Meet the Campus Director

Meet Sandy Poynter, Campus Director at Boardman Training Center!
Meet the Campus Director

As the new Campus Director here at BTC, Sandy is committed to helping her students achieve their career goals. “I really want to see each student fulfill their goals and their dreams. It’s my mission to prepare them for their careers in whatever they choose, whether that is EKG, phlebotomy, or MOS,” said Sandy.

Sandy is passionate about education and believes it is essential. “The students drive me to work in education. Meeting them at the beginning, watching them grow and succeed in their careers is amazing. I love seeing the results. We watch them walk in one day, and 6 months later, we watch them walk out the door, successful and with smiles on their faces,” said Sandy.

There are no other training centers in the Youngstown area, so Sandy believes the Boardman Training Center is necessary to the local healthcare community. Due to the increased access to healthcare and the aging baby boomer population, the healthcare industry has expanded for many years. “The area is in desperate need of medical professionals,” said Sandy.

Boardman Training Center helps fill this need for healthcare professionals by providing fast-track healthcare training classes that students complete in months, not years. With short-term classes, one-on-one instruction, and small class sizes, students can get the training they need quickly to help them start their careers faster.

For anyone thinking about attending BTC, Sandy wants you to know that she, the staff, and instructors are here for you personally to help prepare you for career success. “You are not just a number. You are a name. We’re like a family here. Being so small, we get to know our students personally. Every one of us in this building wants to see our students thrive,” said Sandy.

Before starting her career in the education industry, Sandy worked at a library for over 20 years. She began right out of high school as a clerk and moved up into an administrative assistant role. After deciding that she wanted a career change, Sandy chose Ohio Valley College of Technology to earn her degree. She attended in 1995 for a business degree and again in 2012 for medical office administration. When she was enrolled in 2012, she decided to continue with medical assisting. Sandy has three associate degrees and is also nationally certified.

After graduating from OVCT, Sandy worked in a doctor’s office from 2014 to 2016. An instructor position became available, and she was hired for the role here at Boardman Training Center. Then, she was recruited to teach at Ohio Valley College of Technology, so she began there as an instructor. Since 2016, she has been an instructor at both OVCT and BTC.

Sandy was then offered the position of Campus Director here at Boardman Training Center and decided to accept. She has only been in this new role for a few months, but Sandy loves that she has the ability to ensure students are happy and successful and that the staff feels appreciated. She believes she can make the school a better place and take it in a good direction.

Sandy says that her new role motivates her every day. “I’m driven knowing that there are staff and students that rely on me. I can build relationships with each of them. It’s great knowing that there is a need and want for me here at BTC,” said Sandy.

When asked what accomplishment in her life she is most proud of, Sandy said, “I’m most proud of my family, including my fiancé Matt and my two boys, Zach, 22, and Cameron, 19. Watching my two boys grow into the young men they are becoming is amazing. Zack is an EMT and getting married next October. Cameron recently graduated high school and is working toward his goals.”

Sandy has some great advice for those pursuing their dreams. “The best advice ever given to me is that if you set your goals and put your mind to it, the sky is the limit. If you put your mind to whatever you want, you will achieve it,” said Sandy.

Outside of work, Sandy says that she enjoys family time. “I love family vacations, picnics in the backyard, barbeques, and doing things outdoors, like going to local parks and taking neighborhood walks. I also love visiting with friends that are like family,” she said.

When asked about her favorite food, Sandy says she has two of them, pasta and seafood. She says they are the perfect comfort foods. If Sandy could have any superpower, it would be the ability to fly. “I would love to travel the world and see the many beautiful things that it has to offer,” she said.

Are you looking for a school that truly cares about your success? Do you want a healthcare training program that gets you on the fast track to starting your career? Explore our healthcare training programs today and request information now to get started!

What is the Difference Between a CNA & MOS

There are many great reasons to start a career in healthcare. There is a wide variety of available careers, and the healthcare industry is continuing to grow quickly. If you work in healthcare, you also have the chance to make a real difference in people’s lives by helping and caring for patients.

With so many different paths available to starting a career in the medical field, it can be overwhelming and confusing to figure it out by yourself. So we’re here to help by breaking down the differences in two entry-level healthcare positions, certified nursing assistant and medical office specialist.

Career Outlook

Medical office specialists have a promising career outlook. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, medical office specialists, or medical assistants, have a projected growth rate of 19% for 2019-2029 in the United States, which is much higher than the 4% average growth rate for all jobs. This means that employers will be hiring more and more medical office specialists in the years to come and will need qualified candidates to fill the positions.

The BLS estimates that positions for certified nursing assistants will grow 8% in the US between 2019-2029. Although this is higher than the average growth rate of 4% for all occupations, it’s not as high as the expected growth for medical office specialists or medical assistants.

Skills Required

What is the Difference Between a CNA & MOS
Medical office specialists perform a variety of both administrative and clinical duties while on the job. They assess patients and help doctors with patient care and treatment. Some of the skills medical office specialists must learn are helping with exams, administering injections, taking vital signs, preparing lab tests, and entering patient information.
At Boardman Training Center, our medical office specialist students get to practice hands-on skills in classrooms and labs, preparing them for success while on the job.

Certified nursing assistants are more focused on helping with daily living activities and direct patient care. Common skills that CNAs must perform while on the job are bathing and cleaning patients, moving them between wheelchairs and beds, helping patients use the bathroom and get dressed, feeding them, and changing linens.

Training Needed

To begin a career as a medical office specialist, specialized training is required to provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills. Most medical office specialist or medical assisting programs are completed in under two years, combining classroom instruction and hands-on training. In addition, it’s helpful to choose a medical office specialist program that prepares you for professional healthcare certifications, as many employers prefer certified candidates.

For example, in our Medical Office Specialist program here at BTC, you learn vital knowledge and practice hands-on skills in essential areas while preparing for professional certifications like Certified Medical Administrative Assistant*, Certified Billing and Coding Specialist*, and Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist*.

Specialized training is also necessary to become a certified nursing assistant, and this training is typically completed in under six months. CNAs will learn and practice different areas, including direct patient care, documentation, and patient safety. The CNA class has to be approved by the state, and a competency exam must be passed upon completion of the program. Additionally, clinical hours are required to become certified, and the number of hours varies by state.

Work Environment

According to BLS data, medical office specialists, or medical assistants, most commonly work in physician’s offices, with 57% working there in 2019. Another 15% work in hospitals, and the remainder work in outpatient care centers and at chiropractor’s offices. Most of these professionals work full-time, 40-hour workweeks, and some may work evenings, weekends, and holidays if they work in a healthcare facility that is always open, like a hospital.

Certified nursing assistants work more in nursing care facilities, with 37% employed there, and hospitals, with 27% employed there, according to data from the BLS. The rest of the employed nursing assistants work in assisted living and retirement facilities, home healthcare services, and government. Certified nursing assistants are required to be on their feet a lot when they work and are expected to lift over 50 pounds, which makes the job more strenuous and physically demanding. Most CNAs are employed full-time, but some work part-time as well. As a result, they may be expected to work more on nights, weekends, and holidays and for longer hours at a time.

Get Started

You’re now informed of the differences between medical office specialists and certified nursing assistants. If you think a career as a medical office specialist is the right choice for you, BTC may be perfect for you! Explore our Medical Office Specialist program and request information now to get started!

*Certification is contingent upon passing the corresponding industry certification exam.