Health Career Exploration Program

Mount Nittany Medical Center's Health Career Exploration program provides an opportunity for students who are interested in healthcare careers to explore possibilities with healthcare workers. Observation within patient care areas will also be available.

Location & Contact Information

Mount Nittany Medical Center
1800 E. Park Avenue
State College, PA 16803
Phone: 814.231.7174

Date: Friday, October 7, 2016
Time: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Program Objectives

Following participation in the Health Career Exploration experience, the student will be able to:

  • State the purpose and function of various Medical Center departments.
  • Interact with multiple healthcare professionals and list their primary job responsibilities.
  • Discuss educational requirements of various healthcare careers.

Eligible participants: Students currently enrolled in high school (11th and 12th grade) or college

Students participating in the program will observe the pathway a patient may follow based on their medical condition. There are five choices available for participants: behavioral health, asthma, maternity, surgery, or heart attack. Each pathway will lead the participant through six departments that a patient would typically access while receiving care. Participants will interact directly with healthcare workers in each area. Tours and observation of patient care areas will be permitted only in situations that do not interfere with patient care or patient privacy.

Healthcare personnel will be prepared to talk about their department and the healthcare patients receive within that particular department. Health professionals will also discuss career preparation planning for various careers within the department.

During the experience, students are encouraged to ask questions about patient care or career options.

Please refer to the chart below for descriptions of each experience:

  Students will tour with the following departments:
 
Students can expect to interact with the following professionals:
Behavioral health patient

Emergency Department
Emergency Medical Services
Health Information Management
Simulation Lab
Case Management
Behavioral Health Unit
Laboratory

  • Nurses
  • Paramedics
  • Medical records personnel
  • Advance practice nurses
  • Case managers
  • Laboratory staff
Pediatric asthma patient Radiology
Emergency Department
Simulation Lab
Laboratory
Respiratory Care
Pediatric Unit
Pharmacy
  • Radiology technicians
  • Nurses
  • Advance practice nurses
  • Laboratory staff
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Pharmacy staff
Obstetrical patient Simulation Lab
Laboratory
Radiology
Labor and Delivery
Mother/Baby Unit
Emergency Medical Services
Information Services
  • Advance practice nurses
  • Laboratory staff
  • Radiology technicians
  • Nurses
  • Paramedics
  • IT specialists
Surgical patient Pre-Admissions Testing and Same Day Surgery Unit
Anesthesia
Surgical Services Department
Rehab Services
Medical-Surgical Orthopedics Unit
Simulation Lab
Sterile Processing
  • Nurses
  • Advance practice nurse - potential interaction with Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist
  • Occupational and physical therapy staff
  • Sterile processing aide
Critical care patient Emergency Medical Services
Cardiac Cath Lab
Telemetry Unit
Cardiopulmonary Lab
Laboratory
Nutrition and Culinary Services
Simulation Lab
  • EMT-Paramedics
  • Nurses
  • Cardio invasive specialists - (registered tech)
  • Cardiac monitor technicians
  • Ultrasonographers
  • Registered dietitians
  • Laboratory staff
  • Advance practice nurses

Please note that Patient Pathways may be cancelled due to low enrollment.

Application instructions (applications due September 16, 2016)

  1. Complete the online application
  2. Complete the Confidentiality Statement and the Authorization Form (if under age 18 years)
  3. Send your completed Confidentiality Statement and signed Authorization Form (if under 18 years) to us via:
  • Mail:
    Mount Nittany Medical Center
    Education Department
    Attention: Jaimi Williams
    1800 East Park Avenue
    State College, PA 16803
  • Scanned email: jwilliams@mountnittany.org
  • Or fax: 814.231.3173

Note: Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applicants will be sent an email acknowledging receipt of their application. Students accepted into the program will be confirmed by email no later than Friday, September 23, 2016. Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a certificate of completion.