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New Visions: Health Careers  

 New Visions: Health Careers

The New Visions: Health Careers program is designed for high school seniors interested inDr. Eaton with students
medical and health-related professions. Students learn in classrooms located at either St. Peters Hospital in Albany or Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, through traditional methods as well as rotations in various hospital departments.

Rotations are structured observations of professionals and procedures in a career field. New Visions: Health Careers students spend from one day to three weeks in 40 clinical and administrative areas of their hospital and at local health care facilities. Rotations include radiation oncology, the operating room, pharmacy, psychiatric units, rehabilitation, the business office and even maintenance, which poses special challenges in a sterile environment. Students benefit from experiences gained during such rotations at St. Peters Hospital and all three branches of Ellis Medicine (Nott, McClellan and Bellevue).

New Visions: Health Careers students also rotate through the Center for the Disabled, Villa Mary Immaculate Nursing Home/St. Peters Rehabilitation Center, St. Peters Addiction Recovery Center, Hospice and other agencies.

Students completing New Visions have a clearer vision of their career and college goals along with firsthand knowledge of the day-to-day demands and rewards of various professions.

Check out a video of the program.


  • New Visions programs are offered during the first part of the school day, from 8-11:30 a.m. Students are advised to meet with their home high school guidance counselors as soon as they are interested to plan their schedules accordingly.

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Units of Study and High School Credits Earned:

  • English 12 Honors - 1 credit
  • Participation in Govt. Honors - 1/2 credit
  • Economics Honors - 1/2 credit
  • Introduction to Medical Science - 1 credit
  • Health Policy & Careers - 1 credit


College Credits Earned:

  • The Sage Colleges:
    • PSC 101/US Government: 3 credits
    • EGL 148/English Topics: Using Health to Examine Literature: 3 credits
  • Maria College (For St. Peter's students only):
    • Anatomy and Physiology I - 3 credits
    • Anatomy and Physiology I Lab: 1 credit


Academic Prerequisites:

  • 3 years mathStudents
  • 3 years science
  • Positive attendance pattern
  • Maturity and ability to work both independently and on teams
  • Strong communication skills (reading, writing, speaking, listening)


Application Procedure:

  • Interested students must complete and mail back an application and complete an interview process during their junior year.
  • Click here to apply
  • Click here for essay information


Post-Secondary Education:

  • Students completing New Visions: Health Careers Exploration continue on to college to pursue a range of careers such as medicine, health, pharmacy and healthcare administration.


What others are saying:

"I feel New Visions programs are an exciting concept and an opportunity in secondary education providing selected students with a unique alternative to the traditional classroom setting. It takes a self-motivated, responsible, highly organized person to be truly successful in college. New Visions allows these students to see that and gracefully transition into their freshman year." — Kerry Mendez, Associate Dean of Admissions, Union College.



Teacher: Thomas Slovic and Erica Dow (learn more about them using the provided link)

Guidance couselor: Nina Farrell (email her using the provided link)




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