Three health science students will take the pharmacy technician state exams this spring.
“I'm also interested in having a medical assisting class where the students learn coding. We need industry professionals from local doctor offices, for example, to take in one student to mentor. They could come in and lecture about what they would expect when they hire someone,” Bristow said.
Bristow enjoys encouraging students — especially those who do not have plans or the means to attend college — to look further into healthcare professions.
“Many of the state exams can be taken online, and you don't necessarily have to go to a junior college for a few semesters in order to take it,” Bristow said. “They can sit for the state exams while they are still in high school and get a certificate before they graduate. That will enable them to be able to get better jobs.”
Other certificates also are available to students such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) certificate and a food handling certificate.
“These are certificates that they can add to their resumes that may help when they are looking for a job,” Bristow said. “Employers would rather hire an employee that already has a certificate rather than paying for that person to attend that training.”
Some of her clinical students also will get a Basic Life Skills certificate.
The health science students also will be taking a field trip to the John P. McGovern Museum of Health & Medical Science in Houston in the near future. The museum has a larger-than-life walking tour through the human body where participants can learn more about how major organs work, including a heart wall that explains the different functions of the heart and their importance.
“They are signed up for labs on DNA coding and structure and one for medical,” Bristow said.
For more information about the health science program, call PHS at 903-731-8005.