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.”
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