Jacob is currently enrolled in the Radiologic Technology program at Parker University.
1. What other paths did you consider before choosing Parker?
I was in a school prior to Parker which was forced to close the location in Grand Prairie and I was informed by the clinical coordinator and a teacher from there that I definitely needed to continue my schooling because they felt like I was gonna be a great tech and both of them went to work for Parker in the RT program for a little bit and had reached out to me to tell me that I should come apply at Parker which was a great choice.
2. What makes Parker the right fit for you?
Since I had school Monday-Thursday night it was a right fit because I could still work weekends plus during at day during the week while my son was in school.
3. How has the Parker community supported you in your higher education pursuits?
The Parker community was supportive, always there to answer any questions and always made me feel like I was part of the "family." Once in the RT program after pre-reqs it truly was like a family with my class, the teachers and Mrs. Sweeney.
4. What is your favorite thing about being a Parker student?
Besides the training we got during class and clinicals, my favorite thing was all the amenities we have access to not just as a student but as alumni as well.
5. What is the most challenging aspect of being a Parker student?
After getting into the RT program and knowing from my previous school how much work and studying is involved to be able to truly be knowledgeable as an RT the only challenge I had was figuring out a routine to help me balance work, school and family. Once I did figure out a routine everything we very smoothly from there and I was able to have a good balance of everything as well as help others in the class.
6. What has been your favorite class at Parker? Why?
As far as pre-reqs go my favorite class was Anatomy and Physiology with Dr. Jay. He always kept the class interesting, made great jokes, helped out with anything he could whether it be for his class or not. As for the RT program itself every class was very beneficial to my education and career but the clinicals by far were amazing because it really helps take what you learn didactically and use it in the clinical setting to help set us up for success once we graduated and also help us put our names out there for a possible job with somewhere that we either did clinicals at or just get it out there in the RT community.
7. Where will your Parker degree take you after graduation?
Well 2020 has been a very crazy year for everyone and pushed my graduation back to June but as soon as I graduated I was able to take my ARRT registry and passed it on my first try thanks to my teachers in the program for sharing all their knowledge with me and having us constantly work on RadReview. After taking my registry and waiting for my CMRT from the Texas Medical Board I have been able to get my career going as an RT for a company in November and it has been a great career change for me. Even though I've only been working for a month it opens the door to help me become certified in CT and MRI as well. As well as further my education and knowledge to help me better myself throughout my career.
8. What is your favorite on-campus activity?
I didn't participate in any on-campus activities, but I wish that I had made time for at least one. However, access to the gym and sauna was a great perk that whenever time allowed me to I made sure to use them.
9. What is your favorite thing to do off-campus in the Dallas area?
If I'm not working I really enjoy spending time with my family in our new home in Prosper. My education from Parker is part of why we were able to purchase our brand new built from the ground up home because without it I wouldn't be where I am now as an RT. I also like going to sporting events, going to concerts (when allowed because of 2020). I also enjoy going to eat, bars, karaoke, swimming, working out and playing sports at my neighborhood community center as well as going on walks or jogs with my son and dog.
10. What is the one thing you want everyone reading this to know about Parker University?
The one thing I want everyone reading this to know about Parker is that you never know what you will be able to achieve if you don't try it and Parker University has many different fields of study to choose from from the medical field whether it is an RT, massage therapist, OTA, Chiropractor, Ultrasound Tech or even just work from the business side of the medical field. Parker is a great fit for anyone and everyone no matter what your situation is. Don't let one place let you get discouraged because I wanted to give up but found the opportunity I had with Parker and took it. Now I am a certified and very happy RT.