Medical Health Professions

Medical Health Professions

Location: West Campus (Leesport)     Instructor: Kelly Ruth (RN)

A Senior Only Program

BCTC, Penn State Berks, and Tower Health are collaborating to offer an exciting Medical Health Professions Program for high school seniors.

The program combines high level academics with the opportunity to shadow healthcare professionals and earn college credits. The program exposes high school seniors to various healthcare professions so they can make more informed decisions about their future education. Students will be enrolled at both Penn State Berks and BCTC for one year. Students will take dual enrollment college courses at Penn State Berks two days a week, attend classes on medical-related theory two days a week at the Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences, and shadow healthcare providers at the hospital one day a week. Students will be able to earn up to seven transcriptive college credits through the program. Students will be expected to pay the equivalent to the Reading Area Community College dual enrollment cost per course credit toward the PSU courses, including PSU student fees; however, BCTC may assist the student with the tuition cost as funding is available.

BCTC provides education in the areas of healthcare, trends, professions, anatomy, physiology, and diseases. Tower Health provides job shadowing opportunities in which students will gain an understanding of the healthcare system by observing professionals in a real-world hospital environment. Admission to the program is competitive and students must meet strict admission guidelines.

Industry Certifications:

BLS Healthcare Provider, Heartsaver First Aid


Required/Optional Items
Purchased through

Required Items
Purchase from any Vendor

Required Footwear

Required Safety Gear

See Instructor for Ordering
· Hunter Green Scrub Top (one pocket)· Hunter Green Scrub Bottom/pants (drawstring, straight leg) – proper fitting and no holes· Grey program specific jacket
White sneakers or white clinical shoes 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.

Please note that there will be additional textbooks that will need to be purchased for the college courses taken at Penn State Berks.

The Human Body in Health & Disease (7th Edition) – by Kevin T. Patton and Gary A. Thibodeau

ISBN #: 978-0-32340-210-1 (Hardcover)
ISBN #: 978-0-32340-211-8 (Paperback)

Study Guide for The Human Body in Health & Disease (7th Edition) – by Linda Swisher RN EdD, Kevin T. Patton PhD and Gary A. Thibodeau PhD

ISBN #: 978-0-32340-294-1
*Must purchase workbook new!

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.

Tool / Supply / Protective Equipment

Quantity Needed Level 1, 2, or 3 Approximate Cost Suggested Vendor
Footwear Requirement: Primarily white sneakers or white clinical shoes 1 pair Level 1 TBD Any 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.

Medical Health Professions

Program Entrance Requirements:

  • College Prep chemistry and biology, with minimum 3.0 GPA
  • College Prep Algebra II, with minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Advanced or Proficiency in Reading and Math
  • PSAT or SAT scores
  • Medical History & Physical
  • Criminal & Child Abuse Clearances
  • TB test/immunizations
  • Letters of Recommendation from
    •  Guidance Counselor
    •  Science Teacher

Career Pathways:

  • Physician
  • Nurse
  • Therapist
  • Radiologist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physician’s Assistant
  • Lab Technician
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Surgeon