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The Health Careers Program is a two-year program that integrates classroom studies with clinical and practical application. Students are exposed to a considerable array of careers in healthcare. They will visit various medical facilities to get a first-hand look at the choices available to them. Guest speakers, classroom and online learning and skills training in a realistic lab setting are part of the first year.

Level I students will study a wide range of subjects.  We'll examine the structure of healthcare, learn about law and ethics, human growth and development and infection control.  Lessons will include the systems of the body as students begin learing about the diseases and disorders affecting each system.

During Level II, a combination of classroom and online learning and onsite clinical rotations will comprise the training which will fulfill the Vermont Board of Nursing requirements necessary to allow students to sit for the Licensed Nurse Assistant (LNA) exam. Level II also provides the opportunity for clinical externships, work cooperatives and dual enrollment with River Valley Community College; an option that offers three (3) transferable college credits.

Level I and Level II classes will receive American Red Cross certification in CPR and AED for Workplace and Community.

Both levels of the Health Careers Program focus on RVTC’s center-wide employability skills; DEPENDABILITY, ORGANIZATION, COMMUNICATION, PROBLEM-SOLVING AND COLLABORATION. This, along with the program curriculum, prepares students for college entry or for entering the workplace after high school.

This program is a good choice for those students interested in one of the over 100 career pathways in the healthcare field. Many graduates have gone on to college in the fields of nursing, sports medicine, X-ray technologist, physical therapy, pharmacy and dental hygiene.

Program Highlights


Health Careers Level I

Credit: 3 elective credits
Eligibility: Students in grades 11 and 12
Prerequisites: Biology, Algebra I stongly recommended.
Student must have at least a “junior” standing at their home high school.
Schedule: Full year; 7:50 am - 10:09 am

Health Careers Level II

Credit: 1 embedded science and 2 elective credits
Eligibility: Students in grade 12
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Health Careers Level I with a grade of 70 or higher.
Schedule: Full year 11:40 am - 1:45 pm