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Health Assisting

Students in the Health Assisting career major

Program Description

Completion of the four-year Health Assisting Program will prepare the students for a wide variety of entry-level positions in the health care industry. Students will also be well prepared to pursue higher education in many health careers if they so choose. Through a combination of classroom teaching and clinical placements, students will be eligible for becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). In addition, students will be prepared for pursuing optional certifications as an EKG technician, phlebotomist and basic EMT. All students in Health Assisting are certified in CPR and First Aid, and OSHA.

Image of a student having his blood pressure checked by a nurse.

Course Content

  • Intro to Allied Health
  • Body Positions & Directional Planes
  • Communication & Professionalism in the Workplace
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Medical Terminology
  • Infection Control
  • Vital Signs
  • Growth and Development
  • Life Stages from Birth to Geriatrics
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Body System and Functions
  • Employability Skills
  • Clinical Placement in Nursing
  • Home Practicing Skills
  • Protecting Patients
  • Cultural Differences
  • Understanding Dementia
  • Total Care of Patient (Theory and practice of all skills involved)
  • EKG Basics
  • Phlebotomy Training including Understanding Basics Venipuncture, Dermal Puncture
  • Basic EMT Training
  • Nurse Assistant
  • Home Health Aide
  • OSHA

Career Tree: Health Assisting

First page of the PDF file: HealthAssistingCareerTree2019

Industry Certifications

  • OSHA 10-Hour General
  • Industry Safety
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Eligible for Nursing Assistant Certification
  • Eligible to Sit for EKG, Phlebotomist and EMT Exams

Possible Career Pathways

  • Certified Nurse Assistant
  • EKG Technician
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Transcriptionist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Physical Therapist
  • Radiology Technician
  • Registered Nurse

Salary Info

Massachusetts Averages:

  • Certified Nursing Assistant: $24.30/hour; $54,892/year
  • Emergency Medical Technician: $22.91/hour; $53,359/year
  • Licensed Practical Nurse: $42.58/hour; $76,434/year
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG) Technician: $32.87/hour; $76,529/year

National Averages:

  • EMTs and Paramedics: $36,930/year
  • Licensed Practical Nurse: $48,070/year
  • Registered Nurses: $77,600

(Updated 1/12/13)
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

College Partners

  • New England Institute of Technology

Employers Hiring Minuteman Graduates

  • Emerson Hospital
  • Lahey Clinic

Advisory Committee Partners

  • Hanscom A.F.B. Fire Department
  • Lifeline Ambulance Service
  • Woburn Meadow Green
  • Nursing Center
  • Middlesex Community College