Health Programs at a Glance

Meridian offers a number of programs that prepare you for health-related fields. Each one is tailored to a different aspect of the industry and even different students and their stages of life. Below, you can get an idea of each full-time program and what doors it will open for you. If you aren’t interested in a full-time program, we have plenty of short-term options as well. As always, if you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us at 405.377.3333.

Full-Time Programs | Short Courses

Full-Time Programs

Biomedical Sciences – STEM Academy

The college preparatory Project Lead the Way curriculum introduces students to the human body, cell biology, genetics, disease and other biomedical topics in a sequence of four courses. Students are exposed to a diverse curriculum with a strong math and science foundation to better equip them for success in a science-related major at the university level. When students enter the Biomedical Sciences STEM Academy as a sophomore, they are able to take additional elective courses. Healthcare Provider and CPR certifications are built into this program. This program is ideal for high school students interested in pursuing a pre-med college pathway.

High school sophomores, juniors and seniors only. 2-3-year program. Follows academic calendar. Prerequisites.

Health Careers

If you know you want a career in the medical profession, the Health Careers program is the perfect place for you. From learning the basics of patient care to knowing how to use advanced medical and diagnostic equipment, you will get to work alongside and support medical professionals in a variety of health care settings while providing quality patient care. Upon completion of this program, you will be eligible to become a certified nursing assistant (CNA), a certified home health aide, a certified clinical medical assistant, a certified phlebotomy technician, and a medication administration technician (MAT).

The Health Careers program has three paths of study — Health Careers 1, 2 and 3. Upon completion of the level 1 program, students will be eligible to become certified as a nurse aide (CNA) and/or home health aide. Level 1 is a prerequisite to level 2. The level 2 program provides the required number of hours and training to become certified as a clinical medical assistant, a phlebotomist and/or a medication administration technician (MAT). The level 3 standalone program provides required hours and training to become certified as a clinical medical assistant, a phlebotomist and/or a medication administration technician (MAT). Level 3 includes Core Medical Terminology and Anatomy but does not count for high school science credit. Level 3 is for high school seniors and adults.

High school & adult. 1- or 2-year program. Follows academic calendar. Prerequisites.

Health Informatics

A career in the health care industry is right at your fingertips with Health Informatics. This in-demand industry blends health care, computers, finance and business administration. Train for a career as an Administrative Medical Assistant and play a key role in a hospital, clinic or doctor’s office. In addition to learning International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) coding principles, you’ll also learn basic medical office procedures and medical insurance claim processing. The Health Insurance Coding area of study focuses on maintaining patients’ records using electronic scheduling and billing.  In addition to learning International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) coding principles, the Health Insurance Coding program focuses on medical office procedures and medical insurance claim processing.

Adult only. Follows academic calendar. Application process.

Pharmacy Technician

This one-year program will help you develop an understanding of the names, appropriate uses and potential side effects of commonly prescribed medications. In addition to studying in a simulated pharmacy where you will learn how to manage, dispense and compound prescription medicines, you’ll also learn how to fill prescriptions using advanced robotic equipment often found in high-tech pharmacies. Graduates will have the skills they need to work in a variety of settings including pharmacies, hospitals, in-home health care settings and long-term care facilities.

Adult and high school seniors only. Follows academic calendar. High school application process. Adult application process.

Practical Nursing

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) play an important role in the health care field as the people who most often deal directly with patients on a day-to-day basis. From taking care of the needs of the patient to conveying any problems and discomforts to their supervisory nurses and doctors, the LPN frequently serves as the chief communicator for patients. Meridian’s LPN program is divided into different courses of instruction. Each course has objectives you’ll need to achieve before moving to the next course of instruction. In addition to mastering classroom theory, you’ll spend time in a variety of clinical settings honing your skills. This program begins twice a year, so applications are due December 1 for a February start date and June 1 for an August start date.

Adult only. 12-month program beginning February and August. Prerequisites.

Radiologic Technology

Technical skills are just part of what you’ll take away from this hands-on program. You’ll also learn how to communicate with patients, solve problems and work on a team with other health care professionals. Care and compassion are essential elements of this program. Upon successful completion of the educational and ethical requirements established by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT), students will be prepared to take the national certification exam. This program is the foundation for employment in diagnostic radiography and computed tomography. This program starts each August, and applications are due June 1.

Adult only. 24-month program. Classes begin each August. Prerequisites.

Additional Resources

Our full-time adult students may be eligible for financial aid. Find out more about your options.
Read more about the prerequisites required for Practical Nursing and Radiologic Technology and how to fulfill them. The good news is, Meridian offers all of the classes you'll need!
Our Practical Nursing, Health Careers and Biomedical Sciences -- STEM Academy programs all bring different certifications and opportunities, making them some of our most commonly compared health programs. See their differences at a glance.
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Short Courses

Looking for a specific certification or class? We offer a number of short-term options that you can read about below.

To take a closer look at the dates and times these or any of our classes are offered, search our course listings or look at our catalog online. To enroll, contact us at 405.377.3333. You can also stay in the know by signing up for our monthly short course emails.

Anatomy & Physiology

Study of the structural complexity of the human body and its intricate functional mechanisms. Become familiar with body structure and function of the body systems. Meets pre-requisite requirements for Radiologic Technology and Practical Nursing. Course description.

Certified Medication Aide

Designed for CNAs who will be responsible for the administration of medication to residents in care facilities. Course meets all OSDH requirements and prepares you to take the state’s certification exam. Must be a current CNA in LTC, HHA or DDCA with 6 months of CNA work experience, 18 years of age, and hold high school diploma or equivalency. Course description.

CPR & First Aid

We offer a number of CPR and First Aid classes and certifications such as Advanced Cardiac Life Support, BLS Provider, Heartsaver First Aid, Heartsaver CPR/AED, Infant/Child CPR for Family and Friends, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support.

Emergency Medical Technician

An EMT administers medical care, stabilization and transportation to sick or injured persons, working as a member of an emergency medical team. This course will prepare students to take the National Registry exam in order to become a licensed EMT in Oklahoma. There are clinical rotations and computer work to be completed outside of scheduled class meetings. Course description.

Home Health Aide

Will satisfy 16-hour training requirements to be eligible for deeming onto Nurse Aide Registry as a Home Health Aide. Pre-requisite: Must hold a current designation as a Long-Term Care Aide in the state of Oklahoma. Course description.

Medical Math Basics

An introduction to basic math and the emphasis will be on how math is utilized in the health field. Modules will cover basic math including fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, conversions, metric system and dosage calculations. Satisfies pre-requisite for Practical Nursing. Course description.

Medical Terminology

Introduction to the special language utilized in the medical field and health care. Understanding new words becomes easy with the discovery that many terms are made up of interchangeable word parts that are utilized in different combinations. Meets pre-requisite requirements for Radiologic Technology and Practical Nursing. Course description.

Medication Administration Technician

Emphasizes basic knowledge of legal and ethical issues for the Medication Administration Technician. Will learn performance of vital signs and how to properly administer certain medications in an environment where acute nursing care is not required. Pre-requisite to MAT Update. (Certification update training also available.) Course description.

Nurse Aide/Long-Term Care Aide

Prepares individuals to work in a long-term care facility, assisted living facility, etc. includes proper lifting and moving procedures and patient care skills relating to personal hygiene, safety, comfort, nutrition, exercise and elimination needs of residents. Must pass state skills and written tests to receive certification. Testing fees not included in tuition. Course description.


Will learn proper blood collection techniques, routine and special specimen collection requirements, and transportation procedures. Course description.

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