Encompass Health – Externship Highlight

Sue Bolyard, the Program Manager of Hospital Education, gave WVJC Online a peek at what our WVJC Online Clinical Medical Assistant students will experience during their externship at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Morgantown.

“Your WVJC students will receive training about our rehabilitation patients. We provide medical care and also functional care. Your students will learn glucose monitoring, bladder scanning, transfers, activities of daily living techniques, and how to treat the patient with CPR; Comfort, Professionalism, and Respect,” Sue tells us.

Encompass Health is a national leader in integrated healthcare services that offers both facility-based and home-based patient care through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies, and hospice agencies. The organization is known nationally as it includes 139 hospitals, 241 home health locations, and 82 hospice locations in 39 states and Puerto Rico and has been ranked as one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work for. Sue confirms this as she shared with us that there are many benefits and opportunities for their patients, family, and staff.

Speaking of career opportunities, Sue says that the company has benefitted from having WVJC externs, as several WVJC students that have gone through their facility have become employed after training with them. Sue and her team enjoy providing the training and feel accomplished when they watch students gain the experience they will need in their future careers.

Sue shares that there is growth happening within their business. You can expect to see Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Morgantown to be Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Certified along with their current certification from the Joint Commission as a Stroke Center of Excellence. “With the population aging, we are seeing more patients with chronic illnesses and problems that go along with them. Our goal is to improve the quality of their life!” says Sue.

Going into the medical field, you have to be determined but also have care in your heart for your patients. So when entering school, Sue advises students to “study hard, get a degree, be a contributing adult to our society, and take some time to enjoy life with friends and family!”

To learn more about WVJC’s Clinical Medical Assistant program, request information here!

Clinical Medical Assistant Student
Simulates Doctor’s Office Visit

Today, you will get to experience one of the hands-on training components that Clinical Medical Assistant students complete. Clinical Medical Assistant Instructor, Carrie Friend, simulates a doctor’s office visit for Clinical Medical Assistant student, Morgan Casey, providing her the career training she will need to work in the healthcare field.

In this demonstration, you will see the Clinical Medical Assistant student obtaining “patient” vital signs. WVJC finds it important to provide students with a high level of hands-on training to prepare students to enter the workforce. If you want to get into the healthcare field and learn more about what a Clinical Medical Assistant does in their daily position, check out our Clinical Medical Assistant program here. Enjoy the demonstration!



Medical Assisting Student Highlight-Leah Tennant

Leah TennantHigh School seniors listen up! This is your big year, the time when you are on the top of the pyramid looking back at what you have accomplished over the past 12 years. It is a great feeling that is well deserved! Looming ahead is the next step of your life, the one that requires you to make your own decision, deal with your own consequences, and above all, learn how to Adult; yes, the dreaded, Adulting.

Freshman Medical Assisting student at WVJC-Morgantown, Leah Tennant, has is it pretty well figured out. A 2016 graduate of Hundred High School, she was looking for something a bit smaller, a bit more focused on students and learning; in fact she wanted that to be her college’s number one priority. She was able to find that and so much more at WVJC-Morgantown in the Medical Assistant program. Leah figured out the difference between WVJC –Morgantown and many other colleges, the teachers. Not only are they there to expand your knowledge, they are there as your support system. According to Leah “they are your personal cheerleaders and it makes things so much easier on you.”

Having someone there to guide you on your journey into the adult world is a very important step. They go by many names, coach, instructor, mentor, and in this case, Mrs. Brittany Nuzzo-Callen. Leah’s journey at WVJC-Morgantown has brought her face to face with many new challenges; including finding the balance between the academic workload, travel time and a job. But through it all, Mrs. Nuzzo-Callen has been there to help guide, support and push Leah to be her best.

“She lifted my spirits when they were at their lowest. She has given me great advice on not just things pertaining to academics, but to life itself. She doesn’t give up on her students, and strives for each and every one of us to do great. She has made such as amazing impact on my life and I’m positive I’m not the first, nor the last.”

The dedication and hard work has paid off for our WVJC-Morgantown Medical Assistant student Leah Tennant. She currently carries a 4.0 GPA and is setting herself up for her goals, to positively impact others by service first as a Medial Assistant, and later as a Registered Nurse. Leah has shown herself to be a hard-working, dedicated, and above all, positively driven student. We at WVJC-Morgantown are proud to have Leah Tennant as a Medical Assistant student with us. We, and especially Mrs. Brittany Nuzzo-Callen, look forward to all of her Adult adventures and success.

If you are a High School senior looking for that next step in life, check WVJC-Morgantown out at our website here WVJC.

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