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Health Science classes prep students for healthcare careers

January 23, 2013

Demontra Ewing dreams of being a radiologist one day.
Besides playing basketball for West Point High School, Shamaya Lyles has her sights set on being an OBGYN.
Just about everyone in Darlene Blaylock’s freshman Health Science class at the West Point School District’s Career and Technology Center wants to enter the healthcare industry in one capacity or another.
Who can blame them?
A degree in radiology alone can fetch six figures at the right healthcare facility. Doctors stand to make even better money over the course of a lifetime.
Also, with the passage of the Affordable Healthcare Act in 2010, the government made it very clear that the intention is to make sure the healthcare industry thrives.
“This class prepares them to enter any healthcare field,” Blaylock said.
Blaylock’s morning freshman class was busy learning about the human skeletal system on Wednesday. Blaylock stresses the importance of the students learning Human Anatomy and Physiology early on.
Human A&P I and Human A&P II are two of the main prerequisites for nursing school, something many of her students aspire to attend.
When these students reach their senior year and have all of the terminology learned, they will start to learn about the different options in the industry.
“In our senior class, we actually talk about careers,” Blaylock said. “We go through what it takes to become a doctor, how many years, how much money it costs and how much money they’ll make.”
Blaylock covers every career in the healthcare field from nursing to radiology, as well as the different types of degrees like Associates, Bachelor’s, Masters and the Doctorate.
“This gives them a good foundation for knowing the medical profession,” Blaylock said. “If you can learn the medical terminology, you can do anything in nursing or the entire medical profession.”
Right now, the class gives students in West Point two and a half science credits, and Blaylock, who came on board at the CTC after the winter break, says that the center is working on securing a National Certificate of Completion for its graduating seniors.
This will give yet another group of West Point students a leg up in the job market and on the upcoming college curriculum they will face.

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