Medical Occupations


Medical Occupations is a program where students are able to investigate different professions within the healthcare system.  Students spend a great deal of time applying practical healthcare skills related to subjects such as anatomy, disease process, and medical terminology.  Over two years, students have the opportunity to obtain a certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant.  Those that choose to participate in the CNA program will be required to attend 70 hours of on site training at a local nursing home, and pass a state exam.  For those who are considering a career in healthcare, Medical Occupations at WRVC provides students with a strong foundation.  Many graduates return reporting that they felt well prepared and had an advantage over other incoming college students.

 

YEAR I*
Students 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.

YEAR II*
Students have the opportunity to obtain their Certified Nurses Assistant (CNA) certification. Students that opt to take part in the CNA program must perform 70 hours in the clinical setting and pass a state exam to be put on the State of Maine CNA Registry. Students continue to explore careers in health care and focus more on in-depth knowledge of Anatomy and Physiology. Students also learn phlebotomy and can take part in testing for phlebotomy certification after 40 hours of training.

*Please note that some curriculum items have had to be temporarily altered and/or removed from the program to accommodate social distancing and student safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Professional Licenses/Certifications
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
OSHA 10
American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS)  and Heartsaver (CPR & First Aid)

 

Skills/Knowledge Acquired
Anatomy & Physiology​​​
Medical Terminology
Fundamental healthcare skills​​​
Research
Understanding of the health care system
Communication​​​

Course Activities
Dissections​​​​
CPR & First Aid training
Guest speakers​​​
Simulation labs
Field trips​​​​
Wellness activities

 

Dual Enrollment/College Credits
Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) 7 college credits

 

Entry Level Career Opportunities
Certified Nursing Assistant​​
Dental Assistant
Hospital Unit Helpers​​
Veterinary Assistant

 

Career Opportunities (with further education)
Registered Nurse​​​
Physical Therapist
Occupational Therapist ​​
Medical Social Worker
Radiologist ​​​
Respiratory Therapist
Veterinarian ​​​
Dental Hygienist
Surgical Technician​​​
Physician
Dentist​​​​​
…and many more