Erica Campbell is a 2019 graduate from PIHT’s Medical Office Administration program. Prior to meeting with admissions representative, Kathy Coddington, Erica was a stay at home mom with three children and wanted to contribute to her family and not end up with a dead end job. She wanted a career and she knew she liked the medical field, but not blood and needles.
When Erica came to tour the school, she fell in love with the small, close-knit atmosphere. She was excited when she learned that she could work in the medical field without seeing blood and needles by enrolling in an 18-month journey through the Medical Office Administration program. Erica liked the idea of earning a degree while having the versatility of working in different establishments like doctor’s offices, hospitals, or home health agencies.
As Erica embarked on her journey, she appreciated the family-like atmosphere at PIHT and loved how the staff and instructors were very caring. She felt the energy of the instructors and loved how they enjoy working with the students and encourage them to strive to do better and excel within their programs. The two instructors that stick out the most from her time at PIHT are Kelli Workman, Allied Health Coordinator, and Roxanne Seaton, General Education Instructor. No matter what class they taught, they always taught in a way that made it more interesting and fun for the students. They make sure they connect with each student and will do whatever they can to help a student when in need.
The Medical Office Administration program requires an externship experience at a healthcare facility. This allows students to apply their skills and knowledge in a real-world environment. Erica was placed at Highlands Hospital located in Connellsville, PA. During this experience, she was responsible for greeting and registering patients, verifying patient information, handling insurance details, and scheduling patients. At the conclusion of her externship, she received a job offer and now has her ideal job as Patient Registrar.
Thanks to PIHT, Erica was able to achieve what she set out to do and she would recommend anyone look into the school and how they can help someone accomplish their goals. The education and skills she gained at PIHT is something she will use for the rest of her career. Now that Erica’s hard work and dedication has paid off, she cannot wait to make lasting memories with her family.
You only get one chance to make a great first impression with recruiters and hiring managers, so it’s extremely important to have a professional resume that shows why you’re best for the job.
Presenting your education, experience, skills, certifications, and achievements in a professional and easy-to-digest resume can put you ahead of the competition.
How do you create a resume that will get you noticed? Find out as we share our top five resume tips with you!
Use a Resume Template
Want to know the secret to a beautifully designed, professional resume? It’s a resume template! Templates can make your resume stand out from the crowd by presenting your information in an appealing and professional way.
There are many options when choosing a resume template, both free and paid. The most important thing to remember is that the template needs to be professional looking and easy to navigate. Headlines should clearly mark each section so that hiring managers can easily find the information they need.
Also, choose a template that is relevant to your industry. For example, if you’re applying to a medical job, you want your resume to align with that field. Using color in your resume can be a great way to stand out, as long as it’s appropriate for your field.
Here are some resume template resources to help you get started:
Many times, when you apply for a job, your resume is entered into an applicant tracking system, which is a database that stores all the resumes a company receives. Recruiters and hiring managers can search through resumes to find candidates that have the experience, education, and certifications they are looking for. This is similar to when you search for something on Google using keywords.
When writing your resume, you need to add in the keywords hiring managers are using to search for resumes in their applicant tracking system. This will optimize your resume and make it easier to find.
How do you know which keywords to use? To figure this out, look at the job description and pick out the most important things they are looking for in a candidate including education, experience, skills, and certifications. Then, use the same keywords and language as much as possible in your resume.
Include Essential Information
For every resume, there is a pretty standard list of relevant information that needs to be included. This information is what hiring managers need to know in order to evaluate a candidate for a specific job.
Name and contact information – Add your full name, an appropriate email address, and your phone number at the top of your resume.
Education – List the degree, school, and year graduated for all your education.
Experience – Add all relevant experience including the company, job title, dates you worked there, and a description of the job you performed.
Certifications – List relevant certifications and the date you earned them.
Skills – List all the skills you have that are relevant to the job.
LinkedIn – As long as it’s up-to-date, include a link to your profile in your resume, as this gives you more opportunity to shine with recommendations and endorsements.
The world runs on technology, so if you’re proficient in any type of program or software, be sure to add that to your resume. Also, feel free to add volunteer work and professional achievements you have.
Keep It Short and Sweet
This can sometimes be hard to do because everything seems important enough to include, but try to keep your resume to two pages or less. Using bullets instead of long paragraphs to list your information will make your resume much more readable.
Recruiters are busy people and don’t have the time to read super long resumes. If your resume is longer than two pages, edit, edit, and edit some more. Walk away from it for a day and then go back and edit it.
While keeping your resume short and sweet, try to use action verbs as much as possible, as they show you get things done. Some examples of these are created, produce, manage, analyze, develop and lead.
Double Check Spelling and Grammar
You never want to have spelling or grammar mistakes in a resume, as this will not make the great first impression you’re going for. This means you need to double check everything.
Use the spelling and grammar checker in Microsoft Word to check your resume for any errors once you have the writing finalized. Also, ask someone else to proofread your resume because it can be hard to catch your own mistakes sometimes.
Time to Shine
Now that you have crafted an amazing resume, it’s your time to shine! Always submit your resume as a PDF so that your formatting and design are kept in place. Write a great cover letter telling hiring managers exactly why you are perfect for the job and submit it with your resume and always remember that follow up is essential!
For PIHT students and graduates, our amazing career services department can help you with creating the perfect resume to get you noticed.
Marcy Landman is the Practical Nursing Clinical Coordinator at Pennsylvania Institute of Technology and teaches Pharmacology, Practical Vocational Nursing, and Anatomy Lab within the Practical Nursing program. She earned her Associate of Science in Nursing from Penn State University. Once she completed her ASN, she entered an accelerated program to earn her BSN. She did not stop there, as she earned her Master of Science in Nursing with a minor in Family Nurse Practitioner from Carlow University.
Prior to working at PIHT, Marcy worked as a staff nurse at Highlands Hospital and worked in home health. When she came to PIHT, she started out as a part-time clinical instructor. As she advanced her education, she began teaching in the classroom. When asked why she chose PIHT, Marcy said “The people working at PIHT are amazing. I wanted to work in an environment where everyone is a team player. Working in a supportive environment can make even the most difficult days go a little smoother.” Her favorite part of working for PIHT is the people she gets to work with.
One of Marcy’s biggest motivators is her family. She is most proud of the fact that she never thought she would achieve the level of education she has received, and that she can be a role model for not only her children but also those whose lives she impacts within the nursing program.
When asked what is the most interesting thing about herself that no one would know, she replied, “She is one of the few that have been a part of the PIHT nursing program since the very first nursing class. She has not only been able to watch the program grow and change but has contributed to its continuing evolution.”
Marley Kamp attended Allegany College of Maryland and earned an associate degree in medical assisting. She had a great experience on campus and enjoyed the staff. As she was getting ready to graduate, she decided to further her education and pursue a nursing career. She had been a feeding assistant then a certified nursing assistant since the age of 17, and always knew she wanted to become a nurse.
Up and to the time of graduation, she researched schools to attend in both Maryland and Pennsylvania. She came across PIHT online and was drawn to all the positive reviews from students, the pass rate for the nursing program, and the small class sizes PIHT offers.
For Marley the best part of PIHT is the small class sizes that are available. She doesn’t feel lost in the crowd at PIHT. The family-oriented environment with classmates and instructors provides a positive learning experience. She also loves the hands-on opportunities she receives on her clinical rotations by performing procedures, administering medications, and assessing patients. Marley describes her favorite class to be her medical/surgical lab. She explains that the transition of learning in the lab to applying them at the clinical site is seamless. She further explained that med/surg lab is very hands on which provides a solid foundation at the clinical site. Marley described her lab instructors, Amy and Courtney, as always there and available to help and answer questions without any discouragement. She says the learning environment is patient, positive, and supportive. Her favorite instructor is Amanda. She describes Amanda as very approachable and willing to help above and beyond. Marley loves her teaching style and how she breaks the material down, ensuring her students understand.
Marley’s ideal job is in the fast-paced and split-second decision-making world of trauma nursing. Her five-year goal is to further her education to become an RN, own her own home, and to have an established career in trauma.
Marley would recommend PIHT to friends and family. PIHT stands to a very high standard in not only lecture, lab, and clinical, but also, encouragement, support, and real-life preparation for a career in nursing.
Pennsylvania Institute of Health and Technology (PIHT) located in Southwestern Pennsylvania offers a direct admission Practical Nursing Program. Direct admission means that you do not have to waste time and money taking extra elective classes allowing most students to complete the program within just 12 months. Enrolling in any nursing program can be a long process. To improve your acceptance chances in a highly sought-after program, you need to be organized and attentive to deadlines.
2. Attend a Career Planning Session to see if you are a good fit for our program. It is important to understand that this program requires a lot of commitment. The practical nursing program requires students to allow 50 hours per week (40 hours of instruction and 10 hours of outside study time) of time to dedicate to the program.
3. Complete Application
4. Potential students will need to request OFFICIAL copies of transcripts from your high school and every college they have attended. Official Transcripts should be requested and sent directly to the admission’s office or brought in unopened. Faxed or emailed transcripts that are not in a sealed envelope from the previous institution will not be accepted.
The exam is taken on campus and is around 3.5 hours long.
Students must achieve passing scores (65 readying, 60 math, 60 english, and 45 science) within two attempts. If you do not pass within two attempts you will need to wait six months before trying again.
The TEAS test typically requires 2-3 weeks of preparation and study time. DO NOT WAIT…THE PROGRAM FILLS FAST!
Remember passing the TEAS exam does not guarantee a spot in the Practical Nursing Program.
Students start college, career training or any type of post-secondary education programs with high expectations. Many students envision themselves as being successful in their course work and studying, but they fail to put together a realistic plan, routine and work schedule that will enable them to achieve academic greatness.
The following suggestions will help you, not only plan for good time management but also help with improving your academic standings.
Step 1: Prepare a Term Calendar
Include high-level activities such as class time and schedules that do not change
Step 2: Prepare a Calendar by Weekly Activities
Add in weekly items that need to be completed by each class such as assignments, tests, events, and discussion boards
All school activities
All out of school and extra-curricular activities
Add in your weekly schedule for out of school activities such as work, family events, and extra-curricular activities
Step 3: Prepare a Daily Schedule – Your daily schedule may vary based upon the outcome of each class, changes at work, or changes within your personal life. Pick a day each week (such as Sunday) and prepare your weekly schedule
Jot down things that need to be done for the coming day.
Write down everything from the prior day that was assigned that may need to be completed within the next day/days.
Include any activities from your weekly schedule that need to be included for the next day that was not previously on your calendar.
You will notice that one of the key fundamentals to managing your study time is to start with your overall schedule and then working your way down to the details. A calendar as a whole provides direction and instruction for accomplishing your big picture career and school goals.
Key Factors to Improve Study Habits
Establish a study zone that offers a quiet place with little to no background noise and limited interruptions.
Take great notes. If you are not good at taking notes yourself, work with other students to share notes. Remember, you do not need to write everything down, just the essential topics or examples that your teacher referenced during class.
Get enough sleep! A good night’s sleep is statistically proven to help people better retain and understand information. Most students will say if they get a least eight hours of sleep they feel less stress and are more alert during classes and exams.
Prioritize your assignments by due date and time needed to complete the task.
Join a study group at your college, career school or institution. Study groups offer several advantages to students because typically each member is assigned a topic and then provides a summary to the group.
At PIHT, we take pride in the services we offer our students. One of these services and arguably the most important is our career services. We work tirelessly to create employment opportunities for our students and alumni.
Being involved in the community is an important element of our career services program. Our Career Management Director regularly visits employers as it lets her know who is hiring. We are also involved with the Fayette Chamber of Commerce where we get to network with other members and learn about the new happenings in the community. Being involved with the local Career Link office and attending career fairs is also important for career services.
Another part of our career services program is our Career Prep Class. As part of the career prep class at PIHT, students are required to complete 25 job searches. A majority of the students get hired via this job search. This job search teaches students soft skills such as reaching out to the employers and asking them if they received their job applications and how to speak professionally to an employer.
We also teach our students how to put together a cover letter. We teach our students that when writing a cover letter they should read the company’s missions statement and be clear about the position they are applying for. We encourage students to use key words within the cover letter that the job description has mentioned along with key words from the company’s mission statement.
We also touch on how to make a good impression. A sharp appearance shows that you are poised, polished, and prepared. Dressing professionally for a job interview is very important as it presents a visual image and sends a message that you are a professional. When you are dressed professionally it shows the employer that you take the interview seriously and that you feel confident.
In career prep class, we also teach students how to prepare their portfolios. They should have extra copies of their resumes, cover letters, and references. We also cover the post-interview procedures such as sending a thank you note either via email or note immediately after the interview.
A unique offering at PIHT is that we offer a lifetime of career services. A student who graduated 10 years ago who may have lost their job or may have chosen to leave their job can call PIHT. We will set an appointment with them and review their resume and cover letters and help them find a new career!
Kristen Grimplin attended Penn State-Fayette Campus after graduating high school. She was an active student for a year and a half, had a wonderful experience on campus, and loved the staff. Although she did not complete her education, she will be forever grateful for the opportunity and education obtained. Without that experience, she would not be the person she is today.
After leaving Penn State, Kristen took several months to gather her thoughts. She took a step back and decided to restart at step one. She did not know where to go, or what she wanted to do, she slowly became more active in researching schools and potential career paths. That’s when she looked into PIHT and scheduled an appointment. As soon as she walked into the office and spoke to Kathy Coddington, Kristen knew PIHT was the right path. She liked the overall structure of the school and the student/teacher ratio. She loved that PIHT was family oriented and participated in holidays and special events.
Kristen has always been interested in the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Ever since she was a little girl, she always loved helping and taking care of people. Kristen knew that she wanted to be in the medical field, but since this field is so broad, she did not know what direction to go. She job shadowed in several areas, from ultrasound to dental hygiene, but nothing captivated her attention until she learned about medical assisting. Kristen loves how versatile medical assistants are. They are trained in taking vitals, conducting visual acuity tests, phlebotomy, immunizations and vaccinations, electrocardiograms (ECG’s), and attaining and maintaining surgical asepsis. These examples are just the beginning of what a medical assistant can accomplish in the medical field.
Kristen loves all of the social and holiday events that are held at PIHT. Kristen loves seeing everyone dress up and participate in the annual Halloween costume party. She is very thankful that the staff took time and supplied the students with amazing food on Thanksgiving. She loves the spirit week events during Christmas, especially the door decorating contest.
Kristen does not have a favorite instructor. She believes all of the staff are amazing and intelligent. Her favorite class is her clinical. She loves learning about the human body, and how it functions. She loves being hands-on and performing and learning new tasks. Kristen does not really have an ideal job in mind yet. She is split between a hospital and a physician’s office.
In five years, Kristen would like to have an apartment or house and a stable job that she loves. Kristen wants to enjoy life, be happy, and smile every day.
Kristen would definitely refer PIHT to a family member or friend. Everyone at PIHT treats you like family. As soon as you walk into these doors, you feel welcomed and loved. “You grow through what you go through,” and with the help and support from the PIHT staff, Kristen has found what she loves. Kristen found her career!
The 18 month Medical Assisting program offered through PIHT focuses on providing students with hands-on practical experience with less focus on theory and more on hands-on training of the day to day operations within the medical assisting world. Additionally, two-year programs allow students to obtain a degree at a fraction of the cost of four-year school while still receiving the education and training needed to get started in the medical professional world.
Medical assisting professionals are vital within the medical world because their training encompasses a variety of skills to treat patients. Some of the hands-on training offered at PIHT includes:
Taking a patient’s vital signs (including blood pressure, temperature, and pulse)
Assisting a doctor or nurse with physical exams
Checking a patient’s vision
Collecting medical specimens
Checking a patient’s blood-sugar level
Performing certain lab tests
Drawing a patient’s blood
Sterilizing medical equipment to kill germs
Assisting with simple surgeries
Conducting certain heart tests
Our medical assistant training is also unique compared to other medical assistant programs near cities like Greensburg and Connellsville because we not only provide you with hands-on training in medical procedures and skills but also in medical office work.
Some of the office skills training include:
Working with insurance companies
Managing an office
Scheduling appointments for patients
Using computers to do office tasks
Understanding medical terms
Transcribing (write out) a doctor’s notes
Understanding patient privacy issues
Adding these skills to your medical assistant training will help you become a more well-rounded professional and could assist you in being more marketable to potential employers. With our medical assistant training program, you could:
Manage a doctor’s office
Assist with dialysis for patients with kidney problems
Work in phlebotomy
Work in a chiropractor’s office
Work in a pharmacy
Work in a hospital, scheduling patients and overseeing patient records
As part of our medical assistant program’s curriculum, you will complete an externship within your degree requirements. This on-the-job training allows you to apply the skills you’ve learned in your Medical Assisting program to the real world with real people. Additionally, this experience is invaluable and also allows you to showcase your skills to employers in Mount Braddock, Connellsville, Greensburg and throughout the southwestern Pennsylvania area who hire medical assistants.
Not only does our Medical Assisting degree program prepare you to be career ready, but it also prepares you for the National Center for Competency Testing certification exams which can strengthen your appeal in the job market. Some of the certifications our students are qualified to sit for include:
Pennsylvania Institute of Health and Technology (PIHT) offers continuous enrollment. Continuous enrollment benefits all students regardless of if they are looking for their first job after high school or an adult who wants to change the direction of their current career. PIHT’s enrollment period begins every six weeks, allowing students to enroll at their convenience as opposed to a couple of time a year like traditional colleges. New students may only have to wait a few days or weeks to get started. Most students are either straight out of high school or people that have children, families, and financial obligations. When choosing to start a new career, a student may want to begin training as soon as possible in order to get in and out of the program and find the job that suits you best.
Furthermore, continuous enrollment allows our students to focus on starting new classes every six weeks which enables PIHT to provide hands-on training and one on one support. Most students will typically take two to three courses at a time allowing them to focus on course specific topics that continuously provide new fresh content. Also, if a student isn’t comfortable with a particular class, our instructors support the student throughout the entire six-week course.
Not only do students have the capability to enroll quickly and conveniently, but PIHT has staggered graduation times. Staggered graduations let students graduate as soon as they finish a program and start their new career.