Health Occupations Technology

  • Instructors: Mrs. Lindsay Smetak and Mrs. Susan McCreery
    Phone: 724-539-9788 x317
    Email: and
    The Health Occupation Technology Program offers a combination of subject matter and clinical education designed to prepare individuals for entry level positions in the health field. The program covers all requirements for the first step on the health career ladder and provides basic preparation for "spring boarding" to other Health Occupation careers such as, but not limited to, Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Nurse, Lab Technician, X-ray Technician, Dietician, Medical Transcriptionist, Unit/Ward Clerk, etc. Successful completion of the program will provide the graduate with eligibility for the PA State Competency Evaluation for Nursing Assistants and a completed task list of medical office assistant competencies.


    Nurse Assisting is designed to prepare students to work in an entry level position in a health care facility.  Students will study basic nursing skills, infection control, rights/abuse prevention, personal care skills, basic wound care, mobility skills, nutrition/hydration, client’s rights, and restorative skills.  Upon successful completion of the 200 hour theory and clinical requirements, students will participate in the 40 hour clinical rotation where they will provide care to patients in an actual health care facility under supervision of their instructor.  Students will then qualify to take the Pennsylvania Certified Nurse Aide exam. Upon successful completion of the state exam, students will be placed on the PA Nurse Aide Registry as Certified Nurses Aides. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in the cooperative education program where they continue their learning in an actual health care facility.

    Medical Assisting primarily focuses on two areas: administration and clinical.  The administration curriculum includes medical office management, business administration, medical insurances, transcription, recordkeeping, and accounting.  The clinical curriculum focuses on medical office procedures consisting of patient assessment, lab techniques, patient documentation, anatomy/physiology, medical terminology, medical law and lab safety.  Students enrolled in the medical assisting program will study both theory and clinical matter in the health career field.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in job shadowing activities and the cooperative education program where students continue to learn in an actual workplace setting.  



    The health care professional must possess a genuine interest in helping others. The ability to multi-task and be able to perform in different environments is a must. They must also be a team player be able to deal with the public population. Health care professionals must possess good hygiene, a pleasant demeanor, and must be able to respect the confidential nature of medical information.


    • Westmoreland County Community College
    • University of Pittsburgh
    • Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    • Pennsylvania State University
    • Bradford School
    • Career Training Academy
    • Douglas Education Center
    • Pittsburgh Technical College 
    • Commonwealth Technical Institute
    • Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center
    • Crawford County Career and Technical Center Practical Nursing Program
    • Northern Tier Career Center
    • Lancaster County Career and Technology Center
    • Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County
    • Huntingdon County Career and Technology Center
    • Harcum College
    • Wilkes-Barre Area Career and Technical Center Practical Nursing
    • Greene County Career and Technology Center
    • Lackawanna College
    • Mercyhurst College
    • Fayette County Career & Technical Institute Practical Nursing Program
    • Pennsylvania Institute of Technology
    • Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center
    • Lenape Area Vocational Technical School Practical Nursing Program
    • Western Area Career and Technology Center 
    • Human Needs and Human Development
    • Infection Control
    • Safety and Body Mechanics
    • Medical Terminology
    • Resident Unit
    • Common, Chronic, and Acute Conditions
    • Nursing Assistant and Care Team
    • Legal and Ethical Issues
    • Communications
    • Moving, Lifting, and Positioning
    • Personal Care Skills/Basic Nursing Skills
    • Urinary / Bowel/ Elimination/ Nutrition and Hydration
    • Confusion, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s/Death and Dying
    • Rehab/Restorative/Mental Health and Illness
    • Emergency Care and Disaster Preparedness
    • Home Health Aide
    • Medical Assistant
    • Sub-Acute Care
    • Crime and Violence Prevention
    • Licensed Practical Nurse
    • Medical Office Assistant
    • Nurse Aide
    • Occupational/Physical Therapy Assistant
    • EMT/Paramedic Technology
    • Registered Nurse
    • Medical Assistant
    • Medical Transcriptionist
    • Medical Biller
    • Massage Therapist
    • CPR /First Aid
    • PA Nurse Aide Certification