Jasmine Infante, Pharm.D., R.Ph.

Washington State University

  • Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) 2012

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

  • Biology (B.S.) 2006

 

I was born and raised in Hawaii in a low to middle-income family.  My parents made many sacrifices to provide a good private school education for my two siblings and me.  They instilled in me a desire to improve myself through education and experiences.  Inspired by my mom who pursued a Bachelor degree, became a registered nurse while working full time and caring for her family, I set my goals to become a health practitioner and selected a career in pharmacy.  When I stated my intentions, my mom opened doors for me at the hospital that she worked for and I had the opportunities to shadow doctors, nurses, and pharmacists.  

During this time, I was pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  I realized that I really enjoyed a pharmacology class that nursing students are required to have prior to applying to nursing school.  After earning my Bachelor’s degree, I applied to several colleges on the mainland to pursue a doctorate degree in Pharmacy.  I had a lot of help and direction from the biology advisor at the time, Derek Wong.  He helped me throughout the application process and even up to the interview.  I know that he was a big part of helping me get to where I wanted to be.  

While waiting for my application to be reviewed and accepted, I worked and gained experience at Longs Drugs in Hawaii.  I started as a cashier in the front of the store, and eventually became an aide in the pharmacy department.   There I gained a lot of practical experience and exposure to the work that pharmacist do.  I was later accepted into Washington State University in 2008.  Currently, I am a pharmacist at a long term care facility in Washington. 

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