Phone: (843)664-8472


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Science in Nursing SC Teacher certification American Heart Association BLS instructor (FDTC)

Mrs. Melissa Barrera

Welcome to the Advantage Academy High Health Science program. 

My name is Melissa Barrera.  I have been a registered nurse for 29 years and now teaching and mentoring future generations of medical professionals.  I graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing in 1992.  I have worked most of my clinical nursing in the areas of intensive care and obstetrics. I was also a school nurse.  I have 4 children. Mallory is a first-grade teacher at Lucy T. Davis; Madelyn, is a senior at Charleston Southern University majoring in Mathematics; J.W. is in his third year of residency at the University of Virginia Medical Center and Ally is a senior at Clemson studying Environmental Engineering.    

My hobbies are painting, making wreaths, sewing, cross-stitching, and really anything crafty.  I love creativity! (hint for students when working on projects) :)

In addition to retaining my nursing license, I obtained my Pharmacy Technician certificate in 2021.  I am an American Heart Association CPR Instructor for Florence-Darlington Technical College and an HOSA advisor for the FS1 Health Sciences program. 

This year I will be teaching Foundations for Healthcare Professions, Advanced Healthcare Applications, Human Structure, Function and Disease, and Pharmacology for Medical Careers

I will be starting my 13th year as a teacher in F1S. I never visioned myself doing this job when I graduated college, but it is still my passion to inspire the next generation of healthcare professionals and help them to achieve their goals and become outstanding individuals in their field.  I'm looking forward to a great and productive year.  Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

My 2022-2023 Schedule


1st BLOCK (8:30a-10:00a)           Foundations for Healthcare Professions(S1Q1) and Advanced Healthcare Applications(S1Q2) 

                                                       Pharmacology for Medical Careers (S2)

2nd BLOCK (10:05a-11:35a)        Foundations for Healthcare Professions(S1Q1) and Advanced Healthcare Applications(S1Q2)     

                                                       Pharmacology for Medical Careers (S2)

LUNCH (11:55a-12:20p)

3rd BLOCK (12:25p-1:55p)             Advanced Healthcare Applications (S1)

                                                         Human Structure, Function, and Diseases (S2)

4TH BLOCK (2:00P-3:30P)       PLANNING (S1 & S2)