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Healthcare Mr. Danner, Mrs. Entrekin, Mr. Wojtkowski

About the Program

This industry certified class emphasizes anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, and medical skills utilized in all areas of healthcare. Specialization may include either of the following: Allied Health or Emergency Medical Responder. Program specialization choice is not guaranteed. Class placement may be determined using a lottery system.

All students will have the opportunity to earn certifications in BLS CPR, First Aid, Bloodborne Pathogens, and others (nominal fees may apply).

Dress Code

Dress Code for Healthcare Science Programs is based on the industry standard of dress. Appropriate dress is expected at all times in the classroom and in the lab. ALL students are required to wear properly fitting scrubs every day. Scrubs may be purchased from Walmart or any other provider the student chooses.

Note

Students who participate in the EMR program will be required to purchase program specific scrubs/uniform at a later date.

Nails

Students may not have gel polish, acrylic or gel products, or any other type of artificial nails. Nails can be no longer than the tip of the fingers as they may scratch or injure a "patient" (manikin), and they prevent students from effectively mastering the skills taught in the Healthcare program.

Hair

Hair must be pulled back off the face during lab/skill performance.

Currently we offer 2 pathways: Allied Health and Emergency Medical Responder.

Allied Healthcare

Description: This course is designed to offer students the opportunity to become effective and efficient multi-skilled healthcare providers as they develop a working knowledge of various allied health opportunities.

Courses and Credits

Introduction to Healthcare Science
Essentials of Healthcare
Allied Health and Medicine
Embedded Credit: Science

Emergency Medical Responder

Description: The Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) course prepares the student to provide initial stabilizing care to the sick or injured prior to the arrival of Emergency Medical Services Professionals (EMS), and to assist EMS personnel in transporting patients for definitive care at an appropriate hospital/facility.

Courses & Credits

Introduction to Healthcare Science
Essentials of Healthcare
Emergency Medical Responder
Embedded Credit: Science

Certifications

  • American Heart Association CPR BLS Healthcare Provider Certification
  • American Heart Association First Aid Certification
  • American Heart Bloodborne Pathogen Certification
  • NREMT-Emergency Medical Responder Certification
  • Georgia State Certified Nurse Assistant Certification
  • EKG- NHA (National Healthcareer Association)
  • FEMA- Community Preparedness: "Implementing Simple Activities for Everyone" certificate
  • National Consortium Health Science Education (NCHSE) National Health Science certificate of proficiency

Partnerships

  • Gwinnett Medical Center; Lawrenceville
  • Gwinnett Technical College- Emergency Services Department
  • Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services
  • Mending the Gap, Inc. volunteer program for healthcare students
  • HOSA
  • GCPS Nurses

The mission of HOSA is to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development of all health science technology education students, therefore, helping students to meet the needs of the health care community.

Through the HOSA Competitive Events Program, members can compete in teams or as individuals in over 55 different events related to all aspects of the health care industry. HOSA integrates into the Health Science Technology Education curriculum to develop and recognize smart, dedicated, and passionate future health professionals. Please visit our HOSA page on the "Clubs and Activities" page for more information.

Instructors

Mr. Josh Danner

Emergency Medical Responder

Joshua.Danner@gcpsk12.org

Mr. Joshua Danner instructs the EMR course here at MHST. In 2003, he became a nationally and state registered paramedic. He has worked in several emergency medicine settings such as 911 transport service for Cobb and Dekalb counties, non-emergency transport services, emergency room paramedic at Gwinnett Medical Center and Northeast Georgia Medical Braselton, and critical care transport. He continues to work as a PRN paramedic for AMR in Dekalb County. Mr. Danner is currently obtaining his bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University Idaho.

Mr. Danner enjoys hanging out with his toddler son, hiking, camping, golf, and watching the Atlanta Braves. His favorite color is blue and his favorite foods are fruits and hibachi.

mrs. theresa entrekin

Allied Healthcare

Theresa.Entrekin@gcpsk12.org

Theresa Entrekin, M.Ed., ARRT(R)(MR) is registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) as Radiologic Technologist and Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist. She holds a B.S. in Health Sciences from the Medical University of South Carolina but began her career in a technical college setting.

She has a wide variety of clinical experience in both hospital and outpatient clinics. She has been teaching in Medical Imaging Sciences at the technical college level in both traditional classroom and online courses for 30 years. She is passionate about healthcare sciences and is committed to preparing the next generations of healthcare providers at Maxwell High School of Technology in the Healthcare Science Allied Pathway.

She is married, has 2 children and two big furry dogs that occupy her time outside of the classroom. Her hobbies include camping and her favorite places to camp are in the mountains and anywhere near water.

​She is a member of the Society for Magnetic Resonance Technologist (SMRT) and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT), SkillsUSA.

Mr. Mike Wojtkowski

Allied Healthcare

mike.wojtkowski@gcpsk12.org

Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, I began my post-secondary education at Robert Morris College for Business Administration. In a short time, it became clear this wasn't the right direction for me. Following the advice of a friend, I changed course and enrolled at Community College of Allegheny County to pursue an Allied Health career in Radiologic Technology. Once registered with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, my career began at South Fulton Medical Center in East Point, GA in 1993. Since then, I've worked in the field continuously. This 25-year career has included the unique opportunity to work on cases which were under the direction of a well-known forensic pathologist and the opportunity to take a travel assignment in San Francisco.

A few years into my life as a radiologic technologist, I decided to return to Georgia State University for Early Childhood Education. With this degree, I began teaching third grade at Minor Elementary, here in Gwinnett County. Over the 19 years at Minor, I've added a Masters of Education in School Counseling; an Educational Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction; a certification in Health and Physical Education; and a certification in Healthcare Sciences to my teaching certificate. The certificate in Healthcare Sciences is what brings me to Maxwell High School to teach the Allied Health Pathway.

Mrs. Sue Compton

HOSA Advisor/Instructional Support

susan.j.compton@gcpsk12.org

Ms. Compton comes to Maxwell to aide the healthcare teachers as an advisor for HOSA. She is currently the owner of House of Clay in Braselton where she enjoys creating ceramics and teaching others her craft. She is currently working on a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Ceramics at the University of North Georgia.

Ms. Compton enjoys gardening, spending time with her daughters, son, and husband.

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