The Health Assisting Program is a three-year course of studies designed to allow students to acquire knowledge and skills in various health care fields. The curriculum is anatomy and science based and is aligned with the Massachusetts Department of Education Frameworks for Health Assisting. Emphasis is placed on developing work related skills as well as developing professional and interpersonal skills. The program includes a component that prepares students to be Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA), and is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The major goal of the program is for students to become aware of the roles and responsibilities of health assistants as active members of the health care team. Training for the program occurs in a variety of settings from the classroom laboratory to local health care facilities. Two major features of this program are: (1) Internships in Clinical Settings (2) Cooperative Education opportunities for qualified Level 3 students.
The courses include an embedded physical education and health component that meets the CPSD PE requirement. Students enrolled in these courses will not be required to take a separate Physical Education course.