(above: Collin College’s first class of Certified Nurse Aides show off their CNA patches after receiving them in February. The students are: (back row) Divya Parmar, Iqra Polani, Francheska Perez, Claire Leary, Huong Nguyen, Huston Svondrk, Brandon Beech, Theresa Jennings, Madison Halloran, Daylia Hollins, and Naomi Brown; (front row) Christina (Nga) Nguyen, Sumaiyyah Sharif, Diana Sanchez, Lily Dao, Ivan (Mara) Ang, Lorely Cortez, Shelby Thomas and Mia Mainville. Yasasvyi Dandamudi not pictured)

Students in Collin College’s Health Sciences Academy recently began the program’s first-ever clinical rotations. The students were awarded identification patches marking the occasion.

The students take specialized health science courses from Collin College at Plano East Senior High through the Health Sciences Academy. They receive training and hands-on experience with care to residents/patients and may receive dual credit if they meet state requirements. The training includes safety and preventative measures, communication, documentation and how to function effectively as a member of the health care team.

The students must have at least 40 clinical hours to be eligible to sit for state certification. They will be completing their clinical rotation at area long term care facilities.

This is the second year of the program and the first year of the clinical rotation. This is the first group to receive the patches.

“The students were ecstatic to achieve this milestone,” Health Sciences Academy Director Stacy Kuenn said.

Some of the students will progress on to the Patient Care Technician track where they will receive training to become certified in Electrocardiography Technicians (EKG) and Phlebotomy Technicians.  Those clinicals will be at area hospitals and clinics.