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Dr. Wyanza Acosta

Wyanza Acosta
Course Title: 
Self-Care and Over-the-Counter Products

College of Pharmacy

Renee Acosta received her B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Texas at Austin in 1990. Her Signature Course familiarizes students with self-care and available nonprescription drug products through interactive discussions, writing assignments, and group presentations.

Dr. Acosta practiced in a community pharmacy in Austin as both a staff pharmacist and pharmacy manager upon graduation. In 1996, she returned to graduate school to pursue her M.S. degree in pharmacy through the Option II Program at UT.

Upon completion of her M.S. degree in 1998, she became the program coordinator and full-time faculty member for the Pharmacy Technician Program at Austin Community College. At ACC, she developed and maintained the Pharmacy Technician Program curriculum, which included traditional classroom and distance learning classes. In 2003, she received the NISOD Excellence Award for ACC.

She joined UT as a clinical assistant professor in 2003, where she was an alternate facilitator for pharmacotherapeutics lab and guest lecturer for hospital pharmacy. In June 2005 she joined the pharmacy practice faculty full-time. She teaches two required courses in the third professional year: Nonprescription Pharmacotherapy and Basic Intravenous Admixture. In addition, she facilitates pharmacotherapeutics labs. She received the Texas Exes Teaching Excellence Award for the College of Pharmacy for 2006-2007.

Her areas of interest include over-the-counter products, sterile product admixture, and the education, training and utilization of pharmacy technicians. She has served as an item writer for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE), and as a member of the Task Analysis Task Force for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) which developed the new blueprint for the PTCE. She served a three-year term as a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists’ Commission on Credentialing.

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