Medical Health Professions

  • Instructor Kelly Ruth (RN) | CIP Code 51.0899

    BCTC, Penn State Berks, and Tower Health are collaborating to offer an exciting Medical Health Professions Program for high school seniors. The program combines high level academics with the opportunity to shadow healthcare professionals and earn college credits.

    The program exposes high school seniors to various healthcare professions so they can make more informed decisions about their future education. Students will be enrolled at both Penn State Berks and BCTC for one year. Students will take dual enrollment college courses at Penn State Berks two days a week, attend classes on medical-related theory two days a week at the hospital, and shadow healthcare providers at the hospital one day a week. Students will be able to earn up to seven transcriptive college credits through the program. Students will be expected to pay the equivelent to the Reading Area Community College dual enrollment cost per course credit toward the PSU courses, including PSU student fees; however, BCTC may assist the student with the tuition cost as funding is available.

    BCTC provides education in the areas of healthcare, trends, professions, anatomy, physiology, and diseases. Tower Health provides job shadowing opportunities in which students will gain an understanding of the healthcare system by observing professionals in a real-world hospital environment. Admission to the program is competitive and students must meet strict admission guidelines.

    Career Pathways:

    Physician’s Assistant
    Lab Technician
    Nurse Practitioner

Medical Health Professions
  • Industry Certifications:

    BLS Healthcare Provider
    Heartsaver First Aid

    College Advanced Credits:

    Pennsylvania State University - Up to 7 credits*

    * Please talk to your school counselor about specific financial responsibility for Penn State credits. If there is a question of financial hardship, please speak with your counselor.

    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 College Prep chemistry and biology, with minimum 3.0 GPA
    o College Prep Algebra II, with minimum 3.0 GPA
    o Honors or AP Science or Math Courses Preferred
    o Proficiency in Reading and Math
    o PSAT or SAT scores
    o Medical History & Physical
    o Criminal and child abuse clearances
    o TB test/immunizations
    o Instructor Recommendations: - Guidance Counselor - Science Instructor