Major: Nuclear Medicine, Phlebotomy
When Jordan Fritz was pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science at North Central College, he took several summer classes at College of DuPage.
He was impressed by COD’s reputation and commuter-friendly access. Years later, he found himself back at COD pursuing a new career path.
“I first explored nuclear medicine while attending an information session based on a recommendation from a family friend who works in mammography,” he said. “I was drawn to the nuclear medicine field because of the variety in patient care. Each day is different and brings about new and exciting opportunities to learn.
“COD offered a rigorous academic program, which allowed me to achieve my academic goals and finish with confidence in my skills while preparing me for the NMTCB (Nuclear Medicine Certification Board) examination. COD also has exceptional instructors who made learning fun and promoted knowledge retention. In addition, the college matched me with clinical sites that maximized my learning and ultimately resulted in employment.”
Fritz, who earned certificates in both Nuclear Medicine and Phlebotomy, now works as a full-time nuclear medicine technologist at SwedishAmerican Hospital in Rockford. He has completed a self-study CT program through the hospital and plan to sit for boards this fall. Once certified, Fritz plans to begin an MBA program to expand his career opportunities, with an ultimate career goal of obtaining a leadership role within nuclear medicine.
He credits COD for providing him the skills to pursue his health care career.
“The education I received was exceptional in addition to the relationships that were cultivated during my time at COD,” Fritz said. “Nuclear medicine is an incredibly rewarding field and has expanded my opportunities for growth. My advice is to take every opportunity to make connections as a student with peers, faculty and clinical employees.”