Jacob Ponder graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in 1999 with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science. After spending a few years in the workplace, he found his real passion was to become a nurse. He went back to school at UAMS and graduated with a Bachelor's in Nursing in 2012. In 2013, he began his studies for a Master's Degree in Nursing. He graduated with his APRN license from UAMS in 2015. Since that time he has worked in urgent care centers in central Arkansas, gathering a wealth of experience. He came to UAMS to develop consistent relationships with his patients and guide them toward a certain level of wellness.