Health Occupations

  • Instructors Kathy Bailey (RN) | Alexa Breslin (RN) | Therese Matthew (RN) | CIP Code 51.0899 | West Campus

    The Health Occupations program is a three-year course intended to develop necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes for safe, competent performance as an entry-level worker in the healthcare field, such as a nurse’s aide or a home health aide. Classroom and laboratory instruction are combined with field trips and clinical experiences to expose students to a variety of health career choices. Nursing Assistant students in this program are prepared to take the test for Pennsylvania Nurse Aide Registry.

    The core curriculum includes an introduction to health care, infection control, safety and emergency procedures, ethical and legal responsibilities, nutrition, normal body functions and common diseases, patient care, human growth and development, rehabilitation and office procedures.

    All students are expected to complete a clinical experience. Seniors may secure employment in the cooperative education program.

    Career Pathways:

    Medical Assistant
    Home Health Aide
    Nursing Assistant
    Personal Care Aide


    Registered Nurse
    Licensed Practical Nurse
    Nurse Aide
    Physician’s Assistant

    *Requires post-secondary training.

Health Occupations
  • Industry Certifications:

    Nurse Aide Registry
    BLS Healthcare Provider
    Heartsaver First Aid
    Personal Care Home Direct Care Staff Certificate
    OSHA/CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification

    College Advanced Credits:

    Berks Technical Institute - Up to 50 quarter credits
    Central Pennsylvania College - Up to 12 credits
    Harrisburg Area Community College - Up to 4 credits
    Lehigh Carbon Community College - Up to 2 credits
    Lincoln Technical Institute - Allentown - Up to 8 credits
    Pennsylvania Institute of Technology - Up to 12 credits
    Pittsburgh Technical Institute - Up to 9 credits

    Program Requirements/Costs

    There are specific costs for textbooks, tools, supplies, uniforms, certifications; and for some programs, medical and criminal clearances that students are obligated to pay upon acceptance. These costs change annually.

    Program Entrance Recommendations:

    ο Reading at grade level
    o Algebra I or Geometry
    o Problem-solving/ troubleshooting skills
    o Ability to work independently and in a team
    o Hand-eye coordination
    o Mechanical aptitude