This program is designed to acquaint the student with the health field. A basic understanding of body structure and function, medical terminology, and human growth and development is acquired. Principles of safety and emergency care will be taught, and it is possible to earn an American Heart Association CPR certification and a certificate in American Red Cross Community First Aid and Safety. Interpersonal relationships and career goals are stressed, and diseases and methods of diagnosis and treatment are observed and discussed. Students practice their skills at a clinical site (area hospital or nursing home) during the second semester.
The Nursing Assistant course is the primary focus of the Health Occupations I program. This program includes instruction in nursing assistant skills that are developed in the classroom, then practiced in a supervised clinical site. Upon successful completion of the program and passing of the State of Maine exam, students will receive Maine State Certification as a Nurse Assistant and will be able to work in a nursing home or hospital, ensuring the students excellent employment opportunities at a good rate of pay.