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Real life exam rooms, equipment prepare students

Chino Valley High students Lydia Baldwin, left, and Ashleigh Thompson clean up “vomit” during a biohazard clean-up exercise at the new Mountain Institute Allied Health building on Oct. 31. The Institute serves all area high schools.<br>
Trib Photo/Sue Tone

Chino Valley High students Lydia Baldwin, left, and Ashleigh Thompson clean up “vomit” during a biohazard clean-up exercise at the new Mountain Institute Allied Health building on Oct. 31. The Institute serves all area high schools.<br> Trib Photo/Sue Tone

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.

For Bradshaw Mountain High School students in the Medical Profession I and the Certified Nursing Assistant classes, both of which are offered at Bradshaw, this won't require changing campuses.

Students moving into MedPro II classes or the Sports Medicine program - formerly held at the BMHS east campus - will travel to the central Mountain Institute classrooms, however. Students from other districts also take the bus to the central campus for classes.

Nikki Potts, 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 Tucson 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.

In a recent class, 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 BMHS campus offers other JTED programs that include Information Technologies, Marketing, Management and Entrepreneurship/Professional Sales, and Multimedia Technologies.

For more information on Mountain Institute and JTED, call 928-771-0791.

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