Little Elm Student Joins Prodigy Program at Texas Health Denton
10/14/2009

DENTON, Texas — Darchelle "Chelle" Scott of Little Elm first became interested in the medical field after experiencing a condition that caused her to have brain surgery when she was 18. She was fascinated by the 3D images taken from her head and she knew radiology was the place for her. With a desire to help others in similar situations and a need for a medical education, Scott was glad to find the Texas Health Resources Prodigy Program.

The Prodigy Program allows students to work part-time at one of Texas Health’s 14 hospitals while attending school. Texas Health covers the cost of tuition, fees, books and related supplies. The program is open to high school graduates interested in nursing or any of the allied health fields, such as radiology.

The program accepts 25 students each year. Scott was relieved and excited when she got the phone call saying she’d been accepted. However, her decision to continue into the program wasn’t an easy one, she had already been accepted to Howard University and had sent a deposit to hold her spot in the housing department, but the fact that she could graduate from college debt-free, along with the experience she’d gain over the summer after graduating from high school, gave her a concrete vision for her future.

Recent high school graduates chosen for the program participate in an intensive 10-week summer training experience to prepare them for the Patience Care Technician (PCT) certification exam. The program isn’t always easy, Scott said. “If I need help I ask. I always try to do everything to the best of my ability.”

Scott works part-time as a PCT on the surgical floor of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton.

"The best thing about working there is, it’s all about teamwork. We’re all on one team at one level, all working together,” Scott said.

Scott is currently attending Brookhaven Community College in Farmers Branch, with plans to become a radiology assistant, while working on her ultimate goal to be a radiologist.

Scott said the Prodigy Program was a once-in-a-lifetime chance and the work experience taught her accountability and responsibility.

“This program is life changing for the students and their families, and we are thrilled to be a part of not only shaping their career paths but serving as their introduction to the field of health care,” said Jim Dunn, Texas Health’s Chief Learning Officer.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton is a 255-bed acute-care, full-service hospital serving North Texas and southern Oklahoma. The hospital’s services include emergency services, medical imaging, surgical services, cardiovascular services and women’s services. An affiliate of the faith-based, non-profit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Denton has approximately 890 employees and an active medical staff of more than 300 physicians. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL or visit TexasHealth.org/Denton.