ECPI University Graduate Builds Business in Growing Healthcare Niche

ECPI University Graduate Builds Business in Growing Healthcare NicheNeed a gently-used defibrillator? How about an ultra-reasonable price on an ultrasound machine? Well, then John Taylor is your man. This 1996, ECPI University graduate is the owner of Medical Equipment Sales of Virginia. It’s a company that seems to be perfectly positioned to serve a cost-conscious healthcare industry.

While the company does provide new equipment, it’s built on refurbishing used medical machines and devices. Though, by the time it’s done with them, they operate like new. From CT scanners to EKG machines to hospital beds – John’s company can provide just about anything a hospital, clinic, surgery center or doctors’ office could possibly need. All equipment comes with warranties and John’s highly-skilled technicians provide 24-hour maintenance. [Read more...]

How Much Does a Physical Therapist Assistant Make?

How Much Does a Physical Therapist Assistant Make? | ECPI UniversityIf you have ever been injured and had to go through a rehabilitation facility, you have more than likely encountered a physical therapy assistant. Physical therapy assistants or PTAs are under the instruction, direction, and supervision of physical therapists (PT). Physical therapy assistants are responsible for helping patients recover from various injuries and illnesses. Ultimately, physical therapy assistants help patients more effectively regain movement as well as manage their pain.

Physical therapy assistants have an exciting, challenging and well compensated career. In addition, this career provides excellent opportunity for professional growth and long-term stability. [Read more...]

What Will Mechatronics (robotics engineering) Look Like in 5 Years?

What Will Mechatronics (robotics engineering) Look Like in 5 Years? | ECPI UniversityMechatronics is an exciting career that blends three different disciplines into one exciting profession: electronic, mechanical, and computer engineering. When most people think of mechatronics, they think of robots on automobile assembly lines, but it goes much deeper than that. For example, Ohlins Racing is using  mechatronics to improve the performance of motorcycle suspension systems. Leveraging technology initially developed for the racing world, they’re able to scale it to accommodate a much broader market.

When it comes to advanced manufacturing, mechatronics eliminates some human interaction in the process, lowering production costs. It also makes the process more efficient and less error-prone. All of these factors are very attractive to most management teams and virtually guarantee that they will invest in this technology more heavily in the coming years. [Read more...]

Leading the Way in Simulation Education Training

Leading the Way in Simulation Education Training | ECPI UniversityHow ECPI University Uses Technology to Prepare Students for the Real Thing – There is little doubt, this is an exciting time to be both a student and a teacher. With rapid advances in technology, it seems new opportunities pop up most every day – opportunities to enhance learning and develop important skills. As an institution dedicated to educational excellence, ECPI University has long been a leader in classroom and online technology. Simulation is no exception.

“The latest wave of advancements began with the evolution of tablets, apps, and headsets like Google Glass,” says ECPI University Associate Dean of Academic Technology Gerry White. “Given the significant improvements in software development, we can now use these technologies to simulate experiences that help students learn the skills they will need in the real world. While simulation is an imitation of real world scenarios, they look more and more real every day.” [Read more...]

Newport News Dental Assistant Student Tries to Make Dental Visits Less Scary

Newport News Dental Assistant Student Tries to Make Dental Visits Less Scary | Medical Careers Institute | ECPI UniversityWhen Nichole Golden was very young, she was quite nervous about visiting the dentist. Then, she met a special dental assistant. “She extended so much kindness and her demeanor really helped me get over my fears,” says Nichole. Years later, Nichole decided that she too would become a dental assistant.

Nichole began her studies at the ECPI University, Newport News campus in January 2013 and has quickly established herself as a leader. “She’s made a huge difference in the Dental Assisting Club,” says Program Director Maribeth Mojares. “When she first joined the club, we only had five or six members. Now, we have around 25 members. In class, she’s very dedicated and always looking to help fellow classmates.” [Read more...]