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Nevada County Picayune-Times - Prescott, AR
  • Prescott presence in UACCH program

  • Prescott High School has a student population of 476 students in grades 7-12 on its campus, and 10 members of the senior class are already in college pursuing technical certifications that will put them into the medical field immediately after graduation.
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  • Prescott High School has a student population of 476 students in grades 7-12 on its campus, and 10 members of the senior class are already in college pursuing technical certifications that will put them into the medical field immediately after graduation.
    Among the students in the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope Certified Nursing Assistant program are Heber Bolanos, Brittany Whitney, Stephanie Jones, Hannah Hebert, Mason Williams, Kristina Marks, Meliah McRoy, Neosha Gulley, Zannielle Talley, and Pashoua Gang, all seniors at Prescott High School.
    These CNA students are gaining real college experiences that will provide them with employment opportunities upon completion of the program which coincides with their graduation from high school,” UACCH spokesman Brent Talley said.
    Each student is required to complete coursework and lab practicums for the certification, Talley said.
    During this semester, students are spending time in the lab practicing the skills they are learning in the classroom with instructors Tisha Patterson and Ainslee Lee,” he said.
    Practicum work is also conducted off campus, Talley said.
    Multiple visits to the nursing home providing direct patient care during the CNA program supply invaluable clinical experiences,” he said.
    Talley said Patterson and Lee also paired each student with a practical nursing program student at UACCH to develop additional skills in the simulations lab at UACCH.
    UACCH is proud to be a part of these high school seniors' early career in nursing,” UACCH Health Professions Dean Laura Clark said. “We have high expectations for their future in the health field.”

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