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Nurse Assisting/Health Assisting

Program Description

The Nurse Assisting/Health Assisting program provides a variety of educational experiences that prepare students for a position in the fast-growing health field.

The Nurse Assisting/Health Assisting students care for acute and chronically ill patients as well as physical and mentally challenged individuals. The patient population ranges from infants in pediatrics through adults and the elderly in geriatrics. Clinical experience is provided in acute and chronic settings: various departments in the hospital including Radiology, Physical Therapy, Pre-op and Post-op, and the Cardiac Catheterization lab, a rehabilitation center, long term care facilities, assisted living facilities, an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) department, a school nurse’s office, and a walk-in clinic. The students are eligible to take the Massachusetts Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) exam upon successful completion of the junior year. A Home Health Aide (HHA) certificate will be issued to the senior students after completion of the HHA curriculum. In addition, students will become certified in CPR for the Healthcare Provider and basic first aid. Senior students will be trained in medication administration and will be eligible to sit for the MAP (Medication Administration Program) certification test once they are 18 years old.

Graduates of Nurse Assisting/Health Assisting will be prepared to enter the workforce or post secondary education.

Staff

Teachers

Theresa Avila RN BSN
Pamela Callanan RN BSN – Curriculum Leader
Kim Horsfall RN BSN
Marybeth Vargas RN BSN
Cathy Chace

Coordinator

Joanne Romanelli

Course of Study

Freshman

Freshmen Exploratory Program
Nurse Assisting/Health Assisting Shop (including Basic Medical Terminology and Principles of Business)

Sophomore

Nurse Assisting/Health Assisting Shop
Microbiology
Principles of Business

Junior

Nurse Assisting/Health Assisting Shop
Principles of Business
Anatomy and Physiology
Nutrition

Senior

Nurse Assisting/Health Assisting Shop (Advanced Placement or Co-op)
Medical Terminology
Growth and Development Across the Lifespan/Pharmacology (elective)

Career Opportunities

Certified Nursing Assistant
CPR/First Aid Instructor
Health Care Assistant
Home Health Aid
Massage Therapist
Nurse Midwife
Nurse Practitioner

Occupational Therapist
Paramedic/EMT
Physical Therapist
Registered Nurse
Speech Therapist/Pathologist
Physician’s Assistant