Pharmacy Tech Graduate Finds Community at EPCC
Pharmacy Tech Graduate Finds Community at EPCC

Pharmacy Tech Graduate Finds Community at EPCC

Luisa Loya feels that attending El Paso Community College (EPCC) and pursuing a Certificate in Pharmacy Technology was the best decision she could have made.

She began the program at the start of COVID and found success through her classmates pushing her and from the guidance of her professor and mentor, Dr. Nader Rassaei.

 Loya explains, “Without Dr. Rassaei’s compassion and persistence, I wouldn’t be where I am right now. Dr. Rassaei has taught us resilience in a competitive and challenging field. I know now that I can do anything in the world if I set my mind and heart to it.”

Dr. Nader Rassaei, Pharmacy Technology Professor and Program Coordinator is proud of the opportunities that the program provides for his students and fosters a welcoming and supportive community. “When students join our program, they become part of our family, and our faculty guide them through their personal and professional lives. We see our success in the success of our students.” He continues, “Some students take the initiative to help and lead others in this process, and Luisa was one of those leaders who did not hold back from helping other students.” Her leadership and abilities were recognized beyond the classroom and Loya was hired as a Pharmacy Technician at the Hospitals of Providence before graduation while doing her clinical rotation.

Loya’s next steps are to attend pharmacy school at the University of Texas at El Paso or nursing school at Texas Tech University. This certification has given her a foundation in both pathways and helped her to complete most of the pre-requisites for these programs. She says, “I have many doors opening for me and opportunities that I never would have had if it weren’t for taking this first step with EPCC.”

The Pharmacy Technology program provides specialized classroom and clinical education that prepares students with the knowledge, skills, and techniques to become vital members of the pharmacy care team. When students complete the program and pass a certification exam, they become Certified Pharmacy Technicians and can apply to become a Registered Pharmacy Technician by the Texas State Board of Pharmacy.


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