Region: Long Island
Program Institution: Hofstra University
High School: Holy Trinity High School
College/University: Binghamton University;
State University of NY
Major/Minor: B.A. Biology; concentration
in Cellular & Molecular Biology
Graduation Date: 2012
Advanced Degrees/Professional Licenses:
Employer: South Nassau Communities Hospital,
Oceanside, NY; Phlebotomist
NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine, Old Westbury, NY; STEP
Lourdes Hospital, Binghamton, NY; Patient Care Assistant
Wilson Hospital, Binghamton, NY; Clinical Intern
Winthrop Hospital, Mineola, NY; Emergency/Oncology Volunteer
Significant Professional or Academic Accomplishments:
Nicole epitomizes the success of the STEP program. She was
a sophomore in high school when she stepped on the Campus
of Binghamton University, during a STEP College Tour, and
exclaimed ‘this is where I want to go to college’.
She fulfilled that goal and many more as she advanced through
her educational endeavors. She graduated with a Bachelor’s
degree in Biology then received her certification in Phlebotomy,
she is currently working in a hospital obtaining blood samples
from neonatal to geriatric aged patients.
While attending Binghamton she worked and interned at local
area hospitals; shadowing physician assistants who prescribed
medications, conducted complete examinations, sutured wounds,
applied casts on broken bones, ordered x-rays and blood tests,
placed urethral catheters and , amazingly, delivered a baby.
She was inspired by the compassion and reliability of the
physician assistants she worked with prompting her to apply
for her Master’s degree in a Physician Assistant Program.
Nicole gives special thanks to Sabita Nyak for all the help
and encouragement she offered through the STEP program. STEP
& Sabita went beyond the academic opportunities and value
of education and instilled a global sense of community and
sharing that has directed her in life.
With her family background representing two Caribbean countries
she knows the importance of giving back to her community.
In addition to her work as a phlebotomist, she is currently
employed as a Program Coordinator for STEP at NYIT College
of Osteopathic Medicine. The unwavering passion to be the
type of person who appeals to the physical, emotional, and
spiritual components of her patients and her STEP high school
students is what keeps her motivated throughout her journey.
Nicole has been credited with saying: ‘I believe every
person has been through some sort of adversity, and it is
not how hard you fall, but how strongly you persevere while
getting back up that makes all the difference’. She
is an inspiration to us all.