Therapeutic Services


Program Description

Therapeutic Services is a two year program for High School students. The program offers certifications in Patient Care Tech (nursing), Dental Aide, Phlebotomy, ECG Tech, and Health Record Specialist. The program differs from Medical Assistant in that they do most of their work in a doctor's office and this program is mainly in hospitals: Patient Care Tech, ECG Tech, Imagery Aid, Health Record Specialist, Central service Tech, Phlebotomy, as well Dental Aide. The high school students decide what area they would like to pursue in the first year. In the second year, they prepare for their clinical during first semester by training in the classroom. Their clinical time starts usually in February. The students will do clinicals Monday though Thursday until two weeks before they graduate in May. If there are openings and they student has made a good impression the student may be hired at that site. The test for their certifications are scheduled for April and are $75.00.

Students can receive as much as 14 hours of college edge credit at the time of graduation. I always stress in my class to the student that they should go to college and pursue a degree while working in the hospital. The hospital will pay for their employee's further education after being employed there 6 months to a year.

Topics to be taught:

  • Basic Anatomy & Physiology
  • Common Disorders of the Human Body
  • Introduction to Health Care Facilities
  • Legal & Ethical Responsibilities
  • Medical Terminology
  • Communication Skills
  • Basic Human Needs
  • Medical Asepsis
  • Infection Control
  • Personal Care Skills
  • Body Mechanics
  • CPR
  • Vital Signs
  • Math Skills
  • Nutrition
  • Safety
  • Basic emergency care


All students will learn math, health concepts, medical terminology, nutrition, safety, and basic emergency care. Students are introduced to various health care careers such as:

Health Occupations

Certified Nursing Assistant

Certified ECG Technician

Certified Health Unit Coordinator

Certified Patient Care Technician

Certified Phlebotomy Technician

Community Emergency Response Team

Dental Aide

Dietary Aide

Direct Care Worker

Electronic Health Record Specialist

Environmental Services

Orientation to Practical Nursing

Laundry Aide

Physical Therapy Aide

Pre-Pharmacy Technician

Imagery Aide

Entrance Requirements

  • Junior at a high school in Kanawha County or High School Diploma / GED
  • Physical Examination
  • Drug test
  • Criminal Background Check


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Estimated Cost

All students are only required to pay for drug testing and criminal background checks as well as a white uniform and a watch.

Secondary students currently enrolled in a Kanawha County high school have no additional fees.

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