As far as dual enrollment classes go, many high school students get the chance to earn college credits in foundation courses like English, Math, and maybe in web or computer technology studies, but a new class is moving in for students at a school in Enterprise, Alabama.
Possibly setting a new standard in dual enrollment curriculum, nursing classes are now being offered to students who want to enter the health care field after they graduate from Enterprise High School.
Other high schools, known as technical high schools or alternative high schools, offer technical career training to juniors and seniors who know what they want to study in college; dual enrollment is rarely part of the package, though. Nursing classes are also rarely part of the dual enrollment curriculum at high schools, likely because of limited facilities and budget restrictions that prevent them from affording a qualified instructor.
Enterprise High School is lucky, though. Teaching the class is RN Renee Faust, the nursing supervisor for Enterprise City Schools. Along with Nurse Susan Wagner, the two are teaching the fundamentals of nursing to a class of seven students who will each earn six college credits upon completing the year-long course at the high school. As an addition to their regular classes, these students will have to put in a lot of effort to successfully complete the program.
Students in the nursing class will learn as much as they can about their nursing careers in preparation for nursing school. The nursing class is only open to seniors and students, who are starting out with a subject from which other high school students could benefit: the dangers of prescription medicines, their uses, and their side-effects. Prescription drug abuse has been in the news recently, especially for abuse happening among college students who take ADHD drugs to help with concentration.