Welcome to the JCHS Snapshot webpage! Jefferson College of Health Sciences is really hopping these days and we want to give you a glimpse into everyday life on our campus. From student activities to hosting VIPs from our community, there’s always something going on at JCHS!

This page will feature snapshots of students, faculty and staff, as well as guests, in our new spaces at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital and in our surrounding community.

We hope you enjoy these shots and will visit this page often to see new photos!

Thursday, August 04 2016

Three students from the Jefferson College of Health Sciences MSOT program had the opportunity to present at the first annual COTEC-ENOTHE Congress in Galway, Ireland.

The conference was a joint collaboration between the Council of Occupational Therapists for European Countries and the European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education. Seaton Ng, Lauren Pittard,  and Khadija Randall attended the conference to present their research on the relationship between sleep hygiene and daytime behavior in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Lauren also gave a presentation on the development of intercultural competence through international fieldwork, which is based on the personal growth eight MSOT students experienced while completing level I fieldwork in South Africa last summer.

Seaton, Lauren and Khadija enjoyed being immersed in the Irish culture and being surrounded by researchers, clinicians, and entrepreneurs who have a passion for occupational therapy. Interacting with diverse OT professionals allowed them to learn about the interests in other parts of the world. For example, many people were engaged during the students’ poster presentation because ASD is not a popular subject matter in their country, whereas the MSOT students were fascinated by the presentations on asylum seekers, because refugees are a large focus for OT practitioners in several European countries. Beyond discussions of asylum seekers, the students were also able to attend the presentation by the coauthor of Occupational Therapy without Borders, and presentation series on various diagnoses. Though surrounded by thousands of culturally diverse people, the MSOT students did not feel like fish out of water. Rather, they felt empowered to continue contributing to research in the global setting.

Wednesday, July 13 2016

On Wednesday, July 13, 2016, Jefferson College of Health Sciences Occupational Therapy and Occupational Therapy Assistant students and faculty volunteered with the St. John's Episcopal Church Community Youth Program (CYP) to help kids plant part of a garden, as well as show them how to groom plants and pull weeds. In May 2016, the Occupational Therapy and Occupational Therapy Assistant programs received the 2016 CYP Partner of the Year Award for their work with this program. CYP is based at St. John's Episcopal Church, just across Jefferson Street from our campus in downtown Roanoke.

Friday, July 08 2016

On Friday, July 8, 2016, Jefferson College of Health Sciences welcomed the Roanoke City Schools' Plus Nine Program to our campus at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital. The group is pictured above with Jefferson College President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop in his office, along with Admissions Counselors Kelly McDow and Taylor Watts, and Assistant Director of Admissions Sarah Boswell. 

Wednesday, May 11 2016

On Wednesday, May 4, 2016, students in the Jefferson College of Health Sciences Surgical Technology Program took the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) National Examination for the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) in the testing center on campus. The results were received on May 10, and the program achieved a pass rate of 100%.

To put this in perspective this achievement, the national pass rate is 70%. In 2015, there were 161 programs that achieved a 90% or higher pass rate out of 489 CHAAHEP and ABHES accredited surgical technology programs nationally.

The CST examination consists of 200 questions, 175 of which are scored. The 25 pretest items (unscored) are randomly distributed throughout the examination for the purpose of analysis and statistical evaluation. Out of the 175 scored questions, three of the students scored a remarkable 159, 156 and 155.

This achievement would not have been possible without the dedication to the high standards of Jefferson College by both students and the faculty of the Surgical Technology Program. Please join us in congratulating the Surgical Technology students and faculty on their hard work and outstanding achievement!

Wednesday, May 11 2016

The Annual American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) National Conference was held April 6-10, 2016 in Chicago. AOTA is the largest occupational therapy conference in the world, hosting over 10,000 occupational therapy practitioners, educators, students and researchers. The 2016 conference was the largest Annual Conference in AOTA's history.

This conference offered the opportunity to advance current knowledge with over 1,000 professional presentations. The conference expo had 350 exhibitors which allowed the students to learn about new and improved treatment ideas, seating devices, and meet authors of current references.

Jason Browning, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, along with students from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale presented on the occupation of sleep. Three Jefferson College Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy students also assisted during this presentation. Ave Mitta, Program Director of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, and nine Jefferson College students were in attendance.

Thursday, March 10 2016

On Thursday, March 10, 2016, Jefferson College of Health Sciences welcomed members of Williams Memorial Baptist Church to our campus at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital.

Pictured above in the Jefferson College Boardroom are (left to right) Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop, President of Jefferson College; Williams Memorial Baptist Church's Gevendin P. Lewis; Clarice E. Walker; JoAnn F. Hayden; and Erik Williams, Jefferson College Director of Development.

Thursday, February 25 2016

On Thursday, February 25, 2016, Jefferson College of Health Sciences welcomed leaders from Wells Fargo to our campus at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital.

Pictured above in the Jefferson College Boardroom are (left to right) Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop, President of Jefferson College; Wells Fargo's Chad Spangler and Julie Kern; Dr. Lisa Allison-Jones, Jefferson College Dean for Academic Affairs; Wells Fargo's Paul Bonell and Jonathan Mitchell; and Erik Williams, Jefferson College Director of Development.

Friday, February 19 2016

The week of February 15-19, 2016, Jefferson College of Health Sciences President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop and his family assisted with feeding hungry families in Good Neighbor Project at Nestor United Methodist Church in San Diego.

Thursday, February 18 2016

The 2016 graduating class of the Jefferson College of Health Sciences Physical Therapist Assistant program. They had just finished a case-study activity with the Radford University PT students as part of our continued relationship with that program.

Friday, February 05 2016

The Physician Assistant Class of 2017 "Goes Red" for women with heart disease on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016! Keeping hearts beating happier and healthier for longer.