Nia Brooks earns Pharmacy degree at Samford University

Published 10:12 am Tuesday, June 4, 2024

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Being named the 2018 class valedictorian at Dallas County High School eventually led to a pharmacy career for Dr. Nia Brooks.

Brooks earned a doctorate in pharmacy from Samford University McWhorter School of Pharmacy on April 27. Brooks also completed her undergraduate degree at Samford.

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The next steps for Brooks are taking state boards to become a licensed pharmacist and starting her job at Publix pharmacy in the Birmingham area. 

Brooks said Dallas County High laid the foundation to set the tone and establish a career path. 

“Dallas County provided me with a strong foundation of skills that have proven invaluable in higher education,” Brooks said. “In addition, my amazing high school teachers/coaches fostered a sense of self-discipline and time management, which has helped me succeed in college. Furthermore, the extracurricular activities I participated in allowed me to develop leadership, teamwork, and communication skills that are crucial not only in academic settings but also in professional environments.”

Brooks explained why she pursued a pharmacy career.

“I chose to pursue a career in pharmacy because I am passionate about making a positive impact on people’s lives,” Brooks said. “Pharmacists play a crucial role in providing accessible healthcare services to the community. What also intrigued me about the field of pharmacy is the diverse range of career opportunities it offers.”