Before enrolling at OVCT, Kyley White attended Belmont College in St. Clairsville, Ohio. To describe her experience at that time, she says, “I only felt like another person in class.” She also felt that she did not receive adequate help from the instructors due to the large class sizes.
When asked what she was doing before she decided to attend OVCT, Kyley responded, “I was taking a semester off from nursing classes after the delivery of my son. During this time, I decided to finish my dental assisting degree.” Because of the smaller class size and short program duration, Kyley decided to change OVCT. Kyley chose the Dental Assisting program at OVCT because “I had taken dental assisting in high school where I fell in love with it.” After high school graduation, Kyley took another direction but realized later that it was her true passion.
Kyley’s favorite part of attending OVCT is that “The classes are small, and you get more one-on-one time with the teachers. Also that the teachers are passionate about helping you succeed in your career.” She says that her favorite teacher is Mrs. Stine, her dental assisting instructor. “I love how passionate she is in her teaching and how she wants us to all succeed.”
When asked about her ideal job after graduation, Kyley says, “My ideal job would be being an assistant in either a small office or with an oral surgeon.” As for her five-year goal, she hopes to become either the head dental assistant or office manager.
Due to her positive experience at OVCT, Kyley states that she would definitely recommend OVCT to her friends. She says, “Overall, I just love the staff and atmosphere the school offers. They provide so much help to help you achieve the goals of getting a career.
If you would like to learn more about the healthcare programs at OVCT, visit our website at OVCT.edu or request information here!
At OVCT, we are committed to empowering our students and helping them succeed during their time in school, in their careers, and their lives. We designed our programs with exactly what students need, including personalized instruction, fast-track classes, and hands-on skills!
Students have the opportunity to practice specialized skills during an externship or clinical experience that’s completed while in their program. As students complete their externship or clinicals, they can apply the skills they’ve learned to a real-world environment. This type of hands-on experience is also great to add to your resume, as it shows you can get the job done.
Our healthcare degree programs comprise fast-track classes to get students through school faster, so you can start your new career quickly. Many students do not want to attend school for 4-6 years, wasting precious time and money. Our accelerated degree programs provide students with exactly the skills and knowledge required for their chosen career field without taking years of general education classes.
At OVCT, students can earn their degrees and graduate sooner because our programs are all direct admission. This means that you start taking classes specific to your career as soon as you start school. For example, our direct admission Nursing program is completed in only 24 months because students are accepted immediately into the program.
We understand that each student who walks through our doors has a unique situation and individual educational needs. We endeavor to provide every student with personalized instruction to learn the way that fits you best. Our instructors work with students one-on-one while you complete your classes, and they genuinely care about your success.
To help students reach their full potential, we provide academic support to anyone who needs it. Helping students develop better study habits, create an academic plan, and get tutoring are some of the services we provide.
Many things changed in our daily lives because of the COVID-19 pandemic. People who work in healthcare have experienced even more changes, which have significantly impacted their professional lives.
The expansion of telemedicine, the extra focus on cleanliness and sanitation, and the shortage of medical professionals were all partially caused by COVID-19. Keep reading as we provide more information on these changes!
Growth of Telemedicine
For those who are unfamiliar with telemedicine, you may be thinking, what exactly is it? Telemedicine can be defined as using technology and telecommunications to treat, diagnose, and assess patients remotely.
For example, let’s say you notice a rash on your arm, and you choose to schedule a remote visit with your doctor. You will most likely complete this visit via video call. You will be asked the same types of questions by your healthcare professional that you would at a traditional in-person appointment. Your doctor will need to know if anything specific caused the rash, how long it’s been there, and they may even want you to show them the inflammation on camera. After making an assessment and diagnosing the rash, your healthcare professional will provide treatment, such as calling in medication to your local pharmacy.
Assessing and treating patients via telemedicine has become more common than ever due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There are many benefits to treating patients with telemedicine, such as allowing them to be seen from the comfort of their homes, which can help stop the spread of illness. Those who are contagious don’t have to physically go to a healthcare facility to receive care. Telemedicine can also benefit patients who live in rural areas who may not have a healthcare provider close to them or may not have the ability to travel to appointments.
According to a recent report from McKinsey & Company, the usage of telehealth has increased 38 times from the amount people were using it before the pandemic began. With this considerable increase in usage, there are many more opportunities to work in telemedicine.
For those thinking about a career in the healthcare field, such as nursing or medical assisting, you could be treating patients via telemedicine one day.
Focus on Sanitation
From the moment the COVID-19 pandemic first began, there was a growing focus on cleanliness and sanitation. For essential workers in healthcare, there’s a variety of sanitation and cleanliness standards required for infection control in a healthcare facility.
Even in public spaces or at home, medical professionals and everyone else have made changes that focus on cleanliness and sanitation. One example is hand washing, in which you are supposed to wash your hands numerous times per day with soap and water to help stop germs from spreading.
According to the CDC, buildings in community settings should clean high-touch surfaces at least once per day. Shopping carts, countertops, desks, light switches, keyboards, and phones are examples of high-touch surfaces.
Regularly performing sanitation and cleanliness techniques to stop the spread of germs is essential for those who work in the healthcare field.
Shortage of Professionals
The shortage of healthcare professionals has been increasing even before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Driving factors, like expanded access to healthcare services caused by legislative changes and the additional care needed by aging baby boomers, have increased the need for qualified healthcare professionals for years.
An example of this growing need is nurses. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the estimated growth rate for nurses from 2020 to 2030 is 9%, with about 194,500 projected job openings for nurses each year in the United States.
When COVID-19 began in the US, this caused an even greater need for healthcare professionals. Medical facilities, including hospitals and others, have needed to provide care to more patients, which has caused a severe shortage of vital healthcare professionals.
Because of the more significant number of shortages, some healthcare providers are increasing the salary for trained professionals and have started to offer sign-on bonuses to attract job applicants. With the great need for qualified and trained medical personnel, now is an excellent time to begin a career in the healthcare field.
Graduates have put in many hours of studying, testing, externing, and precepting to get to where they are today. They have proven that they can achieve anything through hard work and dedication. In addition to their coursework, these graduates have juggled jobs, families, personal obstacles, all while facing the challenges posed by COVID-19. They had to transition from in-person instruction to remote learning and back. This is no small feat, but they handled these transitions with great success and poise.
The students were not alone in their journey. Ohio Valley College of Technology faculty and staff members were standing beside them every step of the way, offering support in any way they could.
If you are interested in a career in the ever-growing healthcare or business field, visit www.ovct.edu for more information!
It’s time for back to school, and like many others, you may be feeling anxious about your children or yourself going back. With viruses like COVID-19, the flu, and others, prioritizing your health during this time of the year is a great idea.
It may not be possible to shield yourself from bacteria and germs completely, but there are still many things you can do for yourself and your family to stay healthy as you go back to school. Keep reading as we share tips for staying healthy during this time!
Practice Good Hygiene
Staying healthy during back-to-school time and any time of the year requires practicing good hygiene. According to the CDC, it’s recommended to wash your hands often, particularly before eating, after being around a sick person, and after using the restroom. Use soap and water, and be sure to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
Try not to touch your mouth, nose, and eyes, especially if you have been around someone sick or if you have not washed your hands. If you feel a sneeze coming, sneeze into your elbow, and always cover your mouth when coughing.
If your child is sick, don’t send them to school because they could spread the illness. If you or your children get sick, stay at home and get essential rest so that you can get better faster.
Eat Nutritious Foods
Eating foods with a high nutritional value is vital for a strong immune system and staying healthy. Many of the vitamins and minerals that your body needs to function come from the foods you eat.
The Cleveland Clinic states that your immune system needs various vitamins and minerals to perform, including vitamins A, C, D, and E, iron, zinc, folate, and selenium. They support your immune system to function correctly and help shorten, fight off, and prevent infections.
Many foods have abundant vitamins and minerals, including strawberries, cantaloupe, spinach, kale, avocado, chickpeas, carrots, sweet potatoes, sunflower seeds, almonds, beans, salmon, and turkey. It’s a great idea to include various fruits and vegetables in your diet consistently, and many others have these crucial vitamins and minerals.
Making a smoothie is a tasty way to consume a number of these healthy foods easily. Choose your favorite fruits, such as blueberries, strawberries, and kiwi, then add some kale and spinach and put it all in a blender. Blend with water until creamy and enjoy. This will make you a smoothie that is nutritious and delicious!
Eating fewer foods that fill you up but do not have high nutritional value, like sugar and processed foods, can help you stay healthy. Cooking more at home and eating out less is an easy way to do this. When you cook more of your meals at home, you can choose healthier and more nutritious foods that help your body function properly.
Create Healthy Habits
Developing healthy habits and practicing them daily can make a big difference in you and your family’s health during back-to-school time. Drinking enough water to stay hydrated is a vital, healthy habit. Water makes up a large percentage of your body, and it serves numerous purposes in keeping you in a healthy state.
Another healthy habit that helps you feel your best is exercise. The Mayo Clinic estimates that healthy adults should complete a moderate activity for at least 150 minutes or vigorous activity for at least 75 minutes per week. Some moderate activity exercises include swimming, taking a brisk walk, and riding a bike. Examples of more vigorous exercises are jumping rope, running, and playing basketball.
Having good sleep habits is another essential part of staying healthy. Depending on your age, you will need different amounts of sleep per day. According to the Mayo Clinic, adults need at least 7 hours of sleep per day, while children ages 6 to 12 need 9 to 12 hours of sleep.
Stress can negatively impact your mind and body, so finding ways to reduce stress can help keep you healthy. There are various ways to reduce stress for you to choose from, including learning better ways for coping with stress, mindfulness and meditation techniques, and scheduling relaxation time.
We hope that these suggestions will help you stay healthy when going back to school and the rest of the year!
To learn more about our programs at OVCT, request information here!
Ms. Melanie Murphy is Ohio Valley College of Technology’s newest faculty member, and she is coming to campus with bright eyes and excitement! Ms. Murphy has started as OVCT’s new general education instructor and library assistant, replacing Mr. Clutter after transitioning to Career Management Director. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the North East Ohio Master of Fine Arts program and a Bachelor’s degree from Kent State University, where she majored in English and minored in writing.
Ms. Murphy said that she was “impressed with the family-like environment that is obvious when anyone walks through the door.” Her favorite part about her new position is “the advantage of working in the small college environment and the friendliness of the staff and students. Everyone respects everyone. OVCT is a happy place while being focused on the success of the students.”
When she is not on campus, Ms. Murphy enjoys traveling with her family on a cross-country road trip or to the beaches in Mexico. “I am most proud of my family. My husband Jack and my children Brad, Emma, and Rosie. Brad and Emma are building their own lives, while my youngest, Rosie, is starting her first year at Kent State”.
Her excitement is evident in the classroom, and she has already built relationships with many of the students in her courses. “I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of the OVCT family and look forward to helping students build skills which will help carry them forward in their careers.”
She says that “My favorite part of OVCT is the teachers and all of the amazing people I have met. I have made amazing friends. It is just one big family here”. Kayleigh was also drawn to OVCT’s small class size. At larger universities, students can get lost in the crowd and turn from a student to a faceless name on a computer screen. Because of the class sizes, OVCT faculty and staff can show their genuine interest in their field and offer students one-on-one dedicated assistance with studies and any other issues that may arise. The classes are also scheduled conveniently, so there is no large gap that wastes time in the day.
Kayleigh has been elected Vice President of OVCT’s Student Government organization. This organization is designed to cultivate the school’s core “WE CARE” values on campus and within the community by fostering an atmosphere of civility, support, growth, and fun.
When asked about her favorite instructor, Kayleigh stated, “I have two favorite teachers, who are Mr. Clutter and Mrs. Stine. Mr. Clutter because he is fun, and I always enjoy being in his classes. Mrs. Stine because she’s a fantastic teacher. She really cares about her program and students”.
To learn more about OVCT’s family atmosphere, caring environment, and student experiences like Kayleigh’s, visit us today at www.ovct.edu.
Are you ready to take your career to the next level with a college degree? Or maybe you recently graduated high school and are looking for options to start college? Whatever your individual circumstances may be, we’ve got you covered at Ohio Valley College of Technology.
For many years, we have helped students by giving them the education and training needed to reach their career goals. We take pride in supporting our students through every step of earning their degree, from the first contact to graduation and beyond.
If you’re ready to jump-start your new career, now is a great time to do so. We are accepting applications for our fall career training classes. Check out the steps below to discover how to get on the fast track to an exciting new career!
Explore Our Programs
First, to enroll in fall classes, you must decide which program is the best choice for you. You can ask yourself some questions to make this decision: do I want to work in healthcare or business, do I want to care for patients directly, and what skills would I like to learn?
If you want to work in a clinical setting directly with patients, our direct admission Nursing program may be right for you. As a registered nurse, you get to help people and make a difference in their lives every day. While enrolled in their nursing classes here at OVCT, students learn critical areas, including nursing values, nursing processes, health promotion and maintenance, nursing roles, and therapeutic communication skills. Students completing our comprehensive nursing training program prepare for the NCLEX-RN exam, which is required to become a registered nurse.
For those who are already a licensed practical nurse, our LPN to RN Bridge program could be a great choice for you. In this program, you can become a registered nurse in only 16 months. Students enrolled in the LPN to RN program will take courses in a variety of areas, including psychology, chemistry, fundamentals of nursing, pharmacology, and medical/surgical nursing. While completing their nursing courses, students will have the opportunity to complete clinical rotations in area healthcare facilities. They will prepare for the NCLEX-RN° exam, which must be successfully passed to be a registered nurse.
If you’re looking to work directly with patients in a medical office, our Medical Assisting program may be the best option for you. As a medical assistant, you will perform both clinical and administrative tasks while helping care for patients. Students will learn various essential skills while completing their medical assisting classes, including assisting with physical exams, taking vital signs, performing lab tests, drawing blood, and assisting with simple surgeries. In this program, you will prepare for the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant* exam.
For students who want to work in the administrative aspects of healthcare, our Medical Billing/Administration program may be better for you. Medical billing and administrative professionals manage the front office operations that help healthcare facilities run smoothly. Skills students will learn as they complete their medical office classes include maintaining electronic health records, performing basic coding, handling billing, and protecting patient privacy. Students will prepare for professional healthcare certifications, including Certified Billing and Coding Specialist* and Certified Medical Administrative Assistant**.
If your goal is to work in a dentist’s office, our Dental Assisting program could be a great option for you. As a dental assistant, you will be a valuable member of the dental team, working with dentists and hygienists to provide oral care to patients. Students who choose this program will learn numerous skills in their dental assisting courses, such as exposing and developing radiographs, mixing dental cements, taking dental impressions, and identifying oral pathology. Students completing this program will be eligible to sit for the Nationally Registered Certified Dental Assistant (NRCDA)* certification exam.
Our Business Administration program could be perfect for those who want to work in a business environment. Business administration professionals have the opportunity to work for a variety of organizations such as large corporations, small businesses, universities, government, and nonprofits. While enrolled in their business classes, students learn critical skills, including managing an office and supervising personnel, understanding accounting, managing employee payroll, market and advertise a business, and utilizing sales and customer service techniques. This program prepares you for the Entrepreneurship and Small Business Certification* exam.
Meet Your Admissions Advisor
Now that you’ve explored our healthcare and business college degree programs, it’s time to set up a meeting with an admissions advisor. To schedule this meeting, call the OVCT campus at 330-385-1070 or request information now. Our friendly admissions advisors are ready to help you with anything you may need as you start your path to a great career.
You will have a dedicated admissions advisor to guide you through the enrollment process. When you meet with your personal admissions advisor, you will learn all about Ohio Valley College of Technology, the courses in your program, and our proven process for getting students on the fast track to a new career. You can ask any questions you have about OVCT or our programs in this meeting.
You will get to tour the campus, see labs and classrooms, meet your instructors, and get a feeling for what attending OVCT is like. We offer you the option to complete your admissions meeting in person or virtually.
Find Out About Financial Aid
The next step is to connect with a financial aid advisor who will explain the financial aid process. They will help you understand which financial aid programs you may qualify for and assist you in applying for them.
Federal grants, state grants, veteran GI Bill programs, and student loans are some of the financial aid resources you will learn about. You must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine if you qualify for any of these financial aid programs. Your financial aid advisor can assist you in ensuring your FAFSA is completed accurately.
At OVCT, we offer various internal grants*** that you may qualify for if you are eligible, including the Nurses Touch Lives Grant, Alumni Grant for Nursing Education, Early Admission Grant, Community Awareness Grant, and Lou Holtz Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame Scholarship Matching Award.
Getting Registered for Classes
Lastly, it’s time to get registered for your fall classes. At OVCT, we do all the work for you when registering for classes. Each term, we get you registered for the classes you need, so there’s no need to worry about not getting into them.
Make sure you have everything you need to excel in your college classes by making time for schoolwork, getting all the necessary supplies, and talking to friends and family about any extra help you will need as you earn your college degree.
Now you know how to get enrolled for fall classes, so it’s time to get started on your path to a new career. Contact us today!
*Certification is contingent on passing the corresponding certification exam. Required/included in tuition/fees.
**Certification is contingent on passing the corresponding certification exam. Optional at own expense.
***For those who qualify. See catalog for detailed eligibility requirements.
°Passing the NCLEX – RN exam is required to become a Registered Nurse.
Meet Medical Assisting graduate Kiersten Cusick! Kiersten was completing college-level courses in high school and knew that Ohio Valley College of Technology was the right school for her as early as her junior year. “I really liked the idea of the smaller class sizes and more hands-on experiences OVCT had to offer. I chose OVCT because the moment I walked in, I felt welcomed into a family. I have made so many new friends, and every teacher has become like family to me.”
Kiersten took great interest in the medical field at a young age. She has always enjoyed helping others and is fascinated by the science behind the profession. As she got older, she decided she recognized medical assisting as a great stepping stone toward becoming a Registered Nurse.
Upon graduating from OVCT’s Medical Assisting program, Kiersten passed her national certification*, earning a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant credential. She also began her professional medical assisting career at Salem Regional Medical Center. She looks forward to expanding her skills within her field and is anticipating starting OVCT’s Nursing program this August. “I plan to continue working while in nursing school. The end goal in my 5-year plan is to be a Registered Nurse** in an emergency department at a local hospital. I would also like to become a BSN later on, but I definitely want to work for a bit in each step.”
As a student, Kiersten particularly enjoyed partaking in all of the direct hands-on learning and clinical engagement. She absolutely loved her Medical Assisting Program Director, Mrs. Kristen Scott. “She always puts the students first, and she is amazing at what she does.” Kiersten felt the Medical Assisting program equipped her with in-demand medical skills that could benefit her tremendously when applied in her career field. When asked if she would refer people to OVCT, Kiersten stated she absolutely would because “it’s a fast-paced environment with great hands-on experiences.”
Want to learn more about taking the first step toward your career in the medical field or how to become a part of the OVCT family? Visit ovct.edu or give us a call!
*Certification is contingent upon passing this industry certification exam.
**Passing the NCLEX-RN exam is required to become a Registered Nurse.