Community Health Network Partners with Ivy Tech to House Expanding Medical Assistant Education in Hamilton County

Ivy Tech Community College is bringing its medical assistant education offerings to Hamilton County through a partnership with Community Health Network that provides space in the Community Health Pavilion in Noblesville.

The medical assistant program prepares students to work in the ambulatory care setting and focuses on patient care, venipuncture, electrocardiograms, vital signs, injections, electronic medical records and medical coding. Students that successfully complete the Ivy Tech program are eligible to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam through the American Association of Medical Assistants. Medical assisting can also be a springboard career for students interested in nursing, which will be offered on the Hamilton County campus beginning in 2023.

“Community has been a great partner with Ivy Tech over the years and this latest effort to provide space for our students will help us address a critical need in our state’s healthcare industry by helping us graduate more students to enter the healthcare field,” said Stacy Atkinson, Chancellor, Ivy Tech Hamilton County.

In addition to providing clinical site space for the incoming cohort, Community has provided externship opportunities for medical assistant students. Externships provide students with temporary job training and learning opportunities to experience the potential of working in a healthcare setting.

“We are excited to work with our Ivy Tech partners in a way that will help address the healthcare workforce shortage,” said Jean Putnam, Chief Nursing Officer for Community Health Network. “Medical Assistants are a critical component of our care team, and we are pleased to provide learning space for educational collaboration.”

The demand for medical assistants in Indiana is projected to increase 15% between now and 2029. There are currently more than 16,000 medical assistants in the state with more than 2,375 openings. Ivy Tech graduated 239 medical assistants from fall 2020 through summer 2021.

The first Hamilton County cohort of six students began class this week and is led by chairwoman Lisa Owens. Owens serves as the Medical Assisting Program Co-Chair and Director of Clinical Education at Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis.

Ivy Tech Hamilton County’s healthcare profession offerings will expand with the completion of its new Health Sciences Lab, slated for completion in early 2023. The lab will be located in the current campus facility at 300 N. 17th Street in Noblesville. The 15,000 square-foot learning space will include classrooms, simulation labs, and student social space. In addition to Medical Assisting, it will offer Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) preparation and Nursing education.

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering associate degree and short-term certificate programs, and trainings that align to the needs of the community. The College also offers courses and associate degree programs that seamlessly transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a Bachelor’s degree.

About Community Health Network
Headquartered in Indianapolis, Community Health Network has been deeply committed to the communities it serves since opening its first hospital, Community Hospital East, in 1956. Community Health Network puts patients first while offering a full continuum of healthcare services, world-class innovations and a new focus on population health management. Exceptional care, simply delivered, is what sets Community Health Network apart and what makes it a leading not-for-profit healthcare destination in central Indiana. For more information about Community Health Network, please visit eCommunity.com.

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Logan University Partners with Ivy Tech Community College 

Agreement Establishes 2+2 Dual-Degree, Human Biology Program Between Two Institutions 

(ST. LOUIS – January 19, 2022) – Logan University has partnered with Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana on an articulation agreement that establishes a 2+2 dual-degree between the two institutions. 

The program makes it possible for qualified students to earn both an Associate of Science degree in Biology from Ivy Tech and a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology from Logan’s College of Health Sciences seamlessly in four years. Logan’s nationally recognized Human Biology degree prepares students for a rewarding career in the health care or science workforce or to enter a graduate program in chiropractic, medicine, osteopathy, podiatry, pharmacy, optometry or dentistry. 

“This agreement with Ivy Tech is extremely beneficial for students looking to start their education at a community college then transfer to a well-regarded health sciences university like Logan,” Logan President Clay McDonald, DC, MBA, JD said. “On average, transfer students from community colleges lose about 40% of their credits, which can set their path to graduation back by over a year. This 2+2 agreement ensures that students graduate on time with two highly-sought after degrees.” 

“We are very excited to partner with Logan University to offer more in-demand career opportunities to our graduates,” said Ivy Tech Community College President Sue Ellspermann. “Agreements like these are pertinent to the success our students go on to achieve after their time at Ivy Tech.” 

Under the provisions of this 2+2 program, qualified students must successfully complete 60 hours of required coursework in Ivy Tech’s associate of science degree program and will then be eligible for admission into the Bachelor of Science in Human Biology program at Logan University. Ivy Tech students are eligible for admission with junior standing to Logan University provided the student has submitted a complete application for admission to Logan, has earned a grade of “C” or better in all courses, and has a 2.0 or higher grade point average on a 4 point scale. 

About Logan University 
Logan University is dedicated to creating health leaders of tomorrow by combining its strengths of world-class faculty, tailored curriculum, hands-on experience, and a vibrant campus community. Since 1935, Logan has remained grounded in chiropractic education—with the flagship Doctor of Chiropractic—and also offers doctorate, masters and bachelor degrees online and on-campus. Logan is located on a sprawling 112-acre campus in Chesterfield, a western suburb of St. Louis. To learn more, visit http://www.logan.edu. 

About Ivy Tech Community College 
Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering associate degree and short-term certificate programs, and trainings that align to the needs of the community. The College also offers courses and associate degree programs that seamlessly transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a quality, affordable route to a bachelor’s degree. Learn more at http://www.ivytech.edu. 

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Ivy Tech and Crew Carwash Partner on Achieve Your Degree

Carwash to help team members earn their degrees

Crew Carwash, a family-owned Central Indiana carwash organization, and Ivy Tech Community College have joined in the College’s Achieve Your Degree partnership to offer students the ability to attend the College through a combination of in-person and online coursework with no out-of-pocket costs for the student.

“Our Team Member Promise at Crew Carwash is to help Team Members achieve their full potential,” said Billy Schaming, President and COO of Crew Carwash. “In partnership with Ivy Tech Community College, we are excited to announce the ‘Achieve your Degree’ program. Crew’s tuition assistance program pays 100% of Ivy Tech’s tuition for qualified Team Members. Tuition is deferred so there are zero out-of-pocket costs for Team Members.”

Designed with both the student and employer in mind, the Achieve Your Degree Program allows employees to further their education without financial barriers, and gives employers a chance to strengthen their workforce and decrease employee turnover.

“Crew Carwash is an amazing employer, said Chris Lowery, Senior Vice President of Workforce, Careers and Adult Strategy. “Ivy Tech is thrilled to be able to partner with Crew Carwash on the Achieve Your Degree program and talent development.” 

Crew is currently hiring for management positions as well as full- and part-time associates at its existing 40 Midwest locations. Candidates should be passionate about delivering exceptional customer service and eager to gain future leadership skills. Those interested in learning more about Crew and its job opportunities can visit crewcarwash.com.

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About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering associate degree and short-term certificate programs, and trainings that align to the needs of the community. The College also offers courses and associate degree programs that seamlessly transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a Bachelor’s degree.

About Crew Carwash
Founded in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1948, Crew Carwash is one of the largest carwash companies in the United States. With nearly 900 full-time and part-time employees, Crew Carwash has received recognition as “Best Places to Work” by Glassdoor, “Best Places to Work in Indiana” by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and “Top Small Workplace” by The Wall Street Journal. Crew Carwash strives to provide a clean, fast, and friendly wash to every customer, every time. For more information, and a location list, please visit www.crewcarwash.com.