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Capital Area Technical Center

Health Academy

Health Academy
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Certified Nursing Assistant                    Juniors/Seniors
This half-day program provides students with the opportunity to acquire knowledge and learn the skills necessary to become a Certified Nursing Assistant.  Students learn how to give basic nursing care to patients and residents.  This includes assisting with personal hygiene, movement, nutrition, elimination, communication and emergency situations.  In the classroom students learn about anatomy and physiology, diseases, illnesses and conditions of the human body, and they practice tasks in the skills lab.  Working in the local nursing homes and hospital is required.  Qualified students who successfully complete the program have the opportunity to take the State of Maine Certified Nursing Assistant exam in the spring and become a Certified Nursing Assistant (C.N.A.).  Students are prepared to work as a C.N.A. and/or further their education in nursing or other medical fields.
Attendance is crucial there are state mandated hour requirements that must be fulfilled prior to take the C.N.A. exam. A student interview and references may be required.


Health Careers Science/Concentration in Human and Animal Studies  
Course offered in the second session, 9-11 a.m.
Students will learn medical and animal terminology, which is the foundation necessary to establish a career in the Human and Animal Sciences field.  Students will learn Human and Companion Animal Anatomy and Physiology, Fire Safety, CPR for humans and animals, as well as infection control procedures.  Students will practice various skills related to human and animal studies including vital signs, feeding and bathing animals and other various human and animal nursing procedures.  Students will also have hands on experience in a variety of clinical settings, as determined by the instructor.  Students that successfully complete the program may be eligible to become employed in a medical office setting and/or veterinary clinic.

Health Careers Science/Concentration in Personal Support Specialist 
Semester Course
A comprehensive course of instruction designed to cover aspects of personal care including:  body mechanics, environmental safety, client transfers and ambulation, universal precautions, nutrition and homemaking.  Successful completion of the Personal Support Specialist course qualifies an individual to provide direct care to clients in assisted living facilities, residential care facilities, adult day care programs and home care settings.  

Health Careers Science/Exploring Medical Careers              Sophomores/Juniors/Seniors
Semester Course
Health Care is the largest industry in America.  The aging of our populations, combined with the continued technological advances will significantly increase the health care demand and career opportunities.  Tremendous career opportunities exist and will continue to grow for students interested in health care delivery, formulating policy, public health, leadership, medicine, nursing and other vital health professions.  This course will focus on medical careers, ethical and legal responsibilities, history of health care and the economics of health care.  Students will develop a concept of health and wellness from the perspective of a health consumer as well as a potential health professional.

The Health Academy has three instructors who may be contacted at:

Mrs. Dumoulin at

Mrs. Parker at

Mrs. Sherman at



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