MedQuest College offers career training programs designed to prepare students for successful careers in the healthcare field.
Wondering why MedQuest College? Check out this student perspective on MedQuest and read on for a Q&A with Dr. Russell Mauk, the Lexington Campus Director, to learn more about how he helps make MedQuest students feel like family.
Dr. Mauk has been at MedQuest for almost three years and has helped add new programs and expand on existing offerings, guiding students along the way. If you’re a person interested in being challenged and making a difference in the lives of your friends and your community, healthcare may be the place for you. Plus, MedQuest College offers a handy guide with steps for helping you get a degree in healthcare.
What do you do at MedQuest?
Operations of the college are my primary goal – and I feel I do that most effectively through ensuring student success. MedQuest’s course offerings are essential and students learn from our instructors, making a difference in the life of those in their communities.
In the few short years since I joined the MedQuest family, we’ve added Practical Nursing and Veterinary Technology programs. Additionally, we’ve managed continued growth and further development of our existing offerings.
What did you do before you started as Campus Director?
I’m a retired physician. I left practicing medicine and went into education – it’s a position I really was passionate about even before medical school.
I was first a teacher, then an Associate Dean, then a Dean and finally Director of Education at my last school. I’m very fortunate to have a solid background, not only in medicine and healthcare, but a deep understanding and background of education itself.
What’s new at MedQuest College?
We’re constantly exploring available opportunities and community educational needs. Veterinary Technology is one of our newest programs, and it’s been rewarding to go from investigating the need for the program to testing and implementation. Now, we’ve got a great staff helping new students learn.
We work with a lot of creditors, adding additional levels of accreditation to match those offered by local universities and hospitals. Being able to provide more validation to what we do helps give additional credit to student success and further value to each diploma.
I want to be sure a diploma isn’t merely a piece of paper on the wall and that the name of the college and the success of the college is recognized by those in the industry. When students apply for jobs and an employer sees they graduated from MedQuest College, they know that they’re hiring a well-trained employee poised for success.
What new programs and initiatives are you excited about?
We constantly evaluate new technology and opportunities, 3D printing, for example, is becoming a mainstay in many industries. We’re investigating incorporating 3D printing training into our dental assisting programs, providing students with the unique skills to set them apart from others.
We want to continue to expand our Licensed Practical Nursing Program. Our goal is to ultimately add a Registered Nursing Program and eventually Bachelor’s Degrees and possibly doctorates as the school expands.
What changes have made a difference for students?
Our Career Services Department has developed deeper relationships with students, providing current students and graduates resources that they may not feel comfortable going to an instructor to get. Our students are people – and they need resources, information about healthcare, opportunities to take care of their mental health and more.
By giving a solid foundation to each student, they’ll be more prepared and able to focus on their studies. Much of our focus in 2020 and 2021 has been community – it’s more than academia. Academia is part of the success, but the community provides an opportunity for individuals to learn and grow together.
How would you describe MedQuest?
MedQuest College is going to offer you individual attention. Those aren’t just words. We maintain small class sizes, almost always well under 25 per class.
Our student to teacher ratio allows for the opportunity to learn. Our labs are restricted to a 12 to one ratio. Large universities have auditoriums with 150 other students and the professor doesn’t know you’re there.
At MedQuest, we’re going to ensure that someone is there, right by your side, knows your name, knows your face, and is focused on your success. Let us show you why MedQuest College is the place for you.
The career training programs offered by MedQuest College are designed to prepare students for successful careers in the healthcare field. With increases in technology and the need for qualified workers, it’s no surprise that the fastest growing healthcare jobs are in demand and pay well.
MedQuest College offers six programs to help students find their career pathway in medicine. Practical nursing, dental assisting and medical assisting can be completed in less than a year and put graduates to work in medical settings in just a few months. Medical equipment repair, sonography and the veterinary technician program require more training and take two years to complete.
If you have questions or want more information about MedQuest faculty and staff, financial aid, career services for students or want general information, click to request information or schedule your virtual tour. MedQuest College knows the importance of healthcare and we’re here to help.