As a human biology student at UM, Matt Shryock explored every health profession – except nursing. He wouldn’t let himself do that, he says. Matt earned his bachelor’s degree in 2009 and then went to work at an organ and tissue transplant center in Missoula. Last December, he went back to school, this time at Missoula College. And he found himself pursuing a career he never expected.
“I absolutely love nursing,” Matt says. “You spend most of your time directly with the patients.”
Matt is studying to become a registered nurse. He plans to continue his education and become a nurse practitioner, possibly in critical care or family practice.
“Nursing is unique in that you can continue working while you earn advance degrees,” he says.
Matt especially enjoys the hands-on work in the simulation labs. They are adequate, but crowded. “Having the new facility will help attract the best and brightest,” Matt says.
Getting into the nursing program is already very competitive. Matt says he was very excited to get in and is grateful for the support he receives from the faculty and staff.To support Missoula College students like Matt, fill out the form below.