaceutical recruiters. This course would only help if you have a 4 years BA. I have been to most of the career fairs but the pharma companies will not even speak to you if you don't have your 4 years !! So. the NAPSRx should put that in bold " GET 4 YEARS BA AND GET NAPSR CERTIFIED " . Infact , after you graduate , you don't necessarily need this damn certificate! I wasted my money on this.

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Kiran in Tomball, Texas

71 months ago

Steven Neece in Washington, District of Columbia said: As the Managing Director of the NAPSR it is time to set the record straight. First of all any negative comments you may see on blogs like this are definitely coming from small organizations that write help books for pharmaceutical sales. It is unfortunate that ignorant people post such outrageous things. The most important facts are that the NAPSR does work with numerous pharmaceutical companies, our CNPR Program is offered at over 300 universities/colleges nationwide, the CNPR Program provides vocational training for those individuals who want to break into a pharmaceutical sales career and the program helps thousands every year. There is no way that major universities and pharmaceutical companies would deal with an association that was bogus. You make up your own mind but if you have questions please do not hesitate to call us. See below for more facts about the NAPSR.
1) The NAPSR has recruitment advertising contracts with numerous pharmaceutical companies. This is true as they seek our members to fill pharmaceutical sales opportunities. They best candidates for them are our members who are experience or trained.
2) The NAPSR CNPR Training program is offered at over 300 major colleges and universities. These colleges would not offer the NAPSR Training course unless it was worthwhile and helpful.
3) The NAPSR has thousands of members who are pharmaceutical sales reps, district managers, regional managers, pharmaceutical sales trainers and HR staffing managers.
4) The NAPSR staff members are involved closely with the industry and appear at many of the national pharmaceutical sales conferences such as: PHARMAFORCE, IQPC, MM & M, etc
5) The NAPSR advisory board members can be found writing articles in Pharmaceutical Representative magazine which circulates to over 70,000 pharmaceutical sales reps and managers.
6) The NAPSR has worked successfully with thousands of individuals over the years, ma

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Karen in Dallas,Texas in Tomball, Texas

71 months ago

Rufus in Saint Louis, Missouri said: I keep seeing this ad and have looked into it but I am very skeptical of a $250 fee for training which supposed to give an advantage when searching for a pharma sales rep job. Anyone ever do it? Did it work? Or is it a scam which will not give an advantage but will only pad the wallets of internet scammers?

WELL, IF YOU HAVE A 4 YEARS DEGREE THIS PROGRAM SHOULD WORK. I have a 3 years BA and pharma companies refuse to see for an interview unless you have a 4th year. Yes, this book at NAPSRx is very informative esp for people who have no clue about the pharma industry.I have my book which I could sell for less, if interested.

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