Dr. 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.”

Dr. Guerra also earned an AA from the University of Florida, a BA in English from Iowa State University and a Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Maryland.

Dr. Guerra is known for helping students. When a student needed to take a pharmacology class in the summer, and none was offered Dr. Guerra 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 “Drug Names Decoded,” published in 2012. When he 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” in 2013.

H​is book, Memorizing Pharmacology: A Relaxed Approach” went to #2 in Audible Audiobooks Medicine and #10 in Audible Audiobooks Science nationally in 2017. 

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

Dr. Guerra says his bucket list includes a trip to Ireland with his wife and seeing his triplet daughters graduate from college.

Contact Dr. Guerra at aaguerra@dmacc.edu or (515) 965-7192.

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Dr. Tony Guerra 

Dr. Tony Guerra with his wife, Mindy, and their triplet daughters Brielle, Teagan and Rianne.