Virtual Open House: Pediatric Cardiac Ultrasound Program

WCUI is now enrolling for our Pediatric Echocardiography program at our Los Angeles and Ontario, California campuses; classes will begin Winter 2021 (January 2nd)! Interested in learning more about our program? Meet virtually with WCUI’s own Assistant PEDECHO Program Director, Karen Ambrowitz, MPH, RDMS, RDCS (AE, PE, FE), and our admissions team from both campuses to learn about this great opportunity to further your education as echocardiologists.

WCUI Pediatric Cardiac Ultrasound and Congenital Heart Disease Virtual Open House – Saturday, November 7th at 1:00 pm PST

Register today to meet with us on Zoom and learn more about this great opportunity: https://wcui.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZApfuuqrjouG9XrWysYSM70f2ByDk53SX8z

About the WCUI PedECHO Diploma Program:

  • 9-month advanced Pediatric Cardiac Sonography Program for graduates from an Adult Cardiovascular sonography program
  • Classes are taught by experienced and practicing pediatric echocardiologists
  • Hybrid Learning – Online lecture courses & hands-on lab courses on campus
  • Weekend Classes!
  • Train with real pediatric patients
  • 1-month externship at a hospital/clinic site
  • 90% Average Employment Rate*!

Graduates of the program will be eligible to take the Pediatric Echocardiography registry exam (ARDMS) and have the skills to perform ultrasound on newborns and children. We look forward to seeing you soon!

*Employment rate is based off the cohort of students starting between 3/2017 and 2/2018 at our Los Angeles and Ontario campus. Individual campus rates can be found in our full 2019 ACCSC Annual Report: wcui.edu/consumer-information/

Meet Karen Ambrowitz – PedECHO Assistant Program Director

Headshot of Karen Ambrowitz. She has blonde curly hair that lands right at her shoulders and is wearing a white lab coat. She is looking at the camera and smiling

Karen Ambrowitz is the Assistant Program Director of the Pediatric Cardiac Ultrasound and Congenital Heart Disease Program at WCUI and has worked at WCUI since 2007. She has also been the technical director of the Pediatric Echocardiography Lab at Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA Medical Center since 2005. Karen received her RDCS credential in adult and pediatric echocardiography in 1997 and her fetal echocardiography credential in 2010. Karen has practiced in the pediatric and fetal echocardiography field since 1997 working at prestigious medical institutions in New York City, Denver, and Los Angeles. In addition, she has an extensive background in teaching and curriculum writing, having taught at the first Diagnostic Medical Sonography Bachelor’s Degree program at SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn. Karen also co-wrote the pediatric echocardiography curriculum for the pediatric cardiac ultrasound program at WCUI.

Karen has a true enthusiasm for teaching in the classroom (an now online!) and in a laboratory setting. She is thrilled to be leading another class of future pediatric echocardiologists. In addition to her experiences in leading education, Karen has participated in medical missions to Peru, Native American Indian reservations, and high school health fairs, screening children for life-threatening cardiac disorders.

FURTHER EDUCATION HISTORY: Karen received her MPH from Columbia University/Argosy University and her bachelor’s degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography at the SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn.

 

On Constitution Day 2020, we were reminded of all the rights we have as United States citizens, one of those rights is the right to vote! It’s important to utilize this right to make sure your voice is heard. The people and propositions on your ballots can impact your community, so it’s important to make sure you and your opinions are represented. Hit that unmute button, make sure you’re registered to vote, and show up on election day, Tuesday, November 3, 2020! Go to https://nationalvoterregistrationday.org/register-to-vote/ to get registered today! Or use the resources below to find more information for your state.

CALIFORNIA

How to Register to Vote in California

California residents are able to register to vote online, via mail, or in person!

Voter registration deadlines in California:

    • Online registration deadline: Monday, October 19, 2020
    • Mail-in registration deadline: Must be postmarked by Monday, October 19, 2020
    • In-person registration deadline: Tuesday, November 3, 2020

If you plan to register to vote online, you will need:

    • Your California driver license or California identification card number,
    • The last four digits of your social security number and 
    • Your date of birth.

Your information will be provided to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to retrieve a copy of your DMV signature.

If you do not have a California driver license or California identification card, you can still use this form to apply to register to vote. However, you will need to take additional steps to complete your voter registration.

Not sure if you’re registered to vote?

Use the California Secretary of State website to see if you’re registered to vote and where you’re registered to vote: https://voterstatus.sos.ca.gov/

You can also use the above link to find your polling place, find information for upcoming local and state elections, and find contact information for your county elections office.

Executive Order by Governor Newsom:

All voters who register in California by October 19, 2020 will automatically receive a mail-in ballot for the November Election by Executive Order:

“Recognizing the threat COVID-19 continues to pose to public health, Governor Gavin Newsom today signed an executive order to ensure that Californians can exercise their right to vote in a safe and accessible manner during the General Election this November. The order requires that each county’s elections officials send vote-by-mail ballots for the November 3, 2020 General Election to all registered voters. Californians who may need access to in-person voting opportunities – including individuals with disabilities, individuals who speak languages other than English, individuals experiencing homelessness, and others – will still be able to access in-person voting opportunities”

Due to the executive order, registered California voters do not have to apply for a vote-by-mail ballot for this election.

How to vote by mail:

    1. Fill out your ballot
    2. After you have voted, insert your ballot in the envelope provided, making sure you complete all required information on the envelope.
    3. You may return your voted ballot by mail, in person, or to a drop box
      • If you are returning your ballot by mail, it must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by your county elections office no later than 17 days after Election Day.
      • If you are returning your ballot in person or dropping it in a drop box, it must be delivered no later than the close of polls at 8:00 p.m. on November 3rd.
      • Anyone may return your ballot for you, as long as they do not get paid on a per ballot basis. In order for your ballot to be counted, you must fill out the authorization section found on the outside of your ballot envelope.

Important Voting Dates in California

    • November 3, 2020 – Election Day – All ballots must be received by 7:00 am to 8:00 p.m.
    • November 3, 2020 – Personally delivered ballots must be delivered by close of polls.
      • Mailed ballots must be postmarked on or before November 3, 2020, and received by your county elections office no later than November 20, 2020.
    • Vote early: California voters can also vote before Election Day. The early voting period runs from Monday, October 5, 2020, to Monday, November 2, 2020, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live. Early voting and vote-by-mail ballot drop off locations may be found on the Secretary of State’s Early Voting website.

What to Bring to the California Polls

    • If you’ve voted in California before, you don’t need to show ID.
    • If you’re a first-time voter who registered by mail and didn’t include your driver’s license number, California ID number, or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number on your registration, you may be asked to provide ID when you vote. Acceptable forms include:
      • copy of a recent utility bill,
      • the sample ballot booklet you received from your county elections office or another document sent to you by a government agency,
      • a US passport,
      • driver license,
      • official state identification card,
      • or student identification card showing your name and photograph.
    • Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you will be able to vote a provisional ballot.

ARIZONA

How to Register to Vote in Arizona

Voter registration deadlines in Arizona:

    • Online registration deadline: Monday, October 5, 2020
    • Mail-in registration deadline: Must be postmarked by Monday, October 5, 2020
    • In-person registration deadline: Monday, October 5, 2020

Not sure if you’re registered to vote?

Use the Arizona Secretary of State website to see if you’re registered to vote and where you’re registered to vote: https://my.arizona.vote/WhereToVote.aspx?s=individual&Language=en 

Find your Arizona Polling Location:

Use the Arizona Secretary of State website to find your polling location so you know where to go on election day!

Important Voting Dates in Arizona

    • October 7, 2020 – First day for counties to mail ballots to voters (and the first day of in-person early voting begins through November 3rd).
    • October 23, 2020– Last day to request a ballot-by-mail or sign up for PEVL (Permanent Early Voting List)
    • October 27, 2020 – Please mail back your ballot-by-mail as soon as possible and no later than Tuesday, October 27. If you are unable to mail your ballot back by Tuesday, October 27, you should return it to any voting location or secure ballot-drop box in your county by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.
    • November 3, 2020 – Election Day – All ballots must be received by 7:00 p.m.
    • Maricopa County Residents: Check the Maricopa Country website for early voting drop-off box locations and early voting locations in your area. The site will also allow you to check the status of your ballot after you drop it off to ensure it was counted.  Some of these locations will be open as early as October 7th, so do not wait till Election Day.

What to Bring to the Arizona Polls

Arizona residents must go to their assigned, polling place. You can find your assigned polling location here: https://my.arizona.vote/WhereToVote.aspx?s=address&language=en. When you arrive to vote at the polls on Election Day you will announce your name and place of residence to the election official and present one form of identification from List #1 or two different forms of identification from List #2 or 3.

List #1 – Sufficient Photo ID including name and address (One Required)

    • Valid Arizona driver license
    • Valid Arizona non-operating identification card
    • Tribal enrollment card or other forms of tribal identification
    • Valid United States federal, state, or local government-issued identification

List #2 – Sufficient ID without a photograph that bears the name and address (Two Required)

    • Utility bill of the elector that is dated within 90 days of the date of the election. A utility bill may be for electric, gas, water, solid waste, sewer, telephone, cellular phone, or cable television
    • Bank or credit union statement that is dated within 90 days of the date of the election
    • Valid Arizona Vehicle Registration
    • Indian census card
    • Property tax statement of the elector’s residence
    • Tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal identification
    • Arizona vehicle insurance card
    • Recorder’s Certificate
    • Valid United States federal, state, or local government-issued identification, including a voter registration card issued by the County Recorder
    • Any mailing to the elector marked “Official Election Material”

List #3 – Mix & Match from Lists #1 & #2 (Two Required)

    • Any valid photo identification from List 1 in which the address does not reasonably match the precinct register accompanied by a non-photo identification from List 2 in which the address does reasonably match the precinct register
    • U.S. Passport without address and one valid item from List 2
    • U.S. Military identification without address and one valid item from List 2

RESOURCES

California Voting Resources:

Arizona Voting Resources:

General Voting (All States) Resources:

A big congratulations are in order for our California campus nursing students! The current California NCLEX Pass Rates at our Ontario campus is 89.47% and 86.67% at our Los Angeles campus! We are so proud of our nursing students and all the hard work they put into their education to be the best nurses they can be.

THANK YOU HEALTHCARE HEROES

With the upcoming nursing shortage and the sudden pandemic our world is battling, nurses are as critical as ever to healthcare. The care and resilience nurses at all levels provide our friends and family inspires us daily. Nurses are standing alongside doctors, technologists, and other medical professionals taking care of our communities. We want to thank all of our nurses out there for keeping us safe while risking their own health. Whether you are a WCUI School of Nursing LVN or not, we stay home for you! 

OUR WORLD NEEDS NURSES

If you have ever considered a career as a nurse, now is the time to start. Our WCUI Vocational Nursing program is now available online through the COVID-19 crisis so you can pursue a nursing career while you stay safe at home. By combining the use of virtual simulation and interactive online lectures, we are able to provide the education you expect from WCUI School of Nursing.

NCLEX-PN reviews are integrated during classes at each level of the program* to help you prepare for the NCLEX exam after graduation. Students will have the opportunity to become familiar with the material and testing format of the NCLEX exam and see where their strengths and weaknesses lie. Our nursing faculty is always on-hand to provide further NCLEX reviews and study assistance throughout the VN program to help our nursing students succeed.

Are you interested in becoming a licensed vocational nurse? We are currently enrolling at our Los Angeles and Ontario campuses for the Summer term start in June 2020! Our admissions team is ready to assist you through the process and figure out if our vocational nursing program is the right move for your healthcare career. Virtual Admissions Interviews are available! Give us a call at (888)315-4993 or email admissions@wcui.edu.

 

For more information on prepping for the NCLEX exam visit:
https://www.ncsbn.org/nclex.htm
https://nursejournal.org/articles/6-things-to-know-about-the-nclex-examination/

For more information on the licensure requirements in California: https://www.nursinglicensure.org/state/nursing-license-california.html

* Current NCLEX Quarter Rates up through Qtr4 2019. Please see www.bvnpt.ca.gov for per campus rates.
* WCUI’s Vocational Nursing program only leads to licensure in the State of California.

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