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APSU medical tech senior selected for national scholarship


Vanna Gassmann, a senior medical technology student at Austin Peay State University, receives an API scholarship check from Dr. Perry Scanlan, medical technology program director at APSU. (Photo by Rollow Welch, APSU Public Relations and Marketing)


Vanna Gassmann, a senior at Austin Peay State University, was one of six students selected in the nation to receive a $2,000 scholarship from the American Proficiency Institute (API).

Gassmann is enrolled in the University’s medical technology program.

“Medical technology is all about finding answers,” she said. “I have developed a greater interest in science throughout college and have become intrigued with solving problems in a laboratory atmosphere.”

Dr. Perry M. Scanlan, associate professor and program director of the medical technology program at APSU, said, “The highest praise for a medical technologist is that their work will save or help another person and that they will complete their duties mistake free. Ms. Gassmann will no doubt be someone who might catch a mistake or save a person’s life through her attention to detail.

The American Proficiency Institute is one of the largest proficiency testing providers in the world serving more than 16,000 laboratories. API offers innovative solutions and technical excellence for the proficiency testing needs of hospital laboratories, physician offices, clinics and point-of-care testing sites. - Melony Shemberger