Courtney Brammer Driver
Four Salem natives – Mackenzie Caye McNamara (Bachelor of Science from the Nursing Program), Charles E. Denny, Jr. (Masters from the Healthcare Administration Program), Courtney Brammer Driver (Master of Science from the Occupational Therapy Program) and Allison Gray Loy (Master of Science from the Physician Assistant Program) – recently graduated from Jefferson College of Health Sciences.
Located in the heart of Downtown Roanoke, Virginia, JCHS is co-educational and offers 15 majors in various healthcare disciplines.
Mark Lambert, a senior consultant for Communications and College Relations, has been employed at Jefferson College for the last ten years. “Our students get a little bit of the college experience but it is very different in that our students come in and they go directly into their program,” he said. “The second that they step in the door they are learning exactly what they are going to be doing as a professional.”
There are approximately 1,200 students currently attending Jefferson College of Health Sciences and most of them come within 150 miles of the school.
“We offer about as high end a residence hall as you can get with hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances and marble countertops,” said Mark Lambert. “They renovated the Patrick Henry Hotel in Downtown Roanoke about six years ago. We have three different floors within the hotel that we use in a residence hall so they are living in apartments, nicer than anything I ever lived in.”
According to the JCHS website, 93% of students find employment within six months of graduation and 100% of their clinical programs are accredited. Nicknamed the Blue Healers, JCHS is one of the top 10 healthcare degree granting institutions in Virginia.