About The Program
The Health Science program provides students an overview of the opportunities available in the healthcare industry. Students will learn fundamental skills in effective and safe patient care that can be applied across a person’s lifespan. This course focuses on the applications of the rules for constructing and defining medical terms with an emphasis on building a working medical vocabulary. Topics include using the appropriate abbreviations and symbols for anatomical, physiological and pathological classifications and the associated medical specialties and procedures. Students will decipher medical terms by identifying and using word elements with an emphasis on derivation, meaning, and pronunciation.
Students will demonstrate knowledge of body systems with emphasis on the interrelationships between structure and physical function. Students will analyze and evaluate how the body systems respond to physical activity, disease, and aging.
The Internship (Senior Year) course provides opportunities for students to apply knowledge, attitudes and skills that were learned in Health Sciences program in a more comprehensive and authentic way. Internships often include project/problem based learning opportunities that occur both in and away from school. Under supervision of the school and through community partnerships, students may combine classroom learning with work experience.
First Year Instructor
Mrs. Jennifer Clowdus Chambers is the current Level One Health Science instructor at the Blount County Career Technical Center and has been at BCCTC since 2005. Mrs. Chambers is an Oneonta High School graduate. She earned an Associate's Degree in Nursing from Wallace State and a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Her work history as a Registered Nurse includes work experience in the Operating Room , Post Anesthesia Care Unit, Same Day Surgery, Endoscopy Lab, Central Sterile Supply, Out-patient Testing, Medical-Surgical Unit, Intensive Care Unit, Patient Educator, and Physician Office Lab Clinic Coordinator. Mrs. Chambers was born in Blount County and has been a Blount County resident her whole life. She is married to Chris Chambers and has three children - Katie and Grayson (Twins) and Jenna. Her children attend JB Pennington High School. She and her family attend Fowler Springs Baptist Church in Blountsville. Her hobbies include Calligraphy, photography, and playing the piano. Mrs. Chambers’ favorite thing about teaching: "Teaching is such a rewarding career, just like caring for patients. I love seeing the light bulb go off in my students' heads. I also enjoy empowering my students with knowledge about their future healthcare career and giving them the foundational tools for success not only in college health science programs but also being an informed consumer of healthcare. It is such a blessing being a part of so many young lives. Favorite Quotes: "Success is not final; Failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts." Winston Churchill "In a world where you can be anything, be KIND." Jennifer Dukes Lee
Mrs. Land graduated from J.B. Pennington High School. She earned an Associates in Applied Science Medical Secretary, and an Associates Degree in Nursing from Wallace State College. She also earned a Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Her work experience includes working as a medical secretary for 5 years and as a registered nurse for 15 years at Cullman Regional Hospital. She is married to John Land and has one daughter, Ann Marie. She enjoys reading and spending time with her family. The thing she loves most about teaching is: "Students having the opportunity to experience a real world work environment when they participate in clinical rotations in the career choice they have chosen to pursue." Favorite Quote: 'There are not limits to what you can accomplish, except the limits you place on your own thinking." Brian Tracy