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...]

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...]

Medical Careers Institute Graduate, Laura Hornbarger – In Her Own Words

Medical Careers Institute Graduate Laura Hornbarger in Her Own Words | Medical Careers InstituteIn her own words…”My journey at Medical Careers Institute to become a nurse started on January 28, 2013. But I didn’t always want to be a nurse. In fact, the sight of blood used to make me ill.

My dreams when I was five years old might actually surprise you. When I grew up I wanted to be a rock star, a bus driver, and a hair stylist. Well, I can’t sing, I’m not coordinated enough to drive a stick shift, and it’s a good day when I don’t burn myself with the flat iron. Needless to say, I had to rethink my future. I danced around a few ideas but never had a solid idea or plan. [Read more...]

5 Signs You Should Become a Registered Nurse

5 Signs You Should Become a Registered Nurse | Medical Careers Insitute | ECPI UniversityThinking about a career in registered nursing? The nursing field can be fulfilling, but it isn’t for everyone!

Most people associate registered nursing with images of smiling hospital workers feeding people, administering medicine, and making beds. These images are accurate, but they only give you part of the picture. Registered Nursing can be anything but glamorous. They often times have to clean up bodily fluids and compel patients who don’t understand their treatments to take medications, perform therapy or even eat in order to nurse them back to health!

Before you apply to a registered nursing program, you may want to ask yourself if these 5 signs indicate you should become a registered nurse… [Read more...]

Dental Assisting Students Join Legion of Volunteers

Dental Assisting Students Join Legion of Volunteers | Medical Careers InstituteThey lined up by the thousands, all hoping to be seen by a doctor, a dentist, or both. Many came from as far as 250 miles away. One man walked 15 miles. Most had not received any kind of healthcare in years. They represent the working poor, the unemployed, and the uninsured. In remote parts of Virginia, North Carolina and West Virginia, there are simply not enough healthcare professionals to go around.

That’s why two charitable organizations – Missions of Mercy and Remote Area Medical – drum up an army of volunteers to converge on the tiny town of Wise, Virginia once a year. [Read more...]