Career Shift: CFCC’s Pharmacy Technology Program a Prescription for Success

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Jeanette Mullinix worked in the insurance business for 28 years.  Ready for a change, she enrolled in Cape Fear Community College’s Pharmacy Technology program.  Jeanette will receive her diploma in Pharmacy Technology in August 2013, and will continue on in the program to receive her Associate’s Degree next year.

“It’s so much more than counting pills,” Jeanette says. “I love the variety of work.  I’m a hands-on person, so I’ve really enjoyed learning to compound medications, mix IV’s, and process prescriptions.  The clinical rotations in the program have allowed me to experience what it would be like to work in different settings.  I love being able to get an idea of what I can do with the degree while I’m still in school.”

Jeanette has been very successful at CFCC.  In fact, she was the recipient of a scholarship and won a writing contest.  “I try to be a good student,” Jeanette says.  “I take my classes seriously.”

“I treat each clinical rotation like a job interview.   It’s a great opportunity to meet new people and to network.  I’ve had clinical rotations in a long-term care facility, a compounding pharmacy, a community clinic, a small hospital and a large hospital.”

As a non-traditional student, Jeanette says it was a challenge her first semester.  “I was a little intimidated coming back to school, but I was glad to discover people of all ages and walks of life in my classes.  I love the diversity at CFCC.  I’ve definitely been able to learn from some of the younger students in my classes, and I hope that the experiences I’ve shared with other students have helped them as well.”

Find out more about the Pharmacy Technology Program.

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