Archer City ISD announced it is partnering with Vernon College to offer courses for students allowing to become licensed certified nurses aides or medical assistants.
According to a press release, the courses are scheduled to begin in the 2020-2021 school year at Archer City High School. The course will be taught as an elective.
Vernon College Continuing Education Coordinator Justin Sanders said students will take a medical principals and terminology class their sophomore year then a certified nurses aide course their junior year with the CNA exam at the end of year. He added if seniors choose to do so they can take the medical assistant course with the certification exam coming at the end of the year.
Sanders added for the first year of the course juniors and seniors will not have to take the introductory medical terminology and principals course.
The Vernon College official said Archer City ISD officials reached out to the college, which has this program set up in eight other area high schools, when it noticed an increasing number of students going to the Century City Center campus for CNA courses.
Sanders said the teacher of the course will be a certified nurse who is an employee of Vernon College with some of their salary paid by Archer City ISD. The Vernon College official said he is hopeful to add a phlebotomy certification to the program in two years.