Bridge City High School
The Allied Health Program is a class for students who want to have a job in the field of medicine. Only the juniors and seniors may take this class. The juniors learn about anatomy and the seniors learn nurse’s aide skills, although students who take this class can become more than a nurse. The skills they learn can help them to become doctors or surgeons. One student said he wanted to be a firefighter.
In their senior year, students do a clinical rotation through the nursing home and hospital. The emergency room and the nursery are usually the student’s favorites. If students stay through their junior and senior year, they can become a certified nurse’s aide upon graduation. To become certified, they must pass the state’s check off test. It includes five nurse aide skills on patients with a representative of the state present and a written test afterwards.
The Allied Health Program also participates in Relay for Life, an event that raises money for cancer research, every year. Students can also join a club called H.O.S.A. (Health Occupation Students of America). Ms. Peveto has been teaching this class for five years now. “I recommend taking the class anatomy and physiology in high school so you do not have to take it in college.”
Teaching was not something Mrs. Peveto had considered when Mrs. Bernard approached her about the opening for a Health teacher. “If someone had told me I would be teaching a class about health, I wouldn’t have believed them,” said Ms. Peveto.
She decided to give it a try and is glad she did. She enjoys teaching the Allied Health class and the students seem to enjoy it too.