Health Occupations

Health Occupations

Location: West Campus (Leesport)
Instructor: Kathy Bailey (RN) | Alexa Breslin (RN) | Jessica Eckert (RN)
CIP Code: 51.0899

The Health Occupations program is a three-year course 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 students to a variety of health career choices. The core curriculum material is based on the requirements of the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Pennsylvania Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Program. Students in this program are prepared to take the test for the 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 encouraged to maintain eligibility to participate in the Nurse Aide Training Program. Eligibility requirements are based on academic grades, attendance and discipline record while enrolled at BCTC.

Industry Certifications:

Nurse Aide 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 holesREQUIRED Level 2:
· Two Wine Green V-Neck Scrub Tops with BCTC Logo
· Two pairs Wine Green Scrub Pants – proper fitting and no holesREQUIRED Level 3:
· Two Hunter Green V-Neck Scrub Tops with BCTC Logo
· Two Pairs Hunter Green Scrub Pants – proper fitting and no holes

· Zippered Microfleece with Pockets with BCTC Logo in color of your level
· White Medical Warm-Up

N/A White leather sneakers, not canvas or cloth




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 Workbook (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(5th Edition) by Hartman Publishing Inc.  (Workbook)

ISBN #: 978-1604251227
*Must purchase new!

Nursing Assisting:  A Foundation in Caregiving,5e (5th Edition) – by Diana Dugan RN (Textbook) (Paperback)

ISBN #:  978-1604251210

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. NO CROCS 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.

Health Occupations

Program Entrance Recommendations:

  • Reading at grade level
  • 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
  • Registered Nurse
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Nurse Aide
  • Physician’s Assistant