Explore careers in the medical field while connecting with medical professionals and working in a healthcare setting. Learn fundamental skills and knowledge to start now on your path to a career in the medical field.
In the first two years of the pathway, you will learn fundamental skills like medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, medical ethics and basic skills like taking blood pressure and pulse rate. You will network with health professionals from local medical facilities and allied health programs and develop professional skills that will give you a competitive advantage. You will explore the many careers in the medical field and identify areas that most interest you.
In Level 3, you decide the focus area that best fits you:
- EXCEL Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
- EXCEL Medical (CCMA and more)
- EXCEL Pharmacy Tech (coming 2023)
Earn certifications that will allow you to go straight to work or set you on a path to further education and training: CPR, First Aid/AED, CNA, CCMA, and many other certifications.
Which Level 3 Focus Area?
After completing courses at Levels 1 and 2, students choose their focus area for Level 3.
In 2021-22 school year, only two focus areas will be offered:
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA):
- This Nurse Assistant Preparation Course is state-certified and will prepare students for future medical occupations, as well as, eligibility to be a certified nurse assistant upon completion. Students practice skills that relate to patient care such as vital signs, baths, transfer of patients, as well as, 16 hours of internship with a long-term care facility.
Students who successfully complete the Nurse Assistant Program with the state-required 96 hrs will be eligible to take the state certification exam to receive their certificate as a Certified Nurse Assistant. A lab fee for this class is required.
EXCEL Medical (CCMA) (open to only LRSD students)
- This course is a great way to start your medical world experience and lead you to careers such as Health Administration, Informatics, Clinical Specialties – Dental, Optometry, OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Billing and Coding, Phlebotomy, and EKG to name a few.
- Students can earn a CCMA certification. Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)– perform both clinical and administrative tasks, which include vital signs, collecting specimens and samples, patient history, and preparing patients for exam and treatment. They typically work in a medical office or clinic, urgent care centers, specialty clinics, or hospital setting. Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to intern, volunteer, and/or shadow in various medical facilities. You can earn certifications from UAMS Translational Research Institute, AHA BLS Heartsaver CPR/First Aid/AED, NHA Phlebotomy, Career Preparedness, and Business Office Technology Certifications.
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