Central Penn College - Kevin Otto

Central Penn College

 

Faculty Who Care

Kevin Otto, M.S.
Assistant Professor, Allied Health

Academic Bio

In 1988 while I was a staff radiologic technologist, I was asked to teach my first radiologic technology course – Principles of Radiographic Exposure – in a hospital-based radiologic technology program at Polyclinic Hospital in Harrisburg, PA. I took on teaching additional radiology courses when I was hired by that program as its clinical instructor in 1989. In 1996, as Polyclinic and Harrisburg Hospitals merged to form PinnacleHealth, I became the program’s Director and assumed teaching other courses as well as the administrative duties that come with directing a program.

I took on the position of program director for the School of Radiologic Technology at Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill, PA in 2004. Both of these programs were affiliated with Harrisburg Area Community College which allowed me the opportunity to teach the college’s radiation physics course starting in 1992.

In December 2013, I began my academic career here at Central Penn College. Besides developing programs in healthcare management and radiology sciences, I have been teaching anatomy and physiology, and medical terminology courses.

Personal Bio

I am a native of Central Pennsylvania – graduating from Boiling Springs High School. After graduating from Central Pennsylvania Business School as a legal assistant, I worked in the legal and real estate division of a national retail corporation. During this time, I was very active with volunteer Emergency Medical Services and eventually decided to follow my passion, health care, and went into radiologic technology.

I feel blessed that I was able to spend 25 years working for hospital-based radiologic programs, where I was not only able to administer the programs and teach, but was also able to still have direct patient contact. These experiences also provided the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge needed for my current position with Central Penn College.

I am married and have two children (college and high school). We enjoy attending our children's sporting events, vacations to Rehoboth Beach where we get to spend time with our extended family, and when we are able, family trips to Disney World.

Teaching Philosophy

I enjoy having a career that allows me to build professional working relationships with, and assist, college-level students to achieve their educational and life goals. Taking motivated students and helping them to become the best they can be is my goal. In my courses, I am committed to teaching and facilitating, in a manner that assures that each student has the opportunity to grasp the course information. I believe the key to education is not to necessarily hand the information to the student but to help and/or encourage them to think, reason and find information on their own. As Lloyd Alexander once said, “In some cases we learn more by looking for the answer to a question than we do from learning the answer itself.”

Kevin Otto, M.S.

KevinOtto@centralpenn.edu

(717) 728-2210

Education

  • Master of Science in Health Care Administration; University of St. Francis; Joliet, IL; 1997
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Arts; University of St. Francis; Joliet, IL; 1992 Health Arts
  • Certificate in Radiologic Technology; Carlisle Hospital School of Radiologic Technology; 1987
  • Associate in Legal Assisting; Central Pennsylvania Business School; 1981

Courses and Subjects

  • Anatomy & Physiology I and II
  • Medical Terminology
  • Health Physics – Radiation Physics, Radiobiology, and Radiation Protection
  • Image Acquisition and Evaluation I and II
  • Radiographic Equipment and Quality Assurance
  • Fluoroscopic Procedures
  • Patient Care
  • Radiographic Image Critique
  • Clinical Education and Radiographic Positioning Labs and Clinical Education

Certifications

  • American Registry of Radiologic Technologists