Medical Occupations is a program that introduces students to the medical field. Students are able to investigate and learn about different professions within the health care system. Students spend a great deal of time learning medical terminology as well as anatomy and physiology of the human body and basic health care skills. Students in the first year program have the option to obtain their Personal Support Specialist Certificate (PSS) at the end of the program. This allows students to provide personal care to clients in assisted living and home settings. Students receive CPR and First Aid certification.
Skills practiced in this program:
- Written and oral communication
- Computer skills
- Interpersonal skills
- Patient-caregiver confidentiality
- Hands-on patient care practice in the skills lab
Skills students will acquire:
- Vital signs
- Patient care (bathing and personal hygiene)
- Transferring and mobility
- Communication skills
- Range of motion
- Patient assessment
- Medical terminology
- Basic understanding of the health care system.
Activities in which students participate:
- Field trips to local health related institutions
- Vital signs
- Dissection labs
- Visits from guest speakers: medical professionals from the area
Entry-Level Job opportunities:
- PSS – Assisted living settings and home settings.
- Nursing Medicine/pharmacy
- Physical or occupational therapy
- Dental lab
- Four-year college for nursing
- Sports trainer
This course meets Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, and Fri.
This course is held at Westbrook Regional Vocational Center in room 415.