My name is Ms. Applegate and I’m an Emerging Health Professionals teacher at Lehigh Career & Technical Institute.
I am a registered nurse, I have a Bachelor of Science in nursing, I have a master’s degree in education and I’m an American College of Sports Medicine certified exercise specialist. I’m also an American Heart Association certified BLS-CPR instructor.
I worked in a medical-surgical/telemetry unit for a year, an
intensive care unit for eight years, a cardiac fitness center for four years, in cardiology for three years, in case management for one year and a nursing home for one year.
I’ve also spent six years as an adjunct instructor for LPN/RHS programs.
As a registered nurse, I earned a exercise specialist certification from ACSM on my first try. The first time pass rate is 40 percent and that applies to exercise physiologists, not RNs. Also, Emerging Health Professionals was named the Pennsylvania Association of Career and Technical Education Program of the Year in 2018. I also earned the Teacher Education Graduate in Career and Technical Education Award.
I love witnessing students have their “aha” moment when they discover their health care field of study! Once they graduate, they keep me updated and several are now serving as mentors for our program . I love to see the full circle of our pipeline in action!
Learn more about the Emerging Health Professionals program at LCTI.