Nicholas Jueneman is a United States Marine Corps veteran who is now working as a medical laboratory technician at Allina Health in Woodbury, MN. He returned to school after completing his military service and in 2013, he completed his Associate of Science in Medical Laboratory Technology from Argosy University, Twin Cities, magna cum laude.
His work is focused on performing technical and diagnostic laboratory procedures that provide prompt, accurate test results to help medical providers diagnose and treat patients. In addition to his medical laboratory technician position, Nicholas is also part of the company’s Safety Committee. “During my first year at Allina Health, I have been awarded Employee of the Month three times,” he says.
Nicholas is a former member of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS). He’s currently a member of American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). He says that the biggest career challenge he’s faced was the medical laboratory technician certification board exam. “Like most students, I did not know what to expect. I prepared the best I could and as a result I passed the exam after my first attempt. Argosy University, Twin Cities’ program prepared me for the board exam and allowed me to be successful in the field.”
He adds that during his time in the military, he considered many career options. “I meticulously researched various career fields and I eventually chose laboratory science. After further research, I learned that a career as a Medical Laboratory Technician would be a great foundation into the laboratory science field.” He chose Argosy University, Twin Cities because it offered a year-round accredited program. “I could start and finish the program without interruptions.”
To help fund his education, Nicholas used the Post-9/11 GI Bill® and the Yellow Ribbon Program. Nicholas says that his education helped him to be a responsible employee in the workplace—and he adds that his military experience helped him to realize the importance of education. “I took my education very seriously and did my absolute best.”
Nicholas’ transition from military life to student life was made easier by the assistance he received in school. “It was an easy transition because Argosy University, Twin Cities, is a military friendly school. They offer assistance for veterans to facilitate their educational experience. They also have a Veterans’ Administration student advisor that assists with GI Bill® questions or concerns.” He recommends that veterans who are returning to school do their due diligence. “It is important to do as much research as possible about the field [you] are choosing. “
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