The Growing Medical Industry In Kanawha County

The medical industry continues to grow across the United States and in Kanawha County. Healthcare employers are continuously looking for qualified medical professionals to provide patient care. To help with this employment demand, WVJC Charleston offers a variety of fast track, in-demand healthcare programs including Nursing, Medical Assisting, Medical Office Administration, and Dental Assisting.
The Nursing program at WVJC is a direct admittance program. Therefore, students are not required to take pre-requisite courses. The Nursing program curriculum prepares graduates to function as a member of a healthcare team within the scope and practice of a nurse. Students learn nursing diagnosis, planning, implementation, and evaluation of persons, families, and communities in a diversity of health care environments.

The Clinical Medical Assistant and Medical Office Administration programs prepare graduates for a wide variety of entry-level, primarily medical related positions, both clinical and office/administrative. Students learn clinical skills that can be applied in a variety of healthcare settings including, but not limited to, doctors’ offices, hospitals, clinical, urgent care centers, nursing homes, home health services, wellness centers, private care, and a wide variety of health care facilities.

The Dental Assisting program prepares graduates for entry-level positions as a dental assistant and related clinical and clinical administration careers. Students learn to assist the dentist with patient procedures, expose and develop radiographs, prepare instruments, perform lab procedures, and manage dental records.

WVJC works closely with local healthcare employers to provide well-trained medical professionals to the Kanawha County area. Students receive hands-on, fast-track training in a supportive environment. Students also gain real-world experience by completing externships at local doctors’ offices, labs, clinics, and hospitals.

Selena Ramey, WVJC’s Career Management Director says, “Now is the time to get started in the medical field.”  If you are interested in a career in the healthcare industry, contact us today to get started in classes!

Healthcare Administration – Program Highlight

Within the next five to ten years, we are expected to see a rise in medical technology in the area of telehealth and telemedicine. With that in mind, West Virginia Junior College Online has begun offering a Healthcare Administration program. In this program, students are able to earn an associate degree in as little as 18 months.

The Healthcare Administration program teaches students to use computers and medical software programs to perform data entry, basic and advanced coding, work with and maintain medical records, understand health quality management, interpret/verify insurance information, complete insurance claims, obtain precertification/preauthorization documentation, obtain accurate patient billing, and understand and apply medical law and ethics. Students also become skilled in medical terminology, understanding HIPAA policies, effective communication, and basic bookkeeping.

Externships are critical in fine-tuning the student’s technical and soft skills. In essence, students in this program will get a taste of what it will be like working in the healthcare field.

This program is great for any student looking for an administrative role in the healthcare field or for any student who wants to further their degree in the medical industry.

Upon finishing the program, students have the option to transition to the Bachelors of Health Administration Degree program at the University of Phoenix. However, if students are more interested in going directly into the workforce, they also have the opportunity to start in an office position in a physician’s office or hospital.