AB Junior Jayme Hykes Enlists in Navy Nurse Candidate Program

AB Junior Jayme Hykes Enlists in Navy Nurse Candidate Program

Hykes EnlistmentPhilippi, W.Va. – Jayme Hykes, a junior nursing student at Alderson Broaddus University, enlisted in the Navy’s Nurse Candidate Program in a ceremony held on the University campus Thursday morning.

The Navy’s Nurse Candidate program is highly prestigious selecting 30 candidates from a pool of over 200 applicants from nursing programs nationwide. Applicants must be at least a sophomore and provide with their applications references from faculty, transcripts as well as a motivational statement.

“There are a lot of factors that made Jayme [Hykes] a good candidate,” said Lieutenant Michael Meador, NC. “One was her strong GPA, in addition to her motivational statement and her references from her instructors.”

“Jayme has shown her knowledge, skills, integrity and abilities in both the classroom and clinical settings,” said Chair of the School of Nursing Kimberly White. “Jayme’s hard work and dedication to succeeding academically and professionally made her a strong candidate for the Navy Nurse Candidate program and ultimately in her achievement of being selected.”

Hykes will receive a stipend to assist her as she completes her degree and upon graduation she will be commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy. The Navy Nurse Corps will also provide Hykes with the ability to travel and work in hospitals all over the world.

“I saw this as a rare opportunity to be able to expand my skills beyond what I could learn as a civilian,” Hykes said. “I’m looking forward to traveling and learning about different cultures and more about the military.”

Hykes is the first nursing student from Alderson Broaddus to be selected the Nurse Candidate program. With her selection the Alderson Broaddus School of Nursing moves from Tier Three to Tier Two distinction. As part of the selection process, the School of Nursing curriculum is critiqued by Naval Medicine and Department of Defense.

“This is an honor for the School of Nursing because they had an applicant selected from students at American Universities nationwide,” said Meador. “That means a lot for the curriculum at Alderson Broaddus because the curriculum is critiqued as well when the board is looking at applicants.”

“Jayme’s selection into the Navy Nurse Candidate program shows the strength and rigor of the Alderson Broaddus School of Nursing curricula as it had to be reviewed and accepted by the Department of Defense in order for Jayme to apply to this program,” said White. “Jayme’s selection into this program advanced Alderson Broaddus into a higher tier in the selection criteria for future Navy Nurse Candidates. This will help the success of future students who wish to pursue this opportunity.”

A native of New Philadelphia, Ohio, Hykes is a member of the Honors Program as well as a member of the track & field team.

Coach Jack Funk Memorial Scholarship to Be Awarded for First Time in Fall of 2018

Funk_BarryPhilippi, W.Va. – Alderson Broaddus University, along with the family and friends of legendary baseball coach Jack Funk, announced that the Jack Funk Memorial Scholarship would be awarded for the first time in the Fall of 2018.

The fund began in 2009 after Funk passed. Jack’s widow, Judi Funk, as well as many family members and friends have contributed to the fund since then to help it reach endowment level and allow it to be awarded.

The scholarship will be awarded to a physical education major of sophomore, junior or senior class standing with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Other education majors can also be considered if no physical education major qualifies.

Alderson Broaddus Physician Assistant Graduates Achieve 100% Certification Pass Rate

DSC_6527Philippi, W.Va. – The 36 members of the Physician Assistant Programs 2017 graduating class achieved a 100% first-time pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination.

“The 100% first-time pass rate supports Alderson Broaddus’ ability to produce quality physician assistants,” said Thomas Moore, Dean of the College of Medical Sciences. “It reflects the dedication of the faculty who have worked tirelessly over the past several years to redesign teaching and assessment methods based on identified areas of need.”

The Alderson Broaddus Physician Assistant Program has improved its pass rate each year since 2013.

“This also reflects the high quality of our students and preparedness of our graduates to enter clinical practice,” said Moore. The physician assistants graduating from AB are among the best in the state, and their medical knowledge and clinical skills will carry over into communities across the nation.”

The 36 students that passed the certification exam also marked 100% retention for the School of Physician Assistant Studies.

“Thomas and the faculty have worked tirelessly to constantly improve curriculum, admission and progression standards, and measure student learning outcomes; this has paid off in immense ways to benefit our graduates and their life goal of becoming certified as physician assistants,” said Dr. Joan Propst Provost / Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. “I am proud of the accomplishments of our graduates and faculty; this is a commendable milestone in our program.  We will continue to work hard to honor our tradition of providing excellence in PA education.”

Alderson Broaddus Launches AB Advantage Loan Repayment Assistance Program

AB AdvantagePhilippi, W.Va. – Alderson Broaddus University became the first and only institution of higher education in the state of West Virginia to offer student loan assistance to all members of the incoming class with the announcement of the AB Advantage.

The AB Advantage helps graduates with modest incomes repay their student loans after graduation. It is applicable to federal, private, and Parent PLUS loans.

“We know that student loan debt is a concern for students in the region and around the country,” said Vice President for Enrollment Management Dr. Eric Shor. “The AB Advantage is a way for us to be responsive to our students needs and continue to show the value of an Alderson Broaddus education.”

All members of the incoming class will be offered the AB Advantage at no cost to the student. Upon graduation from Alderson Broaddus, graduates making less than $40,000 a year will qualify for reimbursement of their student loans until they make $40,000 a year or the loan balance is repaid.

“The assistance that the AB Advantage provides is substantial,” said Shor. “For many graduates, it is the help they need to work in entry jobs as they start their careers.”

For more information on the AB Advantage visit ab.edu/ab-advantage-2.