The Health Care is a growing industry. Excellent employment opportunities exist for candidates with the desire to care for others. Students in the Health Assisting Program learn about human behavior and development, geriatrics, nursing assistant skills, medical terminology, nutrition, and computerized record keeping. The student can earn up to seven certifications upon graduation from this technical area in addition to his/her diploma. Each year of this program has a unique goal. In the freshman year students will learn basic nursing skills, communication skills, and restorative services, safety and emergency care issues. Ethical manners, ethnic sensitivity, codes of mental health and patient/resident rights are introduced in the sophomore year, as well as the pre-care certification portion of the program. In the junior year the goal is to prepare students to perform the fundamental skills of a nurse’s aide. The program includes knowledge and principles of asepsis, OSHA and HIPAA regulations. Ethical behaviors, cultural sensitivity and principles of mental health are addressed as well as patient/resident rights. Students sit for the Certified Nurse’s Assistant (CNA) exam at the end of their junior year. Successful completion of the exam earns students an industry recognized credential and the opportunity to be employed as a CNA. Senior year the student is eligible for co-operative placement, externship or hands on training on medication training and more. Our students train at the school in the clinical lab and in the classroom with the most up to date equipment available including hospital beds and computer labs. Students continue their training in long term care/rehabilitation centers, assisted living facilities and day trips to memory impaired units and acute care hospitals.
Health Assisting graduates are able to find employment as nursing assistants, (certification is mandatory for those working in long term care in the US) home-health aides, or medical office assistants. The program provides an excellent foundation for students who wish to pursue post-secondary education in nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, medical records, radiology, medical assisting, phlebotomy, and emergency medical services. They can work in hospitals, nursing homes, ambulance services, private homes, assisted living facilities, medical walk-in clinics, private practice and physician’s offices.
Articulation Agreements between Nashoba Valley Technical High School’s Health Assisting Program and post-secondary institutions:
Middlesex Community College
AHP 101 Nursing Assistant Theory and Practicum- 6 credits
Statewide Articulation Agreement
Licenses, Certifications, and Affiliations
Students have had the training to sit for the following exams:
Red Cross Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
American Heart Association Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certification (CPR)
American Heart First Aid Certification
Paid Feeder Certification
Home Health Aide Training
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) General Safety 10 Hour Certification