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.