Dental Assisting – Program Highlight

In Ohio Valley College of Technology’s Dental Assisting program, students learn the skills they need to become a successful dental assistant. Some of these skills include four and six-handed dentistry, sterilization and disinfection techniques, processing and exposing radiographic images, dental tray set-ups, proper use of dental terminology, tooth identification, patient education, dental coding and insurance, instrument identification, procedure knowledge and emergency management.

OVCT Dental Assisting Students

Once a student completes OVCT’s 18-month course, they are eligible to receive their Ohio Dental Radiology License. This will allow them to take dental X-rays in the state of Ohio. They will also receive their CPR and First Aid Certifications to prepare for any emergency that may occur in an office setting. Upon graduation, students are also able to test for their Nationally Registered Certified Dental Assistant (NRCDA) certification.

Successful dental assistants are dependable and knowledgeable, with good personalities, who are also able to multi-task and understand the dentist’s needs.

Some of the most frequently asked questions I get from my students would be “What is the schedule like?”, “Can I get insurance?”, “What can a dental assistant do?”, “Where can I work?” and “What states can I work in?”.  All of these answers vary greatly depending on place of employment.

OVCT Dental Assistant Program

One of the best parts of OVCT’s Dental Assisting program is that students are required to complete an externships when they are almost done with their dental courses. This externship gives the student a chance to actually put the skills they have learned to use with a real patient. Students work with the dentist during patient care, set-up treatment rooms, and perform disinfection and sterilization procedures. OVCT prepares students with the hands-on training in the classroom, and the externship gives the student the chance to use those skills.

Some career opportunities a dental assisting graduate may have include working as an  oral surgeon, orthodontist, periodontist, endodontist, general dentist, or a pediatric dentist. OVCT provides the training to be a dental assistant in any of the above specialty areas, and also provides the necessary office training to work as office staff or office management.

A career as a dental assistant can provide a comfortable schedule for anyone with a family or anybody who plans to have one. It can provide steady pay with rewarding outcomes and OVCT’s dental classes will provide you with the skills to perform more than just one job in the office.

Business Administration – Program Highlight

The business world is thrilling, fast-paced, and challenging! If you want to be part of the excitement, consider obtaining your Associate Degree in Business Administration and start your new career in just two years.

Business Administration Program

The two-year business program offered through Ohio Valley College of Technology focuses on providing students with hands-on, practical experience with less focus on theory, and more focus on training on the day to day operations within the business world. Additionally, two-year programs allow students to obtain a degree in a fraction of the time of a four-year school while still receiving the education and training needed to get started in the world of business.

In this program, you will earn your Associate Degree in Business Administration and will acquire the business and technology training you need to start a rewarding career, work with committed business professionals, and be part of a winning team!

In our East Liverpool, Ohio business school, you will learn how to:

  • Manage an office and supervise personnel
  • Utilize sales and customer service techniques
  • Manage a small business
  • Understand accounting
  • Manage employee payroll
  • Understand business law
  • Write formal letters and email
  • Market and advertise a business to the public
  • Work with computer databases, spreadsheets, written documents, and the internet

For more information on graduation rates, median debt of students who have completed their programs, and other important information, please visit our website at Credits may not be transferable.

Gabrielle Jamison – Student Highlight


My name is Gabrielle Jamison and I am a student at Ohio Valley College of Technology. Coming to OVCT was one of the best decisions I have made in a long time.  Before attending OVCT, I attended another college in Columbiana County and received an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education. While I did earn a degree, my experience there was just okay.

Gabrielle Jamison

Before attending OVCT,  I was a stay at home mother. I was unsure of what I wanted to do, which caused me to become overwhelmed and stressed. I chose to come to OVCT because it is local, it has small class sizes, and the Dental Assisting program provides me with hands-on training and the training I need to earn my certifications. I chose to attend the Dental Assisting program because I love helping people and making them happy. What better way to do so than help them maintain a healthy smile?

My favorite part about attending OVCT is having instructors that truly want you to succeed.  Having a small class size makes learning all of the new material a lot easier than trying to focus over the bustle of a larger classroom. The teachers make this experience so great that I don’t think I have just one favorite teacher. They are all different. Mr. Ream keeps learning fun. Mrs. Poynter challenges me to do better. Mrs. Stine is a sweetheart and makes learning easy and Mrs. Martin makes me want to be a better person.

After graduation, my ideal job is to be a dental assistant in a dentist’s office. A long term goal I have with my career selection is that I would like to be peaceful, positive, and productive. I want to be able to take care of my family and continue to be there for them when they need me. Coming to OVCT was one of the best decisions I have made and I would refer a friend to OVCT if they were looking into furthering their education.

Understanding FAFSA With OVCT’s Financial Aid Officer Sarah Ferguson

Frequently Asked Questions

· What is the FAFSA?
FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It is a form that students fill out to apply for federal grants and loans. The form asks questions about income, family size, and other factors. It is then processed and all of the information that was provided is used to determine which grants and loans a student is eligible for.

· How often do you have to fill it out?
A new FAFSA must be completed for each academic year of school. At OVCT, one academic year is considered 9 months. In an 18-month program the FAFSA would need completed at the beginning, during the enrollment process and then again, 9 months later when a student would be halfway through their schooling.

· When is the deadline each year?
A FAFSA can be submitted at any time before a student begins class. We recommend filling it out as soon as possible. Keep in mind that it takes a week or so to process financial aid, so waiting until the day before classes start to complete the FAFSA is not a good idea. The process cannot be rushed.

· Why is it necessary?
Without completing the FAFSA a student can’t qualify for any federal grants or loans which may make paying for school difficult. A student may still attend OVCT without federal loans or grants but there will be no federal financial aid to help lower the cost.

· The difference between being dependent and independent
There are MANY factors that go into determining whether a student is considered to be dependent or independent. The first determining factor is age. If the student is under 24, they are likely to be dependent. If a student is dependent, their federal aid will be determined based on both their own income and their parents’ incomes. If a student is independent, their federal aid will be determined based on their own income. Determining if a student is independent or dependent can be tricky and again there are many factors that contribute to it. Feel free to stop into the financial aid office to further discuss your own dependency status!

Understanding The FAFSA

Let’s Talk Business

Hands-On Marketing with OVCT Student Samantha Riggs

During the first week of my Marketing class we were assigned a project that was not your typical college assignment. With this project, we had to come up with a product, sell it to our fellow students, and then market the product in the area around us. As we brainstormed on what product we wanted to sell, we also considered a charity to which we could donate our proceeds. The Columbiana County Humane Society was our chosen charity because they agreed to present to our class!

During our meeting with the Humane Society, we had the opportunity to learn more about our county and the organization. Jenny Rukenbrod from the Humane Society visited our classroom and had a lot to say about the animals they care for and protect. After their visit, we knew we wanted to help this great organization!

The next step in our project was trying to figure out what our customers would like to buy and how much they were willing to spend. The best way for us to understand our potential customers was to have the student body complete a survey. Students voted that they wanted us to sell lanyards and really liked the idea of the funds being donated to the Columbiana County Humane Society. Our next step was to develop a marketing plan and strategy.

We planned to sell lanyards during the operating hours of Hangry Helpers (a small café, solely operated by Business Administration students in order to prepare for externship), and to use social media for our marketing. The class created marketing videos, distributed flyers, and talked to local high schools and community organizations about our product.

My personal experience was great! I learned a lot from this project, which will be beneficial to me and my career goals. At the start of the project, we were assigned special jobs and titles that would symbolize our future careers paths and goals. My career plan is to use my Business Administration degree to work in Human Resources because I really enjoy helping others. I was chosen by my peers as the communicator for the project and my duty was the correspondence between our group and the local high schools.

OVCT’s High School Admissions Representative, Monica Allison, assisted us with implementing the project and scheduling our pitch. Multiple college administrators and program directors served as the OVCT decision-making panel. When the plan was approved, I drafted a letter to the campus president requesting final approval and starter funds to initiate the project.

We sold the lanyards during lunch periods at Southern Local High School and were able to visit classrooms and speak with teachers, where we were invited to attend their upcoming District Showcase. This event, held in the high school’s gymnasium, was one of the most successful events for lanyard sales.

This project taught me how to present a successful marketing pitch, how to communicate professionally, and to understand basic accounting principles. This project and OVCT’s Business Administration program have helped me cultivate skills that I did not even know I had!

Business Administration students Samantha Riggs and Breanna Kelly sell lanyards at Southern Local High School to benefit the Columbiana County Humane Society:

OVCT Business

Columbiana County Humane Society Director Jenny Rukenbrod (center) visits our marketing class:

OVCT Marketing Class

For important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program CLICK HERE

4 Ways Nurses Can Build Genuine Connections with Patients

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When you are a nurse, your relationships with patients help you perform your duties, and they also help to put patients at ease as they prepare for surgeries, recover from incidents, or receive ongoing care.

Check out these quick tips on how to build a more genuine connection with your patients from OVCT!

1. Stay Focused on Them

For those in the nursing field, workplace distractions and lingering anxieties from select patients can take their toll at times, but keeping focused on individuals will help both the patient and you.

One of the best things you can do as a nurse to build a better connection with your patients is, when you walk into their room, push everything else in your mind aside and just focus on them and the task at hand. As simple as it may sound, it can be hard to remember!

2. Be Sure to Use Eye Contact

An easy way to better connect with your patients is to use eye contact while speaking with them. According to Travel Nursing, when nurses use eye contact, it quickly conveys compassion, commitment, and connection.

Make a point to incorporate this small gesture into your care and your patients will certainly appreciate it!

3. Show Interest in Their Lives and Share Stories of Your Own

If you have enough time during your tasks, a great way to connect is to ask your patients basic questions about themselves, such as what they do for a living, if they have a family, what their favorite books or albums are, etc.

This is an easy way to find ways to relate and grow your bond with them by discovering things you can talk about to cheer them up in times of need.

4. Share Relevant Info to Keep Their Spirits Up

When patients are admitted to a hospital, sometimes they don’t know how long they’ll be there and can often feel quite disconnected from the outside world. Since their TV and the internet use can be limited, try and share some info to boost their spirits and keep them focused on getting well.

Whether it’s sharing what you’ve heard about a new business coming to town or relaying that the hospital cafeteria is going to have chocolate pudding that day, these small connections can pay off.

Sometimes it’s the little things you can share to make your patients feel like they’re more than just the person in room 202!

Get Started on Your Journey to Becoming a Great Nurse at OVCT

Choosing to pursue your nursing career through an education at OVCT also comes with many benefits such as:

  • Being able to graduate in 24 months
  • Being prepared to take the NCLEX-RN licensing exam to become a Registered Nurse
  • Gaining experience through clinical rotations and practical training

Apply to Ohio Valley College of Technology Today!

If you think you are ready to start working toward a rewarding career as a nurse, apply today! If you have any specific questions about our programs, be sure to contact us.

For important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program, visit our disclosures pages for Nursing and LPN to RN Bridge.

Everything a College Student Needs to Know Coming from a Nursing Student at OVCT

-Joshua Underwood, Year One Nursing Student


 Going to college for the first time can be an exciting and scary experience all at once. You may have expectations from stories you have heard from others, from movies, or from recruiters from the colleges you plan on attending. You will have a lot to think about when adjusting to the college lifestyle, so here is everything a college student needs to know before making the big transition!

OVCT Nursing

 Whether you come from a big city or you are like me and lived in such a small town that you could close your eyes to sneeze and walk past it, the social life associated with college can be a big change from what you are used to. If you come from a small town, be prepared to put yourself out there! It may be scary but once you get past the initial nerves, you will wonder why you were ever afraid in the first place. While social life is a huge element of college, you have to always remember the main reason you are there, to learn. 

Now that you are in college, you will have to be more independent than ever. This can be difficult for some, so a great idea is to get an agenda or planner of some sort. Write down everything you need to do and when it is due and be sure to pencil in specific times for studying. Try your hardest to stick to this schedule because procrastination will be your worst enemy. You may think you can cram a 15-page paper all in one night but trust me, you can’t. (Side note: Be sure to save OFTEN and email your work to yourself just in case something happens to your computer). Try to form good study habits even for “easy” classes because they will carry over when you actually need it. When you go to class, be sure to take food, water, and a phone charger with you because you never know how long some days will be. Sometimes, it’s worth sticking around and asking questions after class, going to your professor’s office hours, or studying in between classes.

OVCT Family

On that note, be sure to use all resources available to you. Most schools offer libraries, student discounts at many participating businesses, counseling, and work-study programs. Remember, you are paying for your education, so get the most out of it. Don’t let pride get in the way of asking questions on things you don’t understand and listen and take useful notes. Try befriending an upperclassman so they can “show you the ropes.” More importantly, be kind to any and all staff (not just professors) because they can help you out far more than you realize, whether it is pointing you in the right direction when you are lost or unlocking a door to an empty room for you to study in. Any interaction can be an important networking opportunity.

Another thing you should be mindful of is what you post on social media. What may seem funny and harmless at the time might come back to haunt you later on. Before you post, think “would I want a potential employer to see this?” Even if your account is on private, nothing is truly private on the Internet. Getting a job during school is a good idea to get work experience and to have a little extra money to have fun in your free time.

Balancing work, school, and your social life can be difficult but is very important. Working and studying are important but be sure to plan time for yourself to have fun! Last but not least, when it is finals week and you are only sleeping a few hours each night in between tests and studying all day, and you are more stressed than ever, remember one thing; There is an end in sight. Keep looking ahead at what you are working toward.

For important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended this program CLICK HERE

The Senior Meltdown

The Senior Meltdown

The How-To on Surviving Senior Year

By High School Admission Rep Monica Allison


It’s the question you been hounded with all year…

Senior Meltdown

“What are your plans after graduation?”

Senior year can be the best year of high school. It can even be the best year of your life. Senior year is exciting because high school is almost over and you don’t have to go back after summer break. The excitement of living your life, following your dreams, starting the next chapter, and all the other clichés you may hear throughout the year is just around the corner.

What happens if you do not know what you want to do after high school? What if nine months was not enough time to decide what you want to do with the rest of your life? What if you are not done with this chapter and this chapter was too short? What if you are not ready?

This is what I call the “Senior Meltdown”. It’s when you realize there are only a few short months before you graduate, thirty days before the scholarship deadlines, and the start of the countdown for when you walk across the stage and receive your diploma. Many high school senior feels the panic in their chest and the annoyance of the numerous questions from their parents, grandparents, family members, teachers, and random strangers:

“what are your plans… what are you doing… you need to decide…. pretty soon it will be over… you can’t live at home forever… time for the real world… ugh adulting”

Welcome to the first stage of the Senior Meltdown. Good news! I know how you can survive!

Senior Meltdown 2

First, make a list. This doesn’t have to be a long list, just a list of what you want to do in life. Traveling, owning your own home, buying a dream car, finding security, making money, and being happy can all be items on this list. Then, make a list of what you want in a college. Start by looking at local colleges. You can save money by commuting to a local college. You can also save by borrowing food out of mom and dad’s fridge and, let’s not forget, mom can still do your laundry!

Second, remember that scholarships are not a big and scary monster. Do not panic when you see a scholarship application that is five pages long. Instead, stop and consider how long it will take you to earn that scholarship just by working. I bet if you make minimum wage and work part-time after school, it would take you a month to three months to earn the same amount of money the scholarship is offering. A scholarship application will take three hours max to complete. Take the time and apply. I mean, it is FREE money!

Finally, schedule many college visits. Visit a college, talk to admission reps, students, and if you’re lucky a professor/director. My best advice for those who are unsure or undecided about their college choice is to SIT IN A COLLEGE CLASS! Test drive the college, test drive the program, and, especially, test drive the career. See if it fits you and your list of what you want to do in life. It doesn’t cost money, it takes an hour max, and you will feel so much better after you experience a program and a college first hand. In my next blog, I will tell you all about “Test Driving A College.”

If you want to visit Ohio Valley College of Technology, learn more about local scholarship, and sit in a college class, call/text me at 330-368-8018. We can talk more about Medical Assisting, Business Administration, Dental Assisting, Medical Office Administration, and/or Nursing.

Make Your Dreams Come True

OVCT Making Dreams Come True Since 1886

Saturday, January 13th is a day that gives you the opportunity to realize your goals and dreams. Many students at OVCT are already pursuing their dream by going to college and working towards their degree in their career field. OVCT has asked our students and graduates to share their dreams and goals. Remember, “whatever your dreams are, they usually do not come true without some effort.” Our students know that the distance between dreams and reality is called action. OVCT wants to know what your dreams are for 2018.

“I want to climb Mount Everest

-Caitlin Allen, Medical Assisting student

Overcome my health issues and build a family!”

-Amber Dorsey, Medical Office Administration student

“Travel to every country in the world that is safe to visit. My biggest goal is to visit Ireland, Spain, and Australia.”

-Jennell Bolton, Business Administration graduate

One of my biggest dreams is to take my kids to Disney World/Disneyland for a week or two.”

-Courtney Stephens, Upcoming Medical Assisting graduate

See my grandchildren become anything they want. Be happy, creative people. And if possible meet their children.”

-Bernice Nelson, Nursing Student

I dream of going to Bora Bora

-Breanna Kelly, Business Administration Student & OVCT Hangry Helper Manager

My biggest dream is to travel. I can only hope one day my son and I can experience this world’s beauty.”

-Markie Lowe, Medical Assisting student

I want to become a dental assistant and have a successful life.

-Alexis Fish, Dental Assisting student

…To take my kids on the Disney cruise!”

OVCT SGA Students

-Victoria Grimes, Medical Assisting student

Travel to Holland to learn about my family roots and speak Dutch fluently.”

-Lexie Van Lingen, Medical Assisting student

Become a nurse and give myself and children a better life than what we have had so far.”

-Vicki White, Dental Assisting student and Medical Assisting graduate

“…Helping those in need.”

-Barbara Clinebell, Business Administration student

To see a world where everyone is happy and at peace with themselves and other people.”

-Mickala Guy, Dental Assisting student

Visit Hawaii <3

  • Haylee Cramer, Medical Assisting student