Students in this pathway take four pathway courses: Introduction to Health Careers, Medical Terminology, College Nursing Assistant Training and Medical Science Academy. In addition, they can earn a State of Illinois Certified Nursing Assistant certificate from the high school and can take one of two capstone courses focused on health science – Medical Science Academy and Middle College.
Middle College at Harper Health Professions Program
The D214 Middle College at Harper Health Professions Program is designed for seniors preparing to enter allied health professions (i.e. dental hygienists, medical technologists or speech language pathologists) and who plan to complete a healthcare program at Harper College following high school graduation.
This yearlong program at Harper College is designed for students working to earn associate degrees in areas such as nursing, dental hygiene and surgical technology or for certificates in medical assisting, EKG technician, medical coding and more.
Through Middle College, seniors take dual credit health science and general education courses on the Harper College campus full-time. Students can earn up to 30 college credit hours during their senior year, whether they are interested in preparing for an associate degree program or pursuing an industry certificate.
Work Based Learning Experiences in Allied Health
Student interns have completed a variety of tasks in the Allied Health field, including, but not limited to:
- Observe clinical works with a medical professional and patient (e.g. speech therapy, spinal adjustments)
- Assist with patient check-ins
- Digitize patient in-take forms (e.g. HIPPA, healthcare screening)