The Allied Health Program provides students with the theory and skill competencies to be successful. The primary focus of the program is satisfactory completion of clinical and employability skills for entry-level positions in the Health Care Industry. In their sophomore year, students begin an externship that requires mature, performance oriented students. Successful program completions include CPR/AED/First Aid, a 10 Hour OSHA card, certifications as a Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aide and the option of being certified as a Basic EMT. Students can earn up to seven dual enrollment credits from Quinsigamond Community College through an on campus QCC taught EMT program.
Course offerings with descriptions
Fundamentals of Health
Course Numbers: 5502 (1.00)(H) | 5142 (1.00)(H) | 5143 (1.00)(C) | 8173 (1.00)(C) | 8333 (1.00)(C) | 8833 (1.00)(C)
Fundamentals of Health: In this course, students will explore a wide range of topics, including personal health (nutrition; mental health and stress management; drug/alcohol abuse prevention; disease prevention; and first aid) and consumer health issues. Students will also examine brief studies of environmental health, personal development, and community resources. As an honors level course, content will be covered at an accelerated pace. Students will study topics at a deeper level and will be expected to complete more independent coursework and assignments.
Health Assist 10
Course Numbers: 11156 (4.00)(C)
Health Assistant Grade 10: In this course, students will expand their clinical skills and act as student volunteers. Students will complete certifications in HOSA, CPR, and First Aid.
Health Assist 11
Course Numbers: 11157 (4.00)(C)
Health Assistant Grade 11: In this course, students will acquire the knowledge necessary to successfully complete the federal nursing assistant exam offered by the American Red Cross. Students will also participate in externships at acute and long-term care facilities.
Health Assist 12
Course Numbers: 11158 (4.00)(C)
Health Assistant Grade 12: In this course, students will complete one or both of these courses: Basic EMT and COOP. Students must be a certified nursing assistant to participate in this course.
Health Assist 9
Course Numbers: 11155 (1.50)(C)
Health Assistant Grade 9: In this course, students will develop the necessary knowledge and skills that are required to meet the Health Care industry standards and technical frameworks in preparation for certification.
Cooperative Education and Internship Opportunities
All eligible students have the opportunity to participate in Cooperative Education and Internship experiences at a variety of approved learning sites across the city in their junior and/or senior year. While the requirements and specific opportunities vary from school to school, and program to program, the structured combination of classroom based education and practical work experience provides students with the skills necessary to comfortably navigate the world of work. Some of the internship and cooperative education opportunities students have experience have been made possible by the following partnership/s:
- St. Vincent Hospital
- Seven Hills Foundation
- UMASS Memorial
- Holy Trinity Nursing Home
- Christopher House of Worcester
- Radius Health Care
- Dodge Park Rest Home
- Lutheran Home
- Notre Dame
- Emergency Medical Technician
- Radiology Technician
- Office Manger
- Home Health Aid
- Rehabilitation Specialist
- Nursing Assistant