Intro to Health Care / Health Science Careers

Healthcare professionals are in great demand as the healthcare field is one of the largest and fastest growing industries.  Healthcare providers work in hospitals, offices (human, dental, and veterinarian), nursing homes, schools, and rehabilitation centers.  Recent changes in technology, the increasing use of sophisticated equipment and the expansion of the field throughout the nation have created a sharp demand for individuals certified in the allied health field.  Both programs offer instruction and use of sophisticated medical equipment, community healthcare volunteer opportunities, job seeking skills, and job shadow opportunities, and articulated college credits.

The Introduction to Health Care program at the WMCTC:
The ITHC program introduces students to the knowledge and skills required for employment within the diverse health care field.  Students will study a curriculum consistent with many of the health occupations such as anatomy and physiology, communication skills, medical terminology, vital signs, CPR and First Aid certification, and safety.  Employability skills are also included.

The Health Science Careers program at the WMCTC:
All seniors and 2nd year students will be enrolled in the Health Science Careers program, which is located at the Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital.  Students will build upon the knowledge and skills they learned during their first year through direct patient care.  Students will also receive their Nurse Aide Certification upon completion of course work.  A Certified Nurse Aide works in nursing homes, assisted living, Hospice, hospitals, community based long-term care, correctional institutions, and other long-term care settings.  Nursing assistants help patients of all ages perform the most basic daily tasks.  The Health Science Careers program also offers Pharmacy Technician Certification and Optometry Technician.

Student Organization / Community Enrichment:
HOSA is a national student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Technology Education Division of ACTE.  HOSA's two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people.  HOSA participants compete in a variety of areas in regional, state, and national competitions.  The WM-CTC Introduction to Health Care and Health Science Careers programs have sent student competitors to the national competition on a regular basis.    

Becky Nicholas, Instructor

Jill Doan, Instructor

Mary Baker, Paraprofessional

Lynette Hughes, Paraprofessional