Last updated April 19, 2017 | Posted in Business & Hospitality, Construction & Design Technologies, General Information, Health Sciences, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies | Leave a comment
News about Health Sciences
Four Camps Added to College’s Exciting Summer Opportunities
A record number of Pennsylvania College of Technology summer camps, including four new offerings, will allow adventurous young women and men to explore the hands-on careers represented by the institution’s eclectic “degrees that work.”
Students entering grades nine to 12 at the time of participation are eligible for an annual Summer Camp Scholarship to attend Penn College. The registration deadline for all of the camps, whether day camps or residential, is Friday, June 2.
Nursing Students Visited by Versatile Health Sciences Grad
With help from the Alumni Relations Office, the Penn College Student Nurses’ Association recently hosted alumna Trena Dale. Dale has received two associate degrees from Penn College: a dental hygiene degree in 2001 and a nursing degree in 2011. Dale, now an emergency room nurse at Evangelical Community Hospital, a part-time RN in Geisinger’s Special Care Unit 5 and, occasionally, a substitute dental hygienist, spoke to nursing students about her experiences as a Penn College student, as a new graduate seeking employment, and about her career in dental hygiene and nursing. She shared stories related to her professional role that highlighted the importance of developing relationships with patients, engaging in teamwork, and paying attention to details when communicating in health care environments. “Of course, Trena also took time to share information about the importance of mouth care for patients in the hospital,” said Tushanna M. Habalar, instructor of nursing and SNA adviser. “Trena’s positive demeanor, real-life stories and energy were appreciated by the students and faculty who attended.”
Last updated April 13, 2017 | Posted in Alumni, Dental Hygiene, Health Sciences, Nursing | Leave a comment
Emergency Scenarios Translate to Real-Life Benefit for Students
Around 250 students in the School of Health Sciences – an academic division that spans 11 distinct health care and allied health fields – are participating this week in a series of hands-on emergency health simulations. The school’s fourth annual Interdisciplinary Professional Event involves 24 student teams, each made up of a cross section of health disciplines, discussing and observing one another’s role in their assigned case. Students in the physician assistant major played roles of patients, whose health problems ranged from an allergic reaction to Novocain in the Dental Hygiene Clinic to a loss of consciousness in the Keystone Dining Room, and surgeries to replace hips and remove gallbladders. As “patients” moved through the health care system, they moved, with their observers, from lab to lab in the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center. The purpose of the experience is to prepare the students to deliberatively work together as patients interact with each of them during their health care experience, with an ultimate goal to improve patient care. Also involved were 23 staff and faculty from the school, who planned and managed the event and led groups through their simulations on Tuesday and Thursday.
Last updated April 13, 2017 | Posted in Applied Health, Dental Hygiene, Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic, Exercise Science, Faculty & Staff, Health Information Technology, Health Sciences, Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapist Assistant, Physician Assistant, Radiography, Students, Surgical Technology | Leave a comment
Online Learning Options at Penn College Offer Enhanced Flexibility
Pennsylvania College of Technology is renowned for its “degrees that work,” and for those needing additional flexibility to attain a degree from the college, online options abound.
Online learning at Penn College offers more choices to students who are balancing work and family responsibilities. The offerings feature the same academic rigor and accreditation as on-campus programs, but there is no requirement to ever attend class on the campus in Williamsport. Online students may choose to enroll full time or part time.
Last updated April 12, 2017 | Posted in Admissions, Applied Health, Business & Hospitality, Business & Hospitality Management, Dental Hygiene, Emergency Management, General Information, Health Information Technology, Health Sciences, Nursing, Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, Technology Management | Leave a comment
Students From Across Region, Range of Health Disciplines Collaborate at Summit
As part of an event that spanned 11 participating colleges – and the Northeast Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center – and involved 868 health and allied health students and nearly 150 health care professionals as facilitators, the eighth annual Collaborative Care Summit convened at Pennsylvania College of Technology on April 5.
Last updated April 10, 2017 | Posted in Events, Faculty & Staff, Health Sciences, Students | Leave a comment
Read the Spring 2017 Penn College Magazine
The Spring 2017 edition of Penn College Magazine features stories of service from Ecuador, where a 2009 grad is helping coastal communities to recover from a massive earthquake; Guatemala, where nursing students learned and worked in a medical clinic; Florida, where an exercise science alumna is helping clients find health; Europe, where a 1941 drafting graduate served his country and his crewmates; and our own campus, where students and employees work to support Dining Services’ free food pantry and a variety of other community needs. Look for the magazine in building lobbies, or read and share these stories now at magazine.pct.edu.
Last updated April 5, 2017 | Posted in Alumni, Announcements, Dining Services, Exercise Science, Health Sciences, Nursing, Penn College Magazine | Leave a comment
Alumna/Nutritionist Helps ‘Losers’ Make Winning Life Choices
From her childhood preference for raw onions and other vegetables, Juliette K. Yeager has always been a fan of healthy food. The 2010 graduate has put that love to work as a nutritionist for The Biggest Loser Resort at Amelia Island, Florida. Inspired by the popular TV show, the resort provides a sanctuary for individuals to explore healthy life choices, including proper nutrition. Yeager earned an associate degree in physical fitness specialist (now exercise science) at Penn College before obtaining a bachelor’s degree in nutritional sciences at Penn State in 2012, and it’s easy to see that she made the right career choice. “We had to take three nutrition classes at the time and, within the first few weeks of that first nutrition class, I knew that’s what I wanted to do,” she says. “I value the hands-on experience that I had, as opposed to just sitting in a lecture hall with hundreds of kids and not really seeing it firsthand. We actually dealt with real-life clients as opposed to just textbook learning, but I also enjoyed the fact that there was a classroom component. That education was irreplaceable for me. I use it every day, without a doubt.”
Last updated March 27, 2017 | Posted in Alumni, Exercise Science, Health Sciences | 2 Comments
Alumni Sweethearts Enjoy VIP Service on Campus
Two graduates who work as educators in Harrisburg returned to their alma mater recently as Pennsylvania College of Technology’s 2017 Alumni Sweethearts.
Robert A. and Megan L. (Miller) Brightbill said they were treated like VIPs during their visit, which featured an overnight stay in the college’s Victorian House and dinner in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant as winners of Alumni Relations’ sixth annual Alumni Sweethearts contest.
Last updated March 21, 2017 | Posted in Alumni, Building Construction, Construction & Design Technologies, Dental Hygiene, Health Sciences | Leave a comment
Get a Jump on Your Future at Penn College’s April 1 Open House
For more than 100 years, Pennsylvania College of Technology and its predecessors have tailored their curricular offerings to students’ dreams and employers’ needs. That responsiveness to businesses and their future employees – and the flexibility to foresee tomorrow’s jobs – will be on ample display at the college’s April 1 Open House.
All of the institution’s newest opportunities, as well as the rewarding careers in time-tested fields, will be available to visitors at the college.
“Open House is such a great opportunity for students and their families to experience what makes Penn College such a unique place to learn,” said Claire Z. Biggs, coordinator of admissions events and services. “Through countless activities, prospective students will get an insider’s glimpse of life as a Penn College student.”
Last updated March 9, 2017 | Posted in Admissions, Alumni, Business & Hospitality, Construction & Design Technologies, Dining Services, Events, Faculty & Staff, Health Sciences, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, Sports, Students, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies | Leave a comment
Penn College Adds Physical Therapist Assistant Degree
Pennsylvania College of Technology welcomed the first class of students into its new Physical Therapist Assistant Program this spring, following a semester of prerequisite coursework.
The two-year degree program culminates in an Associate of Applied Science degree; students wishing to continue their studies to the bachelor’s level may continue in the applied health studies major.
Last updated February 28, 2017 | Posted in General Information, Health Sciences, Physical Therapist Assistant | One Comment
Campus Science Festival Entertains as It Inspires
More than 1,500 fifth-graders from nearly a dozen local and area school districts participated in Thursday’s sixth annual Science Festival at Penn College, gaining hands-on insight into a host of related careers. The youngsters were treated to a variety of captivating campus demonstrations during the day, and families were invited to a Field House full of attractions during the three-hour evening session.
Last updated February 17, 2017 | Posted in Business & Hospitality, College Transitions, Construction & Design Technologies, Events, Faculty & Staff, Health Sciences, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, Students, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies | Tagged as gallery | Leave a comment
2017 ‘Sweethearts’ Chosen From 11 Alumni Couples
Congratulations to Megan L. (Miller) and Robert A. Brightbill, winners of Penn College’s 2017 Alumni Sweethearts contest. The Harrisburg couple met at Penn College in the early ’90s and have been married for 22 years. Robert is a 1992 building construction technology graduate and Megan earned dental hygiene degrees in 1993 and 2001. As part of the sixth annual Sweethearts contest, the Brightbills received 292 votes (or “likes”) for their photo on Alumni Relations’ Facebook page. Ten other couples vied for the honor. Megan and Robert will return to campus soon to enjoy dinner for two in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant and an overnight stay in The Victorian House. Watch PCToday for more coverage of their visit to campus.
Last updated February 15, 2017 | Posted in Alumni, Building Construction, Construction & Design Technologies, Dental Hygiene, Health Sciences | One Comment
March 25 Event to Offer Free Preventive Dental Services to Children
Free dental care – including sealants, fluoride varnish treatments, education and screenings – will be available to children ages 7-15 on Saturday, March 25, when Pennsylvania College of Technology will be a host site for the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association’s Sealant Saturday initiative.
Sealant Saturday events are held across the state. The Penn College event will take place 9 a.m. to noon in the college’s Dental Hygiene Clinic, which is in Room 227 on the west wing of the Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center.
Last updated February 14, 2017 | Posted in Dental Hygiene, Events, Health Sciences | Leave a comment
Low-Cost Dental Care Available in Penn College Dental Hygiene Clinic
The dental hygiene clinic at Pennsylvania College of Technology provides preventive dental care at a nominal cost not only to Penn College students and employees, but also to patrons from surrounding communities.
Last updated February 2, 2017 | Posted in Announcements, Dental Hygiene, General Information, Health Sciences, Students | Leave a comment
Student’s Mural Guides Cyclists Along Road to Better Health
Graphic design student Lindsey Martin helped the exercise science department to transform a room formerly used to teach CPR courses. The classroom – Room 107 in Bardo Gymnasium – is now equipped for a hybrid Group Cycling and TRX Training class, taught by John M. Arrigonie, lab supervisor for exercise science. Martin has also completed murals for Schneider Electric and Whoodles, a dog grooming and training facility. In the Bardo Gym classroom, Martin’s mural is faced by cyclists on stationary bikes, so she was directed to design a scene that included a path. “I wanted it to be very vibrant,” she said, so her tree-lined path leads to a bright sunset over purple mountains.
Last updated January 30, 2017 | Posted in Art, Web Design & Interactive Media, Exercise Science, Health Sciences, Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, Students | 7 Comments