Health Assistant

In the Health Assistant program, theory relative to the subject matter and structured clinical experiences prepare the health assistant to serve as a liaison between professional health workers and the recipients of health services. The core curriculum includes basic personal care skills, medical assistant skills, anatomy, physiology, nutrition, medical asepsis, ethics, medical terminology, computer literacy, first aid and employability skills. This program is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in a variety of health occupations such as nursing, medical assisting and home health care. Certifications available to qualified students include: Nurse Aid Certification (National Nurse Aid Assessment Program), American Heart Association Basic Life Support (CPR) for Health Providers, and American Heart Association Heart Saver First Aid. At program completion, the student is awarded a diploma.

General areas of training**:

  • Human Growth and Development
  • General Principles of Asepsis
  • Maintain the Patient Unit
  • Administer Personal Hygiene
  • Principles of Basic Nutrition
  • Measure and Record Vital Signs
  • Assist with Admissions, Transfer and Discharge

  • Assist with Physical Examinations
  • Apply Hot/Cold Applications
  • Administer Pre and Post Operative Care
  • Assist with Special Treatments and Procedures
  • Care of a Dying Patient
  • Secretarial Skills
  • Clinical Practicum


Next Steps

  1. Call the adult education career counselor at (814) 266-6073 x233 or (814) 266-6073 x133 Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to schedule a tour and/or make a registration interview appointment.
  2. You must have a high school diploma or GED.
  3. Be prepared to bring the $100 registration fee with you to the registration interview. This fee must be paid before your interview begins and is non-refundable. Payment of this fee secures your seat in the class and will be deducted from your tuition once you begin your program.
  4. During the interview, which is conducted by the adult education career coach, school policies and procedures will be reviewed. Additionally, any entrance requirements you must complete will be reviewed. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the program and/or the school.
  5. After your interview, you should begin the application process for financial aid (if applicable).
  6. Once all requirements are met, you will receive a letter of acceptance from the Supervisor of Adult Education.

Still have questions? Please submit them below or call 814-266-6073 x233 or 1-888-434-4436

You will be considered registered after you complete the registration interview and complete the necessary steps.