Instructor Spotlight – Meet Asher’s Mary Jane De La Cruz
Asher College is pleased to introduce Mary Jane De La Cruz. Working out of Asher’s Las Vegas campus, Jane brings almost twenty years of experience in pharmaceutical medicine to Asher’s staff. She was born in the Philippines where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy and a Master of Science degree in Pharmacy. In 1991, Jane began her career as a Professor and Researcher at the Centro Escolar University in the School of Pharmacy in Manila, Philippines. She continued teaching until 2013 when she moved to Las Vegas, Nevada.
In Nevada, Jane began working part-time as a registered pharmacy technician, but missed teaching college. She found Asher College during her research.
“Asher College had great reviews and was totally different than I was used to. I like that it is flexible and caters to both young people and busy older adults. I also liked that the pharmacy tech program was closely aligned with the pharmacy tech practice.”
Mary Jane began teaching at Asher College Las Vegas in October 2017. She says her goals are to constantly seek ways to improve the program and help her students succeed.
“I want our future Pharmacy Technician graduates here at Asher College to become competent members of the healthcare team, assisting pharmacists in providing the best possible care for patients. I teach them to always put patient’s health and safety first, and to be a people-person, who is respectful and honest at all times,” said De La Cruz.
She says the key to a good medical professional is customer service, patience and focus. Many of her past students are now pharmacy techs, registered pharmacists, pharmacy managers, pharmacy owners, and instructors in Pharmacy Schools.
De La Cruz said, “Being a pharmacist or pharmacy tech and working in health care, you can make a lot of difference in people’s lives by ensuring that patients receive everything they need to avoid disruption to therapy. You are helping them to have healthier, longer and happier lives. That is why you have to put your whole heart and soul into it. You have to love it to succeed.”
Jane has published two books on Pharmacy: Pharmaceutical Jurisprudence and Ethics and Pharmaceutical Care. She has co-authored four pharmacy manuals and published her research in the Journal of Pharmacovigilance. She also served as a Pharmacy Board Examination reviewer. Jane was awarded the “most Outstanding Pharmacy Alumni 2011 in the Field of Academe” by Centro Escolar University. She is currently working on her Doctorate in Pharmacy and is in the process of adding to and revamping the Pharmacy Technician curriculum at Asher College.
The Pharmacy Technician program at Asher College combines hands-on labs with informative lectures. The program prepares graduates for the nationally recognized Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). The program also prepares Asher’s graduates to obtain their state licenses in California and Texas.
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