MARIETTA, OHIO (August 20, 2019)— Since graduating from high school, Brandon Farler has been methodically pursuing his Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) in order to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).
While still in high school, Farler successfully completed a basic Emergency Medical Technician course. It was during this training that he was first inspired to become a nurse. Farler graduated from the WSCC associate degree nursing program in 2015. When asked about his time as a student, his former instructor said, “He was focused on being successful in the program throughout his enrollment and had a very specific plan from day one,” remembered Assistant Nursing Professor Tracey Bogard. “He was probably the most dedicated and stellar student that I have ever had the pleasure to teach,” she raved.
A native of Middletown, Ohio, Farler chose to relocate more than 200 miles away in order to start his education at Washington State Community College (WSCC). While community colleges often consist of students who commute to campus, Farler was drawn to the institution’s long history of excellence in nursing education. He chose WSCC because of its exceptional licensure pass rates and affordable tuition. WSCC has a current National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) pass rate of 100% and boasts a 100% job-placement record. Pass rates for the last five years rank 9% higher than the national average and nearly 12% higher than state averages.
Following graduation from WSCC he went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in nursing, worked in intensive care units across Ohio and Virginia, and earned several certifications including his critical care nursing (CCRN) and certified emergency nurse (CEN), all in preparation for nurse anesthesia school.
At the conclusion of the first semester of his doctoral program at the University of Cincinnati, he reflected on his journey and credits Washington State with giving him a solid start. He says he’s thankful for being able to earn a quick and efficient start to his education that allowed him to remain debt-free.