• Health Occupations


    Employment for Health Care Occupations is expected to grow 18% over the next 10 years, more
    than any other group of occupations. Wages for healthcare occupations vary by specialty. In 2019 the median salary for a Home Health Aide was $25,280 per year; for a Respiratory Therapist with an Associate’s Degree, the median salary in 2019 was $61,330 per year; for a Physician’s Assistant with a Master’s Degree, the median salary in 2019 was $112,260 per year.

    (Source: United States Bureau of Labor Statistics)             

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    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 who enroll as freshman will have the opportunity to earn college credits from both Rutgers University and Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC). Students who enter the program during their sophomore year will have the opportunity to earn college credits from Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC).Photo of Brian Coletta

    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

     Future Careers

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

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