11-7-14 Lightner Ashley  Engle Rachel NURS

What is Healthcare Pathways?

The Healthcare Industry employs over 600,000 Pennsylvanians and is the largest private employer in Cumberland County.  Employment is projected to increase 15% by 2026 and there is a tremendous need for skilled workers to fill the current and future skills gap.  The Healthcare Pathways Program at Cumberland Perry Area CTC  prepares students with the theoretical knowledge and tangible skills needed for a variety of  different pathways within the Healthcare Industry, including employment and post-secondary education opportunities. 

After a core curriculum that includes an Introduction to Healthcare, Patient Care Skills, Anatomy and Physiology, and Medical Terminology, students will have the ability to select options within the program that best fit their future career goals, including the potential attainment of stackable  credentials and college credits.  Elective options include Phlebotomy, EKG, and Pharmacy Technician courses, Cooperative Education, and seniors may apply for the Emerging Health Professionals program.

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Program Objectives

  1. Complete PA Department of Education Program of Study (POS)
  2. Complete NOCTI Competencies
  3. Obtain Industry Certifications:
    • CPR/FA
    • PA Nurse Aide
    • Direct Care Worker
    • Career Safe
  4. Industry Visit (Level 1)
  5. Post-Secondary Visit (Level 2)
  6. Industry Visit in Assisted Living setting (Level 3)
  7. Complete Clinical Experience (Bethany Village, Level 3)
  8. Employability Skills Training

For more information on the certification and curriculum items listed, please refer to the "Industry Certification" and "Task List" links to the left.

Level 1

  • Safety/Infection Control/HIPAA
  • Vital Signs/Height and Weight
  • Basic Structure/Body Planes, Directions, and Cavities
  • Integumentary System
  • Skeletal System
  • Muscular System
  • Bed Making
  • Positioning, Turning, and Moving
  • Positioning for Exams
  • Range of Motion
  • Business and Accounting Skills

Medical Terminology - Dean Vaugn 350

Level 2

  • Safety/Infection Control/HIPAA
  • Nervous System
  • Respiratory System
  • Ambulatory/Assistive Devices
  • Digestive System
  • Law and Ethics
  • Urinary System
  • Thermotherapy and Cryotherapy
  • Circulatory and Lymph Systems
  • Professionalism
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Endocrine System
  • Special Senses
  • Nutrition
  • Reproductive System
  • Cultural Diversity/Communication
  • Medical Abbreviations

Level 3

PA Nurse Aide Certification (NATCEP)

  • PA NATCEP Curriculum (See state website for a complete list of objectives)
  • 167 Clocked Hours
  • In-facility Testing for NA Certification

CPR and First Aid Certification (ASHI)

  • Career Safe OSHA Certification

BIO 105

  • BIO 105: Medical Terminology course


  • Mock Interview with Human Resource Personnel (after clinical experience; offers potential for employment opportunities)



Is it for You?

Students interested in the Healthcare Pathways program should enjoy engaging directly and personally with others; reading, science, and mathematics; and working in a challenging and continuously-changing field. Health and Medical Assistants may work alone or as members of a team under the direct supervision of a nurse, physician, or other health professionals. They usually work indoors in well lighted, well ventilated, and sanitary surroundings. The standard workweek for nursing varies greatly dependent upon the office or institution in which you work; since health care must be provided twenty-four hours a day, work schedules may include evenings, nights, weekends and holidays. Professionals in this field possess the following qualities:

  • Good general health
  • Good personal hygiene
  • The ability to get along with others/self control
  • Good manual dexterity
  • Good communication skills
  • Good attendance
  • Strong reading, science and math skills
  • Good problem solving skills
  • Good adaptability to change
  • Ability to receive and follow through on instructions
  • A strong sense of commitment, integrity, and empathy

For more information on this program's objectives, please visit the "Task List" link to the left.



What's Next?


Potential Career Pathways


While there are positions in this field that require additional education, students can also go straight to work after graduation! Here are just some of the career opportunities available:


Nursing Assistants ($31,590)

Physical Therapists' Assistants ($44,050)

Home Health Aides ($25,810)

Cardiovascular Technologists & Technicians ($50,920)

Phlembotomist ($34,830)

Registered Nurse ($73,300)

...and many more

*Salaries listed are PA state averages taken from www.onetonline.com and are accurate as of 2020. Some careers may require additional study.


Post-Secondary Studies


Students who do want to continue their education in this field have a variety of institutions and majors to choose from. Here is just a sampling:


HACC: Medical AssistingMedical Laboratory TechnicianNursing

Penn College: NursingHealth Information TechnologyEmergency Medical Technician

YTI: Pharmacy TechnicianMedical AssistantHealth Information Technology

*Some careers may require additional study.



Whether it's right to work or off to college, students graduating from the Nursing program at CPAVTS can be assured that they have opportunities unlimited!