Missoula College was ranked 18th in the nation for Top Pharmacy Technician Programs in 2016-2017 by the Community for Accredited Online Schools. We sat down with Jodi Guenther, a graduate from the Pharmacy Technology program, to learn what makes Missoula College’s program so unique.
Q. What did you study at Missoula College and when did you graduate?
I graduated from the Pharmacy Technology Program in 2007.
Q. Why did you choose to study at Missoula College?
A friend recommended that I study how to be a pharmacy technician. When researching my options, I was happy to find that the program was offered locally in Missoula!
Q. Where do you currently work and how did Missoula College prepare you for it?
Currently, I am a Pharmacy Technician III at Saint Patrick Hospital in Missoula. I work evening shifts and rotate between the IV room (preparing any and all IV medications, drips, batching of bulk medications, chemotherapy, etc) and floor stocking. Floor stocking includes all areas of the hospital where medications are dispensed from Pyxis Medstation machines. I also teach the lab portion of the Pharmacy Technician program at Missoula College on Wednesdays. Missoula College taught me the building blocks of what I needed to know before I went out on my rotations. Having this solid foundation helped when practicing in the field.
Q. Tell us about a favorite professor:
I had the pleasure of being in Pharmacy Technology Program Director Mary McHugh’s first class. She is so very knowledgeable about all things pharmacy and what was expected of us as future technicians. She and Kathy Brauer are amazing! I don’t know if I could pick between the two for a favorite professor.
Q. What experience(s) at Missoula College had the most influence on you?
My rotations at Missoula College allowed me to work in different fields of pharmacy, where I could decide what aspects I really liked or disliked. During this time, I learned the most from the hands-on experiences that would not necessarily have happened had I not gone through the program. It provided the opportunity for me to practice aseptic techniques and sterile IV preparations in an in-patient setting that I really enjoyed.
Working in Partners in Home Health was fun because I got to make medications and deliver them to the patients at their home. I knew I wanted to be in the IV room after all of these hands-on experiences.
Q. What is the best advice you received as a student?
Study! There are reasons for all of the information that the program expects you to learn. The sooner you learn it, the better!
Q. What advice would you give students considering attending Missoula College?
Missoula College is great because the class sizes are perfect. The goal of all the professors is for the students to successfully learn the material that is pertinent to their future careers. I was never treated as just a number and I felt the support of all my professors in getting through my courses.
Learn more about the Pharmacy Technology Program at Missoula College by visiting their webpage here.