Ryan Neal chose to attend Wingate’s pharmacy school because of the practical experience he’d get. He left the Hendersonville campus with much more.

How do students decide where to go to pharmacy school?

“I was sold on the progressive practice experience,” Wingate University School of Pharmacy alum Ryan Neal said.

ryan-neal_psRyan liked the idea of getting practical experience by beginning rotations in his first year and continuing rotations throughout his time at the school. Wingate’s unique approach to pharmacy practice experience has been recognized by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education and imitated by other graduate pharmacy programs.

“As Dean Supernaw noted during the interview process, the immersive IPPE and APPE programs ensured students exited the program as confident, competent practitioners, ready to engage patients and other healthcare providers in every capacity,” Ryan said. “Or he may have just said we would have swagger.”

The Confidence to Succeed

If Wingate pharmacy students don’t graduate with a certain amount of swagger, maybe they should. A record number of recent graduates was accepted to postgraduate positions. And Ryan himself is now a retail pharmacist and regional medication therapy management lead for Sears Holdings.

“The program prepared me for my current role, and I feel prepared me for any other path a pharmacist currently can take,” Ryan said.

Ryan says his role as a pharmacist may change in the future as the pharmacy field considers granting pharmacists provider status. Ryan will be ready. He says the Wingate University School of Pharmacy provided him with the tools, and swagger, to succeed.

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