Nursing Occupations

Program Description

Nurses touch the lives of people through caring. This comprehensive program provides students with academic and technical skill preparation in our onsite clinical laboratory where students train daily with licensed, professional registered nurses/instructors, using state-of-the-art simulation mannequins. These “Sim” patients allow students to practice and perfect their clinical skills in a variety of health care scenarios. Students will also participate in clinical experiences in hospitals, clinics, and long-term care facilities to enhance skills and provide career exploration opportunities. Students may complete requirements to become certified nursing assistants and earn up to 20 college credits. Students will also become certified in CPR and First Aid and will have the opportunity to join HOSA, a national student organization for students pursuing careers in health care. College credit may be earned at Delta College, Davenport University, and Ferris State University,

Program Content

    Personal Management and Employability skills
    Health Care Foundation Skills
    Medical Ethics, Legal Issues, and Confidentiality
    Safety/Universal Precautions
    Medical Terminology
    Journal and Report Writing
    Anatomy and Physiology
    Infection Control
    Patient Care and Vital Signs
    Certified Nurse Aide Skills
    CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer

Special Features

Students may participate in HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America), a national organization that provides opportunities to develop teamwork, personal leadership, and career skills valued by healthcare providers.

12th grade students will complete and present senior projects.
Students participate in on-site clinical experiences at local hospitals and long-term health care facilities for approximately 90 hours of class time.
Participation in community service projects.
Co-op and Paid Work Experience may be available.


4.0 cr. Nursing Occupations

Student Certifications

National Health Care Foundation Skill Standards Certificate
CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid
Certified Nurse Aide
Personal Management and Employablility Skills
CareerSafe Safety Education Training

Program Certifications

State Certified Nurse Aide Training Program

Program Requirements

Up-to-date Immunizations including: Hepatitis B, a negative TB test, and a background check is required by the end of October.
Adherence to dress code and grooming requirements
Uniform must be purchased and is required to be worn daily.
Sufficient motor function to carry out activities required in of nurse aides
Able to do moderate lifting
Good communication skills
“C” or better grades in high school math and science courses.
Reading Level: 11th grade

Career Possibilities

Certified Nurse Aide/CNA, Registered Nurse, Home Health Care Aide, Licensed Practical Nurse, Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Educator, Public Health Educator Nurse Practitioner, Medical Assistant, Paramedic/EMT, Clinical Nurse Specialist