The Health Occupations program is designed to meet the certification requirements for the Maine CNA license. Units of instruction include health career search, health and disease, anatomy and physiology, ethics, medical terminology, human growth and development, communication, health care responsibilities, and job seeking skills. This program also offers certification in Basic Life Support including Automated External Defibrillator (AED) use and First Aid for Healthcare Professionals.
Students spend the first half of the year in the classroom and lab at Tri-County, learning the academic and skills portion of the CNA certification requirements. The second half of the year is spent at local area health care establishments such as hospitals and nursing homes, allowing students to put skills they learn in the classroom into practice in live settings. Students must meet all required skills and maintain an 80% or higher average in the class in order to attend clinicals. Students must be 16 years of age or older in order to enroll in this program.
Outcomes: Competency Certificate, Skill Profile, Certified Nurse Assisting (CNA), Certification in BLS and First Aid for Healthcare Providers, NOCTI certificate, NOCTI college credit certificate, and/or three college credits in Medical Terminology.
Here’s a video of students learning to use the patient lift device.
Here’s a video with former instructors and students explaining the program: