While serving as a Hospital Corpsman in the United States Navy, Keiser University student Wenceslas Montlouis determined that his professional calling in life was to assist others as a healthcare professional.


“The experience had a major impact on my life and was the deciding factor in my career choice, as I enjoy caring for clients and assisting those in need,” reflected Montlouis, who serves in affiliation with the Navy Operational Support Center in Jacksonville, Florida.


Recently recognized as a fellow of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF), the Keiser University Associate of Science in Nursing student recognizes the growing demand for professionals in the industry. “The nursing profession has always been valued, and it has become even more important today due to the increase in the geriatric population and rise in COVID-19 cases. I chose to earn my degree at Keiser University because of the smaller class sizes and hands-on practice opportunities that are tailored to give students the extra attention they need to succeed.


Montlouis also credits a faculty member for continued support.


“Not only is Dr. Sonny Abad an amazing Anatomy and Physiology professor, but he was also a great mentor by teaching me the skills needed to succeed before starting my program,” he said.


When asked what he’d recommend to those considering a career in the profession, Montlouis reflected, “I recommend that those who have an interest in nursing think heavily on their reason for entering the field. I say this because I feel like nursing is a calling for a select few individuals and only those who possess genuine compassion, empathy, a keen sense of ethics, and open-mindedness should take on the career path.”


The ICUF Presidential Fellows Program has built a legacy of energizing students, parents, and alumni to be actively involved in their government’s decisions.  Eligible students are full-time students at an ICUF institution at the senior, junior, or sophomore level for the entire academic year.  Also, eligible students are Florida residents who receive the Effective Access to Student Education (EASE) grant.


Keiser University’s Associate of Science degree in Nursing prepares students to practice professional nursing. Professional nursing involves the performance of those acts requiring substantial specialized knowledge, judgment and nursing skill based upon applied principles of biological, physical, psychological and social sciences.


Keiser University is a private, not-for-profit university, serving nearly 20,000 students and employing 2,900 faculty and staff members. Co-founded in 1977 by Chancellor Arthur Keiser, Ph.D., and Evelyn Keiser, the university currently offers more than 100 degrees at 21 Florida campuses, as well as online and at two international sites. Keiser University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges as a level VI institution to award certificates and degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral levels. For additional information regarding Keiser University, visit http://www.keiseruniversity.edu.