11/13/2013 8:04:00 AM Real life exam rooms, equipment prep students
CVHS senior Nikki Potts organizes medical tools into the proper cabinets in the new Allied Health classrooms.
CVHS juniors Jenny Ballard, left, and Rachel Merritt complete an assignment on sterilizing medical tools and equipment in the new Allied Health classroom at the Mountain Institute, central campus, on Oct. 31.
Nikki Potts, a Chino Valley High School senior, is in her second year of the Medical Professions program through Mountain Institute. She has applied to the University of Arizona where she knows the high school classes - and college credit hours - have placed her closer to her goal of becoming an emergency room doctor.
The MedPro course is part of the Allied Health program offered through the Joint Technical Education District. Public and charter high school students from across Yavapai County have access to the Allied Health programs that include Medical Professions I and II, Sports Medicine, and Certified Nursing Assistant.
The JTED Mountain Institute celebrated the opening of its new Allied Health building yesterday with a public open house and tours of four simulated medical exam rooms, two classrooms and a sports medicine room, all located at 3003 Centerpointe East Drive, Prescott, Granite Dells Parkway exit off Highway 89A.
In a recent class, Chino Valley students received training in handling biohazard materials. They learned how to properly clean up waste products - simulated vomit, urine, blood and sweat - in the new exam rooms, and how to sterilize tools and equipment set up in the adjacent classroom.
District schools that operate on a four-day schedule have priority for the early morning (7-9:15 a.m.) Monday-Thursday MedPro classes. Five-day students attend in the afternoons (1:15-3:30 p.m.), and the Friday classes (8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) offer a slightly reduced program for students traveling from a distance, such as Ash Fork or Bagdad.
After students pass the MedPro I class, they can progress on to MedPro II, or move into the CNA or Sports Medicine courses as seniors.
Prescott and Bradshaw Mountain high schools also offer MedPro I classes; however, only Bradshaw provides CNA classes, and only the central campus offers Sports Medicine.
Students may earn up to nine Allied Health associate degrees or certifications, including CPR, First Responder First Aid, and National Consortium for Health Science Education certification.
The CVHS campus offers other JTED programs that include agriculture, bioscience, culinary arts, drafting and design technologies, and welding.
For more information on Mountain Institute, call 928-771-0791.