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.
Practical Nursing students complete their first clinical experience.
Making a difference and helping others are common themes among those interested in becoming medical professionals. As the first clinical rotation draws to a close for our Practical Nursing students here at West Virginia Junior College Bridgeport, those ideals are very real for our students.
PN students received their first clinical experience with the Arbors at Fairmont, a leading provider of long-term skilled nursing care and short-term rehabilitation services. This first rotation has allowed these students to get Practical Nursing experience and assist those in need.
Sydni Stover, Practical Nursing student, said “I feel that clinical instruction enhanced my learning experience tremendously. Making the connection between medical terms and patient physiology within a clinical setting has helped give me a better understanding of the classwork and how it applies in practice.”
Working in a clinical setting also means that you are hands-on with patients. This experience is invaluable for the student, but important for the patient as well. PN student Tammy Ketterman said, “The patients truly appreciated us for all we have done for them and I can walk away knowing I did all I could to make a difference in each one of their lives.”
WVJC Clinical Coordinator Pam Wilson agrees that this type of instruction is important. “Clinical instruction is a vital part of a nursing student’s experience. This is where we get to see the students take all the information they have been taught in the classroom, and apply in in the clinical setting. It increases students’ confidence by allowing human interaction, performing skills successfully, and seeing the different avenues of healthcare within their community.” She also agrees that the patients are greatly impacted by the student’s presence. “The impact these students have on their patients is profound. The students learn quickly what a positive difference they make, not only to one individual but the entire community.”
This has been a valuable experience for our students and the patients they care for. Kim Shaw, Director of Nursing, for Arbors at Fairmont had this to say, “The staff love the students and I think some will cry when they leave tomorrow.”
The end of the first clinical rotation brings about the beginning of the next and they are excited to begin their new experiences next week.