Technical Health Careers

Technical Health Careers


health careersTechnical Health Careers

Instructor: Missy Carpenter
mcarpenter@orangesouthwest.org
802-728-9595  ext 420

The Technical Health Careers program offers students the time and opportunity to explore various careers within the healthcare industry. The program provides the information students need in order to make informed decisions regarding the health care paths they wish to follow and includes coursework on such topics as anatomy and physiology, first aid and advanced life support, patient care and communication, medical terminology, safety, as well as fundamental healthcare competencies. Graduates are prepared to enter a two- or four-year college program and are equally prepared for entry level into a variety of healthcare workforce positions after high school.

While covering a full curriculum of content specific to this trade, students will be trained and assessed in accordance with Proficiency Based Graduation Requirements (PBGRs). For more information on Proficiency Based Learning, visit the VT Agency of Education’s website at: education.vermont.gov

Career opportunities include:
Nursing
Pharmacists or pharmacy technicians
Veterinarians or veterinary technicians
Laboratory specialists
Dental hygienists
Midwives
Nurse practitioners
Physical or Occupational Therapists
Radiologists
Emergency medicine               

Average salaries for Technical Health grads:                           
Nurses - $68,450                                  
Nurse Practitioner - $97,900                                 
Pharmacy Technicians - $32,100                                 
Pharmacist - $90,000                                  
Dental Hygienist - $73,000
Medical Records Technician - $41,000
Radiologist - $340,000
Nurse/Midwife - $96,800
Lab Specialist - $49,500 

Community Partners/Employers:
Gifford Medical Center
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
Mayo Healthcare
Berlin Health and Rehabilitation

College Credit and Industry Certifications:
The program offers Medical Terminology for three college credits thru River Valley Community College. Students will also complete training to earn their  Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA) certification, as well as First Aid and CPR. Students are also strongly encouraged to participate in college-level dual-enrollment courses at CCV or VTC.

Past students have attended Castleton State University, Lyndon State College, University of Vermont, Norwich University, University of Southern Maine, Vermont Technical College, and Community College of Vermont.

Interests and Attitudes:
Students applying to the Technical Health Careers program should possess a strong interest in providing service and health care to a wide range of populations; a commitment to mastering the ongoing challenges of academic and clinical skill development; a willingness to obtain additional academic support if needed; and a desire to take academic and personal initiative. Students should have a dedicated, positive, caring, and encouraging attitude.