Veteran Student Enters Medical Sonography Field at Keizer University

Miguel Gonzalez enrolled at Keizer University in Daytona after serving three years in the United States Army. He joined the military right out of high school, explaining that he needed the structure and discipline of the military to help him build a solid foundation for his life. The military taught him to thrive in a fast-paced, high-intensity environment, and when his contract ended, he knew he wanted to find a career in another fast-paced industry.

He combined his passion for motivating and helping others with his ability to work well under pressure to find himself in the field of medical ultrasound. Upon returning to Daytona, Florida from his military contract, Gonzalez began researching area schools that could offer him this new field. He found Keizer University Associate of Science Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography and I knew it would be a great game.

“People say the grass is greener on the other side,” Gonzalez said, referring to his post-military days. “For me, it was coming back into the civilian world with my GI Bill ® after getting out and immediately enrolling at Keizer University.”

Gonzalez started the 16-month program in August 2021 and is expected to graduate in December this year.

“It’s been a very enjoyable trip so far,” he said. “It’s a very unique area, very practical.”

Gonzalez started ultrasound at the hospital where he is currently completing his clinical studies. He said the clinics have given him a front row seat in the world of medical ultrasound, and he loves the job because he can help those in need.

“It’s almost like being an artist, while scanning,” Gonzalez said. “Your [tools] are the brushes and you have to paint the perfect picture for radiologists and doctors.

After graduation, Gonzalez said he planned to spend a few years working at a local hospital, but later wanted to enter into a work travel contract to see more of the country. Either way, he is looking forward to his new career in medical sonography and eager to lend a hand wherever he can.

Keizer University is a private, independent, nonprofit university serving nearly 20,000 students at 21 Florida campuses, online, and at two international locations. Founded in 1977 by Chancellor Arthur Keizer, Ph.D., and Evelyn Keiser, Keizer University currently offers more than 100 degrees ranging from associate to doctoral level. Keiser University is a designated Hispanic-serving institution, a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, and was ranked #5 in the United States in social mobility by US News and World Report in 2022.