Committee on Healthcare Education

Select Committee on Health Care
Education and Training
Addressing the Healthcare Workforce
Shortage in Texas
High School Education Solutions
Presenter: Jackie Uselton, High School
Health Science Teacher
CERT Instructor, a FEMA
disaster preparedness course
Executive Director
Texas Health Occupations
Association, Inc.
Pharmacy Tech, Medical
Terminology, Clinical Rotations,
HOSA Advisor
Increase numbers of
Students in the pipeline..
• Certifications that are taught in high
school Health Science programs
currently include: Certified Nurse Aide
(CNA), Certified Pharmacy Technician
(CPhT), Emergency Medical Technician
(Basic EMT), Phlebotomy, Emergency
Care Attendant, Certified Dental
Assistant, and many more.
• If we can get more students certified…
Partnerships with Community Colleges
• Funding (credits) and policies in place to
encourage community colleges to partner
with high schools in their service area to
provide Dual Credit or Articulated Credit for
Health Science certification programs (EMT,
• Points on University applications awarded to
those students who complete entry level
healthcare career training.
Funding to Health Science programs
• Funding to the public schools in Texas to supply:
• needed equipment
• stipends for supplemental instructors from
industry (nurse, EMT, medical director)
• Certification exam fees for students enrolled in
programs with a national or state board exam.
• Stipend or other compensation to attract
teachers away from industry. (some districts do
this already)
Easier pathway for Health Science
teachers to teach these vital classes:
• Our hands get tied by the requirements by
differing agencies that control the certification
• Department of Aging and Disability Services
oversees the Certified Nurse Aide certification
and has a very limited scope to allow teachers
the ability to be CNA instructors.
• Must be an BSRN and have 2 years working in
a long term care facility.
Solution to the nursing shortage:
• Allow Health Science teachers who have been
recognized by the State Board for Educator
Certification (SBEC) and Texas Education Agency
(TEA) as competent certified teachers who are
also former healthcare providers with a license
that is regulated by a state agency to be allowed
to teach entry level courses like CNA. Change the
rules to allow certified HS teachers to teach CNA
after passing the CNA certification. Many
districts are already “getting creative” to try to
offer this class to their students.
Solutions continued…
• Many university Nursing programs are
requiring the applicants to first complete CNA
training to be eligible to apply.
• Other programs such as Physician Assistant
also require either CNA or EMT to apply.
• Sonography (Ultrasound) Technician programs
are also requiring CNA prior to application to
the highly competitive program.
Variations on Healthcare Careers
CERT, Emergency Preparedness
Teaching Responsibility
Introducing Careers
Hospitals and Clinics are limited on
space for high school students
• Encourage healthcare
facilities to host the
students enrolled in
certification programs
• EMT is overseen by the
Department of Health
and Human Services and
requires the EMT
instructor to have EMT-B
certification, a medical
director, an EMT
coordinator that is
approved by them and
equipment and lab
requirements as well as
clinical observation
Thank you for your time and
attention to the important matter.
Please feel free to contact me for
further discussion
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