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“There is No Better Area of Study Than Health Science!”

Friday, March 2nd, 2012


The Medical Anatomy and Physiology (MAP) course is a required class for the Therapeutic Rehabilitation/Exercise Pathway and is an elective course for all other Health Science Education Pathways. The full-year MAP course provides students with an in-depth study of health care careers including actual clinical experience in a variety of areas. Instruction includes intermediate anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, diseases and disorders, medical ethics, and first aid. The class is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Health Science course and/or for a variety of health technology programs.

Q&A with Grace Vlasich: Health Sciences and Technology Program Coordinator at the Southwest Applied Technology College.

Question: What health science MAP modules are your students currently studying?

Answer: Students are studying the integumentary system and the reproductive system. In the integumentary system module students learned how to suture.

Question: What hands-on applications have students participated in while studying the integumentary system?

Answer: After we completed the integumentary system and the reproductive system modules, I took the MAP class to the veterinarian’s office of Dr. Esplin. Dr. Esplin spays dogs and cats. When he found out that the students’ had learned suturing, he let any student who wanted to suture the animal. They get pretty excited.

Question: How did the MAP class prepare you for your visit to the clinic?

Answer: “The MAP class helped prepare me for the visit to the clinic because of the anatomy portion and it was easier to understand the cat and what we observed,” said Janzen Jorgensen.

Question: How is the MAP class and other health sciences classes preparing you for life after high school—college and career?

Answer: “The classes I am taking right now have definitely prepared me and will continue to prepare me for my college classes and my future health science career. I have learned so much from taking the MAP class,” said Paige Keyes.

Paige Keyes sutures a cat while Dr. Esplin oversees.

Question: What would you say to other students who are thinking about a career in health science?

Answer: “There is no better area of study than health sciences. The studies are fun and you gain a better knowledge of something you will need in your future. It has definitely helped me!” said Paige Keyes.
“Take advantage of all Health Science classes your school provides because they can open your eyes to many careers and help you set-up a career path. I’ve taken MAP, Nursing Assistant, Medical Terminology, Intro to Emergency Medicine, and Intro to Health Sciences. Nursing Assistant was a great experience especially doing clinicals and it made me think about being a nurse in some aspect,” said Sydni Dunford.

UtahCTE.org note:
Paige Keyes is the President-elect for HOSA SWATC and a junior at Cedar High School. In January, she was given the honor of Young Citizen of the Year by the Cedar City Chamber of Commerce. She is currently enrolled in MAP and has also taken Intro to Emergency Medicine. She would like to go to medical school and/or paramedic school. She is very active in school and volunteers in the community.

Visit UtahCTE.org to learn more about a career in Health Science.

“I just got a job as a CNA and I love it!”

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012


Q&A with Suzie Kendell: A certified nursing assistant (CNA) classroom instructor at the Viewmont High School.

Question: What do you want parents and the community to know about your class?
Answer: I would like parents to know that this is a great opportunity for their students to be able to learn the skills to care for patients, whether they continue on in nursing, physical therapy, respiratory therapy, radiology, or pursue medical degrees in many of the other health care careers.

Question: Is the CNA course a prerequisite for future training and/or education?
Answer: Taking the CNA course is a requirement prior to participating in any medical internship in Davis District and is also a prerequisite for many of the college health care programs.

Question: What projects are your students working on?
Answer: Right now the students are learning about caring for the elderly, infection control and body mechanics. They are participating in labs where they are learning how it feels to be “elderly” by putting cotton in their ears, wearing glasses which cause blurred vision, using slings and wraps to limit mobility, and then walking around the school using walkers, canes and carrying oxygen. They are also learning to practice medical asepsis—a term used to mean free of contaminants that cause disease, like viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites—with hand washing, putting on gloves, gowns and masks. They are also learning how to take Vital signs—blood pressure, pulse, respirations and temperature.

CNA Elderly Experience

CNA Elderly Experience

Question: How does your CNA class prepare students for life after high school—college and career?
Answer: This program allows the students to learn and practice their skills here in our classroom lab and then go out into the community and actually care for patients and residents in long term care facilities during their clinical rotation. They are then prepared and qualified to take the Utah State CNA exam—a written and skills test. Upon passing the test they are certified and can go out and get a job as a CNA. This class is the first step and the foundation for every health care career available today.

Question: What are your students saying about your CNA class?

  • Blair said, “I am telling everyone to take this class!! It was awesome!”
  • Katana said, “I already love this class. I’m excited to take care of real people.”
  • Ashley said, “I just got a job as a CNA and I love it!”
  • Victoria said, “Now that I have my CNA certification, I am applying for the nursing program at several colleges. This will really help my chances of being accepted.”

    Restraint Lab


Registered nurses hold a variety of qualifying degrees. Approximately 18 percent hold a nursing diploma, 34 percent hold an associate degree, 34.2 percent have a bachelor’s degree, and 13 percent hold a master’s degree or doctorate.

Visit UtahCTE.org to learn more about a career in nursing.

Students Prepare for a Career in Nursing

Thursday, February 16th, 2012


Q&A with Joy Phillippy: A registered nurse and a certified nursing assistant (CNA) classroom instructor at the Canyons Technical Education Center (CTEC).

Question: What do you want parents and the community to know about your class?
Answer: The CNA class at CTEC provides those students interested in the nursing profession or any medical profession to explore the opportunity of those medical related careers. Those students interested in pursuing a career in nursing receive a jump-start into any nursing program entrance criteria of CNA course completion.

Question: What skills do students learn in your CNA class?
Answer:  CPR, first aid, infection control, transferring, positioning and moving patients, how to feed a patient, how to complete oral care on a conscious and unconscious person, bathing a person, shaving a person, pressure ulcer prevention, measuring and recording intake and output. Isolation precautions, postmortem care, vital signs, dressing and undressing residents, foot care and nail care, assisting patients with bathroom needs and range of motion exercises.

Question: What certifications can students obtain in your CNA class?
Answer: CPR, Professional Rescuer, First Aid, Medical Terminology State Certificate

Question: What projects are your students working on?
Answer: CTEC CNA students are starting to review for the Utah State HOSA competition to be held on March 15-16, at the Davis Conference Center. Those placing in the top finishers will have an opportunity to go the National HOSA Competition in Orlando, Florida on June 20-23.

Question: What competitions will your students participate in on March 15-16?
Answer: Home Health Care and Medical Terminology

Question: How does your class prepare students for life after high school—college and career?
Answer: For college entrance into a nursing program, students MUST have their CNA certificate.

A student in my class last spring accepted a CNA position in Hawaii. She will be living there for 8 months working as a CNA, as well as taking classes. Pretty Cool Huh?

CNA class learning how to use personal protective gear in the health care setting.

The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) estimates that the nation’s nursing shortage will reach more than one million nurses by the year 2020. Visit UtahCTE.org to learn more about a career in nursing.

Meet a Dental Office Manager: Denise Cook

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012


Introducing… Denise Cook

A graduate of … Cyprus High School

Now working as … A Office and Dental Clinic Manager

Of … Swanson Dental Clinic

Check out this website … www.bountifuldentistry.com

Science courses were her favorite high school classes because … she says loved learning about living things and what is necessary for them to function.

Denise graduated with high honors from a technical college with a degree in Dental Assisting and Management.

Denise’s first job – was working as a Collections Representative for a financial card services corporation.

The worst job?  Denise also worked as a Collections Representative for a large education services company. Her manager was totally ineffective, and Denise found it impossible to be a motivated and efficient employee in the oppressive environment.

A career highlight … “My current position has taught me so much! I have not only learned what it takes to run an office, but an entire dental practice. The dentist I work for is a brilliant man. Plus, who wouldn’t love to work for someone who gives you Valentine’s Day and Halloween off – with pay?!”

Advice to students … “Go to college; it is so much fun!” Denise waited until she was in her 30′s to go to college and says she feels that waiting that long resulted in her missing out on the full college experience.

Virtual Healthcare Interactive: Artificial Heart

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

On Monday, February 13, 2012 Utah Career and Technical Education (CTE) high school students across the state will participate in a Virtual Healthcare Interactive (VHI) live broadcast, in partnership with the Utah State Office of Education (USOE) and Intermountain Healthcare.

The two-hour event begins with students watching a pre-recorded Artificial Heart/LVAD surgery followed by a live chat with physicians using real time technology. There will be 11 broadcast sites across the state, including those within technology centers.

Three-hundred high school students from 11 school districts and 32 high schools and physicians from Intermountain Healthcare will participate in this event. The participating school districts are: Cache, Canyons, Granite, Iron, Jordan, Kane, Nebo, Park City, Sevier, Tooele, and Wasatch. The participating high schools/technology centers are: Brighton, Canyons Technical Center, Granite Technical Institute, Jordan Applied Technology Center, Lake Powell, North Sevier, Park City, Payson, Sky View, Southwest Applied Technology Center, Tooele Community Learning Center, and Wasatch.

This is an annual event that engages students through technology and allows hospitals to bring students into their environment with limited liability exposure and minimal interruption to the hospital.

USOE Health Science Education Specialist Tara Bell says, “Because of HIPAA and other hospital regulations, it is very hard for students to do job shadows and internships in a hospital setting. With Virtual Healthcare Interactive, students not only learn about the different careers involved in patient care, they get to virtually step into an operating room. VHI allows for opportunities that students would not normally have through the pre-event activities, the pre-event site visit, and the live event.”

“[This event] helped me see how intense and real
working in the healthcare field is, but I also saw the amazing benefits
that both professionals had. It got me really excited.”
Sidney Maxey, high school student

According to the Utah Department of Workforce Services, healthcare support occupations will see the fastest annual average growth rate in Utah through 2018. Healthcare and Social Assistance employs 12.5 of every 100 non-government workers (or workers in private industry) in Utah.

Healthcare: Careers That Make a Difference

HOSA National Award Winners

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Recently HOSA members enjoyed a successful National Leadership Conference which was held in Anaheim, California. A total of 170 students and advisors attended the conference representing Utah and their individual high schools. Anaheim, California quickly became the happiest place on earth, not only for the fact the conference was held near Disneyland, but because the state of Utah performed extremely well. Dozens of Utah students placed in the top ten (and all of that success with a record breaking number of competitors!) HOSA would like to thank the students for their excellent performances and send a shout-out to the advisors and CTE directors for their endless support.

Second Place
Public Health Emergency
Kaylee Woodand Kassandra Hymus – Pleasant Grove High School

Medical Photography
Kaesen Rasmussen – North Sevier High School

Third Place
Career Health Display
Brantley Bulland Arielle Horowitz – Park City High School

Fourth Place
Medical Photography
Lori Kim – West High School

Emergency Medical Technician – 4th Place
Joseph Davisonand Jacob Fluetch – Canyons Technical Education Center

Fifth Place
Dental Spelling
Josh Lyons– Jordan ATC, Dental Assisting

Parliamentary Procedure
Kristian Huff, Brianna Anderson, Rachel Shelton, Tyler Griffin, Lindsey Del Castillo,
Spencer Chappell, Ashley Jacobs – Pleasant Grove High School

Third Place
Clinical Nursing
Jeana Walker – Snow College Richfield

Fifth Place
Career Health Display
Amber Madsen and Sara West – Snow College Richfield

Dental Terminology
Ahmer Afroz – Westminster College

To learn more about what is happening in HOSA “like” national HOSA members on Facebook.

Nursing: A Career That Makes a Difference!

Monday, June 20th, 2011

The trained nurse has become one of the great blessings of humanity, taking a place beside the physician and the priest….~William Osler

William Osler, who has been called the Father of Modern Medicine, was the first to bring medical students out of the lecture hall for bedside clinical training. Osler’s foresight narrowed the gap between theory and practice and created an environment for effective learning and training.


Hands-on training, now that is what Career and Technical Education (CTE) is all about! Students who participate in CTE classes, and in particular the Health Science Pathways, receive technical instruction in the classroom, experiential education in the laboratory, work-based learning opportunities in clinical settings, and leadership skills through Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA).

According to the Utah State Division of Aging and Adult Services, Utah’s 65-plus population is projected to increase by 165 percent through the year 2030, and its 85-plus population is projected to increase by 123 percent through the year 2030. As a result, qualified health care workers will be needed to assist with the health care needs of this aging population.

Health care professionals are needed more than ever and the field of nursing offers many different career options at a variety of educational and professional levels. Nurses enjoy career stability and a choice of many career opportunities.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in the U.S., registered nurses (RNs) hold 2.6 million jobs, making registered nursing the largest health care occupation. About 6 out of 10 RN jobs are in hospitals, in inpatient and outpatient departments.

Occupations in nursing include:

> Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)

> Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)

> Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)

> Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

> Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

> Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)

> Nurse Practitioner (NP)

> Registered Nurse (RN)

For information on salary projections, labor market demand, and training options visit UtahFutures.org.

Katherine Easton, CTE Scholarship Recipient

“I have always been intrigued with nursing and participation in [CTE Health Science] courses has not only solidified that interest in pursuing nursing as a career, but has also prepared me well for my future schooling.

I know that the technical knowledge that I have gained through participation in these CTE classes has prepared me to be successful in my educational goals and my life occupational desires. Not only has the training put me on a solid path, it has provided me with a set of highly marketable skills (my CNA certificate). I am very grateful for the [school] counselors who helped me recognize the tremendous benefit of CTE classes and training that would so effectively prepare me for this career pathway.”

Would you describe yourself as observant, methodical, and kind? Are you good at attending to sick people, making decisions, and working as a member of a team? Do you like to study biology, learn about medical devices, and talk to others? If you answered yes, then a career in health care may be perfect for you.

School may be out for the summer, but summer is a great time to participate in a summer camp that offers a health care youth experience. Bridgerland Applied Technology College and the Davis Applied Technology College have summer camps featuring health care experiences with no tuition.

Get started on a pathway to YOUR future by participating in the CTE Health Science Nursing Pathway today!

Health Careers Summer Camps

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Students in the Mountainland Region will begin their summer by taking one day to explore a future career in the medical field. Utah County High Schools have partnered with Intermountain Healthcare and MountainStar Healthcare to help students discover a career in the health care industry. Each hospital will host 20 students, who were selected from a pool of applicants, during six one day summer camps.

Between June 1 and June 17 students in Provo, Alpine, Nebo, North Summit, South Summit, Park City, and Wasatch School Districts and the Utah County Academy of Sciences will participate in one of six health care summer camps. Students will attend a camp at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, Mountain View Hospital, or Timpanogos Regional Hospital where they will job shadow a health care professional and learn what education and job skills are required to work in the medical field and a health care facility.

June 1: Utah Valley Regional Medical Center hosts Provo School District and the Utah County Academy of Sciences.

June 8: Utah Valley Regional Medical Center hosts Alpine School District.

June 9: Mountain View Hospital hosts Nebo School District and the Utah County Academy of Sciences.

June 10: Timpanogos Regional Hospital hosts Alpine School District.

June 16: Mountain View Hospital hosts Nebo School District.

June 17: Timpanogos Regional Hospital hosts North Summit, South Summit, Park City, and Wasatch School Districts.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, health care is one of the largest and fastest-growing industries in the United States, employing over 14 million workers in more than 200 careers. The explosion of technology in health care and an unprecedented aging population contribute to the national health care workforce shortage. Approximately 28 percent of all new jobs will be created in the health care industry through the year 2018, which translates to 3.2 million new health care positions nationwide.

Discover a career in the health care industry by exploring one of the nine Career and Technical Education (CTE) Health Science Pathways. CTE offers Pathways to YOUR future; get started!

4th Annual Biotechnology Poster Symposium

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

On Friday, May 13, 2011 the Jordan School District, Salt Lake Community College, and Utah Valley University hosted the 4th Annual Biotechnology Poster Symposium at the Salt Lake City Public Library.

The event was an opportunity for the public to view posters of research projects conducted by forty high school, college, and university students, as well as interact with some of Utah’s budding scientists.

Biotechnology is a dynamic career field that is expanding by leaps and bounds. “Biotechnology has become the centerpiece of therapy of all ailments, from heart disease and cancers to the common cold,” says Carl B. Feldbaum, president of Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). Biotechnology is predicted to be one of the most important applied sciences of the 21st century.

Winners from the 2011 Biotechnology Poster Symposium were:

1st Year High School Level

1st – Emily Simek

Emily Simek


2nd – Lynnzie Kipp

Lynnzie Kipp


3rd – Sydni Jones

Sydni Jones


InnovaBio 2nd Year High School Level

1st – Joey Garzarelli

2nd – Stephen Williams

3rd – Andrew Davis

InnovaBio College Level

1st – Desiree Gates

2nd – Erik Huynh

3rd – Crystal Payne

3rd – Josh Steenstra

Photos from the 4th Annual Biotechnology Poster Symposium

Learn about the Career and Technical Education Health Science Biotechnology Pathway at http://www.utahcte.org/career/health-science/biotechnology.php and get started!

Virtual Healthcare Interactive

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

On Wednesday, March 30 Career and Technical Education (CTE)high school students across the state, interested in healthcare careers, will participate in a Virtual Healthcare Interactive live broadcast, in partnership with the Utah State Office of Education and Intermountain Healthcare. Participating high schools will be linked to the Utah State Office of Education via EdNet. Students will participate in a 2-hour event where they will view a taped surgery/procedure and will directly communicate with the surgeons/physicians, using real-time technology. The healthcare topic this year is maternal and infant health. Students will watch a vaginal delivery and a caesarean delivery of newborns.

There will be 11 broadcast sites with approximately 365 students viewing. The following school districts and schools will be participating in the live broadcast: Canyons School District, Granite School District, Jordan School District, Murray School District, North Summit School District, Park City School District, Salt Lake City School District, Tooele School District, Wasatch School District, Kanab High School, Lake Powell High School, Ogden High School, Rich High School, Roy High School, Timpanogos High School, and Weber High School.

The Virtual Healthcare Interactive is an annual event that engages students through technology and allows hospitals to bring more students into their environment with limited liability exposure and minimal interruption to the hospital.

“CTE provided me a good working environment that I could learn in and take my education to the next level.” – McKenzie Butler, Valley High School

According to the Utah Department of Workforce Services, occupations in the group “Healthcare Support” will enjoy the fastest annual average growth rate in Utah through 2016. The industry sector, “Health Care and Social Assistance” (North American Industry Classification System – NAICS) employs close to 12 of every 100 workers in Utah.

CTE Health Science Education offers Pathways to YOUR future; get started!