Christy Richards – Student Highlight

Medical Coding student Christy Richards has been attending WVJC since January 2021. Before attending WVJC, she attended Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville, Virginia. She says she feels much more at home at WVJC due to the welcoming environment and the support she has from all of the faculty! She loves getting the help she needs and is not looked at as just a number. Christy is also working full-time while going to school! She is a sales representative who works very odd hours. She said, “I work full time, and WVJC fits my schedule so well.”

When Christy was looking for a school to further her education, she did a lot of research for a few months to find a school that would fit her needs and wants. She explained that she felt so welcomed from the beginning, and that feeling has continued throughout her studies. She said, “My only problem now is knowing I’ll have to leave one day and graduate!” Christy chose medical coding because she has always had an interest in the medical field and will still utilize the skills she already has. She was also able to research the certifications and felt that it would allow her to continue learning constantly.

Although she has taken something away from every instructor she has had, she did say that if she had to choose a favorite, it would be her professor Jamie McGuire! Christy has loved all of the assignments from the multiple classes with Jamie, so she knows she will not be bored.

While thinking about future career paths, Christy said she would really like to work as a medical coder at the University of Virginia Hospital or Martha Jefferson Hospital. Christy feels that her education will give her the ability to grow in her career! To continue with her future plans, she is really hoping to be a homeowner and is already working toward this goal! She would also like to work toward a management role and have the ability to sit for more certifications.*

Overall, Christy said that she has been very pleased with her experience at WVJC. She has gained more confidence in herself and her abilities. She is very excited to see where the future will take her and which opportunities will open up. She has shared her experience with her peers and recommends that if they are looking to further education, they should look into WVJC! “You get help the whole way through. Tons of guidance and even assistance with finding that right career/ job placement. It’s a wonderful experience!”

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*Certification is contingent upon passing the corresponding industry certification exam.

Cortney Warner – Student Highlight

West Virginia Junior College Medical Coding student Cortney Warner began her classes in February of 2021. In the fourth module of her program, Cortney has come a long way toward achieving her dreams! Cortney has worked in the medical field since 2010, previously a Pharmacy Technician and a Scrub Technician. When asked what inspired her to decide to switch her career focus to medical coding, Cortney shared, “I chose medical coding and billing because I love being in the healthcare setting. I feel I can contribute to a hospital or insurance company in the future. It is such an important job that most overlook. It will not be easy, but it will be worth it!”

Cortney has been thinking about her future and how she would like to see life play out as she completes her Medical Coding program. “My ideal job after graduation is to be employed by a company I can work from home for. I have a step-daughter and a baby girl; after losing my son to an accident, I don’t want to be away from them.” Cortney noted that, though she has encountered some tough times in the recent past, she only wants to move onward and upward toward her dreams. “It would be a dream come true to be able to be close to my girls, but do something I love.”

In the almost five months since she has been a WVJC Online student, Cortney has enjoyed her experience! She has felt very welcomed and encouraged from the beginning, starting with her first admissions phone call. She would be happy for those close to her to have the same positive experience if they ever decide to further their education, stating, “I would most definitely recommend WVJC Online to my friends and family! Not only have my teachers been very accommodating, but each and every person I have spoken with actually cares about you and your future. They are there to help at any given time. It’s like having a friend available to lend you a hand. You are not just a student at WVJC…you are family!”

Here at WVJC Online, our core values are WE CARE, and we do care! We are so happy to have Cortney as part of the WVJC family! If the fast-track Medical Coding program sounds interesting to you, and you’d like to get more information, request information here!

Josie Cooper – Graduate Highlight

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’s Medical 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.”

To learn more about WVJC Online, request information here!

Health Access – Online Externship Partner

West Virginia Junior College and Health Access have had an externship partnership since 2018. Health Access has a philanthropic mission and devotion to serving the underserved, which has made for a perfect match with WVJC students interested in the medical field.

Health Access helps serve the community by providing access to comprehensive medical care spanning across several services such as primary care, cancer screenings, prescription fulfillment, dental care, vision screening, behavioral medicine, harm reduction, and women’s healthcare. Their mission to serve those who may otherwise lack access or be unable to afford care has helped the uninsured seek care when needed the most. The services they provide come at no cost for the most vulnerable residents of Harrison and Doddridge counties.

Josh Brown, Medical Practice Manager of Health Access, has always welcomed WVJC students to the facility to work alongside his staff and gain real-world knowledge in the medical field. Several students in the Clinical Medical Assistant, Medical Office Administration, and Medical Coding programs have completed their externship hours at the facility and have obtained crucial patient interaction experience.

West Virginia Junior College is proud to have an affiliation with such a critical organization for North Central West Virginia residents. WVJC hopes to continue this partnership for years to come.

To learn more about WVJC’s externship program, request information here!

Amie Starliper – Student Highlight

Amie Starliper is a WVJC Online student. She chose to enroll in the Medical Coding program for a new career path. Prior to being a student at WVJC, Amie had attended other post-secondary schools. Her experiences, at both institutions, were quite different. At her first post-secondary schools, she didn’t feel challenged enough and that was one of the main reasons she was not successful. Amie says, “My heart just wasn’t in it.” She decided that her real passion was in cosmetology.  Amie, then, went on to school to become licensed for this.

She did have a knack for this, but after fifteen years in the cosmetology business, Amie decided it was time for a career change. She ultimately chose to attend WVJC Online because she could continue to work and pursue an education. She can also make her own schedule, which was one of the biggest advantages in her mind. Outside of the class schedule, Amie was also looking for easy access, and structure. West Virginia Junior College fulfilled all of her needs. Her overall experience has been a positive one and she feels challenged every day. It’s hard for her to pick a favorite teacher because she likes them all! She enjoys the close-knit relationships and the true care the instructors demonstrate, like sending her cards on her birthday.

Amie chose Medical Coding because she wanted a good career in the healthcare field. She wanted something she would enjoy and that would be challenging for her. In her estimation, she has found all of those things at WVJC. Amie’s goal is to graduate from the online Medical Coding program and take the skills, certification, and career training she’s earned at WVJC and apply to a coding job at a hospital. Long term, she hopes to relocate and establish herself in a new area, and have a career as a medical coder, remotely.

Amie was able to go back to school because WVJC Online makes it more convenient. It’s awesome to have online programs available to achieve an education and a degree later in life. Life is so busy, but they really help you! The support has been unreal and Amie says she has never felt this kind of support before. She is learning so much in her program and said it’s been great, all of their programs are great, so she would definitely refer a friend to West Virginia Junior College!

To learn more about WVJC’s online programs, request information here!

We’re Here for You Through COVID-19

Our lives have dramatically changed in the last few weeks as we all adjust to dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. From our movements being restricted, to learning to homeschool our children, to the heroes on the front lines battling this virus, we have all been affected.

At West Virginia Junior College, we want our students, our community, and our future students to know one thing: we are here for you and we will support you in every way possible. We’re all in this fight together, and we will get through it together.

Supporting WVJC Students

At WVJC, we are not just a college, we are a family. Throughout this difficult time, we continue to remain fully committed to our purpose of empowering change by creating opportunity.

We are committed to serving and supporting our WVJC student family through the COVID-19 pandemic. To enable our students to continue training for rewarding careers, our ground campuses are providing live remote classes for all students. Via these live remote classes, students can continue to gain valuable knowledge and develop professional skills, setting them up for successful careers.

Students may travel to campus to receive distance learning materials and other essential services, as educational institutions are considered essential businesses in West Virginia. We’re taking every precaution necessary to ensure our facilities are sanitized and are operating under social distancing requirements. All instructors are also available to remotely assist students with anything they need for those who cannot or prefer not to travel to campus.

To further support our students during this time, WVJC has created an Interim Leave of Absence Policy for active students in good academic standing, who are unable to complete or begin an externship due to COVID-19. We have also revised the current incomplete policy for students who cannot sit for their certification exams during this time. For more information and guidance on these policies, please visit the COVID-19 Information page.

Supporting the Community

In addition to continuing to supporting our students throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we are highly invested in our community and dedicated to serving it by providing the local workforce with trained and qualified medical professionals.

With healthcare programs including Nursing, Practical Nursing, Clinical Medical Assistant, Medical Office Administration, Dental Assisting, Medical CodingHealthcare Administration, and Pharmacy Technician, WVJC graduates are on the front lines fighting the virus, caring for sick patients, and providing critical support to hospitals and doctor’s offices.

We pledge to continue supporting members of the community and local healthcare teams by educating and training essential healthcare workers who are critical to saving lives during the pandemic.

Supporting Future Students

Due to COVID-19 and the mandatory restrictions on non-essential businesses, many people and families have been negatively impacted. There have been many people who have lost their jobs or been laid off, with millions all over the country who have applied for unemployment benefits.

With our purpose of empowering change by creating opportunity, we believe that WVJC has a responsibility to help people by providing them the opportunity to get retrained and back to work. With this in mind, we are now offering virtual campus visits for all potential students. Additionally, we are waiving all enrollment fees for applicants starting college in May or June of 2020. It’s our hope that this will help people who have been affected by providing them the opportunity to start their path to a more secure career.

We also understand that it’s hard for high school students who are dealing with this time of uncertainty while trying to make decisions about what to do after graduation. We encourage all high school seniors to explore our career training college degree programs that may lead to successful, rewarding careers.

To learn more about our healthcare and professional college degree programs, contact us today to schedule a remote admissions meeting.

Mapleshire – Externship Highlight

Mapleshire is a skilled nursing center located in Morgantown, WV. It serves patients in Monongalia County and its surrounding areas. West Virginia Junior College and Mapleshire have created a relatively new partnership that has continued to grow over the last two years.  Mapleshire accepts students from the Business Administration, Medical Office Administration, and Clinical Medical Assistant programs and is moving towards accepting Legal Office Assisting and Medical Coding students as they continue to expand. Their management consulting teaches the students about administrative services that support healthcare firms so they are best able to provide senior care across the region. With 17 skilled nursing facilities across West Virginia and 9 home health and hospice facilities in West Virginia and Ohio, they expect to expand even more in 2020.

When a student completes their externship with Mapleshire, they learn how to assist with the administrative process and case management which includes authorizations from insurance. This provides a wide range of knowledge to the student from the business side of healthcare.

As the case management aspect of Mapleshire continues to expand, students may start to see more full-time opportunities arise from their externship, which will lead to a great foundation for their career. Jessica Davis, a graduate of West Virginia Junior College, is now an administrative assistant and has a few words of advice for future graduates. “Keep an open mind and you never know where your career may lead you.”

Medical Office Administration Graduate Highlight – Melissa Wolfe

Melissa WolfeLike most loving mothers, all Melissa Wolfe wanted in life was to provide a better life for her daughter, Joyce. She wanted Joyce to have the opportunities that eluded her when she was Joyce’s age. She wanted this for her daughter so badly that she didn’t think twice when it came time for Joyce to start her Medical Office Administration program at West Virginia Junior College in Morgantown. Without hesitation, Melissa decided to make the necessary sacrifice for Joyce to succeed by driving the hour long commute from Oakland, Maryland to Morgantown every Monday through Thursday so Joyce could attend class. Little did Melissa know that her life was about to dramatically change as well.

Melissa settled into a routine. She would wake up early and get Joyce out of bed and then hit the highway. She would drop Joyce off for class and then she would decide how to kill time. Maybe she would go to Walmart. Maybe she would walk around High Street. Sometimes she sat in the car or in the campus student lounge.

It didn’t take long for Matt Hahn, WVJC’s Director of Adult and Online Admissions, to notice Melissa and inquire about her situation. “Matt approached me one day”, said Melissa. “He invited me to explore some programs and take a look at the classes. He said, ‘Why are you wasting time in the parking lot? Why don’t you get some knowledge and training and earn a degree just like Joyce?’ He was the one who gave me the courage to walk in the building and sign up for class.”

Melissa took a leap of faith and soon she found herself in a college where the instructors and staff care deeply for their students. All it took was a slight nudge and she found a revitalized passion for learning and a yearning to start a new career. Along the way, Melissa built long lasting relationships. Kacey Eagle, MOA Program Director, encouraged her daily and helped her realize, “You’re never too old to learn and believe in yourself. She made me see that I could do this and that I still had a few tricks up my sleeve!”

With renewed vigor and enthusiasm, Melissa became a dedicated and successful student. In just 18 months, she graduated and earned her specialized associate degree in Medical Office Administration and was able to walk across the stage with her daughter, Joyce, during their graduation ceremony.

Upon graduation, Melissa worked closely with Career Management Director, Samantha Esposito. They worked on her resume and interview training. She said, “Sam made a big impact in my life. She forced me to take the reins and take action. She gave me the confidence to get back out into the working world.” With Sam and Kacey’s assistance, Melissa is now working in an administrative capacity at a local hospital. While working, she has decided to enter WVJC’s online Medical Coding program to further enhance her skill set and set herself up for even further career advancement. She achieved her goal of watching her daughter Joyce graduate and is now focused on her own career goals of securing a position as a professional coder and eventually becoming a medical auditor. It’s safe to say that Melissa has come a long way from trying to decide how to fill a few hours while her daughter was in class, and is well on her way to an exciting career in the medical field.

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

Medical Coding Degree Offered in Ohio

Make Your Mark on the Healthcare Industry with Our Medical Coding Degree Offered in Ohio

Students who are passionate about healthcare can now earn their education and train within the field thanks to our online medical coding program. Through our available virtual education options, students can work to earn their associate degree with WVJC Online and get started in a career they love.

The Benefits of Medical Coding Within the Healthcare Industry

Medical coders play a significant part in streamlining a variety of procedures in hospitals, clinics and other medical facilities. By opening up communication lines with insurance agencies and other healthcare companies, uniform documentation can be achieved.

Uniform documentation can contribute to a plethora of advantages within medical facilities, such as:

  • Keeping data transfers consistent and effective
  • Allowing for resourceful research and analysis
  • Maintaining the integrity of a facility

As a graduate of our medical coding program, you can directly contribute to the success of your medical facility. Here at WVJC Online, we can help you earn that rewarding career. 

Why You Should Choose WVJC Online’s Ohio Medical Coding Program 

There are many benefits that come with choosing our medical coding program to accelerate your career in healthcare. A couple key benefits include:

1. Online Classes Allow for Flexibility and Convenience

Our medical coding online program for students in Ohio can have you career-ready in as little as 18 months. Given that our program is offered completely online, you can choose where and when to take your classes. We know that life can be busy, which is why we allow our students to earn their degree in their own time.

2. We’ll Prepare You for Certification Exams

Another benefit of our program compared to other medical coding programs is that we specifically designed our curriculum around preparing you for certification exams.

As a Certified Professional Coder, you would be setting yourself apart from other applicants by expanding your knowledge base.

Learn More On Our Program Page!

Choosing to begin your career in medical coding with an online education is a decision you should come to after learning everything you need to know about the program.

That’s why you should visit our medical coding program page or contact us today for more detailed information about the 18-month program.

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