BSPS Spotlight: Aimee Nguyen

The Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science (BSPS) program at the R. Ken Coit College of Pharmacy is a relatively new program at the college, but is a valuable part part of the school. This month, we are highlighting some of the students in the BSPS program.

Name: Aimee Nguyen

Degree: BSPS

Graduation year: Spring 2022




What inspired you to pursue a degree in pharmaceutical science at the University of Arizona?

I initially planned on going to pharmacy school at the University of Arizona. I switched from a physiology major to a pharmaceutical science major because I wanted to take classes with more of a focus on pharmacology. I now plan on applying to perfusion school after my bachelor’s degree, and my knowledge in pharmaceutical science will be a great foundation for this pathway.

Do you have any role models that inspire you at the R. Ken Coit College of Pharmacy?

Dr. Jennifer Schnellmann is one of my role models who inspires me at the R. Ken Coit College of Pharmacy. Her extraordinary enthusiasm for pharmacology is contagious and always makes me excited to learn. 

Have you experienced any challenges in school? How did you overcome them?

I have experienced burnout when I have struggled with certain concepts, or when I have been studying for too long. Taking breaks, learning from a different perspective, and reminding myself of my goals usually helps me overcome burnout.   

What do you enjoy most about the BSPS program?

I enjoy the multidisciplinary nature of BSPS classes. Not only does this make BSPS classes quite engaging to me, but it also opens many possible professional pathways after graduation.  

Do you have any words of advice for students interested in pursuing a pharmaceutical degree?

I would recommend students to supplement their education with work and/or research experience. Applying your knowledge in a setting outside of the classroom helps you retain information and is quite rewarding!

What are your goals after graduation?

I am planning on applying to perfusion school after graduation to ultimately become a perfusionist!

Anything else you would like to add?

I am grateful for my time as a student in the BSPS program.The future ahead is not entirely set in stone, and sometimes that scares me, but I know the experiences I’ve gained here will prepare me for what lies ahead.