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Explore a Career in Healthcare in High School and Earn Dual Credit With the Aims Medical Preparation Certificate Program

Are you a high school student interested in a healthcare career?  The medical preparation certificate program at Aims is a great way to explore different aspects of healthcare including emergency response, medical terminology and nurse aide skills. Gain real-world experience through volunteering and on-the-job training.
In this allied health certificate program, you will:

  • Learn the language and culture of healthcare
  • Simultaneously earn 12 high school and college credits
  • Earn six healthcare certificates
  • Develop a portfolio, including building a resume
  • Get hands-on experience during a 30-hour clinical internship

With lectures, labs and a 30-hour clinical rotation, the medical preparation certificate program provides a foundation for learning about different aspects of healthcare. You’ll also build a portfolio and learn how to create a resume to present during an on-campus job fair. 

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements Credits
required

Discusses current market trends in the medical profession, professional opportunities, continuing education, and professional affiliations. Discussions regarding resumes, portfolios, letters of inquiry, and interviewing techniques, as well as job search information is provided. This course is primarily informational and provides information to the student about aspect of career choices.  One credit. 

1
required

Explores and engages success strategies for students entering the allied health programs. Included are topics related to support team building, learning styles, study skills, note taking, and test-taking specific to the health care professional programs. One credit.

1
required

Provides an in-depth study of the structure of medical terms with emphasis on using and combining common prefixes, roots and suffixes. This course includes terms related to major body systems, oncology, and psychiatry as well as clinical laboratory and diagnostic procedures, and imaging, and provides accepted pronunciation of terms and relative use in the healthcare setting. Three credits.

3
required

Trains health care providers and fitness professionals in basic life support (BLS), two-person cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with automated external defibrillator (AED), and standard first aid with attention to sudden illness, specific diseases, and emergencies. Two credits.

2
required

Prepares the student to perform the fundamental skills of the nurse aide. Basic nursing skills, communication skills, restorative services, personal care skills, safety and emergency care issues are covered in theory and lab. Includes knowledge and/or principles of asepsis, OSHA and HIPAA regulations. Ethical behaviors, cultural sensitivity and principles of mental health will be addressed, as well as patient/resident rights. Zero to four credits.

Course Prerequisites

Permission of instructor

Course Corequisites
NUA 170
0-4
required

Applies knowledge and skill gained in NUA 101 to patient care. One credit.

Course Prerequisites

Permission of instructor

Course Corequisites
NUA 101
1
Total Credits for Certificate 12