West Windsor, N.J. – Take three former offices in the MS Building, break down a few walls, and presto – students at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) now have a new study space known as the Health Professions Student Success Center.
Located on the building’s first floor (MS 159), the room is equipped with numerous long tables and chairs, a bank of computers, instruments such as a blood pressure cuffs, stethoscope, reflex hammers, and more. There are anatomy posters, a patient exam table, a full-size human skeleton, and textbooks.
“It’s all to give our students a place to study, collaborate and utilize hands-on tools,” said Kevin Duffy, MCCC Dean for Health Professions. “Since the center opened this spring, students have found a spacious, well-equipped room where they can get their work done. We have gotten all good feedback.”
On a recent day, Duffy met with Physical Therapist Assistant students to discuss and reinforce classroom concepts. (Duffy has an advanced degree in Athletic Training.) A student volunteered to be the patient and then Duffy demonstrated range of motion in her leg and the best approaches for measuring it.
The Health Professions Division offers 10 degree and certificate programs in high demand fields. A.S. programs designed for transfer include Exercise Science and Public Health; career programs with licensure include Nursing (A.S.), Radiography (A.A.S.), Medical Laboratory Technology (A.A.S.), Occupational Therapy Assistant (A.S.), Physical Therapist Assistant (A.A.S.). Additional programs include Health Science and Medical Office Assistant.
A separate learning center is reserved for Nursing students. Tutoring services can also be accessed in the Science Learning Center and the general Learning Center at Mercer, all offered free to students.