TMCC College News

Health Care Programs News Summary

Posted: Jun 23, 2014

Radiologic Technology Graduates Spring 2014 Picture

Radiologic Technology Spring graduates, June 2014. Picture by Brandie Davis.

Health care programs at Truckee Meadows Community College have more than graduated and placed students in dental assisting, dental hygiene, nursing, radiologic technology and paramedic/EMS. A majority of the students have demonstrated altruistic actions and are concerned community members, volunteering of their time.

Dental Assisting Program

TMCC’s Dental Assisting Program has graduated 19 students, with nine already hired into jobs, and four have received offers. Julie Muhle, Dental Assisting Professor, anticipates the remaining six will also soon be placed.

“We’ve had 100 percent placement of our graduates for the last five years,” Muhle said in March. “Many times the jobs aren’t even advertised. The dental office calls us directly.”

Dental Hygiene Program

All 10 Dental Hygiene graduates passed their written National Boards and Clinical Boards on their first attempt. The Nevada State Board of Dental Examiners will be processing licenses by the middle of July.

“Our students have volunteered over 400 hours since 2012 in community service to children who were in need of dental screenings, fluoride varnish and dental sealants,” wrote Lori McDonald, Director of the Dental Hygiene Program. “We have provided discounted dental services to over 75 vets and seniors. Our dental hygiene clinic has seen 4790 patients since we started in 2000.”

Radiologic Technology Program

In Radiologic Technology, 13 students will be completing the program in early August. They will be taking their national board examination at that time.

“Last year (August 2013) we had 13 graduate and all passed the national board certification examination and to my knowledge they are all employed,” said Warren Hejny, Program/Clinical Coordinator.

Radiologic Technology graduate, Dan Tarter, was featured in the Reno Gazette-Journal online posting of May 22 for his occupational shift from a six-figure-earning mortgage banker to embarking on a new career in the healthcare field. He said in the article that he wants to work in a field where he can help others and make a good life for himself and his two children.

Maxine S. Jacobs Nursing Program

Twenty four Nursing Program students graduated in May, and produced a pinning ceremony to a packed student center audience. Each graduate wrote their story and appreciation message that was narrated during their pinning, and as a cohort, the nurses produced a video, slide show, speeches, live musical selection with instrumental accompaniment, and catered reception.

“All of the 27 grads from December are employed,” wrote Jody Covert, Acting Director of Nursing.

Janice Peters, a 2012 TMCC nursing graduate, was named Rookie of the Year at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center in 2013, and Nurse of the Year at Saint Mary’s this spring.

Truckee Meadows Paramedic Academy

Nine Paramedic Program students graduated with their Paramedic Certificates at the beginning of June. The graduation ceremony was held on Friday, June 6 at the Regional Public Safety Training Center.

Completing more than 400 total hours of community service, the paramedic students contributed to high school and middle school career fairs, helped build food care packages for the homeless, and donated blood for the blood bank.

“The Emergency Medical Services faculty has done a great job in working toward our re-structured program delivery and as a result, our program enrollments are on the rise,” said Chief Darryl Cleveland, Director of Fire/EMS Programs.

As a result of the growing program, 68 Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and 24 Emergency Medical Technicians Advanced (AEMTs) graduated at TMCC this Spring.

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