From Suits To Scrubs

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Eric Oltman

Dental Hygiene

Springfield Campus

Springfield Campus

  • Opened in 1991 with 1,198 students
  • Fall enrollment: 8,978
  • 450,000 square ft. housing 163 classrooms
  • Began in 1991 at Cox Medical Center North, Lincoln Hall and Graff Hall
  • In 1997, the Norman K. Myers Technical Education Center opened
  • From 1998-2002, the Information Commons buildings opened
  • In 2000, the Industry & Transportation Technology Center opened
  • Larges academic building on campus: Lincoln Hall, 108,728 square ft.
Springfield Campus

Eric Oltman originally thought about entering the business world. But even after he earned his four-year business management degree, it was the health field that continued to call him. After all, it runs in the family. Eric's father is a veterinarian. His mother is a registered nurse and his uncle is a dentist.

So, Eric enrolled in the Allied Health program at Ozarks Technical Community College and is on his way to becoming a dental hygienist. "I can go anywhere with this degree. A male dental hygienist is rare," says Eric.

During his time at OTC, Eric has found everyone to be "just awesome. Everyone is so nice."

In addition to taking dental hygiene classes, Eric also serves as an OTC Ambassador, greeting new students and their families to campus and conducting tours.

"I enjoy meeting the students and their parents. I like representing the college," he says.

Eric is able to talk in such a positive way about OTC because he found the campus, the facilities, the faculty and staff so welcoming.

"I have always found the campus easy to navigate. When I've had questions, the faculty and staff have always pointed me in the right direction," Eric says.

"I would tell others to consider OTC to pursue their technical career or to get some general education requirements out of the way before jumping into a larger university."

"I can go anywhere with this degree."