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Med Science II Class Takes Honors

Seniors Taylor Plattenburg, Brianna Peters, Akilah Hyrams, Kate Campbell, Brittany Bodine, and Chelsea Boatright, all of the Med Science II class, show off their certificate for passing the National Healthcare Foundations Skills Assessment.

Students in Mrs. Joyce Durham’s Medical Science II class were recently honored with certificates from the National Consortium for Health Science Education. The test is a written assessment given online and has a national pass average of 55% but the entire Med Science II class passed it – making Mrs. Durham’s class 100%! Passing the National Healthcare Foundations Skills Assessment adds credibility by providing a national certification and shows that the students have a fundamental knowledge of healthcare. The certificate is also very beneficial when applying to college or pursuing a career in the healthcare field. 

"The national health test was intimidating, so I'm proud that everyone in the class was able to pass,” said senior Brianna Peters. Along with Brianna, there were seven other students in Medical Science II, also seniors: Chelsea Boatright, Brittany Bodine, Kate Campbell, Allie DeMasi, Sarah Flieger, Akilah Hyrams, and Taylor Plattenburg. The students also became CPR certified during the semester. A big part of the class was going to clinicals both at the CMC Union hospital and an additional clinical site. Each student went for a total of 10 hours at the hospital and shadowed doctors and nurses to gain a better knowledge of the healthcare field.

Each student also had to go to an additional clinical site of their choice for another 10 hours of clinical work, for a total of 20 clinical hours. The other clinical sites were various doctors’ offices and facilities in the area. Students were required to write journals after each clinical to document what was learned and experienced. "I learned what the real world of nursing was about. Going to clinicals was a truly interesting experience,” said Allie DeMasi. “Clinicals really helped me gain perspective on what the medical field is really like. It helped me determine what path to take in determining my future career. I loved the experience!" said Taylor Plattenburg.

Students shadowed in many different departments at the hospital such as the ER, Radiation and Oncology, Pediatrics, Physical Therapy, Day Surgery, and Maternity Ward. "I had a great experience shadowing in the Radiation and Oncology department at the hospital. I really learned a lot from the doctors and nurses that work there," said Kate Campbell.

We are very proud of our Medical Science II class – way to go, Cavs!


Written by: Kate Campbell and Paula White
Posted: Jan 28, 2012 by Paula White

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