February 2021

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Congratulations Meadowbrook High School!

Students at Meadowbrook High School from the Rolling Hills Local School District enjoyed their donut party for winning the most entries from a school on Zane State’s Road Trip survey. While the competition isn’t happening anymore, you can still watch the wonderful videos about some of our programs by clicking here.

Tri-Valley High School Swim Competition

Zane State College is a proud sponsor of Tri-Valley High School’s recent swim team competition. Our students delivered bags of goodies for these seniors being honored:

Athens High School: Nikki Bean, Lourdes Benencia Courreges, Gabi Santiago Flores, Izzy Pittaway, Kristina Rana, and Zoe Wagner

Federal Hocking High School: Jake Clark and Ashton Tucker

Northridge High School: Hunter Harris and Will Holt

Tri-Valley High School: Cyrus Dittmar, Larissa Lynch, Mason McDaniel, Schawn McDonald, Rhiannon Shaw, and Clare Waggle

Zanesville High School: Ash Hiltbrunn

Congrats to all seniors!

Spotlight on Health and Medical Programs

Health Information Management

Want a career in healthcare, but don’t want to work with patients? You can obtain a position where you serve in bridge roles, connecting clinical, operational, and administrative functions. Become highly trained in the latest information management technology applications and understand the workflow in healthcare organizations from large hospital systems to private physician practices.

This career combines knowledge and skills from medicine, information management, business applications and computer technology. Along the way you will have the opportunity for practical experience in a real clinical setting, and you’ll take classes in anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, technical writing, legal aspects in health care, pharmacology and pathophysiology, software applications, health care information technology and systems, and more.

Graduates work in a variety of settings like hospitals, long-term care facilities, physician offices, home health agencies, insurance companies, and government agencies.

Upon graduation, you may sit for the Registered Health Information Technician certification. With additional work experience, you may also be eligible for other certifications including Certified Coding Associate, Certified Coding Specialist, and Certified Coding Specialist-Physician-based.

Admission to the Health Information Management program is selective and requires additional application materials. The application deadline is August 1. For full details, please visit https://www.zanestate.edu/wp-content/uploads/ProAppHIMT.pdf

Medical Assisting

Health and Medical Degrees Zanesville Ohio

Medical assistants are the central figures in promoting and maintaining cooperative relationships between patients and physicians. Program course work involves both administrative and clinical procedures.

You will be prepared to take vital signs, medical histories, and perform basic laboratory procedures, while engaging in the administrative duties of scheduling appointments, receiving patients, managing medical records, and handling telephone calls. Employment opportunities include physician offices, clinics, hospitals, and out-patient or ambulatory settings.

Graduates are eligible to take the national board examination which qualifies students to work in all 50 states as a Certified Medical Assistant. Certified Medical Assistants are clinically trained to assist in out-patient medical procedures, office administration, and interaction with patients. ZSC’s program has a 100% job placement rate for the year 2018 and a five-year average graduate and employer satisfaction rate of 100 percent.

 Admission to the Medical Assisting program is selective and requires additional application materials. The application deadline is July 1. For full details, please visit https://www.zanestate.edu/wp-content/uploads/MEDA_ProgramApplicationInformation_July2020.pdf

Medical Coding

This is an ideal certificate for those working in the heath field who want to upskill and improve their lifestyle by working from home. You can earn this online certificate from anywhere across the US. Learn to process patient information for health requirements and standards in a manner consistent with the healthcare industry standards. Median hourly wage is $20/hour.

With this certificate, you’ll be qualified for these occupations: Coder, Health Information Clerk, Health Information Specialist, Health Information Technician (Health Information Tech), Medical Records Analyst, Medical Records Clerk, Medical Records Coordinator, Medical Records Director, Medical Records Technician (Medical Records Tech), Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT).

Medical Laboratory Technician

Medical laboratory science professionals are vital healthcare detectives, uncovering and providing data that assist physicians in patient diagnosis and treatment and disease monitoring and prevention. You will use sophisticated biomedical instrumentation and methods requiring manual dexterity to generate accurate data. Strong hands-on laboratory skills can be applied to a variety of settings including hospital labs, reference labs, physician offices and clinics, industrial labs, environmental testing, and quality control testing.

Clinical laboratory testing encompasses such disciplines as clinical chemistry, hematology, immunology, microbiology and transfusion medicine. You will learn to perform routine laboratory testing such as identification of microorganisms, chemical analysis of patient specimens, identification of blood cells, and the cross-matching of blood for transfusion. The program includes on-campus and clinical laboratory student learning experiences.

This is a high demand occupation with a median salary of $53,240 (2017) in Ohio according to onetonline.org. Job demand is predicted to rise 10% for the years 2016-2026. After graduation, you are eligible to take the national certification exam given by The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

Admission to the Medical Laboratory program is selective and requires additional application materials. The application deadline is March 16 at 4 PM. For full details, please visit https://www.zanestate.edu/wp-content/uploads/MLTP-ProgramApplicationInformation.pdf

Multi-Skilled Health Technician

Perfect for anyone interested in an in-demand, entry-level healthcare job. This foot-in-the-door certificate includes learning the language of medicine, high level anatomy and physiology, business management, clinical skills, and phlebotomy and will kick-start your medical career in any healthcare setting. If you decide to continue on, you’re halfway done with ZSC’s Medical Assisting degree.

Employment opportunities include Multi-Skilled Health Technician, Medical Office Associate, and Nurse’s Aide. Median hourly wage is $13/hour.

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational therapy is a valuable profession that uses meaningful and purposeful activities to increase successful participation in the roles and routines of daily life. Working under the supervision of a licensed occupational therapist, assistants help people of all ages acquire, improve, or regain the ability to engage in daily activities to lead independent, productive, and satisfying lives. Graduates work with a diverse population with varying levels of physical, developmental, and emotional abilities.

The curriculum engages the student in academically challenging coursework, which combines biological and behavioral sciences with specific courses in theories and treatment methods. Students are required to be active and self-directed learners with faculty guidance to establish the ability to plan and implement therapeutic treatments, adapt and grade activities to increase their client’s independence, and educate individuals and groups in skills and techniques to improve their daily lives.

The program consists of four full-time semesters and one summer session of academic work with clinical experience, called fieldwork. The curriculum includes lecture and discussion-based classes combined with on-campus hands-on learning labs and off-campus clinical experiences. The program requires two full-time, eight-week fieldwork placements of supervised practical experience in a variety of healthcare practice settings that must be completed within 18 months of completion of the student’s academic preparation.

Admission to the Occupational Therapy Assistant program is selective and requires additional application materials. The application deadline is March 16 at 4 PM. For full details, please visit https://www.zanestate.edu/wp-content/uploads/OTAP-ProgramApplicationInfo_July2020.pdf

Physical Therapist Assistant

Students take part in challenging classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences to gain the knowledge necessary to function as an integral, critical thinking member of a rehabilitation team.

To practice in the state of Ohio, you must graduate from our five-semester program as well as take and pass both the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE) for the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) and the Ohio Jurisprudence Exam. Upon licensure you will you work under the supervision and direction of a physical therapist (PT).

Employment opportunities as a PTA include hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing facilities, home health, outpatient and sports clinics, and schools. Your versatile skill set will serve you well across many treatment settings and age ranges.

Admission to the Physical Therapist Assistant program is selective and requires additional application materials. The application deadline is March 16 at 4 PM. For full details, please visit https://www.zanestate.edu/wp-content/uploads/PTHA-ProgramApplicationInfo_July2020.pdf

Radiologic Technology

Students spend time in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings. The curriculum includes communications, sociology, mathematics, biology, physics, and medical and radiography courses. Graduates will be able to obtain diagnostic radiographs while maintaining radiation protection and patient safety and will also assist the radiologist in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases and injury through the use of x-ray. Additional duties may involve research, administration, and record keeping at the physician’s discretion.

Graduates of this program will be eligible to take the examination for certification and registration prepared by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and apply for licensure through the State of Ohio Department of Health. Employment opportunities for qualified radiologic technologists exist in hospitals, clinics, physician offices, government agencies, equipment manufacturers, research facilities, and colleges and universities.

For students who wish to pursue a bachelor’s degrees after graduation, the program has articulation agreements with Franklin University and Muskingum University.

Admission to the Radiologic Technology program is selective and requires additional application materials. The application deadline is March 16 at 4 PM. For full details, please visit https://www.zanestate.edu/wp-content/uploads/RADT-ProgramApplicationInfo_July2020.pdf

Respiratory Care

This career is ideal for those who have a passion for helping others. Patients range from premature infants with undeveloped lungs to elderly patients with diseased lungs. Respiratory care practitioners are prepared to administer pulmonary care under the direction of licensed physicians and assist physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of lung and breathing disorders.

Graduates may sit for the national board examinations to become a Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT) and then a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT, advanced level). Excellent communication skills are necessary to consult with physicians and other members of the health care team. The most important standard is for practitioners to serve as role models in matters concerning health by abstaining from the use of tobacco products at home, school and work environments.

This program is offered in partnership with Rhodes State College. Students will take Rhodes State classes via remote instruction at ZSC. For full details, please visit the Rhodes State website, http://catalog.rhodesstate.edu/programs/respiratory-care/?fbclid=IwAR28I1UEqMH28QE82i-UM0ddCJBSw1VKjCXXEEMdO3ltBj34Ux1C3tVnY54

All students who apply have their name placed on a list after they meet the qualifications below:

  • Attend a mandatory program-specific orientation.
  • Have a minimum 2.5 GPA for previous college-level course work at the time of selection and matriculation.
  • Complete all required college level math, writing and reading courses and prerequisites with a grade or D or higher, and all college level science requirements and prerequisites with a grade of C or higher; or equivalent placement.
  • Once admitted, the student must show completion of the following requirements prior to start of first term (summer): Complete 16 hours of observation with a respiratory care practitioner in a hospital of the applicant’s choice. Appointments with the hospital are made by the applicant. AND complete an interview with the Respiratory Care Program chairperson or director of clinical education.

The median annual wage for respiratory therapists was $61,330 in May 2019 (bls.gov).

Selective Health Programs

To be considered for admission into our selective health programs (Medical Laboratory, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapist Assistant, and Radiologic Technology), students must take the Health Occupations Aptitude Exam (HOAE). We will be hosting “Get Your App Together” events to aid students in preparing their applications for these programs. Students MUST register and pay at least 3 days in advance. Click here for complete details and testing dates. www.zanestate.edu/hoae

Get Your App Together Workshop—Join us for an informative and informal workshop designed to get all of your questions answered:

Wednesday, February 10 from 9-10 a.m. ASTC Lobby

Wednesday, February 24 from 4-5 p.m. HSH Lobby

Thursday, March 4 from 3-4 p.m. HSH Lobby

Campus Visit Opportunities

We have something for everyone!

Walk-In Wednesdays

Come see us soon! Want some free shades to brighten your day? Come talk with our admissions team at Walk-In Wednesday and get a free pair of Zane State College sunglasses! No appointment needed!

Career Exploration Appointment - Virtual or In Person

Not sure about what major you should choose or what career path you should take? Talk with Zane State’s admissions experts and explore career fields, lifestyles, and salaries through a fun and interactive assessment activity. Plan to spend an hour during this engaging, one-on-one conversation. Leave feeling confident and ready for your future. Schedule by clicking here.

Campus Visit - In Person or Virtual

We are ready to welcome you back to our beautiful campus! Schedule an appointment, and view our COVID-19 resource for campus visit guidelines.

If you’re not ready to visit campus, set up a virtual appointment so you can chat from the comfort of your home!

Click here to schedule. 

Group Visits

Want to bring a student organization, club, or class to campus? Fill out this form to create your ideal group experience! 

Reminder - NEW Academic Award Guidelines

Academic Award eligibility has been restructured. This scholarship will now be awarded to graduating high school seniors with an ACT composite score of 21 or higher AND a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA. The scholarship is for half tuition scholarship for three consecutive semesters and can be used in addition to grants and community scholarships. Students must enroll the same calendar year as graduation. For more information and detailed application procedures, please visit www.zanestate.edu/scholarships.

ACT Information

If you have a student who is planning to take the ACT and has an interest in attending Zane State College (ZSC) after graduation, please take a minute to review these simple steps with them before they register for the test!

Register for the ACT here. LINK HERE

Request your scores be sent directly to Zane State College by entering code 3305 as a school of choice.

Money Monday!

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Please join us for Money Monday in our beautiful, new Student Lounge where you can apply for the 2021-22 aid year and set yourself up for financial success!
Apply for ZSC Academic Award and Foundation Scholarships.
Get the information and resources you need to start and perfect your personal statement.
Get help with your 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (Students must have a completed FAFSA on file to qualify for scholarships.)
This socially-distanced event lets potential and current students apply for scholarships and get help with financial aid.
Space is limited so save your seat by emailing foundation@zanestate.edu.
*** RSVP by Wednesday, February 10 and get a prize at the event! ***


Just a reminder that the FAFSA opened on October 1 for the 2021-2022 school year. Our Financial Aid staff is just a phone call or email away if students need assistance with the FAFSA. You may reach Stacy Bernard at 740.588.1357 or sbernard@zanestate.edu  or Jody Burchett at 740.588.1277 or jburchett@zanestate.edu.

Summer Session

This summer, we will be delivering our courses in online and remote learning formats. We offer Ohio Transfer Module (OTM) and Transfer Assurance Guides (TAG) courses—guaranteed to transfer to Ohio’s public colleges and universities. Take courses this summer to get a head start! Our courses are convenient and they align with the needs of future employers. Our tutoring services are completely free, and we also offer after-hours tech support. Prepare for tomorrow with the right education today. Let’s move forward together. Classes begin May 24 and June 21! Click here to view the catalog!

Question Zone!

What do you love most about your job/students? Share your feedback with me at mjones7@zanestate.edu. We will share your answers next month!