Alumni spotlight: Kayla Frandrup

Since graduating DCTC in 2014, Kayla Frandup has worked hard to achieve success in the medical field. She works as a lab technician and processes physician payments for Boston Scientific.

A 2014 DCTC graduate, Kayla Frandrup made her dreams of working in the medical industry come true

Kayla Frandrup first took an interest in entering the medical field after she worked as a nursing assistant at Trinity Care Center in Farmington. Kayla, who had received a Nursing Assistant Certificate from DCTC in 2009, wasn’t sure where she would fit best in the medical community, so she decided to tackle a couple different DCTC medical programs.

While it was challenging, Kayla worked hard at her studies and thrived. She also was an active member of the DCTC community. As a student ambassador, she consistently displayed a strong work ethic and positive attitude, assisting during Tuesday Campus Visits, the College Open House, and New Student Advising and Registration Sessions. An enthusiastic member of the Student Senate, she served as treasurer and as an integral member of the Student Life Budget Committee.

As vice president of the Campus Lions Club, she coordinated numerous club activities, including the Bridging Bed Race, Blindness Awareness Week, participation in the Polar Plunge, and raising money for gas cards for DCTC students. Also Kayla played two seasons on the Blue Knights fastpitch softball team as a utility player, serving as team captain her first year.

In 2014, Kayla graduated with an A.A.S. Patient (Health) Care Technician and a Medical Receptionist Certificate. Later that year she accepted a position with American Medical Systems as a lab technician. The position offered the opportunity to do a lot of traveling and use the skills she had learned.

“This job was perfect for me,” said Kayla.

Recently, Boston Scientific bought out American Medical Systems. With the change in ownership, her position changed and she now does physician payments as well as working in the lab. Kayla said her lab job consists of setting up cadavers for physicians who come from all over the world to learn how to use Boston Scientific products. Kayla said her time at DCTC prepared her well for the work she’s doing now.

“The hands on experience in the labs is really what made the programs stand out for me.”

In addition to the practical job experience, Kayla said DCTC also helped her develop the soft skills she needed to be successful in the medical industry.

“DCTC prepared me with my time management and juggling many things at once and still being very successful. DCTC also helped me by being a professional, such as knowing how to network, communicate and dress. Overall I felt very prepared for my field with DCTC’s education,”

Grateful for the support she received from faculty and staff to become a Patient Care Technician and working in the medical field, Kayla said she’s ready for whatever opportunities come her way.

“I had a great experience with my program because of the faculty. With their experience and knowledge they are the ones that made the program so wonderful.

Interested in pursuing a medical career like Kayla learn more here or contact

PATIENT CARE TECHNICIAN ADVISOR & INSTRUCTORS

Jonathan O'Hara
JONATHAN O’HARA
Enrollment Advisor
jonathan.ohara@dctc.edu
651-423-8638
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Kathleen Tettam, CMA (AAMA) PBT (ASCP)cm
Instructor, Medical Assistant and Patient Care Technician Programs
SkillsUSA Advisor
Dakota County Technical College
651-423-8421
Kathleen.tettam@dctc.edu