Health Occupations

Course Description:

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.

Skills Learned:

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.

Post-Secondary Opportunities:

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.

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