Health Assisting

Instructors:  Ms. Holman and Mr. Brucker
During the freshman exploratory in health assisting; students investigate varied health careers in fields of physical therapy, respiratory therapy, nursing, medical records, emergency medicine, developmental disabilities, athletic training, radiology, medical assisting and laboratory technology. Upon placement in the health assisting shop freshman are introduced to anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, and developmental disabilities.
As a sophomore, students continue to explore health careers, study human anatomy and physiology, nutrition, pre-hospital emergencies, and participate in an externship at Hogan Regional Center. This externship leads to a certification in Developmental Disabilities. Students also acquire CPR and First Aid Certifications.
Junior year students participate in the certified nursing assistant curriculum approved by Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Upon successful completion of the program students are eligible to take both written and practical exams leading to certification by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Students must be 16 years old by January to participate in the required clinical component. Students also participate in an externship from September to December studying Alzheimer’s disease at a local health care facility.
Senior students who receive their certification as a nursing assistant are eligible to participate in the cooperative education program working in the health care field during their shop week. Students who do not participate in cooperative education study introduction to phlebotomy, introduction to EKG, home health aide (leading to a certificate), medical terminology, medical office management, and introduction to athletic training. Students also participate in a CPR recertification class.
Students who have graduated from the health assisting program have gone on to study at two and four year college nursing programs, radiology technician programs, and physical therapy programs, and others have begun their careers in health care as certified nursing assistants in long term care facilities, hospitals, and doctor’s offices.