Professional Health Careers

  • Program Highlights:

    Two-Year NYSED Approved CTE Program

    Students are provided with an exploratory experience of emerging health occupations. Students study the concept of “Life Cycle” and identify factors contributing to positive personal health. The basic course integrates the NYS High School health curriculum. In the advanced year, students develop the skills to obtain entry level employment in the health care field. This program is also designed to help students enhance their leadership, communication and management skills, and professional behavior is embedded throughout. After successful completion of the program, students will have met the clinical and classroom requirements for the NYS Nursing Assistant exam.

    Students participating in this program must meet all medical requirements for working in a health care facility (hospital or nursing home).  At this time, this includes being fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Students must show proof of meeting medical requirements by the end of the first week of school in the new school year.

Student takes volunteer "patient's" blood pressure

Units of Study

  • Basic (Year 1)

    • Intro to Health Occupations
    • Legal & Ethical Responsibilities
    • Safety
    • Leadership & Communication
    • Personal Health & Wellness
    • Life Cycle
    • Microbes & the Environment
    • The Human Body
    • Emergency Care
    • Computer Applications in Health Careers 
    • Clinical Experiences

    Advanced (Year 2)

    • Personal Care
    • Intro to Nurse Assisting
    • Lifting, Moving, Transporting
    • Communicating with Clients
    • Infection Control
    • Supervised Clinical Experiences
    • Elimination Procedures
    • Human Sexuality
    • Nutrition & Diet Therapy
    • Circulatory & Respiratory Care
    • Pre- and Post-Operative Care
    • Life Changes & Adaptations
    • Procedures in the Health Care Facility
    • Work Experience


Industry Based Exam/Certifications

    • Nursing Assisting-National Occupational Competency Testing Institute
    • NYS Nursing Assistant Certification
    • CPR, First Aid and AED
    • Precision Exams



  • Career Connections

    • Dietician
    • Emergency Care Specialist
    • Home Health Aide
    • Licensed Practical Nurse
    • Medical Records
    • Nursing Assistant
    • Patient Care Technician
    • Pharmacy Technician
    • Physician Assistant
    • Recreational Therapy
    • Registered Nurse
    • Transcriptionist

    College Programs

    • Hospital Technician
    • Medical Technology
    • Nuclear Medicine Technology
    • Nurse Practitioner
    • Nursing
    • Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Occupational Therapist
    • Physical Therapist
    • Physician Assistant
    • Pre-dentistry
    • Pre-medicine
    • Radiology Technology
    • Ultrasound

Items to Consider

  • Successful students:

    • Have an interest in working in close physical contact with a wide variety of people
    • Follow Infection Control Procedures and other health care industry standards (safety, hygiene, and ethical standards)
    • Communicate effectively in a health care facility
    • Do regularly required academic assignments
    • Perform hands-on skills in both the classroom and clinical settings under the supervision of a registered nurse
    • Have the physical abilities required of the career field (mobility, vision etc.)
    • Purchase and wear a uniform and white leather shoes ($50 or more combined cost).