In this career major you’ll master the skills that employers need in hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living centers, hospice centers and home health agencies. In this hands-on program you’ll learn proper techniques to assist patients of all ages as they perform basic daily tasks that range from hygiene and grooming to helping patients walk, assisting wheelchair-bound patients, and transferring and transporting patients using safe assistive devices. You’ll also learn vital signs and CPR. Upon completion of this career major, you will be eligible to become certified as a nurse aide and a home health aide.
This career major is also a platform for those individuals who plan to enter the nursing field and meets all of the prerequisite requirements for Meridian’s practical nursing program. Completion may give students points on applications to higher education health care programs, and/or meet some prerequisite requirements. High school students can earn high school science credit upon successful completion of the anatomy course. This career major is a prerequisite for Health Careers 2.
Get out of the classroom and into the real world with projects such as:
Use the skills you’ll learn in this program to find a career you’ll love. Possibilities include:
Core Medical Terminology
Long Term Care Aide
Home Health Care Nursing Assistant
Core Healthcare Provider CPR and First Aid
Health Careers I Captstone
WorkKeys®, an assessment tool from the ACT® organization, measures skills employers have identified as critical to job success in their industry and are used in hiring and promoting employees. Students are able to earn the ACT®-issued National Career Readiness Certificate by meeting the score requirements for their job field on three WorkKeys® assessments.
Matching the right employees with the right job creates employee job satisfaction, increased self-confidence and the best wages possible for the employee. The employer benefits with reduced turnover and training, increased productivity and overall company success. To learn about the WorkKeys® scores needed for your future career field visit Job Profiles.
The required WorkKeys scores for this career major are:
Applied Math – 3
Workplace Documents – 3
Graphic Literacy – 3
In order to be successful in a career, students will need to meet all technical and academic standards related to their career of choice at Meridian. Meridian offers rigorous programs of study designed in cooperation with business and industry to ensure students are fully prepared for the demands of the workplace.
When a student completes all standards as set forth in their program of study, they will be considered a graduate of Meridian and receive the Career Ready Credential. Students who do not meet these standards will not be considered graduates of Meridian. Students should have:
Students earning a Career Ready Credential may also earn the Postsecondary Ready Endorsement, Citizenship Ready Endorsement and the National Career Readiness Certificate (CRC).