ESCC Department of Health Sciences Hosts White Coat Ceremony

By Hannah Curran, Editor-in-Chief

CLAY — The Clay-Chalkville High School (CCHS) Health Sciences Department held a white coat ceremony to honor 21 students who passed their certification exam.

(L to R) Nicole Stoddard, Kelli Seremet, Farah Bridges, Amanda Daniel (Photo courtesy of CCHS Department of Health Sciences)

The Department of Health Sciences teaches all healthcare-related courses, and two of these courses, Patient Care Technician and Pharmacy Technician, had a significant impact on 21 different CCHS students.

“Wwhat’s happening is these next-level kids deciding this is something they want to do career-wise, and they really, have this attitude, they can take the course and then they can pass the certification exam upon completion,” said Farah Bridges RN, BSN, an instructor in the Department of Health Sciences.

Three other instructors, along with Bridges, help teach students in the health sciences department: Nicole Stoddard RN, BSN; Amanda Daniel RN, BSN; and Kelli Seremet ATC. It is a group work to prepare students for exams.

There is a health sciences program in every school in Jefferson County, but CCHS is the largest program in the county.

“There are four of us, and no other school has four,” Bridges said. “Our program is the largest we have and our classes are packed every year.”

CCHS White Coat Ceremony (Photo courtesy of CCHS Department of Health Sciences)

Certification exams are provided at CCHS by the National Health Care Association, and Bridges said the patient care technician and pharmacy technician exams are “super rigorous.”

“They take the test with a supervisor, aAnd if they pass, they get certified,” Bridges said. “So if it’s pharmacy technicians, they can start applying for jobs right after they graduate from a pharmacy. If it is a patient care technician, they can start applying for jobs in hospitals and clinics that employ patient care technicians.

Patient Care Technicians provide hands-on patient care. Bridges said they were like the nurse’s right hand.

“They report to the registered nurse and do things like change sheets, feed patients, help patients get dressed, help them walk, and sometimes do a lot of dirty work,” Bridges said. “They do everything. They check vital signs, fill pitchers with water, draw blood and EKGs.

Patient care technicians must be familiar with rhythm identification on electrocardiograms, which means the program must be just as rigorous as the examination. The same goes for pharmacy technicians, who need to know about different medications.

(L to R) Cheyenne Johnson, Ayanah Scott and Amani Dawkins. (Photo courtesy of CCHS Department of Health Sciences)

“They need to know the generic forms and the laws,” Bridges said. “So we only had one course this year for patient care and pharmaceutical technology. Normally we have a few patient care technician courses going on. It depends on the number of children who register.

This year, 21 students from the class of 2022 are certified. Juniors can also obtain a certification, but it must be post-graduation.

“The juniors can’t take their tests for next year, anything more than a year to the day,” Bridges said. “So these seniors graduating next week, my juniors taking their tests after graduation so they’re ‘seniors’ when they take it, and they should all do well too.”

The CCHS has never held a ceremony like this in the past, and the school wanted to show more appreciation to the students.

“We thought why not have a white coat ceremony, much like what they do for doctors, nurses and physician assistants when they finish or start their program, get their white coat, and it’s kind of like a rite of passage,” Bridges said. “They get their white coats, it has their name on it with their degree, and it’s like a show of professionalism, education, and confidence. and says a lot about what they do and what they want to do.”

CCHS White Coat Ceremony (Photo courtesy of CCHS Department of Health Sciences)

Bridges said the children were proud of their white coat ceremony last night, and many students in other health science classes also wanted white coats.

“I think it could also serve as a motivational technique,” Bridges said. “But we had it here at school, and we invited people from the Jefferson County school board, we invited our principal and we invited all the parents, and having never done this before, we don’t didn’t know what the turnout would be. be, but it was really great. The feedback we received was so positive, and the kids and parents were so proud.

(Left to right) Nicholas Seay and Cesar Perez-Romo. (Photo courtesy of CCHS Department of Health Sciences)

Every CCHS student has the opportunity to take the course.

“Tthey have to take a basic course, but from there they have fallen leaves, we teach the basics of health sciences, this is the first basic course. Then they have the option to take medical terminology, sports medicine, and emergency services, and then they take patient care technician, which is the class that does one of those certifications. They can do pharmaceutical technology, another of the certifications; they can do an internship in health; it is for you that you are the shadow.

CCHS also has an “offshoot of health sciences, which is called Project Lead the Way”. and that’s the Academy of Biomedical Sciences.

Certified Pharmacy Technicians:

Certified Patient Care Technicians:

  • Salma Bocanegra-Tomas, CPCT
  • Camberlan Brown, CPCT
  • De’Mia Burrell, CPCT
  • Estefani Corona, CPCT
  • Amani Moriyah Dawkins, CPCT
  • Jada Davis, CPCT
  • Kayla Gadson, CPCT
  • Lauren Holmes, CPCT
  • Cheyenne Johnson, CPCT
  • Dayana Juarez, CPCT
  • Michelle Martinez-Barrera, CPCT
  • Isaac Martinez, CPCT
  • Cesar Perez-Romo, CPCT
  • Alexis Randolph, CPCT
  • Ayanah Scott, CPCT
  • Nicholas Seay, CPCT
  • Ah’Ykena Stanley, CPCT
  • Breanna Stoddard, CPCT
  • Laura Stringfellow, CPCT
  • Elizabeth Whitley, CPCT