Nicholas did his undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin, emerging with a bachelor’s degree in Corporate and Community Health Promotion, with an emphasis in athletic training. For the following two years, he served as an athletic trainer with the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program, providing health care, training and rehabilitation for resident athletes during the 2004 Summer Olympic training.
After earning his master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Nicholas continued his duties with the Army. During this time, he was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He served as the medical adviser to the Battalion Commander and was responsible for coordinating care for patients.