Meet Concorde RT Alum Jordan McMillan
Feb. 23, 2017
Jordan McMillan is the quintessential Concorde success story.
He decided he wanted a career in a health care field a little more than 10 years ago, in 2006. And, he knew about Concorde.
âI knew I wanted to be a nurse or respiratory therapist,â he said. âI liked the start date of the RT program more, so thatâs what I went with.â
To say that McMillan âwent withâ the program is an understatement. He enrolled in the Respiratory Therapy program at Concordeâs campus in North Hollywood, Calif. and thrived from the beginning.
Great experience at Concorde
McMillan said his experience at Concorde was great and full of support from the time of his enrollment onward. The faculty â especially the late Kozet Boyd, for whom a Concorde scholarship is named â and staff were instrumental in shaping his future.
âMy instructors were good,â he said. âMy clinical instructors were very knowledgeable. That helped me a lot.â
McMillan said he didnât have to concern himself with finding work after graduating in March 2008.
âI was employed right away,â he said. âI did very well in my clinicals. My clinical site hired me, and Iâve worked for that company ever since.â
Success as a respiratory therapist
McMillan has been employed at that company - Providence Health & Services
Â - the last nine years at Providence Holy Cross. Heâs worked at the Providence corporate office in Medical Informatics most recently. He worked two clinical rotations there as a Concorde student.
âInformatics focuses on health information and optimization of systems,â he said. âIt supports everyone in the Providence system.â
McMillanâs work there led to his most recent opportunity. He completed a move from southern California to Olympia, Wash. where he manages the cardio/pulmonary department at Providence Centralia.
âMy manager from Washington recommended me,â he said. âItâs a great opportunity. Iâm really looking forward to getting started.â
McMillan knew a lot about Concorde before ever attending respiratory therapist school
there. His mother, Carmen Bowen, was Academic Dean at Concorde â North Hollywood when he enrolled there and today is the Campus President.
Perhaps mom had a bigger influence on his thirst for education. Heâs back in school, working toward his bachelor degree in health informatics and hopes to one day earn a masterâs in business administration with an emphasis in health administration.
Heâs not closing the door on perhaps one day teaching himself.
âMy teachers were very good,â he said. âItâs a thankless job. But, Iâm only 31, so you never know.â