A Head Start – at Head Start
May 11, 2012
Students in the Clinical Medical Assisting class at the Danville, Virginia Campus recently got the opportunity to implement newly learned tactile skills outside of the classroom. The class was challenged with the task of obtaining and recording height and weight measurements for 200 preschoolers under the age of five. This experience came as the result of collaboration between Director of Health Care Education Gail Orr and Linda Hudgins, the health/disability manager for the Danville Head Start program. “The instructor and I were pleased at the critical thinking the students exhibited,” said Gail. “The more they performed, the better they were at noticing when a child’s shoe was untied and fixed it while chatting with them. It was an amazing opportunity, and we are planning this experience for every [future clinical] class.” Student Brandi Rice enjoyed the experience, “The opportunity reinforced my confidence in performing as a professional.” Gail and her team are planning another field trip for students in the Invasive Clinical Procedures class to visit Head Start to conduct health screenings for their employees. This collaboration is a benefit to both the community and National students.
Medical assisting students practice their skills on preschoolers
Medical: Medical Assisting - Associate Degree (MAA)