Health Occupations is one of the fastest growing industries in the US with a demand for multi-skilled healthcare workers. To meet this challenge, students in the Northeast Health Assistant program study the therapeutic, diagnostic and administrative areas of the health professions with an emphasis on Nurse Assisting and Medical Office Assisting. Students are given theoretical and practical instruction in the laboratory and clinical experience in area healthcare facilities.
Medical related sciences are integrated into the Health Assistant curriculum. These include anatomy and physiology, nutrition and biology. Medical Terminology, Introduction to Electrocardiography, Introduction to Phlebotomy and a thirty hour Home Care Aide course are taught during the student’s Health Assisting high school career.
Students are prepared to test for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health certification exam for Nurse Assistants. Many Health Assistant students pursue post secondary education to continue their education in Nursing or Allied Health.
Upon graduation, students are employable as:
Certified Nurse Assistant
- Home Health Aide
- Phlebotomist EKG Technician
- Medical Office Assistant
- Patient Care Assistant
- Medical Records Assistant
- Hospital Unit Secretary
GRADUATES HAVE BEEN EMPLOYED BY THE FOLLOWING HEALTHCARE FACILITIES:
- Brigham and Women’s Hospital Mass. General Hospital
- Chelsea Soldier’s Home
- Wingate Nursing Center
- Boston Medical Center
- Prospect House
- East Boston Health Center
- Sunrise Healthcare
- Burlington Eye Associates
- Cambridge Health Alliance
COLLEGE ARTICULATION AGREEMENTS:
- North Shore Community College
- Bunker Hill Community College
- New England Institute of Technology
LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS:
- American Heart Association and Red Cross CPR and AED
- American Heart Association and Red Cross First Aid
- Department of Public Health Certified Nurse Assistant
- Home Health Aide
GRADE 9 EXPLORATORY – COURSE #HAX 1 CREDIT
The Health Assistant program offers the exploratory student an overview of healthcare professions and the various occupations available in the field. The students are taught CPR, first aid, infection control and basic anatomy and physiology. Students also participate in a visit to an area Geriatric Day Care Center. Freshman students in Health Assisting study medical math. Medical math is a competency necessary to be successful as a healthcare employee. This lesson also helps to prepare the student for the MCAS exam.
GRADE 9 SHOP – COURSE #HAXF-16 10 CREDITS
Freshman students begin their Health Assistant course of studies in the fourth term of their freshman year. The goal for the students in the ninth grade is the attainment of introductory knowledge and pre-care skills necessary to begin the Nurse Aide curriculum. Freshman students are introduced to the language of medicine and their three year sequential course of medical terminology. Students begin studying the basic structure of the human body. The Health Assistant also curriculum includes roles and responsibilities of the healthcare worker, introduction to nutrition, introduction to geriatrics and understanding dementia. Freshman students complete the ten hour OSHA certification on-line course and participate in an offsite Adult Day Health Center program one day each shop under the supervision of a Northeast instructor.
GRADE 10 SHOP – COURSE #HA2 20 CREDITS
Grade 10 students begin the Nurse Aide curriculum and work in the skills lab, the clinical setting and the classroom. Students are immersed in a course of studies which includes Fundamentals of Nurse Assisting, Medical Office Administration, Therapeutic Nutrition, Gerontology, First Aid and computer skills. The students acquire nurse assisting clinical skills through practice in the nursing laboratory and a supervised internship at Wingate Long Term Care Facility.
GRADE 10 RELATED – COURSE #HA2R 5 CREDITS
Medical Terminology is a three year sequential course taught in Health Assisting. The course is designed to give the student the knowledge of medical language. Competency in medical terminology is a necessary skill for employment in the healthcare profession. This is an anatomy and physiology systems based course. During the sophomore year, students study the structure and function of the human body, medical abbreviations, medical word roots, prefixes and suffixes. Students are taught the anatomy and physiology, diagnostic, therapeutic and pathology terms of the special senses, reproductive and integumentary systems.
GRADE 11 SHOP – COURSE #HA3 25 CREDITS
Grade 11 students participate in a one semester rigorous nurse aide training and review course which includes a lab component. Students apply their skills in the clinical area at Chelsea Soldier’s Home under the direct supervision of a Registered Nurse Instructor. Upon successful completion of the Nurse Assistant course, the student is eligible to take the Massachusetts Certification Exam to be licensed as a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) and placed on the Department of Public Health’s Registry of licensed CNA’ s. Students who successfully complete the Nurse Aide course with a B average are eligible for college credits through our articulation agreement with local community colleges. During the eleventh grade, students also study Introduction to Electrocardiography, and are certified in American Heart Association CPR/AED and the junior student participates in a one semester Medical Office Assistant course. Administrative skills and clinical procedures are practiced in the lab and developed in the clinical setting at East Boston Neighborhood Health Center.
GRADE 11 RELATED – COURSE #HA3R 5 CREDITS
During the second year of medical terminology, Grade 11 students study the anatomy and physiology, diagnostic, therapeutic and pathology terms of the cardiac, muscular, skeletal and urinary systems. Students begin their research for the Junior/Senior Project graduation requirement.
GRADE 12 SHOP – COURSE #HA4 25 CREDITS
Seniors in the Health Assistant program participate in a supervised clinical internship three days a week at Whidden Hospital where they develop advanced nurse assisting skills. The students complete a Home Health Aide course, an Introduction to Phlebotomy course and the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) financial curriculum as well as study pathology and treatment of the patient in acute care. Senior students in Health Assisting, if eligible, may work in area healthcare facilities through Northeast’s externship program.
GRADE 12 RELATED – COURSE #HA4R 5 CREDITS
During the third year of Medical Terminology, senior students study the anatomy and physiology, diagnostic, therapeutic and pathology terms of the respiratory, digestive, endocrine and nervous systems. Students work throughout the year researching and completing the Junior/Senior Project. Students who maintain an overall B average for the three year course related course sequence (HA2R, HA3R and HA4R) may be eligible for three credits from North Shore Community College through the Health Assisting articulation program with the college.