Jessica Swider

Jessica Swider poses for the camera while wearing a physician assistant scrubs.
Jessica Swider

Jessica Swider ’16 wants to pursue a career as a physician’s assistant, which requires extensive hands-on education. “I like the problem-solving that goes into medicine. I’ve always been interested in the human body and figuring out how to fix problems with its systems,” she says. 

When she decided to return to school for this career path, she knew Oakton would be the place to get her phlebotomy certification so she could gain patient care hours and explore her curiosity in the science of medicine. 

Plus, as an alum, she knew Oakton’s faculty would be in her corner from day one. “The professors at Oakton pushed me to ask questions, to want to know more. They do a really good job of realizing potential in students.”