How to Become a Sonographer (Ultrasound Tech)

How to Become a Sonographer (Ultrasound Tech) | Medical Careers Institute | Ecpi UniversityFor those who have dreamed of a medical career that is both in high demand and allows them to work in a high-tech environment where they can work with and help people on a daily basis, then a career of an ultrasound technician may be the perfect fit.

What Does A Sonographer Do?

Sonography is the use of sound waves to create a picture of the body that allows for diagnosing conditions. There are many uses for this non-invasive procedure. When people think of ultrasounds, or sonograms, they often think of it as something that is performed in pregnancy. While this is often the case, sonography is also used in a variety of ways to determine the cause of many symptoms in the body. In fact, new innovations continue to propel its use and application. For those who appreciate challenge and have a strong desire to make a difference in people’s lives, sonography is a great field to consider. Sonographers often specialize in a particular type of medicine or area of the body, such as: [Read more...]

ECPI University Medical Assistant Student Comes Back from the Brink!

ECPI University Medical Assistant In the year and half prior to her accident, ECPI University Medical Assistant student Rosetta Spurgeon had lost all four of her grandparents, the last of which was her maternal grandmother with whom she was as close as her own mother. The grieving process for the loss of these family members sent her life into a spiral of depression. Needing something bigger than herself to focus on, she decided to enroll in college and focus her energy on “The Big Picture” as she puts it: a picture that included an education, a new career, and a new life of stability for her and her daughters.

In May of 2012, she enrolled at ECPI University’s Columbia South Carolina campus. A few months later, everything came to a screeching halt. While driving out of downtown Columbia, Rosetta rounded a blind curve only to find another motorist stopped in the lane directly in front of her.  Her car hit the stopped vehicle as the car behind her struck her. After rolling twice and flipping into the opposite direction, Rosetta’s car came to a stop in the median. She awoke to emergency personnel attempting to assist her, using the Jaws of Life to cut away sections of her car. She remembers them cutting off her new Air Jordan shoes, but few other memories of the accident remain. She awoke again in the ICU with extensive injuries, including numerous lacerations, six broken ribs, a broken left hip, femur, and knee. [Read more...]

ECPI University Medical Assistant Student Becomes a Published Author!

ECPI University | Medical AssistantMedical Assisting student Sharon Hanks is set to publish her first children’s book this fall, and the motivation to write it surfaced soon after beginning her studies at the College of Health Science, Medical Careers Institute at ECPI University. “I have always been a story teller by nature,’ says Hanks. “I have always wanted to be a writer.  During a difficult time, I lost a bit of that imagination, but going back to school and writing academically inspired me to write creatively again.”

 She squeezes in writing time after she puts her two children to bed, or on the weekends while they play, and even on campus.  Finding time to write around her children’s schedule provides her with added inspiration; after all, they are the main characters. In the book, her daughter, Josie, grows pumpkins while her son, Mitchell, grows sunflowers.  The children learn about soil, sunlight, different plants, caring for a garden, and the excitement of growing their own food. [Read more...]

Computer Simulation Technology Careers – A Bright Future

How ECPI University Uses Computer Simulation Technology to Prepare Students for the Real Thing

DSCN0283There 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. Computer Simulation Technology 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 computer simulation technology is an imitation of real world scenarios, they look more and more real every day.” [Read more...]

Health Information Management Program Awarded CAHIIM Accreditation

ECPI University’s Newport News campus is pleased to announce that it has been awarded accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). This accreditation gives graduates an opportunity to take the national Registered Health Information Technician examination after completion of the University’s program. ECPI University is one of only three schools in Virginia offering an Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Management listed on the CAHIIM website as having received this level of accreditation.

“To hold this credential means that the professional can ensure the quality of the medical record by verifying that it is complete, accurately documented, and properly entered in the computer system,” says Newport News Campus Health Information Program Director Laura Abel. “It means that this professional can use computer applications to assemble and analyze patient data, thereby improving patient care and controlling costs. Earning this credential can also improve earning potential and opportunities for employment.”