Health Assisting

The Health Assisting
Program is a comprehensive competency based course that is designed to help students develop the skills needed to meet with success in the workplace. The program introduces the students to the career opportunities in the field of healthcare as well as providing an opportunity to become proficient in performing the clinical skills necessary to work in a healthcare environment. Emphasis is placed on specific Nursing Assistant duties and on the concepts pertaining to the psychosocial aspect of caregiving. Students receive a strong academic foundation as well as experiencing externships where they can practice their skills in a real world setting under the supervision of experienced medical professionals.

Students become First Aid, CPR, and AED certified prior to participating in on-site clinical rotations through the nursing and rehabilitative centers and a local hospital. Students are exposed to a vast array of careers in healthcare through both their clinical rotations in different healthcare departments and their numerous field trips to various healthcare facilities and settings.

In addition to holding Chapter 74 approval, the Health Assisting program is certified by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Home Health Aide (HHA) testing site and by the Department of Public Health as a Feeding Assistant testing site. The program focuses on safe and effective performance of the student providing clinical care in a healthcare setting.

The following prerequisites, with documentation, must be in place by September 15 of each school year in order for the student to partake in the clinical component of this program:
♦ Provide documentation of a complete physical examination within the last 24 months
♦ Copy of all immunizations per DPH school based standards
♦ Copy of current insurance card
♦ Hepatitis B inoculations, and an annual influenza vaccine
♦ Mantoux Test (tuberculosis) – to be administered by the school nurse
♦ CORI check (Criminal Offender Record Information) to be processed through the school’s Human Resource Manager

Course Objectives:
Using industry standards students will learn the following competencies:
♦ Integrate academics through project based learning
♦ Create a portfolio
♦ Recognize career pathway opportunities
♦ Interact safely in a shop environment
♦ Incorporate the use of industry standard technology and software
♦ Read, understand, and communicate in the language of the field
♦ Organize and research information
♦ Develop a professional appearance, exemplary work ethic and superior communication skills
♦ Prepare a resume, application letter, and demonstrate interview skills
♦ Knowledge of medical terminology
♦ Develop proper interpersonal communication (patient relations) and telephone techniques
♦ Determine patient needs
♦ Introduction of Anatomy & Physiology

Program Benefits:
♦ BLS Certification
♦ AED Certification
♦ First Aid Certification
♦ Family and Friends CPR
♦ Baby Sitting Certificate
♦ Transitional Care Certificate
♦ OSHA 10 Hour Safety Certification
♦ Feeding Assistant Certification – upon successful completion of the curriculum outlined by the Department of Public Heath for feeding assistants students are eligible to take the exam
♦ Alzheimer’s Care Certification – upon successful completion of a twenty hour program developed by the Alzheimer’s Association students are eligible for the written exam and must achieve a minimal passing score of 80 or better
♦ HHA (Home Health Aide) Certification – upon successful completion of the two year nursing program students are eligible to take the written examination and clinical competency exam for state certification
♦ CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) – upon successful completion of the two-year nursing program, students are eligible to take the written examination and clinical competency exam for state certification
♦ Advance practice skill introduction – completion of 200-hour instruction course. Topics covered: phlebotomy, EKG, telemetry monitoring, physical exam prep, vision/hearing screening, and glucose monitoring

Looking toward the future:
Healthcare is the largest industry in America. Opportunities are unlimited for those who wish to pursue a career in the Healthcare field. Students completing the Health Assisting program have the option of securing gainful employment, continuing formal studies at the post-secondary level, or pursuing a combination of both. The Health Assisting program has a statewide articulation agreement with all Massachusetts community colleges for 3 credits in Medical Terminology. Depending on their transcript evaluation, students may be eligible for additional college credits:
Asnuntuck Community College eligible students may receive up to eleven credits while only needing as few as seven when enrolling in the Registered Medical Assisting program
Holyoke Community College eligible students who have a current MA Nurse Aide Certification (CNA), have completed a minimum of 147 clinical hours, and have a GPA of 80% or above have the opportunity to earn college credit in HTH 210 Field Experience (6 credits), HTH 114 Medical Terminology (3 credits)
NE Institute of Technology awards credit to our graduates in AHS 102 Introduction to Allied Health and may be eligible for additional credits in a number of their Allied Health Programs.

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Dawn Bowler – Exploratory & 1st year


Rosanne Westcott – 2nd & 3rd year