Will the Health Occupations program be a good fit for my son or daughter?
- This program is for students in grades 9-12 within Somerset County that want to pursue a license in the Healthcare Industry. The class incorporates both theory and clinical work where students visit and volunteer at healthcare facilities. Students obtain their First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogen Card through the program. Additionally, students will be enrolled in a First Responder certification class (this is the certification that fireman and policemen receive) through the program where they will receive their Health Care CPR Provider card. Students have an opportunity to earn up to 6 college credits via Rutgers University. All seniors will have an opportunity to earn 4 college credits via Raritan Valley Community College contingent upon GPA. Additionally, during senior year students can enroll in an afterschool Certified Nursing Assistant class, Home Health Aid, Phlebotomy, and EKG Certification with Prestige Medical Solutions. During the summer, students can receive their Emergency Medical Technical Certification through Robert Wood Johnson Hospital and also earn 6 college credits.
Please note: This program goes on field trips for clinical and attendance is important. Absences can hinder progress in class as well as receiving certifications mentioned above.
There are several different certifications/college credit outcomes the Health Occupation program offers based on student ability and motivation. What are they?
- Option 1
- HS Diploma, Certified First Responder, Certified First Aid and CPR
- Option 2
- HS Diploma, Certified First Responder, Certified First Aid and CPR, Certified Nursing Assistant
- Option 3
- HS Diploma, Certified First Responder, Certified First Aid and CPR, Certified Nursing Assistant, Medical Terminology (3 credit Rutgers University Course)
- Option 4
- HS Diploma, Certified First Responder, Certified First Aid and CPR, Certified Nursing Assistant, Medical Terminology (3 credit Rutgers University Course) and Dynamics of Healthcare (3 credit Rutgers University Course)
- Option 5
- HS Diploma, Certified First Responder, Certified First Aid and CPR, Certified Nursing Assistant, Medical Terminology (3 credit Rutgers University Course), Dynamics of Healthcare (3 credit Rutgers University Course), Human Biology (4 credit Raritan Valley Community College Course), Certified OSHA training, and EMT Certification with a 6 college credit option
How does the Health Occupations program work?
- Students will apply to the program during their 8th grade year or during their freshman year. Based on entrance exams, attendance records, grades, and discipline, students are admitted to the program as freshman and sophomores with the option to attend Vo-Tech shared or full time.
What are the requirements for entry?
- Students must submit an application to our school prior to the deadline. Students must not have any major discipline incidences as well as excessive absences. Additionally, students must be in good academic standing. Any student who submits an application will partake in our entrance testing. Students take an entrance exam for both English and Math. Students must score at least a 7.0 on both assessments.
My child did not have any major discipline incidences, excessive absences, and is in good academic standing, however, they scored below the required 7.0 on the admission testing. Is there anything they can do to receive a spot in the program?
- Any student who scored below a 7.0 and has additional information that would impact the decision should write an appeal.
How does my child get to Vo-Tech?
- Transportation is provided by the sending district. Questions about transportation may be directed to the transportation department at the sending district.
What are the costs to the parent?
- During your child’s first year in the program students are required to purchase uniforms ($50) and come with clean white sneakers. During your child’s senior year based on their GPA, they will have the opportunity to take Human Biology for dual enrollment with RVCC which will cost $200 and the CNA certification via Prestige Medical which will cost $200 plus the cost of books, uniform, and the state test.
What clubs/activities can my child be part of?
- Any student attending Vo-Tech shared or full time will have the opportunity to participate in any club that we offer. For students attending full time, if Vo-Tech does not offer a club you are interested in, then you can partake in it at your sending district. As far as sports, Vo-tech has boys and girls soccer and basketball as well as baseball and softball.