Nursing Foundations

Program Overview

In the Nursing Foundations program at Dauphin County Technical School students explore a variety of health professions to develop an awareness of job opportunities in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and other healthcare settings. Students develop skills needed to perform effectively in entry-level positions and receive a solid foundation for continued studies in the fields of Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, Rehabilitation Therapies, and Diagnostic Technologies to name just a few. Students learn patient care, CPR/first aid, laboratory skills and medical terminology. There is a strong emphasis placed on anatomy & physiology, clinical procedures, infection control, bedside tests (EKGs and specimen testing) and therapeutic communication skills. Students have the opportunity to choose pathways that can lead to certifications in Nursing Assistant, Patient Care Assistant, Healthcare Provider CPR, First Aid, CERT, OSHA Healthcare, OSHA Employability and OSHA Blood borne Pathogens. Nursing Foundations offers eleven (11) college credits in Medical Terminology and Anatomy & Physiology I & II.