"DMACC offers an exciting series of courses that helps high school students explore the possibility of a health career for themselves. During one semester students have an overview of all the different careers in the health field. They investigate what that occupation is like, what type of training or certification is required, etc. They not only learn about the careers—they experience first hand on the job and take field trips to different health care sites. They also learn about the language of medicine in a medical terminology course. Finally they learn about emergency care and become certified in CPR. They have the confidence and skills to act in true emergency situations.
During another semester of courses students may take the basic 75-Hour Nurse Aide course and the Advanced Nurse Aide course. These courses can help prepare them for jobs in the long-term or acute care setting. The courses are arranged for classroom work and clinical experience in local nursing homes and hospitals. For some nursing programs these courses are pre-requisites. These classes give students valuable skills for caring for themselves and others.
The most exciting thing is that all of this can be done before students even graduate from high school. Too often students get into a program and decide it is not what they expected. At this early stage, students can explore their own interests and then work toward their career goals. The information becomes valuable as they make their own health-related decisions throughout life. The health field holds many exciting opportunities for careers and DMACC's offerings help prepare students for gratifying work experiences!"
- Clare Kostelnick, RN ~ Health Occupations and Nurse Aide Instructor
"I like learning new terms that I'll be using in a future career."
- Lindszy Hanson, Boone High School
"It helps you explore different possibilities of the health occupations or careers you could go into within the health field and shows you all of the new things you can do in life."
- Katie Erb, Boone High School