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Performs Full Range of Histotechnology Work for Mayo Clinic Health System-Mankato
Performs Full Range of Histotechnology Work for Mayo Clinic Health System-Mankato

Emily Brickles    

2005, Associate of Applied Science in Histotechnology

Argosy University, Twin Cities

Histotechnician, Mayo Clinic Health System-Mankato    

 


“I always felt comfortable asking my instructors for help in understanding the class materials better. They were ready to answer my questions and provide guidance.”

 

Performs Full Range of Histotechnology Work for Mayo Clinic Health System-Mankato

 

Emily Brickles is a histotechnician for the Mayo Clinic Health System-Mankato. She’s responsible for accessioning, assisting at grossing, embedding, cutting, case assembly, special stains and immunos. “I like being able to do the full range of histotechnology work,” she said. 

Brickles mentioned that she started college right out of high school—and explained that the transition required her to be self-directed. “In high school, you have more oversight than you do as a college student,” she said. “You can’t get distracted. It was hard living away from home and not having my parents around for help. But it was good to have a career goal, knowing that I was on the road to something specific and not just taking general classes.”

 

She added that in college, she was responsible to get good grades—and to get her work done. “You need to use your teachers to the fullest,” Brickles stated. “They are there to help and support you if you need them. You should also see your fellow classmates as resources and support. They can review questions with you, go over notes and provide a study group.”

Brickles earned an Associate of Applied Science in Histotechnology from Argosy University, Twin Cities in 2005. Throughout her career, Brickles has been careful stay on top of certification requirements and maintain her certification.          

 

She explained that her career path was an “adventure,” beginning in a two-person lab in Freeport, Illinois. “That is where I learned basically how to run a histology lab,” she said. “My coworker left a few months after I started and I was on my own, with some help. I stayed there a little under two years before I found a job in Duluth, Minnesota, my hometown.” There, she worked in a hospital performing cutting, embedding, special stains and immunos. Brickles also worked part-time for a research program at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. When her husband was transferred to Columbus, Ohio, she began a night shift position with Ohio Health.

“When I was working at Ohio Health in Columbus, I was asked to be a super user for the new bar coding system that the hospital had purchased and was implementing,” she stated. “As a super user, I helped people when they were having trouble using this new system. If I was not able to help them, I would assist them in submitting a ticket to the help desk. I was pleased to be asked to take on this role for the lab, and happy to help my co-workers.”

 

Brickles stated that working the night shift was a difficult adjustment—and she was happy when her family decided to move back to Minnesota where she again worked day shift. “I’ve been in my current job here in Mankato, Minnesota, with the Mayo System, for just about a year,” she said.

 

She added that Argosy University, Twin Cities prepared her well for a career in histotechnology. Brickles mentioned that the school’s constructive learning environment encouraged her to ask for help and support when needed—and that the knowledge she gained provided the basis for her career. “It prepared me for work I was to do,” she said. “The program also prepared me well for my certification exam. Having my certification made my career possible. I can say without hesitation that I would recommend this program to anyone interested in a histology career.

 

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Began College Right out of High School, Completed Degree in Five Semesters and 6-Month Internship
Began College Right out of High School, Completed Degree in Five Semesters and 6-Month Internship

Karina Anderson
2017, Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Argosy University, Twin Cities
Diagnostic Medical Sonographer at University of Minnesota Health Clinics and Surgery

“My education led me to a position where I practice the exact education I just [completed]. That information alone is extremely important to future students. I learned what it would take to do my job. Now, I get to go do it every day and enjoy it.”

Began College Right out of High School, Completed Degree in Five Semesters and 6-Month Internship

Karina Anderson knew her career goals from an early age. She took advantage of post-secondary education opportunities while still in high school, then began her college education immediately after high school graduation. “I finished a handful of general classes [that fulfilled] prerequisites for the Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography program at Argosy University, Twin Cities,” she said. Those credits transferred successfully, giving her a head start on her studies.

She completed her degree after five semesters of classroom work and a six-month internship. “As my internship was ending, there was an opening at the University of Minnesota’s Breast Center as a sonographer. The strong relationships created during my internship helped me to get an interview for—and land—the job.”

She currently works at the University of Minnesota Health Clinics and Surgery Center. “Without the Argosy staff, Chelsey Twait from my cohort at Argosy and the contacts made in my internships I could not be where I am today,” she added. “It was challenging transitioning from general body ultrasound to breast ultrasound. Every workplace is different—especially going from a hospital to clinic—so getting a taste of it all is the most important part.”

Anderson mentioned that the transition from high school to college was comfortable. She was used to large high school classes and enjoyed the small class sizes at Argosy University. “One major transitional difference from high school to college was the independence,” she said. “Throughout your time in college you truly determine your success or future. The amount of time you put into each assignment or studying for a test will impact your success in college.’

She added that students beginning college directly after high school should keep an open mind and investigate programs that are new to them. “I’d never gotten an ultrasound in my life but saw that the school offered a program that included an internship,” she said. “An internship-driven school will provide real-world experience in you desired career. That alone can put you above any other applicant applying for the same position.”

Anderson appreciated the support received as she worked toward her degree. “Faculty helped me personally by just being available,” she stated. “The academic staff was always there to answer questions and calm nerves about clinical training. My instructors were sonographers with life experiences specific to ultrasound. The school also provided ultrasound machines for cohorts to practice on and provided a solid foundation when it came to knowledge of pathology, anatomy, medical ethics and of course scanning.”

She works alongside mammogram technologists and an ultrasound tech. “The Breast Center takes the time to do diagnostic work-ups and procedures,” she said. “That’s where I come into the picture. We follow up mammograms with ultrasounds that may show suspicious areas that could represent a mass, calcifications or spiculations.” She performs ultrasounds after reviewing a mammogram with the radiologist, then provides the radiologist with the new images. “If it came time to biopsy, we assist with the procedure. If the patient is awaiting surgery, we perform a wire localization guided by ultrasound. Some people believe that working in a Breast Center limits you, but I interact with the radiologist and assist in procedures.”

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Argosy University, Twin Cities, 1515 Central Parkway, Eagan, MN 55121. ©2017 Argosy University. All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@argosy.edu

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Attended College Right After High School, At 22 Has Two Years of Tech Experience
Attended College Right After High School, At 22 Has Two Years of Tech Experience

Brooke Halbert
2015, Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology
Argosy University, Twin Cities
Overnight Tech, Riverwood Healthcare Center

“I wasn’t intimidated to begin classes because I was very comfortable, confident and eager. I felt support from the staff at Argosy University during my entire program.’’

Attended College Right After High School, At 22 Has Two Years of Tech Experience

Brooke Halbert’s transition from high school to college was relatively easy, thanks to the supportive learning environment at Argosy University, Twin Cities. Halbert said that her application process was as simple as calling the school for information, visiting and deciding to apply. “[My advisor] helped me with registering for classes and the FAFSA form,” she said. “I had all of the paperwork behind me the day I started school so that I could focus on my education.”

Halbert dove into her studies with the support of faculty and classmates. “The size of the school and the smaller classes allowed me to get the help I needed, when I needed it,” she said. “At the age of 22, I’ve been working in my profession for two years. I wasn’t intimidated to begin classes because I was very comfortable, confident and eager. I felt support from the staff at Argosy University during my entire program. Everyone was very resourceful and my professors knew every student as an individual.”

After earning an Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology in 2015, Halbert completed her board exams and began interviewing. “I took pointers from our résumé and interviewing class,” she said. “I got my first job at an orthopedic clinic, which was the perfect fit for me.” A year later, she joined Riverwood Healthcare Center as an overnight tech. She takes portable x-rays, traditional x-rays and CT scans. “I work by myself as a tech along with a couple of emergency room nurses and a doctor. I am also in charge of the quality assurance checks on our equipment.”

She advised new college students to build relationships with fellow classmates. “I believe that having close relationships with classmates allowed us to create study groups and bounce ideas and learning tricks off of each other,” she added. Her successful college career led to real-world high points including working in different atmospheres and cultures, assisting patients and broadening her education with training in CT and surgery.

Halbert did face a challenge transitioning from hospital work to clinic work. “I knew learning new ways at a different facility would be difficult,” she said. “Now that I look at it, it wasn’t so much difficult—it was a challenge and a great learning experience. I am happy to have learned so much.” She relied on the hands-on training from Argosy University to overcome the facility change. “The school believes in several different learning techniques. Rarely did we ever sit and read books. We interacted with each other and taught each other lessons through projects. This helped me to feel comfortable working closely with patients.”

As a young student, Halbert appreciated the support and insight of Argosy University’s professional instructors. “They pushed me when school got hard and studying got long,” she added. “Not only did I feel that I had their support with school but also with life outside of school. Every teacher I had was a great one, specifically my instructor Lauri Peterson. She made sure we were being taken care of and that we had the tools and resources we needed to be successful.”

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Argosy University, Twin Cities, 1515 Central Parkway, Eagan, MN 55121. >©2017 Argosy University. All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@argosy.edu

See ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/854 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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Attended College Directly from High School, Now Performs Detailed Obstetrical Ultrasounds
Attended College Directly from High School, Now Performs Detailed Obstetrical Ultrasounds

Alexis Carpenter
2016, Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Argosy University, Twin Cities
Perinatal Sonographer at Minnesota Perinatal Physicians

“I found it incredibly helpful that each of my instructors had experience in the ultrasound setting.”

Attended College Directly from High School, Now Performs Detailed Obstetrical Ultrasounds

How did Alexis Carpenter manage the transition from a large high school to a small college environment? “It was easier than I expected,” she said. Carpenter prepared herself for the new stage in her life by visiting Argosy University, Twin Cities for an orientation session that answered the questions she had about college life. “Not only did I tour the campus and the ultrasound lab, but I received useful information regarding program costs, required courses, and what to expect. I found the list of required courses most beneficial as it gave me the opportunity to review program requirements and outline how I wanted to take general courses before I enrolled.”

During her time at Argosy University, Carpenter received support from the student services department to ensure that she was on track—with her studies and her finances. “I met with a financial advisor at the school on multiple occasions just to be sure that loans were taken care of and payments were set in place. It was helpful to have offices on campus where we could drop in if we had questions or concerns,” she said. Carpenter also used the shared computers and library on a daily basis to complete her assignments.

Carpenter added that students must prepare themselves for the responsibility and work load of college. “There is a noticeable difference between high school and college classes,” she said. “In high school, my grades were determined by a combination of homework, projects and tests. In college, my grades were almost entirely dependent on proficiencies. I had to fine-tune my studying habits to succeed.”

She also relied on her instructors for support and guidance. “I found it incredibly helpful that each of my instructors had experience in the ultrasound setting,” she stated. “They included personal experiences that helped us to learn during our lectures and they always made a point to have open office hours throughout the week. Students could utilize this time to address any questions and concerns outside of class. This was also a great way to further develop our relationship with each instructor.”

Carpenter described her career as “incredibly rewarding. It gives you the opportunity to care for patients and make a difference in their lives,” she added. “In my opinion, the field is rapidly growing and changing and keeps you on your toes. In other words, you will never stop learning and progressing your skills throughout your career.”

She recommended that students interested in pursuing an Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography volunteer or work in a health care setting while still in high school. “As a senior in high school, I had the opportunity to volunteer in a radiology department,” she said. “Volunteering gave me a new understanding and appreciation for all of the hard work that goes on, in both a clinic and hospital setting.”

During her college studies, Carpenter discovered a passion for obstetrical ultrasound. She relied on the advice of her instructor to take advantage of the small ultrasound community to network and build relationships. “When I met sonographers from Minnesota Perinatal Physicians during my internship, I expressed my enthusiasm about obstetrical ultrasound,” she said. “Near the end of my internship, I sent a detailed email to the ultrasound supervisor at Minnesota Perinatal Physicians thanking the sonographers for all of their help and mentorship. I also went as far as telling them that I will be keeping an eye out for future positions as I considered high risk obstetrics my dream job.’

She understood that the field she was entering was competitive. “My six-month clinical internship was a great opportunity to work hard, learn and land a first job,” she said.

When a position opened at Minnesota Perinatal Physicians, Carpenter applied, interviewed and was hired. “I am still amazed and blessed by the opportunity and I wouldn’t change a thing,” she stated. “I have learned so much while working with such a great team of sonographers.” She performs detailed obstetrical ultrasounds on high risk patients, testing ultrasounds, amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling. “Minnesota Perinatal Physicians also has a fetal care center that provides surgical intervention inside the womb,” she added. “I’ve have had the chance to observe and train during these invasive procedures. Outside of work, I am hoping to volunteer on a medical mission and provide free ultrasounds for women who desperately need obstetrical care around the world.”

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Argosy University, Twin Cities, 1515 Central Parkway, Eagan, MN 55121. ©2017 Argosy University. All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@argosy.edu

See ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/855 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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