Last year, as a junior in high school, Zachary enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves as a Combat Medic. Through the Army Reserves, Zachary will be attending Combat Medic Training this upcoming summer, which is an intensive 16 week training program. Through the Combat Medic Training, Zachary will become a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Once he has completed this program, he will continue to pursue his education at Albright College for pre-med or nursing.
As a sophomore in high school, Zachary visited EASTERN’s Protective Services program. He knew he was interested in the Army and healthcare fields, so he chose the Protective Services program because it encompasses CPR, First Aid and EMT training. After a year in Protective Services, Zachary found himself wanting to learn more about healthcare and was encouraged by his Protective Services Instructor to visit the Allied Health program for a day. Although Zachary was excelling in the Protective Services program, he agreed that Allied Health would give him a more detailed overview of the many healthcare professions.
“The credits you earn at EASTERN are the same as the credits you receive at your high school, and your transcript and resume show that you studied in a specific skill area,” said Zachary. Through Allied Health, I will get three college credits for Medical Terminology through dual enrollment with Montgomery County Community College, and I go to Abington Memorial Hospital twice a week to shadow different healthcare professionals in many different areas of the hospital. Allied Health is truly an honors science course mixed with real-world work experiences.”