“I am very excited to start my next chapter in life,” said East Islip High School senior Rachel Domozych, who has been accepted into Quinnipiac University’s School of Nursing with a $16,000 annual academic scholarship.
Domozych’s career path was set four years ago, inspired by a cousin diagnosed with brain and spinal tumors. “I always knew that I wanted to work in the field of pediatric oncology,” she said, “but I never knew exactly what I wanted to do. Now I hope to become a nurse practitioner.”
At top-ranked Quinnipiac, located in Hamden, Conn., the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree that she will pursue is a clinical doctorate program (established in 2011), which will entail three additional years of education for Domozych. She noted the outstanding 99 percent nursing board's passing rate for the School of Nursing, whose new 180,000 square-foot facility opened in 2009, offering $3.5 million in cutting-edge equipment and 24 teaching laboratories including an orthopedics lab, a rehabilitative sciences lab, a clinical skills lab, an intensive care unit, a health assessment lab, a physical exam suite, a physical diagnostics lab and a motion analysis lab.
Like many of her classmates, Domozych will miss the enriching environment of East Islip while looking ahead in excitement to the challenge of university. “My high school years have been filled with great memories of my friends, teammates and family, and I can’t wait for college to top them all,” she said.