(The following article is Part 2 in a series about the Pike Lincoln Technical Center)
Pike Lincoln Technical Center offers a long list of areas of study, one area being geared toward students interested in medical fields. Detailed flyers are available from the PLTC that describe the specific areas of health sciences, practical nursing, phlebotomy, and paramedic/EMT training.
The commonalities in each field require enrollees to have, as a basis for growth, strong communication skills and problem-solving abilities, especially when under stress. Organizational skills are of great importance, as well as a thirst for new knowledge.
Health sciences classes offer students the chance to learn about diverse fields in the caregiving professions. The first year of the program focuses on career exploration. During year two, the students choose a specific field as a target for in-depth understanding. For example, students can study veterinary medicine so they are qualified to become technicians in clinics.
The academics addressed in each field are varied and intense. Naturally, extensive knowledge of the human body is gained, along with everyday concerns such as legality, confidentiality, and OSHA standards.
Practical nursing graduates exit with qualifications suited for work in hospitals and clinics as well as in-home health care. The information learned throughout the two-year program provides students with skills that ready them for seeking Missouri licensure as Practical Nurses. These students are prepared to perform duties within the scope of Licensed Practical Nursing.
Individuals who choose phlebotomy (blood-drawing) as a vocation will depart from the PLTC with a broad understanding of medical terminology and a solid base concerning various systems in the body. PLTC phlebotomists gather much information about the many ways to avoid diseases and are ready to protect patients and fellow employees from infection.
Paramedic training is the first step to earning an EMT license. The license can be acquired only after lengthy paramedic studies, along with experience in the field. Students involve themselves in learning about trauma systems, burns, airway management, pharmacology, and much more.
Hours and hours of practical, hands-on interaction with systems and patients is a hallmark of the Center’s purpose. The hours spent in actual on-the-job training serves them well as they move into the world of work.
At the end of each school year, specific students from all fields of study at the Center are recognized for their dedication and achievements. The current year’s award ceremony was held on May 3.