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Published: Tuesday, 11/12/2013

Mercy College: Meeting The Needs Of Students And The Community

Since its inception, Mercy College has been a strong community member working collaboratively with community members and organizations. From faculty, staff, and students volunteering their time at local agencies to its partnership with Mercy, the multi-faceted approach to collaboration provides benefits and opportunities for all involved.

As a member of the Mercy system, Mercy College is able to offer prime clinical locations and times for students at premier medical facilities in the area. Through clinical rotations, students are exposed to cutting-edge technology in real-world situations. The combination of hands-on experiences, rigorous classroom expectations, and a strong, faith-based education allows students to be well-rounded and ready for success in their career after graduation. As Anna Blanchett, RN, BSN, and a recent Mercy College graduate observed, “ I felt incredibly well prepared with both the knowledge and skills required in my field, and I also felt I received a good ethical and moral base at Mercy College.”

An additional part of establishing a strong moral base includes Mercy College students volunteering their time outside the classroom with local non-profit agencies. On an individual level, it could be providing donations of a coat, a hygiene kit, or school supplies. A class- or college-wide event may involve organizing and working at Tent City, or the Ophthalmic Technology students partnering with Prevent Blindness to provide eye exams. Mercy College views service as a collaborative effort with the community where students and local agencies and their clients all benefit.

Mercy College’s Division of Short Term Education has transformed over the past few years to keep up with the trends and changes in healthcare. In additional to providing the continuing education credits many healthcare workers need to meet licensure or certification requirements, the department has evolved into so much more.

Today it offers fitness classes, online enrichment/personal interest classes and credit and non-credit certificate programs. Certificate programs include Pharmacy, Phlebotomy, Medical Coding, Polysomnographic Technology, Ophthalmic Technology, Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic. These provide entry level education for those who want to complete a program in less than a year.

In addition, this department works with business and industry partners to create contracted education solutions.

Cheryl Nutter, director of Short Term Education, states, “We not only work with the Mercy system and Catholic Health Partners to meet their needs, but with other area businesses. Customizing a program to best meet the needs of an audience takes time but often the outcomes are worth it. We are excited to provide this level of specificity.”

Mercy College will continue to collaborate to meet the needs and enrich the educational experience of its students and to serve the community.

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