With the focus on developing nursing skills, Health Services is the ideal program for the outgoing, compassionate student interested in entering the growing field of health care. With patient care a top priority, students receive instruction in anatomy and physiology, growth and development, medical terminology, aging, infectious disease, mental health, and nutrition. Clinical experiences at area hospitals and facilities expose students to the health care worker’s role in long-term care, acute care, rehabilitation, Alzheimer’s, hospice care, and working with those with developmental disabilities. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has approved the Nursing Assistant preparation components of the program that allows qualified and eager students to take the certifying exam at the end of their junior year.
Skills you will learn:
• Nursing skills
• Caring for people throughout the life cycle
• Nutrition and special diets
• Medical terminology
• Pharmacy technician
• Safety measures
Clinical Experience: Translating classroom knowledge into practical experience is an essential step for our Health Services students. Through partnerships with area hospitals and healthcare facilities, including Milford Regional Medical Center and Westborough HealthCare, our students experience a variety of clinical environments. By participating in clinical rotations, our seniors practice their advanced care skills in acute care units such as cardiac and telemetry. In these controlled environments and under the supervision of instructors and hospital staff, they perform daily care functions such as range of motion, vital signs, transfers, and personal care for patients.
Health Education: One of the best ways to learn complex topics is to teach them to others. While preparing to explain a subject to another person, you get a more complete understanding of it. The Health Services program teams up with area senior centers to provide educational opportunities for both students and senior citizens. Our sophomores teach lessons about an assortment of health and wellness concerns such as diabetes, cardiovascular health, respiratory conditions, nutrition, wellness, and safety in the home. Through these presentations, our sophomores gain a greater comprehension of their studies and show compassion and empathy for others.
College & Career Placement
• Pre-Med, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
• Nursing, Simmons College
• Certified Nursing Assistant, Atria Draper Place Assisted Living
• Emergency Room Nurse, Daytona, Florida
• Nursing Supervisor, Beaumont Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing