• Health Occupations

    Employment for healthcare occupations is expected to grow 23% over the next 10 years, more than any other group of occupations.
    Wages for healthcare occupations vary by specialty. In 2020, the median salary for a home health aide was $27,080 per year.
    For Respiratory Therapists with an associate’s degree, the median salary was 
    $62,810 in 2020.
    For physician’s assistants with a master’s degree the median salary in 2020 was $115,390 per year.
    (Source: United States Bureau of Labor Statistics)Photo of Ariel Smith

    The Health Occupations Program offers students an opportunity to learn about and experience the many opportunities in the field of health care. Upon graduation students may be employed as certified nursing assistants or may use the strong foundation the program provides to seek additional post-secondary education or professional certifications. After receiving a foundation in basic nursing, first aid, and interpersonal skills, students will participate in clinical experiences at an extended care facility and an acute care hospital. Students will have the opportunity to earn college credits from both Rutgers University and Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC).

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    Health Occupations students practicing patient-centered skills while their instructor looks on Curriculum

    Year 1:
    Basic Health Assisting, Infection Control,
    Universal Precautions, CPR/First Aid Certification,
    Assessing Vital Signs

    Year 2:
    Basic Patient Care,
    Physical and Psychological Evaluation,
    Nutrition, First Responder Certification

    Year 3:
    Rutgers Health Science Career Program –
    Dynamics of Healthcare in Society –
    3 College Credits available
    if you entered the Program as a freshman

    Year 4:
    Rutgers University–
    Medical Terminology
    3 College Credits available
    if you entered the Program as a freshman

    Raritan Valley Community College–
    Human Biology
    3 College Credits available
    to both freshmen and sophomores
    that enter the Program

    Classes meet for 2 periods/90 min per day, 5 days a week

    Average number of new students accepted per year: 12

    Opportunity for professional certifications: YES

    Opportunity to earn college credits: YES

    Questions? Check out the FAQ Page

    Health Occupations Student PlansFuture Careers

    Certified Nursing Assistant
    Dental Assistant
    Occupational Therapist
    Medical Technician
    Physical Therapy Assistant
    Physician’s Assistant
    Practical Nurse
    Registered Nurse
    Emergency Medical Interventionist

    Recent Student

    Elizabethtown College
    Montclair State University
    Raritan Valley Community College
    Rutgers University
    Seton Hall University Wagner College
    William Paterson University


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