Wednesday, January 29, 2020

From an Internet Search to a New Degree: Meet Marvin Nichols

In the summer of 2017, Marvin Nichols set out to find a place to earn his master’s degree that would cater to his needs as a full-time working adult. He turned his research to the internet and typed in, “colleges for working adults” and Peirce College popped up on his screen. He immediately inquired and after attending an open house, he was sold.

“I was instantly intrigued by Peirce because I quickly learned how much they supported working adults and as a full-time employee, this was important to me,” explained Marvin. “When I came to open house, I learned about Peirce Fit® where I would have the flexibility to choose whether to attend class on campus or online. I met with faculty who explained the graduate program in general as well as my program of interest. Finally, I met with current students in the Graduate Student Association who confirmed my belief of Peirce’s dedication to working adults. I knew this was the school for me.”

Marvin soon enrolled in Peirce’s Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (MSHCA) program because it so seamlessly aligned with his current and future career goals. “I have over 20 years of experience in the medical field in some capacity. When I heard what the MSHCA program entailed, it felt like a natural progression for me to move into this opportunity,” said Marvin.

During the program, Marvin gained more than he anticipated. “From this program, I gained a better and broader understanding of healthcare. The curriculum is designed to introduce all different parts of the healthcare industry to best prepare students for the real world.”

Marvin further explained, though, how not only did the curriculum and schoolwork expand his knowledge, but so did those surrounding him. “I learned so much from both my professors and classmates. There were such diverse backgrounds and work experiences in each class, which contributed to my learning. We all taught one another and I don’t know if I would have found this type of diverse knowledge anywhere else.”

After dedicating himself to his studies, Marvin proudly completed his degree last month in December 2019. With his new degree, he expects to apply his new knowledge and leadership skills to his current role as a Practice Transformation Specialist and hopes to continue to advance his career within this field.

As Marvin reflected back on his time at Peirce, he said, “This was one of the best things I have ever done. My entire experience was amazing. Every student at Peirce had the same goals and agenda of balancing responsibilities, but eager to earn our degree. The faculty and staff were always ready to answer questions. Peirce is an academic institution that wants you to succeed, but also makes sure you get a strong education in the process. I am so blessed that I was able to attend Peirce College to earn my Master of Science in Healthcare Administration.”

Congratulations to Marvin on all of his successes! Peirce College wishes him nothing but the best as he continues to chase his career goals and apply his new degree to the workforce.