Dental Assisting Degree: 7 Things You Should Know

Dental Assisting Degree: 7 Things You Should Know | Medical Careers Institute of ECPI UniversityFor those interested in interacting directly with patients, working in a professional healthcare setting, and assisting doctors on a daily basis, a career as a dental assistant is a wonderful, rewarding, and challenging option.

Dental assistants are a vital part of the dental community and provide a valuable service to dentists and patients.

In addition to offering a flexible schedule, a competitive salary, and the opportunity to help others, there’s lots to know about a dental assisting degree; here’s a look at some of the opportunities, responsibilities, and rewards of this degree. [Read more...]

Medical Assistant Program at ECPI University’s Columbia SC Campus

Medical Assisting Program Columbia SC | College of Health Science, Medical Careers Insitutute of ECPI UniversityWhen Rosetta Spurgeon had a car accident that nearly robbed her of the ability to walk, she had just enrolled at ECPI University’s Columbia campus. She wanted to become a medical assistant. Suddenly, she found herself relying on medical professionals to help her heal and return to life as she knew it. She returned to campus many months later and learned there were people there waiting to help her, as well. She says, “Being a student at ECPI University helped me stay focused on my ‘big picture,’ all the while allowing me to be myself, to grow, and shine.”

 Her experience typifies the atmosphere at the ECPI University, Columbia campus. “We know our students by name and care about them as people first,” says Shakiera Benson, a member of the Medical Assisting faculty. “Our class sizes are small so we really get to know our students so we can help them in a very personal way, allowing us to give them the kind of attention they need to be successful.” [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...]

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...]