College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions Success Stories
Learn more about our students and the outstanding experiences that are helping them succeed in and outside the classroom.
Meghan Becerril '20, Health Sciences
Sometimes a student’s college journey takes a different path than they expected. That was the case for Meghan Becerril, who graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences and a minor in Communication. Meghan’s original plan was to become a pre-pharmacy major.
Brianna Tribble-Bryant '20
Graduating senior Brianna Tribble-Bryant will begin work as a kindergarten teacher at CREC’s Museum Academy come the fall. She credits the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions (ENHP) with providing the guidance and support she needed to truly learn and understand the field of education.
A UHart Parent's Experience
One of the main reasons Gayle Silver's daughter Erica chose the University of Hartford was because of its physical therapy program. Gayle says, “When we learned about the combined Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Physical Therapy program at UHart, we realized this was a wonderful option. Erica will earn her bachelor’s degree and then move directly into the graduate physical therapy program.”
Quimby Wechter '20, Health Science/Pre-DPT
Quimby Wechter ’20 is the recipient of this year’s Belle K. Ribicoff Prize, awarded for academic excellence, intellectual curiosity, and originality of thought. She will work at Boston Children's Hospital as a clinical research assistant in the neurology department and looks forward to helping children with spinal muscular atrophy and muscular dystrophy.
Nick Foucault '20, Radiologic Technology
UHart's superb Radiologic Technology program allowed graduating senior Nick Foucault to rotate to various clinical settings, ranging from outpatient facilities to busy hospitals. His clinical experience led to a job offer at Manchester Memorial Hospital at the end of his junior year.
Kieu-My Nguyen '20
Graduating commuter student Kieu-My Nguyen will be attending medical school this coming fall at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine to become an osteopathic physician. Her passion for medicine, the faculty and classroom guidance in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions, and involvement on campus equipped her for this exciting endeavor.
Alyssa Clifford '20
Since 2017, Alyssa Clifford spent every summer as a working intern and patient coordinator at Harvey and Lewis Opticians in West Hartford. It was there that she developed a love of optometry and was able to learn the optometry business and insurance skills. In the fall, Alyssa will be pursuing a Doctor of Optometry degree at the New England College of Optometry in Boston.
Lydia Farmer, Health Sciences, '20
As a Health Sciences major and member of the Honors Program, Lydia Farmer was able to use the knowledge and skills she learned in and out of the classroom to form a connection with faculty and students that eventually lead to her taking the next step in her academic career, going to graduate school.
Student's Invention Gives Children with Cerebral Palsy Freedom in the Pool
The Water Strider, an innovative device for children with cerebral palsy, was designed and built by Josh Breighner ‘20, a student in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.
When Mackenzie Ford received her degree at Commencement on May 19, her achievement wasn't only a personal milestone. She's also the first graduate of UHart's Montessori bachelor’s degree program.
Children love playing with dolls they can identify with. But for many kids with disabilities, it's difficult to find dolls that look like them. Mikaela Nelson ’19 is hoping to change that.