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Alum shares view from rewarding road to advanced degree

Jonathan Adzema, ’14, talks with current students about the roles of a CRNA and the steps to pursuing the advance-practice certification.
Jonathan Adzema, ’14, talks with current students about the roles of a CRNA and the steps to pursuing the advance-practice certification.
Adzema guides student Dustin E. Neumann, of State College, in intubating an airway mannequin.
Adzema guides student Dustin E. Neumann, of State College, in intubating an airway mannequin.

Jonathan Adzema, a 2014 Penn College nursing graduate who is pursuing a master’s degree to become a certified registered nurse anesthetist, returned to campus Monday to talk with current students who may be interested in entering the advanced practice. He offered students real-world perspective on the field and provided the candid advice that only a fellow alumnus can, fielding questions about how to study and what to look for in a graduate school. Adzema explained that, among an anesthetist’s duties in an operating room, a CRNA serves as an all-seeing eye who keeps a patient safe while he or she is unable to speak – or even breathe – for himself or herself. Anesthetists, he said, must know how anesthesia drugs can affect a patient’s pre-existing conditions or interact with prescriptions, vigilantly monitor vital signs, and understand the surgical procedure at hand and the stresses it will put on the patient’s body. CRNAs can work not only in hospitals but also in the military, ambulatory surgery centers, gastrointestinal labs, dental surgeons’ offices and many other settings.

Health Information Technology Nursing & Health Sciences Students

Student selected as liaison to state organization

Kathleen S. Baumer

A health information management student at Pennsylvania College of Technology was selected as a student liaison by the Pennsylvania Health Information Management Association.

Kathleen S. Baumer, of New Columbia, is one of three students chosen for the position. PHIMA selected the liaisons based on their skills, their commitment to a career in health information management and their written communication.

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General Information Nursing & Health Sciences Occupational Therapy Assistant Students

Occupational therapy assistant program lab enhanced

Alexis M. Conte, of Marcus Hook, a student in Penn College’s occupational therapy assistant major, demonstrates the occupational therapy assistant lab’s ADA-accessible cabinets with Nicholas R. Miller, an information assurance and cyber security student from Doylestown.

A haven for hands-on learning since it first welcomed students more than 30 years ago, the occupational therapy assistant lab at Pennsylvania College of Technology has been updated to provide an even more realistic simulation space for students.

The lab, which provides education to students pursuing associate degrees in occupational therapy assistant, was renovated for the 2018-19 academic year.

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General Information Nursing Nursing & Health Sciences

Penn College to explore offering graduate degree in nursing

Pennsylvania College of Technology will begin exploring the addition of a second master’s degree to its slate of academic offerings.

The Penn College Board of Directors on Thursday authorized the college administration to begin developing the curriculum for a Master of Science in Nursing.

Once the curriculum is developed and approved through campus processes, it will come back to the board for final approval.

The new MSN degree is proposed to have two program options: family nurse practitioner and nursing education. It would be offered online, allowing students to balance work, family and school obligations. Full-time students would complete their degree requirements within two years.

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Dental Hygiene Events Nursing & Health Sciences Students

Free dental services available to children on March 2

Pennsylvania College of Technology dental hygiene students Abigail S. Way, ’17, of Williamsport, and Rebekah L. Caretti, ’18, of Weedville, provide free preventive dental services to a child during the 2017 Sealant Saturday event at Pennsylvania College of Technology. Volunteer dentists, dental hygienists and dental hygiene students will again provide free services in the Penn College Dental Hygiene Clinic during Sealant Saturday on March 2.

Free dental care – including screenings, sealants, fluoride varnish treatment and education – is available to children ages 7 to 15 on Saturday, March 2, in the Pennsylvania College of Technology Dental Hygiene Clinic.

The event is co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Dental Hygienists’ Association as part of its Sealant Saturday initiative. Sealant Saturday events are held across the state.

The Penn College event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon. The college’s Dental Hygiene Clinic is on the second floor in the west wing of the Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center.

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General Information Nursing & Health Sciences Physical Therapist Assistant

Penn College physical therapist assistant degree accredited

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s physical therapist assistant program received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. Taylor M. Lockerby, a member of the college’s first graduating class in August, takes a goniometric measurement of knee flexion.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s physical therapist assistant program has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education.

Accreditation is a process used in the United States to assure the quality of the education that students receive. It is a voluntary, nongovernmental, peer-review process that occurs on a regular basis.

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‘Working Class: Helping & Healing’ premieres March 21

The latest episode of a locally produced, award-winning public television series emphasizes the importance of caring individuals who provide for the health and well-being of the community.

“Working Class: Helping & Healing,” produced by Pennsylvania College of Technology and WVIA Public Media, premieres on WVIA-TV at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 21 (with rebroadcasts at 1 p.m. Friday, March 22, and 11 a.m. Sunday, March 24). It highlights the importance of science, math, communication and hands-on experience in preparing students for success in health and human service careers.

The film features Penn College faculty, administrators and students who serve the community in helping and healing roles. Among them is Thomas A. Zimmerman, associate professor of psychology, who counseled area residents after the TWA Flight 800 crash in July 1996. He discusses the importance of people coming together to help one another and to heal in the wake of tragedy.

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Farm Show offers ‘inspiring’ look at college’s varied majors

School of Business & Hospitality majors from Penn College take part in a Student Cooking Challenge at the 2018 Pennsylvania Farm Show. All six of the college’s academic schools will again be represented at the Jan. 5-12 event, the nation’s largest indoor agricultural expo. (Photo by Davey Rudy)

Throngs of visitors will soon converge on Harrisburg to celebrate the commonwealth’s agricultural prominence, and Pennsylvania College of Technology students and employees will be there to help honor the event’s 2019 theme of “Inspiring Pennsylvania’s Story.”

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Faculty & Staff Nursing Nursing & Health Sciences

Penn College nursing faculty member earns credential

Ann E. Morrison

A Pennsylvania College of Technology nursing faculty member recently received the Certified Academic Clinical Nurse Educator credential, newly available through the National League for Nursing.

Ann E. Morrison, instructor of nursing, was awarded the credential after successfully passing the Academic Clinical Nurse Educator Certification Exam. The exam was created for academic clinical nurse educators to demonstrate expertise in this role.

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Nursing Nursing & Health Sciences Students

Penn College nursing grads top national licensure pass rates

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Tushanna M. Habalar, instructor of nursing, guides student Lindsay C. Dunkelberger (left), of Centre Hall, in placing an IV in SimMan, a wirelessly controlled patient simulator.

Pennsylvania College of Technology nursing graduates again exceeded state and national performances in passing national board examinations.

Penn College offers degrees for those pursuing registered nurse and practical nurse licenses.

One hundred percent of Penn College students who earned bachelor’s degrees in nursing and took the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) for the first time between Oct. 1, 2017, and Sept. 30, 2018, passed the exam on that first attempt. During the same period, 97.14 percent of Penn College associate-degree nursing graduates passed the exam on their first try.

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Nursing & Health Sciences Occupational Therapy Assistant Students

OTA majors broaden understanding through service, hands-on learning

Students join Matt Emmerling, of Sizewise Durable Medical Equipment Co., who brought bariatric equipment to campus for students to try.
Students join Matt Emmerling, of Sizewise Durable Medical Equipment Co., who brought bariatric equipment to campus for students to try.

Occupational therapy assistant students have had a variety of opportunities for hands-on learning and service this month. Matt Emmerling, of Sizewise Durable Medical Equipment Co. in Altoona, visited the OT Practice Skills course for a session on “The Overweight and Obesity Epidemic 2018: Bariatric Medicine.” He demonstrated a number of pieces of bariatric equipment. Students were given the opportunity to try the equipment as well as an obesity suit to gain a better understanding of what the bariatric population experiences on a daily basis.

Members of the college’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Club, with club adviser and program director Jeanne M. Kerschner, gather at the Ronald McDonald House Danville. The group prepared a meal for guests of the facility on Nov. 17.
Members of the college’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Club, with club adviser and program director Jeanne M. Kerschner, gather at the Ronald McDonald House Danville. The group prepared a meal for guests of the facility on Nov. 17.

On Nov. 17, students in the Occupational Therapy Assistant Club made and delivered an Italian dinner for about 30 guests at the Ronald McDonald House of Danville. Located near the Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital, the facility provides families with sick children a warm, safe and comfortable place to eat and sleep, keeping them close to the care they need when they need it.
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Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic Nursing & Health Sciences Students

Paramedic students join Penn State EMS at home football games

Pennsylvania College of Technology emergency medical services student Devon E. Smith, of Montoursville, is among Penn College paramedic students paired with Penn State EMS supervisors during 2018 home games in Penn State’s Beaver Stadium to provide standby medical coverage.

Students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s paramedic program have joined Penn State Emergency Medical Services to provide coverage at the university’s seven 2018 home football games in Beaver Stadium.

“Penn State EMS is charged with providing standby coverage at every home football game,” explained Christopher T. Boyer, director of paramedic technology programs at Penn College. “EMS providers are strategically placed throughout the stadium and respond to any medical or traumatic emergency that may occur both within and around Beaver Stadium. Considering Beaver Stadium is the second-largest football stadium in the country, seating 106,572 people, this is no small task.”

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Nursing & Health Sciences Radiography Students

Routine learning experience leads to remarkable history lesson

Jennifer Nicholson, of Lock Haven, a Pennsylvania College of Technology radiography student and Navy veteran, arranged a visit to the aircraft carrier Intrepid, now a museum in New York, for World War II veteran Robert Grieb after learning about his story during a clinical education experience. Grieb served on the carrier.

A Pennsylvania College of Technology radiography student, finding common ground with a patient she met during a clinical experience at a local hospital, made a trip to New York City that she’ll likely never forget. Nor will the World War II veteran she accompanied.

Jennifer Nicholson, of Lock Haven, learned of the veteran while she was helping with a physician-ordered radiography exam for his son. Penn College radiography students receive their training on campus and in the radiology departments of affiliate hospitals.

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Nursing & Health Sciences Physician Assistant Students

Physician assistant students complete clinical rotations in Peru

Pennsylvania College of Technology physician assistant students, from left, Valerie L. Kubalak, of Spring Mills; Bailey T. Bachman, of Lewistown; and Megan N. Heckman, of Spring Mills, gained experience in hospitals, language courses and public health fairs during a monthlong clinical rotation in Trujillo, Peru.

Three students in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s physician assistant major returned recently from monthlong clinical rotations in the coastal city of Trujillo, Peru, where they were immersed in medical Spanish and worked in a variety of health care settings.

Bailey T. Bachman, of Lewistown; Megan N. Heckman, of Spring Mills; and Valerie L. Kubalak, also of Spring Mills, were the first Penn College physician assistant students to complete clinical rotations outside of the United States.

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State Senate Appropriations Committee chair tours campus

Always engaged and advocating for the college, Yaw (right) converses with Browne in the atrium of the Breuder Advanced Technology & Health Sciences Center.

State Sen. Patrick M. Browne, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, visited Pennsylvania College of Technology on Thursday.

Browne, who represents the 16th District – which includes Allentown and other municipalities within Lehigh County – came to campus after presenting an election and legislative update at a breakfast sponsored by the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce.

He was invited by fellow Appropriations Committee member Sen. Gene Yaw, who also serves as chairman of the Penn College Board of Directors. Yaw also hosted the Chamber legislative update event, held at the Genetti Hotel in Williamsport.

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