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Student Strives Toward Medical Career After Leaving Factory

Apr 08, 2014

Patricia Leedy, a student in the pharmacy technician program at the Danville, Kentucky Campus, expected to spend her life working in a factory.  “I thought that I would probably follow in the footsteps of my parents,” she said.  “That didn’t work out, because it seemed like every factory that I was in, they were either downsizing, or shipping work out of state or to other countries.”

Several years after leaving the factory, she was working at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center as a patient care tech when she decided to enroll in the pharmacy technician diploma program at American National University.  “Coming back to school was something that I always wanted to do,” said Patricia.  “I had to prove to everybody that I can do it.”  She added that she’s proud that she’s excelled in her classes while working full time and caring for her family.

As she nears the end of her program, Patricia is working in an externship at Ephraim McDowell where she’s learning a great deal about the pharmacy’s procedures.  She’s excited to get started in her new career where she’ll have employment opportunities available in a hospital or in a retail setting.

Thanks to a newfound sense of confidence, Patricia has also decided to continue her education and has re-enrolled at National to earn her associate’s degree in medical assisting.

Patricia Leedy is completing an externship at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center as part of her pharmacy technician program.

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