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WVU Parkersburg Early College Students Earn Patient Care Technician Degrees

Parkersburg, W.Va. (July 12, 2022) – This spring, four WVU Parkersburg Early College students have earned their Certificate of Applied Science in Patient Care Technician through a partnership with the Mid-Ohio Valley Technical Institute.

The Early College program allows eligible high school students to take college-level courses on their school’s campus or at a WVU Parkersburg campus for a reduced tuition rate.

“We are thrilled to offer a direct pathway for high school students who are driven to fulfill a career in health care,” said Kathy Frum, WVU Parkersburg Nursing and Health Science dean. “Our goal is to prepare the next generation of caretakers through clinical and technological experience.”

To earn a CAS in Patient Care Technician, a student must successfully complete 31 credit hours from courses in English, health sciences, math and science, with a 2.0 or higher overall GPA.

The Patient Care Technician program prepares students for employment at clinics, hospitals, physician’s offices and more while training them to become phlebotomists and electrocardiogram technicians. At the completion of the program, students may also sit for the National Health Career Association certification exams.

Students earning their CAS in Patient Care Technician are:

Ritchie County High School
Olivia Cress
Presley Johnson

St. Marys High School
Charity Hannah
Caraline Lancaster

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