5 Steps to Starting an Essential Healthcare Career

We all know that healthcare employees are essential, and now is a great time to begin your career as an essential healthcare worker. As the healthcare industry continues to expand, this could be a great career option for you that will bring lasting fulfillment and success.

Understanding the right steps to take to become an essential healthcare worker can be confusing, so we’re sharing them with you!

Step 1: Choose a specific healthcare job

To start your career as an essential healthcare worker, the first thing you need to do is choose the specific job you want to do in the medical field. For those who want to pursue a career in healthcare, there are many different career paths available to choose from. You could become a medical assistant, dental assistant, medical office manager, nurse, or even a doctor.

When making the important decision of which job in healthcare you want, answering a few questions about yourself will help guide you in the right direction.

  • What aspects of healthcare am I interested in?
  • What am I good at and what are my strengths?
  • Do I already have any relevant experience?
  • How quickly do I want to earn my degree and begin working?

When you choose a career that interests you and you’re good at, your work will be more enjoyable. It’s important to ask yourself these questions, because we all want to love going to work every day!

Thinking about how long you want to spend earning your degree before you begin working will also help guide you as you choose a career path. For example, if you want to be a medical assistant, you can get the training you need in less than two years, but if you want to be a surgeon, you will need to attend college for many more years.

Step 2: Pick a college degree that meets your needs

You’ve decided which essential healthcare job you want to pursue, so now it’s time to choose a college degree that will prepare you for the position. There are different types of degrees and training needed for different jobs, so research the specific job you’ve chosen to find out exactly what degree you need.

In today’s specialized healthcare industry, most jobs require training for the specific job you will be doing, and some require professional healthcare certifications to show you are qualified to perform the job duties. Look for a college that provides you with everything you need to get started in your new career as you research different colleges and training options.

At Ohio Valley College of Technology, our healthcare college degrees put students on the fast track to an exciting medical career with short-term programs that can be completed in less than two years. If you’re ready to start an essential healthcare career quickly, without spending 4-6 years in school, our fast track college degree programs may be a great choice for you!

Step 3: Gain the skills and knowledge to succeed

Now that you’ve decided on your dream healthcare job and chosen the best college degree to prepare you for success, it’s time to gain the knowledge and skills you need. Contact the college you chose and set up a time for a campus tour and to meet with an admission advisor. In this meeting, you will learn all about the college, the degree program, student services, career services, and everything else you need to be successful.

As you attend your college classes, you will gain the skills, experience, and knowledge needed for a successful career as an essential healthcare worker. If you chose a healthcare college degree program that prepares you for professional medical certifications, you will also prepare to sit for the certification exams.

We offer an array of healthcare college degree programs at OVCT to prepare you to quickly begin your career as an essential worker in healthcare. With college degrees in Nursing, LPN to RN Bridge, Medical Assisting, Dental Assisting, and Medical Office Administration, you can earn the degree and gain the skills you need in less than two years.

Step 4: Apply for jobs and start your essential healthcare career

After gaining the necessary knowledge and skills, graduating from your chosen college degree program, and passing any certification or licensing exams that are required, you’re ready to apply for your dream job as an essential healthcare worker! Hospitals, doctor’s offices, labs, clinics, and blood centers are some of the different types of medical facilities you could work in.

As you begin applying for jobs, ensure your resume is up to date with your new education, skills, experience, and certifications. Include all other experience and education that is relevant to the potential job as well.

Ask a friend or family member to help you practice your interview skills and start building relationships with professionals in your local medical community. This will set you up for success as you apply for jobs.

Step 5: Start now with OVCT

You now know which steps to take to begin an exciting new career as an essential healthcare worker, so it’s time to get started! With hands-on training, fast track college degrees, small class sizes, career services, personalized support, and certification preparation, OVCT is the perfect place to prepare for your new career.

Learn more about our healthcare degree programs and request information now to get started today!

Stephanie Miller – Graduate Highlight

Prior to attending and graduating from OVCT, Stephanie Miller was a certified Phlebotomist with significant experience working within the customer service industry as a Service Representative for Infocision, as well as a medical office professional at a local medical facility. She graduated from the Phlebotomy Training Center of Pittsburgh in 1995 and has had a great passion for the medical field since.

Stephanie’s decision to enroll in Ohio Valley College of Technology’s Medical Assisting and Medical Office Administration programs was fueled by recommendations from her friends who had previously attended. She was also interested in the programs’ fast track to completion and their close proximity to home. Inspired by her familiarity with the medical field, Stephanie chose her programs of study because she wanted to advance her career within the industry and because she knew her passion and skills aligned with both the clinical and office components of a medical office.

Her favorite part of her experience at OVCT was the ability “to meet new people”. She continued, fondly reflecting on the memories she made during her time in school, “My classmates and teachers became my family”.  When asked who her favorite teacher was, Stephanie stated, “I do not have a favorite teacher. Although I could tell you that each one is unique and special”. She was happy to discuss her favorite class, however. “My favorite class was clinicals. This was where I saw the culmination of my prior classes and hard work coming together. I saw what I really learned as well as where I needed to improve for my degree.”

As a recent medical assisting graduate, Stephanie passed her national certification exam and became a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant. Her main focus now is to finish her medical office training and sit for and pass her exam to become a Certified Billing and Coding Specialist. She feels her dual-degree and (hopefully) certifications will set her apart from other candidates and aid her in starting her career. “I would like to work in a family-oriented physician’s office or work from home doing medical billing and coding” and in five years, “I want to have achieved my career goal and be pursuing even more advanced ones!”

When asked if she would refer a friend to OVCT, Stephanie says “Yes, of course! OVCT will help you get where you want in life if you are willing to put in the work. The school is close and the staff is so nice! It’s a college that’s like a big family. All of the teachers are willing to go above and beyond their required job duties in order to help you achieve your goals. That’s the priceless thing about OVCT.”

To learn more about OVCT’s medical programs, request information here!

The Value of an OVCT Externship . . .

A major benefit of Ohio Valley College of Technology career training programs is completing an externship with a local employer. The externship gives students an important opportunity to augment the skills learned in the classroom and provides real-world experience in the field. Externships also allow students to network with other professionals to experience the culture of a certain employer. Whether it is a 90-hour externship in Business Administration or Medical Office Administration, a 160-hour externship in Dental Assisting or Medical Assisting, or the comprehensive leadership practicum in the Nursing and LPN to RN Bridge programs, OVCT urges students to view the externship as an extensive job interview. Employers regularly use this time to evaluate clinical skills and to determine if a particular student may be a good cultural fit for the organization as an employee on a long-term basis.

During the OVCT sponsored externship, allied health care students may obtain real-world experiences such as checking vital signs and completing patient history, phlebotomy, and sterilization procedures. Business students may be assigned to an externship that complements their career goals where they can practice skills like accounting, customer service and sales, marketing, and human resources. Nursing students practice in a real clinical setting during their preceptorship under the direct supervision of an experienced Registered Nurse. This activity serves to assist the individual with transitioning from nursing student to graduate nurse, and helps them to prepare for the NCLEX-RN nursing licensure exam.

Important externship opportunities are provided through OVCT’s long-standing relationships with regional employers. While the list of participating employers is too comprehensive to list them all here, OVCT would like to say “thank you” to all those organizations that have provided significant opportunities for upcoming graduates to complete this critical aspect of career training. Our partnerships are critical to ensuring a skilled workforce in the region and for helping students to achieve their career goals and personal dreams.

Employers who wish to participate in the externship or clinical rotation program can call 330-385-1070 for more information. If you are interested in pursuing an education at OVCT, request information here!

Campus Security

At Ohio Valley College of Technology, the safety of our students, faculty, and staff has always been of the utmost importance. In August of 2019, OVCT put in a brand new security system that requires all who seek entry to have a key fob.  Students must carry their fobs at all times and have an assigned serial number so they are easily traceable. Guests to OVCT must be “buzzed in” by our front desk Administrative Assistants who have a monitor and can see who they are letting in. The Campus President even has an app on his phone where he can monitor who comes in and out of the building 24 hours a day.

It’s this proactivity that benefited OVCT this spring as COVID-19 critically impacted the United States. Before Governor Dewine announced closures, the Campus President had already met with IT, faculty, and staff to begin planning on any closures. Thanks to this quick thinking and planning, OVCT was able to develop and implement a coronavirus precaution plan to ensure student and staff safety through the transition to remote-based learning, also known as our live classroom.  The events surrounding the coronavirus were a learning process for all. To OVCT, maintaining transparency and effective communication was just as vital as ensuring proper precautions. Our immediate move from residential to a remote learning format was impressively smooth. Sure, there were a few hiccups, but it was astounding how everyone worked together and made it work. Students had the ability to still be in a classroom setting with fellow students and teachers together in one spot from the safety of their own homes. Students had the ability to talk and see their instructors and vice versa.

To carefully transition back into re-opening, students had the choice to attend class remotely or residentially. Any student seeking to attend physical class was instructed to practice social distancing and handwashing. OVCT purchased face masks and other PPE and implemented additional sanitation procedures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. On June 29, 2020, the campus re-opened for fully residential learning. The added precaution of temperature taking was implemented to help avoid symptomatic students, faculty, or staff from exposing others. Prior to entering either building, all students, faculty, staff, and visitors are required to have their temperature taken and recorded. Anyone presenting with a fever of 100.5 or higher are asked to either self-quarantine for 14 days or to not return until they can present a negative COVID test. These procedures are designed to help ensure a safe learning environment for everyone.

Whether it is from intruders or a rare virus sweeping the country, OVCT is committed to continually protect all who walk through our doors. This is yet another reason why the OVCT family is so special!

To learn more about how OVCT supports its students, request information here!

Quinsean Jones – Student Highlight

For OVCT student Quinsean Jones, the first attempt at a college experience did not result in a fruitful ending. “My past experience, in a nutshell, can be generalized as hectic and premature.” This is a stark contrast to his experience with higher education today. He is enrolled in Ohio Valley College of Technology’s Business Administration program and will soon receive certification in entrepreneurship and small business via Certiport.

Quinsean says his favorite class thus far is psychology. “It is something that has always interested me, and I enjoy learning it.” During his time at OVCT, he will also be taking business-specific courses to learn all aspects of the industry including Microsoft Excel, marketing, business law, and accounting. These courses are all able to be completed in just 18 months with OVCT’s accelerated program.

After graduation, Quinsean plans to utilize his degree and information learned to manage his own barbershop. “In five years, I would like to have purchased a home and have a successful business and a happy family.” Before starting at OVCT, he was a freelance barber in Colorado and moved to the Ohio Valley while attempting to gain new clientele.

The future is bright for Quinsean, and was made brighter due to the cost of attendance at OVCT. “OVCT is extremely affordable compared to other schools near me that I have looked at.” Aside from the cost, the instructors and staff were also deciding factors. “My favorite part of attending OVCT is the friendly and helpful staff. I was able to start easily and comfortably with everyone’s help.”

To learn more about OVCT’s Business Administration program, request information here!

OVCT’s Live Classroom Experience

With so many changes that have happened in our daily lives this year, it can be hard to think about the future. Not knowing when or how kids will return to school, feeling insecure about your current job, and being unsure if it’s safe to go into public places are just a few of the uncertainties that many people are dealing with as they try and plan for the future.

Even though many people are feeling uncertain in these difficult times, we want our current and potential students to know that we are with you. Providing you the education and training needed to start a meaningful, successful career is our top priority. This will continue to be our priority throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and into the future.

Things are different right now, but at Ohio Valley College of Technology, our commitment to your career success will always remain the same.

We believe that education plays a powerful role in creating a better future for our students, so we have adapted to the current times by offering a live classroom experience. This live classroom enables students to attend classes right from the security and safety of their homes.

Whether you have children at home and cannot attend in-person classes or do not feel comfortable coming to campus, our live classroom experience ensures you can continue earning your degree and working towards a better future.

Just like in a regular classroom, our live classes allow students to interact with their teachers and classmates, while gaining the knowledge necessary for a new, exciting career. Students are taught the same material by the same instructors, just in a way that’s a little different, for now.

Our instructors are available outside of the classroom for one-on-one help and support, ensuring that each and every student can get the assistance they need. As part of the live classroom learning experience, instructors will continue to remain available outside of class hours to provide students with the help and support they need.

Our purpose of empowering change by creating opportunity remains the same, especially through these difficult times. We want all current and future OVCT students to know that you will still receive the education and training you need to start your career, with things like our WE CARE atmosphere, small class sizes, and personalized attention.

Things may be a little different for now, but we are still here for you, to prepare you for a new career. Learn more about our Nursing, LPN to RN Bridge, Medical Assisting, Dental Assisting, Medical Office Administration, and Business Administration programs, and get on the fast track to an exciting, new career.

Request information today to get started!

Daniele Fayad – Graduate Highlight

Prior to attending OVCT, Dental Assisting graduate, Daniele Fayad, graduated from Pittsburgh Technical College with an associate degree in Business Administration and Management. She states that, at that point in her life, she really did not know what she wanted in life or what she wanted to do. Daniele quickly determined that business was not the right path for her in her first job after graduating. As a mother, she knew she needed a school that fit her career goals but was also convenient. She was immediately attracted to OVCT’s Dental Assisting program, “I have always had an interest in teeth and loved going to the dentist as a kid. I chose Dental Assisting because I have always been extremely interested in teeth, oral hygiene, and how both can affect a person’s overall health.” The campus’s close proximity to her house was an added bonus.

As a student, Daniele went above and beyond to succeed academically. She was also very involved in community and campus events. Her favorite part of attending OVCT, however, was her instructors, classmates that became great friends, and the small class sizes. Daniele states that she “can’t pick a favorite teacher. They all are great instructors and genuinely kind people.” Daniele’s favorite class was Dental Materials where she got to make dental impressions, whitening trays, and mouth guards.

Upon graduation, Daniele added Nationally Registered Certified Dental Assistant to her list of credentials which includes being Ohio Radiology licensed and CPR and First Aid Certified. She also started her dream job in her field. Currently, she is a dental assistant with Dentistry for Children and Teens. “I am extremely fortunate to have a job in my field! It is my ideal job. It is close to home and I get to work with children and teens!”

Daniele recommends others to OVCT without reservation because she “felt that every teacher and fellow student at OVCT was kind and welcoming. The class sizes are not too big, so it is not overwhelming, and you do not get lost in the crowd. The teachers are always willing to spend extra time with you to help you better understand something.”

Daniele was a wonderful addition to the OVCT family and our faculty and staff are so happy to see her excel and achieve her career goals.

To learn more about OVCT’s dental program, request info here

Monica Allison – Staff Highlight

Born and raised in Columbiana County, a graduate of the same high school as her parents and grandparents, and a member of various functions in the county, Monica Allison understands the meaning of community, traditions, and friendship.

After graduating from Southern Local High School, Monica attended Walsh University and graduated Cum Laude with her Bachelor’s Degree in History and Museum Studies. She was a member of Phi Alpha Theta and worked in a variety of museum settings. After college, she moved to Maryland and worked as a summer educator at an archaeology park, where she spent the summer teaching children in educational summer camps.

In 2012, she moved back to Ohio and obtained a position as a career coach at Mahoning & Columbiana Training Association (MCTA). She worked alongside local manufacturers to collaborate in closing the skills gap in the OH-PENN region. She received her Career Development Facilitator training and with her experience joined the OVCT family as the Career Management Director.

“The best part of career services was watching students’ dreams become a reality. I loved helping our students in the Medical Assisting, Dental Assisting, Medical Office Administration, Business Administration, and Nursing programs with the transition of becoming a college student to a college graduate and then finally a career professional!”

After a couple of years in career services, Monica started her new role and is currently the High School Admissions Advisor.

“Being an admissions advisor allows me to use my degree and training to help guide and coach high school students toward their career goals. I get to drive and visit all the high school students in the tri-state region, host campus events, and create programs and workshops to help individuals in the community.”

Monica has designed scholarship workshops to assist high school students with finding scholarships, drafting essays, and helping find financial resources. For local schools, Monica created a bus tour that focuses on “ADULTING,” training students on life skills they will need to know such as cooking, sewing, laundry, taxes, personal finance and loans, job applications, and professionalism.

In the summer, there is a three-day nursing camp for students interested in becoming a Registered Nurse or who want to know more about medical career training. The camp was created by Monica to help students in high school understand nursing classes and the campus’s nursing program in East Liverpool, Ohio. The camp is called Jeans-to-Scrubs and students can register by going to OVCT’s Facebook page and looking under “Events.”

“Everything I have created and designed are things I wish I had as a young adult. Like where do I find scholarships? Who can proof-read my essay? What are student loans? Why are so many taxes taken out of my paycheck? And is this a suitable career for me? I want high school seniors to be confident in their career decision and prepared for that next chapter in their life.”

“My favorite part about being a member of the OVCT family is that we are a FAMILY! I have met so many wonderful people and they are now life-long friends. I know what it is like to be nervous being in a new place, so when a new student comes to OVCT for the first time, my goal is to have them leave here smiling. It is not surprising to have students in my office, hanging out, and eating Chinese food. College should not be scary. As a student you should look forward to arriving on campus and know that it is the place where you belong.”

Outside of the office, you will find Monica exploring and hitting the trails with her dog Delta Dawn and her friends. Monica is a big-time animal lover. Her family has horses, cows, dogs, cats, and a white dove, which Monica has owned since she was ten years old. She is a board member of Leadership Columbiana County (LCC) and is a graduate of the LCC class of 2015. Monica and her mother used to be 4H advisors for many years and still like going to the county fair and local youth rodeos.

FUN FACTS: Monica was a bit of a daredevil back in the day. She has done bull riding, participated in wild cow milking at the 4th of July rodeo, was top three in Chute (Steer) Doggin’, has been bungee jumping, and parasailing. In the past few years, she has gone underground paddle boarding in caves, has gone caving in all of Ohio’s Caves and Caverns, plus hiked the highest peaks in West Virginia, Virginia, and New York. Currently, she is in love with a type of rock climbing called Via Ferrata. “My future goal is to go to Colorado and Banff National Park to complete their Via Ferratas… before or after I thru-hike the Appalachian Trail!”

A Chat with Bridget Roberts, OVCT Dental Assisting Student

Ohio Valley College of Technology Dental Assisting student Bridget Roberts had never attended college before because she never had the confidence in herself to go! She previously worked as a nurse’s aide for over fifteen years. Most recently, she was employed at East Liverpool City Hospital for three years before deciding to pursue career training at OVCT.

Ms. Roberts said she honestly loves helping people, but could never bring herself to keep going in the medical field. While she loved her job, she really wanted something that was nearly as fast-paced with a more regular work schedule. She said her decision to go to OVCT was based on the class sizes and where the campus is located. “Nothing is close to where I live,” she laughed.

Bridget loves the smaller class sizes at OVCT. She stated, “I feel like you really get to know the teachers and other students that you are attending school with. I have made so many friends being here at OVCT!”

When asked to pick her favorite instructor, she said “I absolutely love all my teachers!  It’s not fair to just pick one, but if I really have to then I would have to say (Dental Assisting Program Director) Mrs. Stine! She goes above and beyond to help her students out both professionally and personally. She is one of the many that have pushed me and told me that ‘she knows I know my stuff.’” Bridget continued, “Teachers like her make going back to school at my age so much easier. I am going to miss all of them when I graduate in two weeks.”

Bridget’s goal is to work in an office that treats you like family. Her ideal office is family-oriented and gets to know you as a person and not just as an employee. “I want to be at an office I love, working a job that I love, being a part of something that makes everyone smile,” she shared.

Bridget said she “would most definitely recommend a friend going to OVCT.” She explained that “the small class sizes and the closeness are the two things that are the best about this school. Everyone is treated as an equal no matter what. The teachers are the best and don’t just see you as a number in the school.  They actually get to know their students. OVCT has been a great experience and anyone that asks where they should go, I would tell them OVCT is a great choice!”

To learn more about Dental Assisting and other fast-track health care training programs offered at our East Liverpool, Ohio campus, visit ovct.edu.

The Benefits of Completing an LPN to RN Bridge Program

Are you an LPN who wants to take your nursing career to the next level? Then you’ve come to the right place! There are many benefits to advancing your nursing career by completing an LPN to RN bridge program, such as further developing your nursing skills, expanding your job opportunities, and achieving your career goals.

Read on as we share the details to these great benefits and exactly how you can get started with an LPN to RN bridge program today!

Develop Your Nursing Skills

Enrolling in an RN bridge program allows you to further develop your nursing skills while preparing to sit for the NCLEX-RN* exam, which is required to become a registered nurse. Passing this exam is essential to becoming a successful nurse because it shows that you’re ready to perform nursing duties while on the job.

Since you are already an LPN who has previous education and experience in the nursing field, completing an LPN to RN bridge program is a great choice for you because it allows you to start your career as a registered nurse much faster. These programs are shorter in length because you receive recognition and credit for your previous education and work experience.

When you complete LPN to RN bridge courses, you learn the most up-to-date knowledge, techniques, and skills valued by today’s healthcare employers. By further developing your nursing skills, you can become an essential and important asset to the healthcare team. Some of the critical areas you will learn are nursing values, the nursing process, and nursing roles.

Expand Your Career Opportunities

With the aging population and increasing access to healthcare, nursing jobs are projected to increase well into the future. Furthering your nursing education with an Associate Degree of Nursing program provides you with an increased number of career opportunities because of the higher-level training you receive in the program.

Many types of healthcare facilities hire registered nurses including hospitals, physician’s offices, long-term care facilities, home healthcare services, urgent care centers, clinics, schools, and more. By completing an LPN to RN degree, you can qualify for nursing positions at these essential facilities.

Registered nurses have the opportunity to work in a variety of healthcare specialties, such as pediatrics, family medicine, oncology, home health, geriatric care, emergency, labor and delivery, surgery, rehabilitation, substance abuse, and many more.

Achieve Your Nursing Career Goals

Completing an LPN to RN bridge program enables you to achieve your nursing career goals. Registered nurses enjoy a higher earnings potential, as the average salary for RNs is higher than for LPNs. Those who complete LPN to RN classes have increased long-term job security because of the growing need for registered nurses in the healthcare field.

Additionally, registered nurses also have more opportunities for advancement and leadership positions in their careers. RNs can manage other healthcare employees, have a greater authority to make decisions that directly impact patient health, and have the opportunity to continue their education in the future with a BSN or MSN program.

Explore OVCT’s LPN to RN Bridge Program

With all the great benefits of completing an LPN to RN Bridge program, what are you waiting for? At OVCT, we offer LPNs the opportunity to achieve your dream of becoming a registered nurse. Our LPN to RN Bridge associate degree program is completed in only 16 months, allowing you to get on the fast track to your nursing career.

In our direct admission program, you immediately start taking essential nursing classes, developing critical skills in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings. Some of the essential areas students are trained in include women’s health issues, health promotions and maintenance, and the nursing process.

With convenient evening classes and weekend clinical rotations, you can continue working as an LPN while attending OVCT’s LPN to RN Bridge program. We offer exciting opportunities for students to apply their knowledge and skills in real healthcare situations with potential clinical sites including Akron Children’s Hospital, East Liverpool City Hospital, Trinity East Hospital, and more.

Learn more about our accredited, direct admission, fast track LPN to RN Bridge program today and start your journey to becoming a registered nurse. Request information now to get started!

*Passing the NCLEX – RN exam is required to become a Registered Nurse.