Health Occupations Technology

Mrs. Jody Gunter, R.N., B.S.N., O.C.N.
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Mrs. Tonya Saggesse, M.S.N., R.N.
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CIP CODE: 51.0899

Health Occupations Technology is a two-year course. The information learned is through classwork, lab, and clinical experiences in area hospitals and nursing homes, physician, veterinarian, and dental offices. Our Health Occupations Technology Program can help train you for entry into a number of areas in the health field or for higher education.

In the first year of the program, the students spend time learning the language of the medical field – Medical Terminology. They also learn how the body is put together and how it functions, which is known as Anatomy and Physiology. They also learn the basics of disease, which is known as Pathophysiology.

Students  then  spend time in the laboratory learning hands-on patient care skills that are basic to any health care setting.

In the second year, students get the opportunity to explore a variety of health care settings by observing them first hand at a local hospital. They follow this up with an internship of their choosing in their area of focus.

Students get preparation to enter the workforce, tech school or college.

Students also are provided the opportunity to receive several certifications while in the program including: Certified Nurses Ad, CPR, First Aid, AED,  and OSHA.

College Credits available in Health Occupations Technology from:

  • Pittsburgh Technical College

  • St. Francis University

  • PA College of Technology

  • PA Institute of Technology

  • Greater Altoona Career and Technology Center

  • Commonwealth Technical Institute

  • Excelsior College

  • Great Johnstown Career and Technology Center

  • Soar Credits  

Transferable College Credits

Anatomy & Physiology, Medical Terminology, Health Law and Ethics, and Health AND Wellness.

Topics Covered:

  • Anatomy and Physiology

  • Communications

  • Medical Records

  • Ethics

  • First Aid

  • CPR

  • Medical Terminology

  • Diseases

  • Infection Control

  • Patient Care

Career Information:

Health Occupations Technology can be a logical first step if you plan to further your education after high school graduation through Associate or Bachelor Degree Programs in Practical Nursing, Registered Nursing, Medical Lab Technician, Medical Secretary/Assistant, Occupational Therapy, Surgical Technician, Dental Hygienist, or numerous other medical fields. This program provides a strong foundation in the health profession.

What are the benefits?


Health care is one of the fastest growing industries in the country with  nearly unlimited occupational potential and job security. 

Health Occupations Technology can be a logical first step if you plan to further your education after high school graduation through Associate or Bachelor Degree Programs.

Job opportunities that are available include, but are not limited to:

  • Registered Nurse

  • Medical Lab Technician

  • Medical Secretary/Assistant

  • Occupational Therapy

  • Surgical Technician

  • Personal Trainer

  • Military Placement

  • Veterinarian

  • Medical Doctor

Skills Needed:

A career in the healthcare field relies greatly on workers who know how to apply basic academic skills, use critical thinking skills, and be prepared to meet the physical demands of and be dedicated to the patients that they care for. Teamwork and the ability to truly function as a team player are essential to the success of a health care facility. A student in this program is also  expected to maintain confidentiality of all experiences gained within local facilities and to learn and at all times practice proper safety procedures including the use of personal protective equipment.