Along with class time to learn about health care, students in North Lamar High School’s Health Science class learn about a variety of healthcare professions by going out and observing professionals at their jobs. The healthcare businesses that work with North Lamar’s Health Science class and allow students to observe professionals at work include Brentwood Terrace Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Dubuis Hospital of Paris, Easlon Dental Town, Lamar Veterinary Clinic, Northeast Texas ENT, Paris Chiropractic, Paris EMS, Paris Eye Physicians & Surgeons, Paris Imaging, Paris Regional Medical Center, Physical Therapy Clinic of Paris, PRMC Wound Care Center, Salas Minor Emergency, Steps 2 Strides, Stillhouse Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.
By observing health care workers on site, students are able to narrow their field of study or rule it out altogether. This year’s students shared their thoughts about the Health Science class.
“I have personally grown as a student and a person through this class,” said recent NLHS junior Trinity Willison. “Health Science creates not only an opportunity to learn about the medical field and all the different options, but it also creates an opportunity for you as a person to grow and mature in different aspects of your life.”
Mikaela Hess, who graduated from North Lamar on Saturday and plans on attending nursing school, said, “Health Science has helped me decide what I want to do in the medical field.”
“This has been a really good learning experience,” said Emily Love, who will have another year at NLHS. “Our Health Science program helps students who potentially want to go into the medical field explore all their options and help them decide if a medical profession is a right choice for them.”
Upon taking the class and deciding to go in another direction beginning her senior year, Haleigh Blackshear said, “Health Science has shown me many different career options. It also has shown me that the path that I was going to choose wasn’t for me. All in all, it has been an amazing learning experience and has helped me with future decisions. I loved every minute of it!”
“The Health Science program is a great opportunity to explore the many different professions the medical world has to offer,” said Logan Liles who will begin her senior year at North Lamar in the fall.
Registered nurse and instructor for North Lamar’s Health Science class is Kristi Garner, who also serves as the advisor for HOSA-Future Health Professionals, formerly known as Health Occupations Students of America.