Wanango Country Club was the setting for the graduation of three certificate program classes of Clarion University–Venango Campus’ Division of Continuing Education on Tuesday evening, August 26, 2008.
Twenty-nine students were awarded certificates for the successful completion of their fields of study in massage therapy, medical coding, and the medical office assistant program by Dr. Christopher M. Reber, executive dean of the Venango Campus, and Hope Lineman, coordinator of continuing education.
The massage therapy program prepares the graduate for a career as a massage therapist in the alternative health care system. Massage therapists work in conjunction with many different types of health care practitioners from physicians and chiropractors to health club fitness consultants and wellness centers. Earning certificates for massage therapy were Courtney J. Cyphert, Courtney L. Eisenman, Kali King, Ann M. Mathews, Rachel L. Moon, Bobbi J. Nulph, Katrina L. Ochs, and Christina L. Sterner.
The Medical Coding Program provides students with the skills to complete the medical coding process in any health care environment and covers all coding scenarios leading to national certification. The course can be completed in the traditional classroom setting or through a new online course, which is available through a partnership with the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).
Graduates of the Medical Coding Program were Katie M. Carbaugh, Tracy R. Carbaugh, Chelsea R. Chase, Dianne L. Cotton, Julie A. Greene, Tammy S. Kerr, Alissa L. Lewis, Amanda M. Reagle, Julie Ruditis, Jennifer L. Strus, Heather M. Superak, and Courtney Michelle Wallace.
The Medical Office Assistant Program prepares the graduate to be a multi-skilled practitioner qualified to perform both front- and back-office procedures in the medical setting. Graduates are employed in health-related settings such as hospitals, clinics, physician's offices, industry, nursing homes, and extended care facilities. The program is offered in collaboration with UPMC Northwest.
Completing the Medical Office Assistant Program were Katie M. Carbaugh, Tracy R. Carbaugh, Chelsea R. Chase, Dianne L. Cotton, Alissa L. Lewis, Julie Ruditis, Jennifer L. Strus, Heather M. Superak, and Courtney Michelle Wallace.
Susan R. Hileman, northwest region district manager of the Northwest Industrial Resource Center, was the featured speaker.Clarion University-Venango Campus, located in Oil City, is the oldest regional campus in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The campus provides high-quality educational programs and personalized services to help students succeed. Students can begin any of Clarion University’s 90+ bachelor’s degrees at the Venango Campus, earn an associate degree, a bachelor’s or master’s degree in select areas, obtain a one-year certificate or participate in a variety of professional development and personal enrichment courses. The campus is home to Clarion University’s School of Nursing and Allied Health and its Department of Applied Technology. Clarion University-Venango Campus is committed to serving the needs of the community.