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Health Careers

The Health Careers program provides training for students who wish to pursue a career in nursing or other medical-related fields.  Students become immersed in a rigorous course of study which integrates important concepts in science, math, and skill-based training.  This program includes an honors option and will prepare students to obtain a variety of related credentials which will prepare them to enter the workforce upon graduation, enter college, and beyond.  

In order to become eligible to take the Rhode Island Department of Health Certified Nursing Assistant exam, students must accumulate a minimum of forty clinical hours in off-site facilities.   At this time,  due to the ongoing Covid19 regulations, the Department of Health requires students to be vaccinated to enter and intern in a healthcare facility.  Our partner sites include West View Nursing Home, Alpine Nursing Home, St. Elizabeth’s, and Riverview Nursing Center to name a few of our local partners.

Students can receive a science-related credit upon completing Health Careers 4.  

Students are encouraged to participate in SkillsUSA competitions

  • Basic Health Care Skills
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Health Knowledge Bowl
  • Health Occupations Professional Portfolio
  • Medical Math
  • Medical Terminology
  • Nursing Assistant 

Examples of careers students may pursue related to this training program are

  • EMT and Paramedic
  • Home Health Aide
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Nurse Midwife
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Personal Care Aide
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician
  • Physician's Assistant
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Registered Nurse

Students can earn the following credentials in this program:

  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Certified Patient Care Technician
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • OSHA General
  • Adult, and Infant CPR
  • First Aid, AED Fibrillation
  • Medical Terminology
  • CCRI College Credit BIOL 1070 (Health Careers 1-4)
  • CCRI College Credit BIOL1080 (Health Careers 1-4)

Required Course Sequence:


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  • EMT - Full Year 180 Minute Block Every Other Day (Must be recommended and must have a B+ minimum average in core classes)
  • Certified Patient Care Technician  - Full Year 90 Minute Block Every Other Day (Must be recommended)

Industry Partners:  Westview Nursing and Rehab Center, Alpine Nursing Home, Riverview Healthcare Community, St. Elizabeth's Assisted Living

Work-Based Learning:  Internship (Clinical Hours) and Service Learning (Vaccine Clinics, Vision and Wellness Screens)

Post Secondary Partner- Community College of Rhode Island

CTSO:  SkillsUSA


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