Shane is a student of the Diagnostic Sonography program.
1. What other paths did you consider before choosing Parker?
Prior to enrolling at Parker University and being accepted into the Diagnostic Sonography program, for 13 years I worked within Specialty Pharmacy for a major Fortune 500 company. I worked my way through the ranks and before leaving, managed both the Growth Hormone and Multiple Sclerosis divisions, providing life saving medications to patients and hospitals across the U.S.
2. What makes Parker the right fit for you?
Flexibility of pre-requisite courses in the evenings provided me the greatest opportunity to maintain work-life balance as well as adjust to the fast-paced/accelerated didactic method that Parker offers. This style of teaching and learning was rather new to me so by the time I was accepted into the DS program, I had become proficient in the hard work that is not only required but necessary to excel within each course.
3. How has the Parker community supported you in your higher education pursuits?
Parker University encompasses and provides a welcoming atmosphere for all. The size of the campus also attributes to everyone’s knowledge of providing direction when needed. From executive staff, to advisors, all the way to ancillary staff; you will always find someone willing to assist or make themselves available in some way.
4. What is your favorite thing about being a Parker student?
The PRIDE that I now hold in my heart for the university. The positivity from the top-down which has aided in the resilience of staff and students has become my absolute favorite memory forever etched. During my tenure, a tornado swept through Parker on Sunday, October 20th, 2019. The next day, classes resumed online without a step being missed. By the time Covid19 shutdown took place on March 13th, 2020 students were already accustomed to transitions we would soon face with online learning and just as before, we moved forward with tenacity and perseverance.
5. What is the most challenging aspect of being a Parker student?
The workload can be quite challenging the further you progress into your applied program. One must truly be committed. The didactic method of teaching is very strategic, and it wasn’t until my 2nd Clinical Rotation that I realized just how impactful the selection and placement of each course of study was. You must simply trust the process. I can’t say it enough.
6. What has been your favorite class at Parker? Why?
I cannot choose just one as Sectional Anatomy and Physics became my favorites. Within the DS program we rely heavily on both and our Preceptors were amazing, prepared and filled with knowledge when students questioned or had difficulty understanding. One must simply know the anatomy to become a Diagnostic Sonographer/Technologist; there is no way around it. You will learn, you will memorize, you will draw, you will create 3D models of anatomy within this program so be prepared. Physics on the other hand is in everything that we do. Many fight it but eventually you succumb to the concepts and if you’re like me, one day everything seemingly clicks all of a sudden. Things like resonance, reverb, penetration, become second nature just as reciting the ABC’s.
7. Where will your Parker degree take you after graduation?
After graduation, I intend to take the Abdomen, Vascular, and OB registries which will provide me greater opportunities to work consistently within the field initially as PRN and travel. I look forward to exploring through soundwaves and aiding as many as I can within this field.
8. What is your favorite on-campus activity?
The DS Scanning Lab was my absolute favorite on-campus activity to be honest. We’re able to scan classmates as well as fellow students within other programs. Becoming proficient in scanning and gaining confidence is necessary to be successful within the field of Sonography so the time spent is always valuable even if only for a few minutes.
9. What is your favorite thing to do off-campus in the Dallas area?
The Dallas Metroplex has so much to offer for entertainment. Two places that I enjoy most are the Dallas Arboretum and the Dallas Museum of Art. The memberships are completely worth it and allows you to give back to the environment as well as contribute to the Arts.
10. What is the one thing you want everyone reading this to know about Parker University?
Parker University provides the tools and opens doors to many possibilities within healthcare. It is the responsibility of each student to take advantage of all things offered. I am a firm believer that as healthcare professionals we possess the ability to redeem the spirit of the sick by providing hope and compassion in an integral manner. We are ordinary individuals serving a common purpose with extraordinary vision who should always lead with a smile, a kind word, or extending a hand to simply show patients that we care. You’ll get that and so much more from your Parker experience as long as you’re open to it!