The Health Assisting Program exposes students to a wide variety of health care career opportunities in the health care field. It also provides students with skills to allow them to enter into the health care field directly from high school as well as provide a solid academic foundation and skills base to further their education at the college level. All students are given CPR, AED, and First Aid training and are certified if they meet the American Red Cross criteria. Nursing Assistant, Home Health, Care of the Alzheimer's Patient and Medication Administration Program certifications are available to those students who meet the requirements of each governing agency. Students also complete their OSHA 10-hour card training.
Students are given a brief introduction to the various careers in health as well as a comprehensive overview of the educational experiences and opportunities in the Health Assisting Program at Pathfinder. Through learning and using medical terminology, experiencing some hands on activities and an introduction to some of the theory behind the skills we perform, students are able to evaluate whether a career in health care is for them.
Students job shadow in approximately ten different departments in two local hospitals, and explore first hand what career opportunities are available to them in health care and what these jobs entail, including education needed, job description, pay and career ladder.
Health Assisting Instructors
Ms. Donna Bartlett RN
Mrs. Darlene Nykiel RN
Ms. Caitlin Phelps
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