Introduction to Healthcare


Introduction to Healthcare is a one-year hands-on training program for a career in healthcare. Students will be prepared to enter directly into the workforce as an LNA or pursue further education in the college setting. The study of anatomy & physiology will be the foundation for experiential learning such as dissections, skills training in our simulated hospital room, and learning medical assessment techniques such as vital signs, blood glucose testing, and head to toe assessment. In addition, students will have 32 hours of clinical training in a local skilled nursing facility where they will practice patient care skills such as the use of wheelchairs, daily personal care, and working with memory impairment. Lastly, students will prepare for employment by exploring different career options within healthcare, preparing a resume and cover letter, and participating in interviews with potential employers.


LNA licensure through the State of Vermont; American Red Cross Certifications: Adult, Infant and Child CPR, Automated External Defibrillator, First Aid, and Bloodborne Pathogens; National Technical Honor Society; dual enrollment college credit available: Introduction to Healthcare (CCV 3.0 credits)

High School credits available include: 


• Certified Medical Assistant
• Dental Hygienist
• Home Health Aid
• Medical Assistant 
• Nursing (LNA, LPN, RN)
• Phlebotomy
• Pharmacy Tech
• Physical Therapy Assistant
• Respiratory Therapy
• X-Ray Technician


Tracy Centracchio

Tracy Centracchio has been teaching at the Health Sciences academy since 2017.  She has her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing with a Minor in Human Growth and Development and a concentration in Nutrition, all curriculum areas that are taught in the Health Sciences Academy. She has worked as a registered nurse for 25 years in a variety of clinical settings including cardiac stepdown, medical surgical nursing, postpartum doula, long term care and as a director of a residential care facility.  The decades of relationships that have been built in the medical community of Vermont open many doors for student shadows and partnerships. This vast clinical experience provides real life stories to bring the academic content to life. On school breaks, Tracy has led many service trips for both adults and teens to Haiti to work in medical clinics. Tracy is currently working on her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction.

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Program Outcomes

Students will be prepared to take the Licensed Nursing Assistant exam (administered by the state of Vermont). Once licensed, they will be sought after candidates for employment at healthcare facilities throughout Vermont Students will also be prepared to pursue a rigorous college education.

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