Josie Cooper knew she had to change careers after her employment as store manager unfortunately ended. Before deciding on attending WVJC, Josie had always been on the fence about returning to college. “With always working before, I felt I never had the time to follow that dream. It was a dream of mine to go back and complete what I had started.” Josie wanted a better and brighter future for her family. “That future started with me, and I knew I had to go back.”
Josie chose WVJC after researching local colleges in her area. “WVJC seemed to have everything I needed to succeed. The staff was accommodating along the way, and admissions made sure to put me in a program that best suited my interest.” Josie also noted that the new student orientation made the worries of being a new student fade away. “I was through the first term before I knew it!”
Josie knew she always wanted to be in the medical field but didn’t know where to start. What she did know was that she wanted to complete her education, earn her degree, and enter a promising career field. That is the reason she chose WVJC Online’sMedical Coding program. Her favorite part about attending WVJC was the flexibility it offered. “I was able to enjoy my personal time with my family and continue working full-time while furthering my education.” Her favorite teacher was Dr. Kacey Eagle. “She made sure all her students had the resources needed to succeed and was always there when she was needed.”Now that Josie has graduated, she is happy to say she is working in her career field. After obtaining her CPC certification for medical coding, Josie is now a Coding Assistant Analyst! With her experience, she says she would absolutely refer any friend to WVJC. “I would encourage anyone to go back to continue their education, and if carrying a full-time job was a worry, I would let them know it was possible at WVJC. I am an example of just that.”
“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!”
WVJC is Carlita’s first official experience attending college. Prior to starting with us, she took all the necessary steps to further her education, but wasn’t able to get the support she needed at the time.
Before starting her program, Carlita was a stay-at-home mom to her son, Ezra. She wasn’t initially looking to start school, but when her fiancé came home after hearing a commercial on the radio, they felt it was time to start making their dreams happen.
Carlita chose the Medical Office Administration program because she wants to continue furthering her education to become a medical coder one day. She felt this program would allow her to get her foot in the door within the healthcare field and allow her to get experience under her belt.
Carlita’s favorite part of attending WVJC is the flexibility it allows her. She was worried when starting the program that it would be difficult to balance her schedule, but she has found that she still has the freedom to maintain her normal schedule with her son while getting all of her coursework completed throughout the week.
Although Carlita has only completed a few courses so far, her favorite has been Student Success Strategies. She was able to gain useful skills that will help her both in and out of class. Having this as one of her first courses was able to give her the confidence boost she needed.
Carlita has just the right idea of what a great day would look like for her. “My perfect day would have to be waking up to a clean house, getting my and my son’s school work done, and then spending the rest of the day on an adventure as a little family,” she says.
In the next five years, Carlita would like to see herself owning her own property (with her own goats and bumblebees), being married to her fiancé, and living debt-free. Her dream job would be working in a multi-specialist doctor’s office or a larger hospital. She is excited to see what her degree has to offer her in the future.
To learn more about the flexibility that WVJC Online has to offer, request information here!
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!
WVJC is eager to introduce you to one of our 2020 Nursing graduates, Sarah Jackson! Sarah started working toward her goal of working in the medical field by completing the Clinical Medical Assistant program. Upon completing and obtaining employment as a medical assistant at the Pediatric Clinic through WVU Medicine, Sarah realized that she loved the healthcare field. It made her want to further her education to “learn how to help people in more ways!”
When determining where to go to college, Sarah said, “I chose WVJC because they were invested in my success. When I chose to go to nursing school, I wanted that same feeling. That kind of tight-knit feeling is why I would recommend WVJC. The small class sizes make it very personal and having a degree in 18 months was appealing. My instructors were caring and dedicated to making us the best nurses we could be. I also made great friends along the way. My favorite instructor was Joanne! She was so special to all of us and was always there to talk when we were having a tough time.”
A required part of the licensing process in WV is the NCLEX. Sarah expressed how she “felt confident that the program gave me all the information I needed to pass the boards.” The school utilizes classroom instruction, ATI curriculum and HURST review to help students to prepare for the NCLEX. Though ATI was not Sarah’s favorite thing, she said it “really did help me with my critical thinking skills.” When asked if Sarah felt prepared for the NCLEX she exclaimed, “As prepared as anyone can be for the scariest test of their life! I knew if I kept studying I would pass, though.”
Sarah now works on a Trauma floor. “It’s a fantastic place to learn how to be a nurse in the real world and prepare me for any future career changes.” Sarah shared this picture with us after she survived her first night on the trauma floor. Her ideal job is working in an emergency department. Long-term, she hopes to find herself living in Oregon working in an ED (Emergency Department) and “loving my life as a nurse!”
If you are interested in starting nursing school, request information here!
After a few phone conversations with an admissions advisor, Lindsey made her decision. “I remember thinking, wow, these people are truly on my side. They want me to succeed. They’ll push me to do my best, and they’ll let me know how to do better if I’m not.”
Lindsey’s college experience wasn’t always this way. Before attending WVJC, Lindsey was a student at another institution. She felt the class sizes were too big, and she wasn’t getting the help she needed from instructors, which led Lindsey to feel overwhelmed. Now, with attending WVJC Online, Lindsey is able to have the flexibility she needs to further her education while still spending time with family and working full-time.
Lindsey chose to enroll in the Clinical Medical Assistant program because she feels it will allow her to broaden her skills in the healthcare field. The program’s credentials will allow her to enjoy the best of both worlds between administrative tasks and direct patient care.
Lindsey’s favorite class so far has been Psychology. She has always been fascinated by the human mind, and she loves being able to understand different behaviors and developments.
A perfect day for Lindsey would involve spending the day with her family and indulging in her favorite junk food – potato chips.
After graduating, Lindsey’s ideal position would be working in a doctor’s office or specialty practice, such as gynecology and obstetrics or pediatrics. If you’re interested in getting more information about WVJC’s fast-track online Clinical Medical Assistant program or any other program, request information here!
The Clinical Medical Assistant program at West Virginia Junior College prepares students for careers in the medical field in a short term, 18-month program. Successful medical assistants are dependable, have strong communication skills, demonstrate initiative, and are compassionate while providing patient care. WVJC medical assisting students receive hands-on training that includes taking patients’ vital signs, drawing blood, giving injections, performing and reading EKGs, assisting with medical examinations, and more!
In addition to the hands-on training students receive in the classroom, students complete a 160-hour externship. During the externship, students have the opportunity to observe and apply the skill sets they have gained in the program, in a real work setting. Clinical Medical Assistant Program Director, Chelsea Abbott states, “Externship is an excellent opportunity for students to network with area professionals and practices the skills they’ve learned in the program.” WVJC Career Management Director, Selena Ramey states, “When students excel during the externship, it can often lead to employment opportunities.”
Graduation, the day we long for from the day we begin any educational journey. It is a time to celebrate; celebrate your accomplishments not only for yourself, but with friends and family. The day where reality sets in and you start into another part of your life journey.
The dictionary defines graduation as “the receiving or conferring of an academic degree or diploma.” Many of us look at graduation as a day of accomplishment and success, which you should. Some question, “Am I told old to walk at graduation?” The answer is no. Accomplishments should be celebrated at all ages and at all times in our lives.
In December 2019, West Virginia Junior College celebrated the success of eleven practical nurses as they walked across the stage at Via Veneto’s in Bridgeport. On this special day, we celebrated not only their accomplishments but also looked back upon the journey to get them where they are today. The laughter, hard work, dedication, many sleepless nights, and countless study sessions finally became a reality, that they were overwhelmingly proud of. Family, friends, and instructors glowed in happiness in the success of not only the completion, but also the level of professionalism from this group of ladies.
After graduation, they continued to accomplish many more achievements. Every December 2019 practical nursing graduate passed their NCLEX exam, which officially gave them the title of “Licensed Practical Nurse.” Not only were they proud of themselves but also of each other. Together as a team, they continue to grow and prosper. Each graduate also quickly obtained employment after graduation and are happy to be in the healthcare field, a dream they all had since they were little. “Every nurse is drawn to nursing because of a desire to care, to serve, or to help.” – Christina Feist-Heilmeier, RN.
At WVJC Bridgeport, you become a part of a small family. The small classes and the one on one attention you receive, are like no other. We offer many different programs within our WVJC family and we always celebrate everyone’s accomplishments during graduation.
“I think that WVJC is a great program because the schedule accommodates students like myself, a mom, or others who have to work and raise a family. The classes are small, the instructors are great, and the terms are only 6 weeks. It is very fast-paced, but it’s doable if you try your best!”
One thing about many of the students at WVJC is that they are often not just students. Most work and have families in addition to attending school. When you add in the fact that Lindsay Maxwell is in WVJC’s Nursing program, that adds an extra layer of difficulty to the equation.
Lindsay’s path to WVJC started in 2019. She was looking to continue her education in the healthcare field while working as a scribe at a local hospital. Working in this environment allowed her to see, first-hand, the work and care that a nurse provides in an emergency department. “I heard about WVJC and decided to apply after a coworker of mine started the Nursing program! It was appealing to me that this program was only 18 months, and it was based in the evenings! This worked the best with my schedule.”
Knowing that she wanted to further her education, and finding a program that fit her needs, she started the application process for the WVJC Nursing program. Lindsay had post-secondary education experience, holding a bachelor’s degree in biology and an EMT certification through a local college. She is also the mom of a 3-year-old and engaged to be married. Therefore, finding a program that was short-term was important to her. “I chose the Nursing program because it was the fastest route to graduate compared to other nursing programs in the area.”
After successful completion of the application process and receiving acceptance into the program, Lindsay started school at WVJC. Her first impression was a positive one. Maxwell said, “Our classes are small, and full of non-traditional students like myself. I have made some great friendships during this. It’s nice to have other moms in the class that I can relate to while going through this program as well!”
WVJC prides itself on a family atmosphere and a WE CARE approach to education. One instructor has had a big impact on Lindsay’s success at WVJC. “I would have to say my favorite teacher is Joanne Kozich! My favorite classes so far have been OB and Pediatrics, both of which Joanne taught! She is very knowledgeable and well-rounded as a nurse and instructor! Joanne is genuine, and I feel that she truly cares about all of us and our success!”
It is no surprise that Lindsay enjoyed the Obstetrics and Pediatric courses in the Nursing program. She was very moved by the Nurses that were involved during the birth of her daughter, and she ultimately hopes to work in that environment after graduation at a local hospital. She also hopes that her new career allows her and her husband to raise their family on or near a lake.
Lindsay Maxwell is a healthcare worker, a mom, a wife, and a nursing student in an accelerated nursing program. Lindsay works tirelessly to be successful in all phases of her life and the faculty and staff at WVJC cannot wait to see her success pay off and become a member of the WVJC family of graduates.