Dr. Anthony (Tony) Guerra

​Instructor and Pre-P​harmacy Advisor
DMACC Ankeny Campus

Dr. Guerra teaches chemistry, pharmacy, and pharmacology courses.

Guerra earned an AS degree from DMACC in 2010.

“As a student, I was amazed by the opportunities at DMACC,” said Dr. Guerra. “I met famous authors and nationally known innovators and CEOs that were brought in for DMACC events. Also, many of my instructors had obtained the highest degree possible in their field. I enjoyed the accessibility of those experts because of the small class sizes.”

Guerra also earned an AA from the University of Florida, a BA in English from Iowa State University, and a PharmD (Doctor of Pharmacy) from the University of Maryland.

Guerra is known for helping students. When a student needed to take a pharmacology class in the summer and none was offered, he worked with DMACC Honors Program faculty to guide the student through a pharmacology independent study.

He also noticed that pronouncing and learning medication names is a big challenge for students. To help students, he wrote Memorizing Pharmacology: A Relaxed Approach, which has reached #2 in Audible Audiobooks Medicine and #10 in Audible Audiobooks Science nationally in 2017. When Guerra noticed a lack of resources to help pre-pharmacy students choose courses, he wrote another book, Prepharmacy: Getting into Pharmacy School without Drowning in Debt.  It highlights the important role community college plays in helping students avoid significant debt during their first two years.

“We are seeing more students make DMACC their first choice because of the affordability and quality,” said Guerra. “It's freedom of career exploration minus the financial worry.”

Guerra points to Sarah Thompson, one of his DMACC Honors students who graduated from Des Moines University (DMU) with a DTP (Doctor of Physical Therapy) degree in spring 2020. She had started at DMACC seven years earlier. Dr. Guerra’s TonyPharmD channel, which has over 25,000 subscribers and 10 million downloads, features her story.

Guerra says his bucket list includes a trip to Iceland  with his wife and seeing his triplet daughters graduate from college. Right now, one of his most important roles is volunteer soccer coach for his daughters’ teams.

Contact Dr. Guerra at:
(515) 965-7192

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Dr. Tony Guerra 

(left to right) Dr. Tony Guerra's wife Mindy, daughters Teagan, Rianne, Brielle and Dr. Guerra.