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Students Gain Hands-On Experience during Externships

Feb 17, 2014

Kayla Thompson and Ida Phinney, two students from the pharmacy technician program at the Danville, Kentucky Campus, have just completed externships in Walgreens Pharmacy.

Kayla, who was a stay-at-home mom before coming to American National University, said that she has enjoyed putting her skills from the classroom to use and gaining “hands-on” experience in the fast-paced pharmacy.

Ida came to National with funding through the Trade Adjustment Act (TAA) after losing her job when the brake factory where she worked moved out of the country.   She has learned more about “the whole process of reading the prescriptions and filling the prescriptions” from beginning to end.  “The people at Walgreens are really great people, willing to help me learn…they make everything flow so smoothly,” she said.

Both Kayla and Ida feel that the externship experience was very beneficial.  While Ida hopes to find employment in a retail pharmacy, Kayla has decided to continue her education and she has enrolled in the medical assisting program at National.

Ida Phinney (left) and Kayla Thompson (right) completed externships at Walgreens Pharmacy as part of their pharmacy technician program at the Danville, Kentucky Campus.

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