From Rowan-Cabarrus Community College: When Ashley Honeycutt graduated from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College a few short years ago, she didn't know she'd already have her dream job.
Today, Honeycutt is a pediatric nurse practitioner at Salisbury Pediatric Associates. She graduated from Rowan-Cabarrus in 2008 as a registered nurse and went on to graduate from Duke University with her master's degree.
"I pretty much have my dream job – I love working with kids. As a pediatric nurse practitioner, it is so rewarding to help kids go from sick to well," said Honeycutt.
Honeycutt chose to pursue her nurse aide I certification while still in high school.
"One great component of choosing the Rowan-Cabarrus nursing program, especially while you're in high school, is that you can get your nurse aide certifications and immediately start working. Then, you can continue your education while working, essentially, getting years ahead of those who simply attend four-year schools for their nursing degrees," said Honeycutt.
Not only is the certified nursing assistant (CNA) certification a prerequisite for nursing school admission, it also provides a way for students to work in the healthcare field and pay for college.
"I had a great experience at Rowan-Cabarrus. It's a challenging program, but thanks to some amazing instructors, you can learn a lot and be successful," said Honeycutt.
Rowan-Cabarrus nursing programs have a well-documented track record of success in both student performance and program recognition.
"Rowan-Cabarrus is committed to helping students. Through partnerships with local high schools and four-year colleges like the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Rowan-Cabarrus can facilitate your nursing career right here," said Wendy Barnhardt, dean of Health and Education Programs at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.
In addition to the nurse aide certification course that set Honeycutt on her path, the College offers a variety of health occupations occupation courses that are designed to provide aspiring health care workers with the additional education and skills needed to be employed in the medical, nursing, and allied health fields. These programs are designed to prepare students for employment in hospitals, long-term facilities, and home health agencies.
The calendar includes the following health occupations courses scheduled to be held this fall:
· Activity Director – Mondays and Thursdays 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., September 14 – November 19, Rufty-Holmes Senior Center
· CPC Certification – September 14 – December 8, online
· Nurse Aide I Course – Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., October 6 – February 23, West Avenue Center
· Pharmacy Technician – Mondays 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., October 12 – January 27, South Campus
· Nurse Aide I Refresher – Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., October 13 – November 12, West Avenue Center
· Nurse Aide I Course – Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m., October 20 – February 25
· Nurse Aide I Course – Fridays and Saturdays 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., November 6, 2015 - March 25, North Campus
· Nurse Aide I Course – Fridays and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., December 4 – April 22, North Campus
"No other field is changing faster than healthcare. This makes it an incredibly exciting career profession. In fact, nursing is one of the most lucratively attractive, gratifying careers," said Dr. Michael Quillen, vice president of academic programs. "As one of the fastest growing occupations in the U.S., nurses are in higher demand than any other healthcare worker in the industry."
Like other regions across the country, Rowan and Cabarrus counties face a shortage of certified healthcare professionals.
"Be a part of taking care of our community. Explore the healthcare field," said Barnhardt.