The Health Occupations Program at Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center provides students in grades 9-12 with basic knowledge of a variety of health care careers. The course is designed to provide basic theory, as well as assisting the student with developing self-discipline, encouraging personal growth, acceptance of responsibility, and the development of sound ethical attitudes and behaviors.
Upon completion of the course, students will be qualified to function in the health care field with job entry skills under the supervision of professionally trained persons such as a doctor, dentist, or registered nurse. Students interested in the Health Occupations Program should be in good physical health, have the ability to work with others, a genuine interest in patient care, motivation to learn, and an attitude that shows maturity and responsibility.
Some of the skills a student will be able to perform are use of medical equipment, maintaining medical records, obtaining and recording vital signs, total patient care, and infection control procedures. Students will also have the opportunity to become certified in standard first aid, adult, infant and child CPR/AED.
Related Occupations and Earnings:
Related occupations include Medical Assistant, Nurse and Child Care Assistant. Earnings range between $11-$16/hour.
Articulated credits can be earned toward an Associate’s Degree at Institutions such as Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology, Harcum College and Pennsylvania Institute of Technology
Mrs. Elder & Ms. McLaughlin – Health Professions/Occupations
Phone Number – 724-925-3532 x. 1331 & 1326
Office Hours: 7:15am to 7:45am
10:45am to 10:55pm
2:30pm to 2:45pm
Please leave a voicemail message outside of these times.
Algebra I & II
College Prep English I-IV
Industry & Skills Certifications:
American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED for adults, children and infants
National Nurse Aid Assessment Program (NNAAP) certificate to be placed on the Pennsylvania Nurse Aide Registry
Reading & Interpreting
Work uniform (scrubs)
White work shoes
Crew length white socks
Watch with sweep hands
Introduction to Health Occupations Sixth Edition by Shirley A. Badasch, M.Ed, RN Doreen S. Chesebro, B.Ed, LVN
Comprehensive Medical Assisting by Nina Beaman, MS, RNC, CMA and Lorraine Fleming-McPhillips, MS, MT, CMA
Assisting in Long-Term Care, Fifth Edition by Barbara R. Hegner, MS, RN (deceased) and Mary Jo Gerlach, RN, MSN Ed.
Being a Homemaker/ Home Health Aide, Sixth Edition by Elana Zucker, RN, MSN
Introduction to Medical Terminology by Ann Ehrlich and Carol L. Schroeder