Mater Dei Prep Hosts First Emergency Medical Services & Nursing Institute Graduation Ceremony

On Friday, January 11, 2019, Mater Dei Prep was honored to host the first graduation ceremony for students in the Emergency Medical Services and Nursing Institute. Sixty five Mater Dei Prep students, ranging from freshmen to seniors, graduated from the Health/Emergency Medical Response course and received their national Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) certification as well as their healthcare provider Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification.

“I’m thrilled with the self-confidence that these students have shown in this course. They have received life skills to use in the future to help their friends, family, and loved ones. I am confident that these students will use what they’ve learned on how to react in emergency situations and ultimately will save lives,” said John Hansen, co-leader of the Emergency Medical Services and Nursing Institute.

In addition to the fundamental CPR credentials, the semester course covered everything from child birth to caring for trauma. Students learned how to administrate oxygen, properly assemble oxygen tanks, react to emergencies such as heart attacks, check and manage patients’ vitals, and so much more. The new innovative academic institute is in high demand and will have approximately 118 students registered for the upcoming course that runs through the second semester.

“The best part about this course is that it is all hands-on. My favorite topic that we covered was bleeding control and we had several hands-on lessons with props that made everything more real. In the future I would like to become a nurse and I will be able to use these skills in college, medical school, and my everyday life. This course made me more confident in my abilities to respond to emergencies and help save lives,” said Ashley Leach, MDP ’19.

The graduates of the Health/Emergency Medical Response course are encouraged to further pursue the curriculum in the Mater Dei Prep Emergency Medical Services and Nursing Institute which includes courses in Dynamics in Health Care, Anatomy and Physiology, and Emergency Medical Technician. The ultimate goal is for students to complete all four courses which will prepare them for their Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification.

"An Emergency Medical Responder education has lifelong value,” said Elaina Caldera, co-leader of the Emergency Medical Services and Nursing Institute. “What I am most excited about is the fact that this impactful curriculum and training is being offered at a distinguished school like Mater Dei Prep. It is incredible that all Mater Dei Prep students will have their EMR certification. ” Caldera said.

The Emergency Medical Services and Nursing Institute is one of four new innovative academic programs at Mater Dei Prep. The Global Leaders Institute, Information Technology Institute, Performing Arts Institute and the Emergency Medical Services and Nursing Institute are designed to teach students the skills needed to excel in today’s diverse, technology-based fields. All incoming freshmen will have the opportunity to experience each of the institutes by taking one course in every program. During sophomore year, students can choose to continue the course of study for a particular institute based on their educational and career goals.

While the Mater Dei Prep curriculum remains focused on giving every student a college preparatory, liberal arts education, with a core emphasis on science and humanities, “enhancing our curriculum with these institutes can only improve the quality of their education and our academic rigor,” said Donald Galante, President of Mater Dei Prep.


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