Students in the Arlington Independent School District who are interested in health-related occupations are receiving real-life learning experience thanks to a new partnership with the University of North Texas Health Science Center.
Seventy-five students, including sophomores, juniors and seniors, enrolled in the Concepts of Health Care CTE course are participating in the program.
The program has two phases, and it began with a UNTHSC Experience Day at the Fort Worth campus last fall. At Experience Day, students were exposed to a variety of lab experiences, including anatomy, immunology, flow cytometry, integrative and simulation. They also received information about admission requirements to UNTHSC.
In Phase Two this spring, students will participate in a mentoring program that includes a lecture series and presentations from UNTHSC graduate students that are designed to foster continued interest in the health-science field.
“We hope this partnership helps to grow the interest these students already have for health-related occupations, starting their path toward becoming UNT Health Science Center students and graduates themselves,” UNTHSC President Dr. Michael Williams said. “Giving these students a head start can only help with the physician-shortage problem our country is facing.”