Health Science- Nursing
ATA’s Health Science/Nursing Program utilizes world class, state of the art equipment, such as our hi-tech mannequin, for hands-on skills training. Students can earn certifications in CPR, OSHA and even become a Certified Nurse Assistant. They will also intern at a local hospital. After completion of this program and passage of exams, students may choose to enter the workforce as a CNA directly after high school, but are also prepared to enroll in a college-level nursing program will the goal of becoming an RN.
Christopher Jenkins has a continued and steadfast commitment to student success inside the classroom and in life. Originally an elementary and middle school math/science teacher and a licensed SC EMT, Mr. Jenkins later obtained his RN license where he primarily worked in critical care but was also a long-term care nurse with the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
Mr. Jenkins holds multiple degrees, a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in education, a master's in holistic nutrition, along with his nursing degree. During his latest stint as an educator (21 years total), Mr. Jenkins was honored with the “Most Inspirational Teacher” award for The Academy for Technology and Academics in 2018 and 2021 as selected by “Outstanding Seniors” and recognized by the Conway Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Jenkins is also an actively involved HOSA advisor for ATA’s Health Science program along with his fellow Health Science colleagues.
My name is Heidi Hardee and I am one of the Nursing Program major teachers at ATA. I am happily married with 3 children and love spending time with my family and friends. I graduated from Horry-Georgetown Technical College with my ADN in 2002. I have been a Registered Nurse for over 20 years and have past clinical experience in the operating room, labor and delivery, pediatrics, drug rehabilitation services, long-term care, and hospice care. I transitioned to the field of education in 2016 and am currently in my 7th school year of teaching. Education is a huge part of nursing and I have always enjoyed that aspect of it. I am also currently a HOSA advisor for our chapter here at the academy. I love what I do and am so proud to be a part of ATA.