Advancing Medical Careers

 Brandon Kiroy practices checking a patient’s blood pressure on classmate Alexis Rhino.

Brandon Kiroy practices checking a patient’s blood pressure on classmate Alexis Rhino.

CV-TEC Division, from CVES SUCCESS Stories: Issue XI 2019-2020 (pdf)

Alexis Rhino first attended CV-TEC in the Allied Health program during her junior year of high school. In her senior year, she went to work at Plattsburgh Rehabilitation & Nursing Center as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Alexis then wanted to continue her education in the health care field, so she applied to CV-TEC’s Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) program, was accepted, and is thriving.

Once she graduates, she plans to continue her employment at Plattsburgh Rehab, but as an LPN.

Alexis said, “as a CV-TEC student in the Allied Health program, I was able to become a CNA in my first year, and in the second year, I studied EKG and Phlebotomy. I got a lot of medical experience and I knew that I wanted to further my education, and that the LPN program was going to be a good step in furthering my career.”

The LPN program runs from September to June – 10 months, 1160 hours of combined classroom work and clinical experience. According to Dena Tedford, CV-TEC Health Careers Coordinator, “they have clinical practice two days a week at local nursing homes, hospitals or other health care facilities getting hands-on experience. There’s an entrance exam for the program, we offer the test, called the TEAS exam, once a month beginning in February, and we also offer a short TEAS exam prep course for applicants.”

Brandon Kiroy was in CV-TEC’s adult CNA class last summer, then got a job at the hospital as a clinical assistant. When he wanted to continue his education, he applied to CV-TEC’s LPN program. “The teachers at CV-TEC were very supportive,” Brandon said. “I had multiple teachers telling me that they wanted me to move on and continue my education, so I applied to the LPN program. I plan on working for a year as an LPN, while taking some nursing classes and then applying for North Country Community College’s Registered Nurse program.”

Alexis likewise sees the LPN program as a way to further her career as a nurse, “I’m going to work as an LPN for a little while and gain some experience. Then I plan to further my education to become an RN and a nurse practitioner.”

Current LPN students who had previously graduated from a CV-TEC Health Career program.

Current LPN students who had previously graduated from a CV-TEC Health Career program.