My name is Eddie Mercado. I just finished my second year of Pharmacy school at Texas Tech School of Pharmacy. I can honestly say that this program has been one of the greater challenges of my life. I do not believe anybody could get through this program with a weak foundation in the sciences. Most people do not realize the extent of preparation necessary to succeed in a professional program. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to start my preparation at Richland College. The education I received there was, and continues to be, paramount in my life. Chemistry (basic and organic), Physics, Mathematics, Biology, Physiology, Anatomy, Psychology, Speech and most important of all, Microbiology are very important in developing a good foundation. I am privileged to have had the patience and the direction of many professors at Richland. People often say “You need to get the most out of education”. I believe this to be true. Yet, if education is lacking quality, there is only so much one can get out of it. Richland provided me with a solid education, one from which I am still learning. Only with a strong foundation can one hope to achieve any goal.
Doctor of Pharmacy candidate
Class of 2006
There was no compromise in the academics at Richland that prepared me for the UT-Southwestern Physician Assistant Program. I was fortunate to have had the quality education in small classes where instructors were able to give personalized attention. Instructors were readily available and supportive of their students' goals."
Cipriano C. Gonzalez
UT-M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Department of Melanoma Medical Oncology
"The basic science classes taken as a freshman and sophomore at Richland College served as a strong foundation for my advanced premedical classes at SMU, and for the Medical College Admission Test."
Graduate, Southern Methodist University
Medical student, UT-Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas