ALUMNI WORKING TOGETHER
Sullivan University is strengthening the pipeline of talent in the pharmaceutical industries and changing lives. Throughout our community, pharmacies are filling up with Sullivan University College of Pharmacy alumni from the Doctor of Pharmacy and Pharmacy Technician programs. Dr. Scott Cromer, pharmacy manager for Rite Aid and a graduate of the Sullivan University College of Pharmacy class of 2013, has had a thriving career since his graduation. Dr. Cromer is passionate about his career. That passion, along with dedication and hard work, has helped him to succeed in the field of pharmacy.
Not a stranger to pharmacy work, Dr. Cromer worked for Rite Aid for 10 years as a pharmacy technician, pharmacy intern and pharmacist. Understanding what it takes to run a successful pharmacy, Dr. Cromer turns to his alma mater, Sullivan University, when he needs pharmacy talent. Dr. Cromer explains, “Pharmacies in the Louisville community are presented with a unique advantage in regards to pharmacy technicians. Sullivan’s Career Services team and the Reverse Pharmacy Technician Career Fair provide for easy access to the most qualified pharmacy technician candidates in the area.”
Dominque Wicker, a 2014 graduate of the Associate of Science in Pharmacy Technician degree program is one of the strong talents that Dr. Cromer has hired for his team as a technician. Dominque had set her sights on obtaining her degree because of her desire for a career that would give her the opportunity to help others and become a greater role model to her young daughter. She worked hard to get through the program, admitting that there were some hard days but she kept persisting.
Dominique often relied on faculty and staff to get her through the tough times. She explained, “Professor Nancy Rath has an amazing heart. She would come in on her off days and provide me with the extra assistance that I needed in my Pharmacy Calculations class.”
She also mentioned the dedicated support she received from Elizabeth Davisson, director of Career Services for health and medical programs.
“Beth and I met about a year before I graduated, right at a time that I wanted quit and leave school before completing my associate degree. Beth really helped me through some hard times. She was a big cheerleader for me and it was not just about her helping me finding a job. She helped me find a career.”
Just before her graduation, Career Services helped Dominque connect with Dr. Cromer at Rite Aid. Dominque points out that, “attending Sullivan has prepared me tremendously. Adapting to the pharmacy environment has been an easy process because of the education I received at Sullivan University.”
Currently, Dominque is working as a pharmacy technician on Dr. Cromer’s team. They work together to run a pharmacy that focuses on patient care and health and wellness.
Dr. Cromer explains, “as pharmacists, we are the final check point in the line of healthcare professionals to ensure each patient is receiving the appropriate and optimal treatment.”