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.
Home Health Aide
Personal Care Aide
CAREER PATHWAYS CAN LEAD TO:*
Licensed Practical Nurse
*Requires post-secondary training.
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
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