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
Date: Friday, February 22, 2019
Time: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
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||
|Pediatric asthma patient||Radiology
|Obstetrical patient||Simulation Lab
Labor and Delivery
Emergency Medical Services
|Surgical patient||Pre-Admissions Testing and Same Day Surgery Unit
Surgical Services Department
Medical-Surgical Orthopedics Unit
|Critical care patient||Emergency Medical Services
Cardiac Cath Lab
Nutrition and Culinary Services
Please note that Patient Pathways may be cancelled due to low enrollment.
Application instructions (applications due February 1, 2019)
- Complete the online application. Please be sure to attach the Confidentiality Statement and the Authorization Form (if under age 18 years).
Students accepted into the program will be confirmed by email no later than Friday, February 8, 2019. Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a certificate of completion.