Last updated February 2, 2016 | Posted in Faculty & Staff, Health Sciences, Physician Assistant | 3 Comments
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Penn College Appoints Director of Physician Assistant Program
Lynn Eckrote has been named director of the Physician Assistant Program at Pennsylvania College of Technology.
Eckrote, who had served as a clinical director before being named interim director of the program, began her employment at Penn College in 2014.
“The same high level of enthusiasm, collaboration, dedication and professionalism Lynn brought to our clinical directorship will translate well in her new role as program director,” said Edward A. Henninger, dean of the college’s School of Health Sciences. “We fully expect that Lynn will make a positive and lasting impact on the program’s mission of producing high-quality health professionals who contribute effective, evidence-based and compassionate care.”
College’s Dental Hygiene Clinic Open to Students, Public
The dental hygiene clinic, a learning laboratory for students enrolled in Penn College’s dental hygiene majors, is open to students and the general public. Services include cleanings, examinations, X-rays, fluoride treatments and sealants. Examination results and X-rays can be sent to the patient’s regular dentist. The dental hygiene clinic is in Room W222 of the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center. Appointments can be made by calling ext. 4500.
Last updated February 1, 2016 | Posted in Announcements, Dental Hygiene, Health Sciences | Leave a comment
Emma J. Sutterlin Named ‘Student of the Month’
Emma J. Sutterlin, an applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration major from State College, has been chosen as the December/January “Student of the Month” at Pennsylvania College of Technology.
A Resident Assistant in on-campus housing and a “Link” in Penn College’s Connections orientation program, Sutterlin is a 2013 graduate of State College Area High School. She anticipates receiving her bachelor’s degree from the college in May 2018 and is scheduled to complete her associate degree in occupational therapy assistant this August.
Last updated January 13, 2016 | Posted in Health Sciences, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Students | 6 Comments
Student Receives Scholarship from State Professional Association
A Pennsylvania College of Technology student was named one of two recipients of the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association’s Reba M. Sebelist Scholarship.
The scholarship was awarded to Jeanette M. Yatsko, of Monroe Township, Luzerne County, who is pursuing an associate degree in occupational therapy assistant and a bachelor’s degree in applied health studies at Penn College.
Last updated January 12, 2016 | Posted in Health Sciences, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Students | Leave a comment
TV Segment Shares College’s Responsiveness to Workforce Needs
Penn College’s success in answering the skilled demands of industry will be featured in the next episode of WVIA-TV’s “Stay Tuned,” premiering at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21. The recurring series continues the public television station’s goal to highlight those making a difference in meeting critical community needs. “Television viewers often are bombarded with ‘What’s wrong with the world?’ news stories. WVIA’s ‘Stay Tuned’ reminds us that great people do great things every day in our region,” said Elaine J. Lambert, special assistant to the president for creative development and public relations. “It is an honor for Penn College to be featured in this episode.” Interviewed in the 10-minute segment are Tracy L. Brundage, vice president for workforce development; Kirk M. Cantor, professor of plastics technology; Christopher J. Gagliano, program manager, Thermoforming Center of Excellence; Alison A. Diehl, director, National Sustainable Structures Center; Ryan L. Newman, a former technician with the Plastics Innovation & Resource Center (who has since accepted employment in Louisiana); and students Madison T. Powell, of Linden (plastics), Eric M. Danz, of Hershey, and Kyle D. Bomboy, of Unityville (both physician assistant).
Last updated January 12, 2016 | Posted in Faculty & Staff, General Information, Health Sciences, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, NSSC, Physician Assistant, PIRC, Plastics & Polymer, Students, Workforce Development & Continuing Education | Leave a comment
Treatment, Triage and Tenderness
From the Winter 2015 One College Avenue: In Sierra Leone, a part-time member of the physician assistant faculty lent his skill to help in an Ebola Treatment Unit. “Those patients were suffering terribly, and they bore their suffering with quiet patience,” recalls Dr. Guy A. Giordano. Read “Treatment, Triage and Tenderness.”
Last updated January 11, 2016 | Posted in Faculty & Staff, Health Sciences, One College Avenue, One College Avenue Feature, Physician Assistant | Leave a comment
Medical Imaging Club’s Toy Collection Brightens Holidays
As part of its community service, Penn College’s Medical Imaging Club collected for Toys for Tots for the second straight year. According to Karen L. Plankenhorn, interim clinical director for radiography, the group put boxes across campus – the Hager Lifelong Education Center, Madigan Library, Bush Campus Center and the Medical Imaging classroom – in hopes of bringing a brighter Christmas to local children.
Photo by Karen L. Plankenhorn
Last updated December 14, 2015 | Posted in Health Sciences, Radiography, Students | Leave a comment
Disciplines Dovetail in Pursuit of Universal Design
Two groups of Penn College students – architectural technology majors and those enrolled in occupational therapy assistant – were called together Thursday for a uniquely collaborative discussion about the accessibility of home design. The two-and-a-half-hour seminar not only allowed them to consider ways to accommodate various disabilities in the renovation of existing homes, but to examine how homes could be designed better in the first place. Residential design is not bound by the Americans With Disabilities Act, but is becoming a more prevalent concern due to an aging population and the attendant health/mobility concerns. The students discussed the foresight of features such as zero-step entry; dimensional doors, hallways and counters that anticipate wheelchair use; and other accommodations that would be comparably expensive if added as an afterthought but, if designed properly from the outset, can invisibly add value and accessibility at the time of sale. The seminar was preceded last month by a practical exercise in which architecture students were outfitted by OTA majors with crutches, wheelchairs and blindfolds to get a small taste of what various disabilities are like.
Last updated December 4, 2015 | Posted in Faculty & Staff, Health Sciences, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Students | Leave a comment
Read the 2014-15 Annual Report Edition of One College Avenue
The Winter 2015/Annual Report issue of One College Avenue, Penn College’s official magazine, is on its way to mailboxes. You can also read it online or pick up a copy in building lobbies across campus. In this issue: The president looks forward with confidence to 2020; industrial and human factors design students complete a product redesign for an industry giant; a part-time physician assistant faculty member recalls his volunteer time in an Ebola clinic. Plus many highlights from 2014-15. Visit to share stories and leave your comments.
Last updated December 3, 2015 | Posted in Announcements, Health Sciences, Industrial & Human Factors Design, One College Avenue, Physician Assistant, President, Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications | Leave a comment
Instructor Throws Voice, Letting ‘Patient’ Have Say in Treatment
Wednesday marked a “first” in Penn College’s Nursing Program, as students – and instructors – tried out the newly installed Laredal SimView system in conjunction with the program’s human simulation manikin, SimMan 3G. As part of a simulation day, associate-degree nursing students in the Foundations of Nursing course worked through three scenarios, each involving a same-day surgery patient (preoperative, postop and discharge teaching). During the postoperative simulation, faculty used SimView, which captures audio and video of the students caring for the patient. Using the system, an instructor can view and hear the simulation from a remote location, change the “patient’s” physical status, and communicate as the patient through speakers in the manikin. “We found that the system encouraged the students to engage with the patient in a more realistic way, because the voice comes from the patient instead of someone in the room,” said Laurie A. Minium, assistant professor of nursing, who provided the photos. “We had positive feedback from students and instructors.”
Last updated December 3, 2015 | Posted in Health Sciences, Nursing, Students | Leave a comment
Fictitious Patient Teaches Real-Life Lesson on Teamwork
The School of Health Sciences held the first of two Interdisciplinary Professional Experiences of the year for Penn College students on Nov. 20, involving more than 100 students from four academic programs in a case study that helped them think through a patient’s health care experience through the eyes of other professionals – as well as the patient. The students gathered in small groups – with at least one representative from each of the involved programs on every team – to discuss the fictional case of “Mrs. Smith,” a busy working mom whose vehicle crashes when she experiences an apparent stroke. Students talked through the role of each medical provider who will encounter the patient and what information each professional needs from the others. “The main focus is communication,” said Jessica L. Bower, simulation laboratory coordinator in nursing, who helped to facilitate the event. In the spring, the School of Health Sciences will hold a hands-on IPE event, using actors to simulate patients with emergency health concerns.
Last updated November 25, 2015 | Posted in Faculty & Staff, Health Sciences, Students | Leave a comment
Radiography Students Hold Their Own in ‘Technibowl’ Competition
Radiography students recently attended a “Technibowl” competition at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, competing with similar schools in the immediate area (Geisinger Medical Center, Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences, College of Misericordia, Penn State and the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences). Two-student teams from all schools participated in three rounds of 30 board certification-style questions, with points earned for each correct answer. Penn State claimed the top three places. While students from each school were at different points in their education – Penn College students won’t graduate for nearly a year after some of their competitors – Jessica L. Reed, of South Williamsport, and Aaron R. Curry, of Hamburg, finished just out of third place. Georgia T. Grey, clinical supervisor, and Karen L. Plankenhorn, interim clinical director, chaperoned the group.
Photo by Karen L. Plankenhorn
Last updated November 20, 2015 | Posted in Health Sciences, Radiography, Students | 4 Comments
Students Observe National Radiologic Technology Week
Students studying radiography at Pennsylvania College of Technology, along with the radiography program faculty and staff and the college’s Medical Imaging Club, are celebrating National Radiologic Technology Week Nov. 8-14.
Students developed educational posters for display during the week at hospitals where they perform clinical rotations.
Last updated November 13, 2015 | Posted in Health Sciences, Radiography, Students | Leave a comment
Susquehanna Health Aids Hands-On Learning at Flu-Shot Clinics
During October, approximately 30 students from four nursing classes at Pennsylvania College of Technology lent their time to help administer flu shots for Susquehanna Health employees and volunteers at the health system’s facilities.
Last updated November 6, 2015 | Posted in Health Sciences, Nursing, Students | Leave a comment
Exercise Science Students to Host Public Powerlifting Competition
Students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Exercise Science Club will host a powerlifting competition Nov. 14 at CrossFit Montoursville.
With categories for men and women, judged “pound for pound” (how much weight a person lifts per pound of body weight) the competition is open to anyone.
“It is open to the public, and because it is pound-for-pound, it is anyone’s game,” said Herndon resident Rayann J. Levan, Exercise Science Club president and a student in applied health studies: exercise science concentration at the college.
Last updated November 4, 2015 | Posted in Events, Exercise Science, Health Sciences, Students | Leave a comment