Last updated October 5, 2015 | Posted in General Information, Health Sciences, Surgical Technology | Leave a comment
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Penn College Program Receives Merit Award From National Board
Pennsylvania College of Technology’s surgical technology program has received the annual merit award from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting for achieving at least a 90-percent pass rate on the Certified Surgical Technologist examination between Aug. 1, 2014, and July 31, 2015.
Graduates obtaining national certification as a CST demonstrate, by examination, understanding of the basic competencies for safe patient care in the operating room. The CST credential is required for employment as a surgical technologist within many health care organizations.
PA Students Add to Health Services’ Flu-Fighting Arsenal
Physician assistant students joined the crew of School of Health Sciences students who are putting their education to use for the Penn College community this week, helping to administer flu shots in College Health Services. Nursing students are also taking shifts providing the vaccines, which are available through 4 p.m. Monday and from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. College Health Services, on the first floor of the Bush Campus Center, is providing the shots to Penn College students, employees and their spouses and dependents (9 years and older) at a cost of $15.
Last updated October 5, 2015 | Posted in Health Sciences, Physician Assistant, Students | Leave a comment
Explore Penn College’s ‘Degrees That Work’ at Oct. 25 Open House
The distinctive, hands-on academic programs offered at Pennsylvania College of Technology, a national leader in applied technology education, will be highlighted at Open House on Sunday, Oct. 25.
Held twice a year, Open House at Penn College provides prospective students and their families an opportunity to sample campus life and learn about 100-plus bachelor’s and associate degrees and certificates.
Last updated October 2, 2015 | Posted in Admissions, Business & Hospitality, Construction & Design Technologies, Events, Faculty & Staff, Health Sciences, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, President, Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, Students, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies | Leave a comment
Nursing Students Administer Flu Vaccinations
In a collaboration between Penn College’s Nursing Department and College Health Services, bachelor-degree students in Terri A. Stone’s Fundamentals of Nursing class gave flu shots Thursday in the Bush Campus Center. Health Services will continue to provide the vaccinations to faculty, staff, students, dependents and spouses from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday and 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. The cost of the flu vaccine is $15, payable by cash, check (payable to Penn College) or credit card. According to Health Services, the only medical reason why someone should not receive the flu vaccine is an allergy to eggs, neomycin or polymixin, or a previous life-threatening reaction to an influenza vaccine.
Last updated October 2, 2015 | Posted in Health Sciences, Nursing, Students | One Comment
Professionals Meet ‘Future of Dental Hygiene’ at Campus Conference
Penn’s Inn was the host site for the region’s 14th Annual Oral Health Conference, co-sponsored by the Northcentral Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center and Penn College’s Dental Hygiene Program. Dental professionals gathered from across the region for a day of professional development featuring registered dental hygienist and oral biologist Betsy Reynolds, who presented the topic “New Horizons in Periodontal Therapy.” Among attendees were students in Penn College’s dental hygiene majors and a significant number of the program’s alumni. The Northcentral Pennsylvania AHEC works to improve health care access and build a quality health care workforce in its 10-county region. It is one of seven AHEC regions in Pennsylvania. Three Penn College staff members serve on the regional AHEC’s board of directors.
Last updated September 25, 2015 | Posted in Dental Hygiene, Events, Health Sciences | Leave a comment
Penn College Celebrates National Surgical Technologists Week
Pennsylvania College of Technology’s surgical technology Class of 2016 is joining hospitals and colleges throughout the country in celebrating National Surgical Technologists Week, Sept. 20-26.
The occupation demands attention to detail and procedures. Surgical technologists provide care to surgical patients before, during and after surgery and are an integral part of the surgical team during surgery, working under the supervision of a surgeon to facilitate the safe and effective conduct of surgical procedures.
Last updated September 22, 2015 | Posted in Health Sciences, Students, Surgical Technology | Leave a comment
Three Montoursville Sisters Attend Penn College
Depending on the preferred cliché, threes may be a threat, a charm or a crowd. For the Bennett family of Montoursville, it’s a triple blessing that all three sisters are attending Pennsylvania College of Technology.
Aubrey G., 23; Ainsley R., 20; and Addey L., 19, are enrolled in a range of majors: nursing, graphic design and diesel technology, respectively.
Aubrey said the proximity of the college to their home and the ability to save money by commuting made the choice “perfect for our situation.”
According to the sisters, they are the first generation in their family to attend college, and their mother was the encouraging factor.
“Mom really pushed for it,” Addey said. “She always said she wanted us to have what she didn’t have.”
Last updated September 16, 2015 | Posted in Art, Web Design & Interactive Media, Diesel & Power Generation, Health Sciences, Nursing, Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, Students, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies | 3 Comments
ADHA Recognizes Penn College Student Chapter
Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Student American Dental Hygienists’ Association was recently honored by its parent organization.
The American Dental Hygienists’ Association presented the Penn College group with its Graduate Transition Award. The award recognizes student member chapters having a graduate conversion rate to ADHA membership of 90 percent or greater.
Last updated September 3, 2015 | Posted in Dental Hygiene, Health Sciences, Students | Leave a comment
Nursing Students Gain Firsthand Sensitivity to Age-Related Impairment
On Wednesday, Karen L. Martin, associate professor of medical-surgical nursing, engaged students in the Fundamentals of Nursing course in a hands-on activity intended to help them relate to patients and the changes that occur with the aging process. Students taped their fingers, placed cotton in their ears and wore glasses intended to mimic glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration. The students were then asked to fill out health history forms, look up a phone number, retrieve pills from medicine bottles and count change. The activity is meant to help students gain competency in the areas of communication, critical thinking and cultural sensitivity. The students expressed appreciation for the activity.
Photos courtesy of the Nursing Program
Last updated August 26, 2015 | Posted in Health Sciences, Nursing, Students | 6 Comments
College Volunteers in Behind-the-Scenes Report on LLB Series
Newswatch 16’s Kristina Papa incorporated volunteers from Penn College’s School of Health Sciences in her Tuesday report on preparations for the Little League Baseball World Series. The WNEP multimedia journalist recently interviewed Mark A. Trueman, director of paramedic technology programs; and emergency medical services and paramedic technician students Louis J. Mazzante IV, of Montoursville, and Adam N. Finkelstein-Diaz, of Stroudsburg. Series play begins in South Williamsport on Thursday, the day after the college hosts a cookout for the 16 bracketed teams before the Grand Slam Parade down West Fourth Street.
Last updated August 18, 2015 | Posted in Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic, Faculty & Staff, Health Sciences, Physician Assistant, Students | One Comment
College’s Exemplary Labs Showcased at Simulation Conference
About 40 participants, nearly half of them faculty/staff of Penn College’s School of Health Sciences, participated in Tuesday’s daylong meeting of the Simulation User Network. Held in the nursing wing of the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center and sponsored by Laerdal Medical, the first-ever local conference offered a collaborative forum for health educators interested in initiating or augmenting patient simulation. “Our faculty really appreciate how much simulation enhances teaching methodology and student learning,” said Jessica L. Bower, simulation laboratory coordinator for nursing education. “We are very lucky to have the labs and resources that we have. Today was also a great day to network and learn what others are doing in the world of health-care simulation.” In addition to a panel discussion on “Best Practices in Simulation,” the program included sessions on the importance of team-performance debriefing, implementation of effective training scenarios and a cardiopulmonary resuscitation demonstration.
Last updated August 11, 2015 | Posted in Events, Health Sciences | Leave a comment
Student Speaker Shares Message of Pride, Perseverance
Pennsylvania College of Technology’s meaningful tradition of choosing graduating students to speak at commencement exercises continued Saturday, as Kyle G. Stavinski delivered remarks that blended humor, humility, history and gratitude – both for the family and friends in his corner and for the alma mater that will inform his tomorrows. “Today, we say goodbye to everything that was familiar to us. We’re moving on, but just because we’re leaving … and that hurts,” said the Elysburg resident, who was awarded an associate degree in emergency medical services. “Our Penn College education and family will be with us no matter where we roam. Penn College has become our foundation of growth, our north star and the small, clear voice inside our head that makes the uncertainty we will encounter through life our friend – the voice giving us hope for the future so we can make a difference.”
Last updated August 10, 2015 | Posted in Alumni, Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic, Health Sciences, Students | 2 Comments
Students to Stand Ready to Help at International Athletics Event
A large contingent of Pennsylvania College of Technology students is set to assist the Little League Baseball World Series medical team when sports fans around the world focus on Williamsport in late August.
Students studying to become dental hygienists, paramedics and physician assistants will lend their hands and gain valuable experience during the 11-day championship that draws 16 teams and thousands of fans to the Little League Baseball World Series Complex, just a few miles from Penn College’s main campus.
Last updated August 4, 2015 | Posted in Dental Hygiene, Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic, Health Sciences, Physician Assistant, Students | One Comment
Dental Hygiene Students Offer Care at Nicaraguan School
Six Pennsylvania College of Technology students and their instructor recently traveled to Nicaragua, where they provided dental care for students at a school for very poor children.
La Escuelita (The Little School) is in the Santo Domingo section of the city of Managua. The community was declared uninhabitable following a 1972 earthquake, but the poorest of the city continued to settle in the area. Still, much of Santo Domingo has not been rebuilt. Many adults hold informal jobs selling food and drinks at the large Oriental Market.
“The most surprising experience in Nicaragua was to see these children and their families who had so little, but were so happy in life,” said student Carrie M. Derk, of Chambersburg.
“Everyone was so warm and friendly,” added Claudia N. Naylor, of Littlestown. “I expected to see despair, but instead I saw people with a zest for life.”
Last updated July 17, 2015 | Posted in Dental Hygiene, Faculty & Staff, Health Sciences, Students | This gallery contains 5 photos. | Tagged as gallery | 2 Comments
State Cabinet Officials Tour Campus on ‘Jobs’ Visit
Two cabinet secretaries from Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration continued the “Jobs That Pay” tour in a Monday visit to Penn College, where they focused on workforce development and employer-training initiatives within the governor’s proposed 2015-16 budget for the commonwealth. Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis M. Davin and Department of Labor & Industry Secretary Kathy M. Manderino toured the college’s dental hygiene and welding labs, instructional areas that could benefit from a proposed increase in state appropriation. A press conference followed in the welding lab.
Last updated July 13, 2015 | Posted in Dental Hygiene, General Information, Health Sciences, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Welding | Leave a comment