Morgantown Nursing Program Highlight

We had the pleasure of speaking with the Dean of Nursing, Dr. Lisa Onega, and the nursing department at West Virginia Junior College Morgantown to gain insight into what our nursing students can expect from the Nursing program.

West Virginia Junior College Morgantown takes great pride in preparing our nursing students to provide quality care to our local communities.
To ensure they are prepared, Lisa says, “Nursing students use the nursing process to promote the health of individuals, families, and communities. Their studies include foundational arts and science classes as well as nursing classes. Many nursing courses have laboratory and clinical experiences that enable students to apply theoretical knowledge to foster health, healing, and hope. Nursing students also learn to collaborate with other healthcare professionals to advance individual and societal health.” In addition to nursing studies and laboratory and clinical experiences, faculty prepare their nursing students throughout the program to take the NCLEX-RN~ after graduation. Lisa confirms that the NCLEX-RN is a test that measures graduates’ abilities to provide safe nursing care. Upon successful completion of NCLEX-RN, a state grants graduates a license, and they become registered nurses.

Once becoming a registered nurse, graduates can be prepared for a rewarding career and an array of opportunities and paths. Nurses can be found in numerous settings such as hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices, and more. Lisa concurs that one of the exceptional things about nursing is the range of career options and that nurses may work with individuals, groups, or populations. Nurses may work in in-patient, outpatient, or community settings. She continues to say, “Regardless of the specialty or setting, everyday nurses improve health and lives of other people, and that is what we want to bring to West Virginia and our surrounding states.”

Lisa frequently answers the questions “how does one become a successful nurse?” and “can I do this?” She tells them that to be a successful nurse; one must first be a successful nursing student. She tells her students, “Nursing is a challenging and demanding discipline. Therefore, you need to put in the effort and be self-disciplined throughout your learning experience. Here at the West Virginia Junior College’s Morgantown campus, you can expect to receive the training and guidance needed to become a successful registered nurse as it is our goal to educate, mentor, and guide each nursing student to achieve his or her potential.”

However, it does take a unique individual to be a nurse. We asked our nursing department what characteristics a student needs to be a successful nursing student and later a successful nurse. They believe that successful students and nurses possess the characteristics of honesty, integrity, accountability, confidentiality, professionalism, time management skills, critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and organizational skills. In addition, nursing students have to be flexible and willing to learn as nursing is continually changing and always strives to be up to date on the newest technology. Lisa adds, “And most importantly, nurses have to be self-reflective, empathic, compassionate, and kind. You want to show true care for your patients.”

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

~Passing the NCLEX-RN exam is required to become a Registered Nurse.

Business Administration/Human Resources – Program Highlight

The Business Administration/Human Resource associate degree program from West Virginia Junior College is an 18-month program that prepares graduates for a wide variety of entry-level administrative support positions requiring a human resources background. While human resources and employment law is emphasized, the general education and business courses prepare graduates to work in a wide variety of office settings. Opportunities may exist in business and industry, federal, state, local government, non-profit agencies, and other organizational settings. Some career paths may require additional training and/or experience. The completion of this program could also be used as an opportunity to maintain existing employment or advance in a career.

While students will take a variety of courses, the program’s core group of classes centers around preparing students to sit for the aPHR certification offered through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI).  At the end of the program, students will have an opportunity to sit for the certification.  In addition, students will take courses in business law, employment law, and three in-depth courses in human resources, which cover topics from recruitment and selection to discipline and termination. They will also complete a 90-hour externship with a focus on human resources. This degree path is perfect for anyone who desires the HR field or for anyone currently in the HR field seeking to get certified.

To learn more about this exciting program from WVJC, request information here!

Kylee Wood – Graduate Highlight

WVJC Online’s Medical Office Administration program has many advantages. One of the greatest is the flexibility that exists to work within your own schedule and timeframe. This flexibility is what attracted Kylee Wood to the program when she started. For Kylee, being a mom and going to school had to work together. “WVJC offered me a way to get my degree without having to stop being with my children,” Kylee says. Another advantage that WVJC Online offers is a small class environment with hands-on learning opportunities. This was important to Kylee based on her past experience in a university setting.

Kylee knew that she wanted a career in the medical field. She had worked in the field and the opportunities for success were plentiful with the right training and certifications. Kylee worked with WVJC’s Admissions and Financial Aid departments to work out the details and began working her way through the 18 month associate degree program. Kylee’s favorite part about WVJC was the people. “The professors were so understanding and I enjoyed being able to learn in the comfort of my own home.  Kacey Eagle was my favorite professor. She was always helpful and very sweet.” Kacey is the Allied Health Program Director at WVJC.

Before Kylee knew it, her 18 months were over and she was graduating. WVJC’s Career Management Department assisted Kylee through the job search process where she ended up working at a pediatrics office close to home. “They are a great group of people to work for and I am proud to be a part of their team.” Kylee has a host of responsibilities, which include checking in patients, working in the front office, and determining insurance eligibility.

If you would like more information on WVJC, are near one of our conveniently located campuses, or desire to earn your degree online,  give WVJC a call at 877-25ONLINE or visit wvjc.edu.