Health Occupations

15 months, 1590 hours

The Health Occupations program is intended to develop necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes for safe, competent performance as an entry-level worker in the healthcare field such as a nurse’s aide or a home health aide. Classroom and laboratory instruction are combined with field trips and clinical experiences to expose the student to a variety of health career choices.

Nursing Assistant students in this program are prepared to take the test for Pennsylvania Nurse Aide Registry.

The core curriculum includes an introduction to health care, infection control, safety and emergency procedures, ethical and legal responsibilities, nutrition, normal body functions and common diseases, patient care, human growth and development, rehabilitation and office procedures.

All students are expected to complete a clinical experience.

Industry Certifications:

  • Nurse Aid Registry
  • BLS Healthcare Provider
  • Heartsaver First Aid
  • Personal Care Home Direct Care Staff Certificate
  • OSHA/CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification


Required/Optional Items
Purchased through

Required Items
Purchase from any Vendor

Required Footwear

Required Safety Gear

· Two Navy V-Neck Scrub Tops with BCTC Logo
· Two Pairs Navy Scrub Pants – proper fitting and no holes

· Two Wine V-Neck Scrub Tops with BCTC Logo· Two pairs Wine Scrub Pants – proper fitting and no holes

· Two Hunter Green V-Neck Scrub Tops with BCTC Logo

· Two Pairs Hunter Green Scrub Pants – proper fitting and no holes

· Navy Zippered Microfleece with Pockets with BCTC Logo

· White Medical Warm-Up


N/A White sneakers, not canvas or cloth N/A


The link provided for each book title will take you to  Please note that you are NOT required to purchase the books from Amazon.  You may purchase the books from any vendor.

First Year Students
Medical Terminology 350: Learning Guide (2nd Edition) – by Dean Vaughn

ISBN #:  978-0-91490-112-9
The Textbook is available for purchase through BCTC. Please see your Instructor for more information.

Diversified Health Occupations (8th Edition) – by Louise Simmers

ISBN #:  978-1-13370-320-4

Diversified Health Occupations (8th Edition) – by Louise Simmers

ISBN #:  978-1-13369-361-1


12th Grade – NAT Program Students

Nursing Assisting:  A Foundation in Caregiving (4th Edition) – by Hartman Publishing Inc. (Paperback)

ISBN #:  978-1-60425-061-9

Nursing Assisting:  A Foundation in Caregiving(4th Edition) by Hartman Publishing Inc.  (Workbook)

ISBN #: 978-1-60425-062-6
*Must purchase new!

Tool / Supply / Protective Equipment

Quantity Needed Level 1, 2, or 3 Approximate Cost Suggested Vendor
Footwear Requirement: White nursing shoes or white sneakers, NOT CANVAS OR CLOTH; No open-heel shoes. Socks 1 pair Levels 1, 2, & 3 TBD Any store
Watch with a Second Hand 1 Levels 1, 2, & 3 TBD Any department store

* BCTC will pay for one pair of safety glasses (if required) and may assist with payment for the testing fees or core certification tests (first time only).  Additional safety glasses and testing fees must be paid by the student.

ACE Health Occupations

Program Entrance Recommendations:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Algebra I or Geometry
  • Problem-solving / troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Mechanical aptitude

Career Pathways:

  • Medical Assistant
  • Home Health Aide
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Personal Care Aide