Crossett High School has a group of students attending clinicals at a nursing home in Monticello.

The Nursing Assistant program has two clinical internship classes this year with 21 students.

The classes attend clinicals in alternating groups of 12. The CHS medical classes will be attending Certified Nursing Assistant Clinicals in Monticello on Thursdays and Fridays.

At clinicals, the students learn different skills and also get to practice skills they already learned in the classroom.

“We get to practice taking vital signs, learning the facility and the people within it, and feed and pass out trays to the patients during lunch time,” senior Amari Williams said.

At the end of their clinicals, the students are able to take the certification test to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Over the course of the year, the students will learn a total of 48 skills in the classroom and in the work environment.

CHS teacher Janell Harper is the Clinicals Internship facilitator, and she also teaches the pre-requisite classes to the Internship, Foundation of Healthcare, Behaviors and Disorders, and Anatomy and Physiology. Students are eligible for the Clinical Internship class — which is only available for seniors — after they have taken the other medical professions class. The program is a concurrent college credit through the University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Technology Crossett.

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