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Alum Inspires ‘Future of Paramedic Education’

An on-the-job photo of Christopher T. Boyer, an alumnus and director of Penn College’s paramedic technology program, accompanies an article in the magazine of Wilmington University (another of his alma maters).

Christopher T. Boyer, director of Penn College’s paramedic technology program, is featured in the summer issue of WilmU, the magazine of Wilmington University. Boyer received a Doctor of Business Administration degree from Wilmington in 2017 and is a 2003 graduate of Penn College with an associate degree in paramedic technology. The article highlights Boyer’s vision for the future of paramedic education, “to train highly skilled technicians who not only understand theory but are able to make wise life-and-death decisions under pressure.” It also discusses Boyer’s doctoral research, which finds that paramedic students who have used high-fidelity patient simulators require 19 percent fewer patient contacts to fully demonstrate mastery of their skills. Penn College uses such patient simulators in its paramedic and nursing programs.

Employee Presents Research at Nursing Education Conference

Jessica L. Bower

A staff member in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s nursing program recently presented her doctoral research at the Nursing Education Research Conference in Washington, D.C.

Jessica L. Bower, simulation lab coordinator in Penn College’s nursing program, earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice from ­Wilkes University. During a poster session at NERC, she presented her research: “Differences in Debriefing Practices in Nursing Education: Instructor-Led and Peer-Led.”

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Campers Enjoy the Not-So-Lazy Days of Summer

A summer of refreshing, enlightening exploration

The hunger for knowledge continued for hundreds of young women and men who explored the hands-on world of Penn College’s summer camps mere weeks after their school year ended.

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Last updated June 25, 2018 | Posted in Business & Hospitality, Construction & Design Technologies, Events, Faculty & Staff, Health Sciences, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, Students, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies | This gallery contains 32 photos. | Tagged as | Leave a comment

Inside Look: Nursing Care of Children

With Carra M. Rishel, of Danville, a child learns how IVs work.

Throughout the spring semester, students in the Nursing Care of Children course shared a unique learning opportunity with homeschool students, each group learning from the other.

Over the course of the semester, small groups of nursing students invited small groups of homeschoolers to campus. Each student group developed a short education session – topics included fire safety and tooth care – then engaged the children in checking blood pressures and heart rates, testing hearing, and other activities.

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Spring Commencement: A Mid-May Extravaganza of Emotion

Eyewear for the day, vision for the future

Pennsylvania College of Technology held three commencement ceremonies May 11-12 for more than 900 students who petitioned to graduate following the Spring 2018 semester. The Friday afternoon proceedings at the Community Arts Center honored students from the School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies and the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications. Saturday morning featured The School of Construction & Design Technologies and the School of Health Sciences, while students from the School of Business & Hospitality and the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies graduated during the afternoon session. Student speakers were Hanna Jo Williams, of Marion, New York, awarded a bachelor’s degree in industrial and human factors design and an associate degree in studio arts on Friday; Glendalis Guadarrama, of Avondale, who received a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Saturday morning’s session; and Alexandra M. Lehman, of Williamsport, who earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration: sport and event management concentration to close out the festive weekend. The college also bestowed three teaching honors – the Veronica M. Muzic Master Teacher Award and two Excellence in Teaching Awards – as well as a pair of alumni awards.

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Last updated May 12, 2018 | Posted in Alumni, Business & Hospitality, Construction & Design Technologies, Events, Faculty & Staff, Health Sciences, Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, Institutional Advancement, President, Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications, Students, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies | This gallery contains 32 photos. | Tagged as | Leave a comment

Nursing Students Share Research With Engaged UPMC Professionals

Students in the traditional bachelor’s degree nursing major presented their capstone research at the UPMC Susquehanna research symposium, receiving praise from health system staff and administrators.

The students are enrolled in the course Research and Theory in Clinical Practice, taught by Joni J. Pyle, assistant professor of nursing at Penn College. The students work in clinical groups to formulate a research proposal.

“The proposal is based upon something they see in their clinical experience that they think needs to be studied in greater depth to possibly be ‘changed,’” Pyle said.

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Education Event Brings Disciplines Together to Improve Patient Care

During an Interdisciplinary Professional Education event at Penn College, students from several majors discuss a patient case, including what treatment each professional would provide and what information each would gather and share with professionals from other departments. The patient, in bed, is played by physician assistant student Danielle M. Klock, of Sunbury. Facilitating the discussion is Wayne E. Reich (left), director of nursing, bachelor degrees.

An April event hosted by Pennsylvania College of Technology’s School of Health Sciences brought together students from nine majors to simulate patient care.

“The event emphasized the importance of collaboration among health care professionals in providing optimal patient care,” said Larissa D. Whitney, instructor of physician assistant studies, who led the team coordinating the event.

Over two days, 230 students worked together on simulated patient cases to evaluate, diagnose and provide treatment to mock patients portrayed by senior-level physician assistant students.

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Nursing Students Practice Community Education

Penn College nursing student Rachel E. Farber, of Altoona, measures the blood pressure of librarian Helen L. Yoas at the close of a class offered by nursing students on “Reducing Risks: Understanding Metabolic Syndrome.”

During a pair of one-hour workshops, Pennsylvania College of Technology nursing students provided a wealth of information to help their audiences – Penn College employees – stay healthy and prevent illness.

The students are enrolled in a Community Health Nursing class, which prepares them for the real-world work of nurses beyond treating already ill patients: They learn to educate communities to help them prevent disease.

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Online RN-to-BSN Degree Designed for Working Nurses

There is a nationwide push for 80 percent of registered nurses to have their bachelor’s degree by 2020. Pennsylvania College of Technology is helping to meet that challenge with its online BSN degree, designed for the working nurse. Thanks to an eight-week class schedule, full-time BSN students can complete the program in a year. Penn College nursing alumni receive a 38-percent tuition discount when they enroll in the program, and out-of-state students pay the in-state tuition rate. The Penn College BSN degree is explored in a new YouTube video with the help of Valerie Myers, assistant dean of nursing at the college; Amanda Raymond, a nurse educator at UPMC Susquehanna and current BSN student; Lori Beucler, vice president and chief nursing officer at UPMC Susquehanna; and Terri Bickert, vice president of nursing education at Geisinger Health System. “Research has shown that patient outcomes are improved when they’re cared for by a bachelor’s-prepared nurse,” Myers says. “The bachelor’s program courses are more holistic, so they are looking at nursing from a wider view.”

Students Organize Professional Development Seminar

Penn College graduate Taylor C. Biery, who received a degree in health information management in 2013, talks about her work during a Health Information Technology Seminar organized by students at the college.

Health information technology students at Pennsylvania College of Technology, who in the world of work will likely be tasked with arranging professional development opportunities for their employees, got that experience by orchestrating a Health Information Technology Seminar for other students.

“It gives them a feel for how to set up a training,” said Daniel K. Christopher, assistant professor of business administration: health information technology and department head. Christopher teaches the Health Information Management course, a capstone class for the college’s health information technology associate-degree major.

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Event Provides Free Dental Care to Service Members, Their Families

Providing dental hygiene services are (from left): Allison D. Bailey, a student from West Chester; Samantha J. Diehl, a student from East Berlin; Paige N. Spicher, a registered dental hygienist who graduated from Penn College in 2017; and, in second exam area, Courtney E. Bashwinger, a student from Levittown.

Pennsylvania College of Technology dental hygiene students, joined by local hygienists and dentists who volunteered their time, provided free dental hygiene services to 29 current or veteran members of the armed services and their family members.

The 35 students who provided “Service Saturday” treatments on April 14 are in the Community Dental Health course, taught by Kim A. Speicher, assistant professor of dental hygiene. Each year, the class provides community service to a population in need, Speicher explained.

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Students’ Fitness Assessments Carry Shared Benefits

Among assessments available is a resting metabolic rate measurement using the exercise science program’s CardioCoach equipment.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Exercise Science Club has developed a unique fundraiser that allows students to gain further hands-on experience while providing employees of Penn College and other local schools with information they can use to achieve their fitness goals.

The proceeds will help club members to pay for the National Strength Conditioning Association Personal Trainer certification exam.

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Free Dental Hygiene Services for Vets, Their Families Set for April 14

Penn College will provide free dental hygiene services to veterans, members of the armed services and their dependents on April 14. Available services include exams, cleanings, X-rays, fluoride treatments and oral health education, as well as sealants for eligible children.

Pennsylvania College of Technology will provide free dental hygiene services to veterans, members of the armed services and their dependents on Saturday, April 14.

Available services include exams, cleanings, X-rays, fluoride treatments and oral health education, as well as sealants for eligible children.

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ASL Student Musically Adds to Easter Message

VanBuskirk signs for an appreciative Easter audience, going beyond direct translation to interpret the song's meaning for the congregation.

Kelsy J. VanBuskirk, a senior in the applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration, put her American Sign Language skills to use as she signed “Forever” by Kari Jobe at a local church on Easter morning.

The Bethel-Linden Presbyterian Church contacted Sarah S. Moore, a disability services/deaf services specialist at Penn College, asking if any of her students would be interested in interpreting the song for the sunrise worship service.

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Students Raise Nearly $1,500 for American Cancer Society

The Student Nurses' Association's inaugural "Glow Walk" travels northward from the Breuder Advanced Technology and Health Sciences Center, home to Penn College's Nursing Education Center.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Student Nurses’ Association raised nearly $1,500 for the American Cancer Society on March 29 when it hosted its first “Glow Walk.”

The group surpassed its goal of $1,000 for the first-year effort. Despite damp weather, walkers looped the campus mall as the sun set, wearing glow necklaces and glasses provided by the American Cancer Society.

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