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05.07.2021

PA students dance like nobody’s stressing

Physician assistant students took part in a unique pre-finals class “exercise” last week, testing their physiological reactions to relaxation activities: exercise, fresh air, music and meditation.

Prior to a “dance-off” that included such classics as “The Electric Slide,” the chicken dance and the “Macarena,” the students discussed how they were feeling about their impending finals and measured their pulse and heart rate.

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Faculty & Staff Nursing & Health Sciences Physician Assistant Students
03.05.2021

95% of 2020 Penn College PA grads pass board exams on first try

The 2020 graduating class of physician assistant students from Pennsylvania College of Technology achieved a 95% first-attempt pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam, matching the 2020 national average.

The exam is conducted by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and assesses medical and surgical knowledge required to become a certified physician assistant. Twenty-one of Penn College’s 22 Class of 2020 physician assistant graduates passed the exam on their first attempt; all 22 ultimately passed.

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Alumni Nursing & Health Sciences Physician Assistant
02.16.2021

New Penn College center helps transform tomorrow

A new Pennsylvania College of Technology facility dedicated to helping students, alumni and industry partners transform tomorrow is earning high marks today from its first group of visitors.

The Center for Career Design introduced its variety of free resources and offered one-on-one assistance to students majoring in physician assistant studies. The recent experience complemented classroom workshops presented by Career Services staff for the students’ Professionalism and Ethics course.

An “accommodating environment” is how Bryan M. Bilbao, of Old Forge, described the center. “One day we will be in the real world having to do interviews, having to make final edits to our resumes, talking to people in a professional manner in a professional setting. It was very cool to come over here and try to encompass those things into one,” he said.

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02.11.2021

Center for Career Design helps transform tomorrow … today

The Center for Career Design at Pennsylvania College of Technology is earning high marks from visitors. Physician assistant students were among the first to use the center’s free resources for all things career-related. Located as part of College Relations on the third floor of the Madigan Library, the facility brings together students, alumni and industry partners to benefit tomorrow’s workforce. The center’s offerings include resume/cover letter development, free business cards and professional clothing options, as well as space for interviews and networking. “One day, we will be in the real world, having to do interviews, having to make final edits to our resumes, as well as talking to people in a professional manner, as well as in a professional setting,” Bryan M. Bilbao, a physician assistant studies major from Old Forge, says in a video about the center. “So it was very cool to come over here and try to encompass all of those things into one.”

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02.10.2021

Their hearts go out … and come back humbled

On the final day of last semester’s Diagnostics & Procedural Practices course, physician assistant studies students were given a special assignment: Give away a grocery store gift card.

“The rules were simple,” physician assistant instructor Heather S. Dorman explained. “They had 20 minutes to leave the classroom and find a random person who needed the grocery card, engage in conversation and offer the card. The results were humbling and thought-provoking.”

When the students returned to class, they were asked to share their experiences and think about the process. They were asked: Did you pass someone else on your journey to find the perfect recipient? Why did you pass that person? What were you looking for? How did you ultimately make your decision?

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Faculty & Staff Nursing & Health Sciences Physician Assistant Students
10.27.2020

Penn College physician assistant student earns scholarship

A Pennsylvania College of Technology student is one of 75 undergraduates nationwide to receive a scholarship from the Recycling Education and Research Foundation.

Emily L. Stevens, of Springville, received a $1,000 scholarship funded by the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries.

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Nursing & Health Sciences Physician Assistant Students
08.17.2020

Three faculty members honored for ‘Excellence in Teaching’

Three faculty members at Pennsylvania College of Technology were presented with Excellence in Teaching Awards at the start of the 2020-21 academic year.

As part of the Distinguished Teaching Awards program at Penn College, President Davie Jane Gilmour presented Excellence in Teaching Awards to Carl J. Bower Jr., assistant professor of horticulture; Barbara F. Di Marco, assistant professor of mathematics; and Heather S. Dorman, instructor of physician assistant.

Distinguished Teaching Awards are presented to full-time faculty at Penn College who have been nominated by their students and colleagues for excellence in instructional performance. There have been 115 recipients since the program began in 1982: 33 Master Teacher Awards and 82 Excellence in Teaching Awards.

“From day one, teaching has been at the core of who we are,” Gilmour said. “As is obvious through comments from their students and colleagues alike, Carl, Barb and Heather are among the very best at putting that mission into practice.”

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01.09.2020

Frailey receives award for contributions to EMS

Dr. Gregory R. Frailey, the medical director for Pennsylvania College of Technology’s paramedic and physician assistant programs, recently received the Robert D. Aranosian, DO, FACOEP Award for Excellence in Emergency Medical Services.

The award is presented each year by the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians to a member of the organization or of the emergency medicine community who has made contributions to the field of EMS that furthered the operation, teaching or development of the specialty through actions, dedication and deeds. It is one of the organization’s highest honors.

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10.11.2019

Physician assistant students celebrate National PA Week

Pennsylvania College of Technology students joined the National Physician Assistant Week celebration, held Oct. 6-12 to recognize the physician assistant profession and its contributions to the nation’s health.

Penn College offers a combined Bachelor/Master of Science in physician assistant studies.

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Nursing & Health Sciences Physician Assistant Students
08.08.2019

Simulated medical cases guide students toward real-life care

Scott A. Geist (right) director of surgical technology, leads physician assistant students through a simulated surgery to repair an abdominal aortic aneurysm.
Scott A. Geist (right) director of surgical technology, leads physician assistant students through a simulated surgery to repair an abdominal aortic aneurysm.
Outside the surgical technology lab’s mock operating room, PA students fulfilling the roles of emergency room and hospital staff members observe the work of their classmates.
Outside the surgical technology lab’s mock operating room, PA students fulfilling the roles of emergency room and hospital staff members observe the work of their classmates.

Physician assistant students recently visited the surgical technology lab for the last of three simulated patient cases that allowed them to participate as care providers in the emergency room, as operating room assistants and as hospitalists. Students in the ER role encountered the patients, portrayed by nursing students. They diagnosed their patient’s malady and recommended treatment. In the surgical technology lab, Scott A. Geist, director of surgical technology, led OR students through a hands-on simulation of the recommended surgery. Students acting as hospitalists then provided follow-up care.

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07.31.2019

Students’ service to LLWS players, fans featured on newscast

Physician assistant student Reshma Sherpa, of Morrisville, N.C., is interviewed Wednesday by Morgan Parrish near Madigan Library's "Hometown Teams" exhibit.
Physician assistant student Reshma Sherpa, of Morrisville, N.C., is interviewed Wednesday by Morgan Parrish near Madigan Library’s “Hometown Teams” exhibit.

Eyewitness News reporter Morgan Parrish talked Wednesday with students in Penn College’s physician assistant and emergency medical services/paramedic programs about their imminent assignments during the Little League Baseball World Series. Parrish interviewed Reshma Sherpa, of Morrisville, North Carolina, at Madigan Library, where PA students had finished an exam; as well as Nick S. Dwyer, of Moon Township, and Carly Rae Stahl, of Lewisburg, at Susquehanna State Park, where EMS/paramedic students were training for water rescues. Parrish’s piece aired during WBRE/WYOU’s Wednesday evening newscasts.

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07.30.2019

PA Class of ’20 makes milestone move

Physician Assistant Club President Timothy A. Bradley addresses the audience and his classmates.
Physician Assistant Club President Timothy A. Bradley addresses the audience and his classmates.
Amber DelVecchio adds a physician assistant pin to the white coat of Daryl V. Nash, of Cogan Station, who was joined on stage by all four of his sons.
Amber DelVecchio adds a physician assistant pin to the white coat of Daryl V. Nash, of Cogan Station, who was joined on stage by all four of his sons.
Students Breica N. Beck, of Mountville; Danielle N. Bilger, of Hollidaysburg; Brielle N. Blanchard, of Towanda, and Cera N. Blunk, of Schuylkill Haven, recite the Physician Assistant Oath.
Students Breica N. Beck, of Mountville; Danielle N. Bilger, of Hollidaysburg; Brielle N. Blanchard, of Towanda, and Cera N. Blunk, of Schuylkill Haven, recite the Physician Assistant Oath.
The class laughs during remarks by student speaker Nicholas A. Kilpatrick.
The class laughs during remarks by student speaker Nicholas A. Kilpatrick.
Students Heidy C. Fernandez (left), of Bethlehem, and Michael L. Hutchison, of Williamsport, smile at the words of speakers.
Students Heidy C. Fernandez (left), of Bethlehem, and Michael L. Hutchison, of Williamsport, smile at the words of speakers.

The physician assistant Class of 2020 celebrated its transition from classroom study to clinical rotations during the program’s annual White Coat Ceremony on Saturday. After being accepted into the professional phase of the program, students spent a full year – the Fall 2018, Spring 2019 and Summer 2019 semesters – in classroom study. Following final exams and service at the Little League Baseball World Series, the students will spend the next year working directly with patients in a variety of fieldwork settings, under the supervision of clinical preceptors. Heather S. Dorman, instructor of physician assistant, was selected as faculty speaker. Brian M. McKeon Sr., assistant professor of biology, served as master of ceremonies. Students Timothy A. Bradley, of Williamsport, and Nicholas A. Kilpatrick, of Muncy, served as student speakers. Allyson M. Rothrock, of Williamsport, led the class in reciting the Physician Assistant Oath.

Nursing & Health Sciences Physician Assistant Students
07.30.2019

Little League World Series provides learning opportunity

Seven students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s emergency medical services/paramedic program, and 25 students in its physician assistant program, are set to be part of the health care team at the 2019 Little League Baseball World Series, just 3 miles from the college campus.

The nationally televised series runs Aug. 15-25 and draws tens of thousands of spectators each day to the Little League World Series complex in South Williamsport.

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06.28.2019

Appropriations boost recognizes college’s vital workforce role

The approved 2019-20 state budget delivers appropriation funding to Pennsylvania College of Technology reflecting its long history of success in producing skilled workers, while leveling the playing field with other publicly funded institutions in the commonwealth, the college’s board chair said Friday.

“Finally, Penn College is being recognized for the invaluable hands-on education and training it provides to students, who become highly skilled members of the workforce – addressing the skills gap that continues to impact industry and hinder the economy,” said Sen. Gene Yaw, chairman of the college’s Board of Directors. “All we have ever asked for is to be treated with parity in funding with other state institutions. With this budget, we have made real progress.”

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06.24.2019

From living space to makerspace, summer visitors have their hands full

A dozen residential Pre-College Programs and a daytime Creative Art Camp brought hundreds of young women and men to Penn College’s campuses in mid-June, providing hands-on entry to the myriad career opportunities reflected in the institution’s postsecondary curriculum. Keeping campers (and PCToday photographers) busy in recent days were these fun learning opportunities, some of which involved culminating projects: Architecture Odyssey, Autism Spectrum Post-Secondary Interest Experience (ASPIE), Automotive Restoration, Aviation, Building Construction (new this year), Creative Art Camp, Engineering, Future Restaurateurs, Graphic Design Summer Studio, Grow & Design Horticulture, Health Careers, Information Technology and SMART (Science and Math in Real-world Technologies) Girls.

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