How to go from a Practical Nurse to a Registered Nurse in just 16 months!

OVCT Nursing Students In Lab
Ohio Valley College of Technology is proud to offer an LPN to RN Bridge Program. The Bridge program is designed for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) to obtain direct admission to the Nursing Associate Degree program at OVCT, leading to eligibility to take the NCLEX-RN for licensure as a Registered Nurse.  Classes begin every April, require no prerequisites, and students enjoy fast-track evening classes and weekend clinical rotations. In addition, by successfully completing transition courses, students are not required to repeat introductory courses such as Psychology, Chemistry, Fundamentals of Nursing, Pharmacology, Nutrition, Medical/Surgical Nursing I, and more.

LPNs play a fundamental role in the delivery of nursing care. At OVCT, we acknowledge that you are already a member of the nursing profession! Transitioning to RN licensure can often result in more long-term career advancement and management opportunities.  The Bridge program is an advanced placement Registered Nursing program that only accepts 18 students.  The program has a 100% cumulative pass rate on the NCLEX-RN exam*. OVCT instructors have real-world experience and provide hands-on training with the support needed to help you achieve your career goals.

Program Features:

  • NO Out-of-State Tuition/Fees
  • Fast-Track Associate Degree Program
  • Direct Admission
  • Convenient Evening Classes
  • 100% Cumulative NCLEX-RN pass rate*
  • The program has received Full Approval from the Ohio Board of Nursing

Don’t Delay!  Advance your nursing career!  Apply to the OVCT LPN to RN Bridge program today by calling Donna at 330-385-1070.

* Based on data reported to the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools.   100% cumulative pass rate includes all exam attempts.

Make the Career Change in 2019 – How to Get Started?

Students showing off their diplomas

Now that 2019 is here and almost one month into the New Year lets discuss how we can help you attain those New Year Resolutions going back to school or starting a new career. At Ohio Valley College of Technology we offer the following programs:

The enrollment process is simple and personalized for each individual, to ensure that everything is done right from the beginning. This process makes getting started fast, stress-free and efficient!

Step 1: Contact us by phone, email, or visit our website at

Step 2: Schedule your Admission Visit – During this visit, we will discuss your goals, where you want to be in five years, financial aid, and steps on getting you enrolled.

Step 3: Schedule your Financial Aid Enrollment Visit – During this second visit at the campus, the financial aid office will have you bring in your tax returns and various information to help you fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). Furthermore, if you qualify for additional financial aid or institutional grants these will also be discussed during your financial aid visit.

Step 4: Begin School

Jump Start Your Resolution and Apply Now

Are You Looking for a Career Change? – Make 2019 The Year You Go to College

O.V.C.T Students

A New Year’s Resolution is a promise that you make to yourself to start doing something positive or stop doing something negative on the first day of the year. New Year resolutions may be to change your career, go to school, obtain a new job, lose weight, eat healthier, exercise more, or quit smoking.

Regardless of your 2019 resolutions, below are a few tips to help maintain your New Year’s Goal:

  • Be Specific
  • Be Realistic
  • Keep Your Resolutions Simple
  • Track Your Progress
  • Talk About It
  • Reward Yourself
  • Stick to It

We may not be able to help with every person’s New Year’s Resolution, but if you are looking for a new career in the nursing, business or dental field we can help! At Ohio Valley College of Technology (OVCT), we offer numerous career training courses in East Liverpool, Ohio as part of both associate degree and diploma programs. Our dedicated instructors can provide you the hands-on training that will help you to develop skills needed in a variety of exciting career fields. We offer programs in Nursing, Medical Assisting, Dental Assisting, Medical Office Administration and Business Administration. We offer regular six-week enrollment periods, with representatives to guide you through the entire process.

Financial Aid is available to those who qualify!

 Learn More about Our Programs

Q&A With Instructor Tim Clutter

What is your educational background?

I graduated from Wellsville High School in 2011, and started my college experience at Youngstown State University. While attending Youngstown State I was majoring in social work, but something about the area just wasn’t the right fit for me. I transferred to Kent State during my junior year and joined the communication program. The program at Kent Stark for communication was unparalleled in the area, and I knew that I found my “fit”. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2015. I am now finishing my Master of Science in Marketing Degree at Walden University, and will graduate in early 2019.

Tim Clutter, OVCT Instructor

What are some of your prior work experiences?

Prior to my work at OVCT, I interned as the director of new media at Fulkerson Funeral Home in Sidney, Montana. I worked in tandem with the funeral directors and families to create custom digital and print media to memorialize the decedents. The internship was 100% out of my comfort zone due to both the location and spectrum of duties, so obviously I had to say “yes”! The experience required that I move from my home town to the middle of nowhere in Montana; they don’t have overnight shipping, and you have to take a plane to get to the mall! The people and experiences helped me in more ways than I ever thought imaginable.

What is your current role at OVCT?

My current role at OVCT has more breadth than I ever thought I could handle. I am a general education instructor for our Medical Assisting, Medical Office Administration, and Dental Assisting programs, teaching two English courses, Psychology, Logic & Critical Thinking, Current Events, and Student Success Strategies. For our Nursing program, I keep records of immunizations for pre-clinical requirements, teach two more English courses, and assist the Director of Nursing, Jennifer Walker, in any other capacity needed. It may look like a lot on paper, but I still manage to sleep nearly 45 minutes every night!

Why did you choose to work at OVCT?

I saw the family/team atmosphere cultivated by the employees and administration at OVCT and felt immediately welcome. I was lucky enough to breathe for a minute after walking across the stage post-graduation, and could really sink time into finding a position that was the right fit for me instead of walking right into the first position available just anywhere. I am extremely lucky to have found my “people” so early in life, and couldn’t be happier.

What is your favorite part of working for OVCT?

My favorite part of working at OVCT is graduation! In the weeks leading up to graduation I get to see the culmination of all of my student’s hard work as they pass their certification exams, gear up for the NCLEX-RN or other certifications, and finish out the last of their coursework. Getting to see the students that came in less than two years ago be able to leave confidently is beyond words. I also like the OVCT nursing faculty group chat keeping track of our newly licensed RNs. The faculty here really takes pride in our students.

What, or who motivates you and why?

My family is a huge motivation for me. My mother competed with me in academia. As I finished my Bachelor’s degree, she got a Master’s; as I started my Master’s, she finished a second. The woman is always one-step ahead of me taunting me to want more for myself. I also have two aunts and a cousin who went back to college at the same time that I went, so we were able to motivate each other and commiserate over instructors and coursework. My best friend, Taylor, and I actually went to the same college and shared the same major. Having her by my side made everything easier and a thousand times more fun because I always had my “person”. We’re just as close now as we were sitting in class next to each other, even though we’re miles apart. We always send each other motivation when it is needed the most; I swear we might be telepathic. Lastly, I have a 10-year-old cousin, Aubrey, who looks up to me. I’m sure she could have picked a better role model, but she got stuck with me; so I have to set a good example and show her that you can do everything you want to.

What are you most proud of?

I am most proud of my tenacity. For a 25-year-old, a Master’s degree and instructor position isn’t too bad! I am glad that I have stuck with education for as long as I have so that I never have to go back and finish something; I’m just going to see it through to the end right away. I don’t want to sound like I have a hugely inflated ego or anything, but it is good to be proud of your accomplishments.

What are your long-term career goals?

My long-term career goals are simply to help others succeed. Getting to where I am was a whirlwind of a ride, so for now I just want a few calm years to adjust. I love the organization that I work for, and all of my coworkers are impeccable, so I don’t see myself going anywhere other than OVCT. Maybe I’ll come for that nice President title; watch out, Mr. Rogers. Lol (Just kidding, that’s too much pressure).

What is something interesting about yourself that not many people know?

In high school, I joined the Future Teachers of America organization to get out of class for a few minutes. I was one of the only ones who never had aspirations of teaching, but ended up being one of the only ones from my graduating class’ FTA members to go on to teaching. They all thought that I was crazy for just wanting to get out of class for a few minutes and a cute mug, but the joke is on them… Look at me now!

Anthony Winston – Student Highlight

Anthony Winston, OVCT
My name is Anthony Winston and I am a student here at Ohio Valley College of Technology. I have been a student here since August of 2018 and so far I am enjoying it far more than my past college experience. I attended another local college on and off for five years total after high school. It was a decent learning experience in my life, but I definitely was not invested there. OVCT has been a great experience for me so far.

Before I started my classes here, I was pretty much at a standstill, so I knew I had to do something. I chose to come to OVCT because it is close to home and the staff and made me feel welcomed when I came to tour the school. I chose to be in the Medical Office Administration program because I have a disability which will require me to have a desk job. I felt a degree in Medical Office Administration would give me the chance to find a career.

My favorite part of attending OVCT would have to be the fact that I am growing as an individual through my education and making new friends along the way. My teachers make a great difference as well. I have not had all of the instructors yet, but I do have three favorite teachers so far:  Mrs. Poynter, Mrs. Martin, and Mrs. Scott.  My favorite class so far would be Effective Communication because I love public speaking.

I would definitely refer a friend to come to OVCT.  If you are willing to invest in yourself, the school will give you the tools and the knowledge to build your future on. I am glad I chose to further my education here.

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