With double-digit job growth forecast across the nurse assistant, home health aide, personal care assistant and direct support professional careers, this is a great program for someone looking to get into the healthcare industry.
Students can take courses during their junior and senior years. Students may also have the option of taking a one-year program to earn certification as a Direct Support Professional (DSP), Home Health Aide (HHA), Personal Care Aide (PCA) or a separate one-year program to earn certification as a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA).
Through both plans students will earn American Heart Association BLS/CPR and First Aid certifications while also gaining valuable hands-on experience in area healthcare and direct support facilities. Following is the breakdown of how the sequences works:
Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) – Year One Sequence
Students learn total patient care through training in the classroom and off campus. They prepare to take the Certified Nurse Assistant examination (Prometric) that qualifies CNAs to work in any nursing home in New York state. Students complete 108 hours of clinical work in a nursing home.
Direct Support Professional (DSP)/Home Health Aide/Personal Care Aide – Year Two
Students will learn through clinical training and classroom preparation how to provide valuable skills in conjunction with professional nurses in a home health care setting. Services range from health-related tasks such as obtaining vital signs to doing laundry, personal care and housekeeping. Students will complete 108 hours in a clinical setting.
New for the 2020-21 school year, students will also learn about the burgeoning demand for DSPs. These professionals assist people with developmental disabilities of all ages and ability levels. Students learn the skills necessary for a career that’s all about helping people with developmental disabilities live fulfilling lives.
Students gain such important skills as putting people first; developing positive relationships; being professional; supporting the health and safety of a person with a developmental disability; assisting them in their needs for life at home and being active members of their community.
In order to earn a Career and Tech endorsement on their high school diploma, students must complete both years of the program.