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 in the field by observing and speaking with healthcare professionals.

Location & Contact Information

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

Date: Friday, November 6, 2020
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 follow the pathway of a hypothetical patient based on a medical condition. There are typically five patient pathway choices available for participants: behavioral health, pediatric asthma, obstetrical, surgical, and critical care. Each pathway will lead the participant through approximately seven departments involved in the care of the patient

Students will get a “behind the scenes” look into healthcare as personnel speak about their departments and role in patient care at the medical center. Discussion will also include health career options available in those departments along with training/education requirements and career preparation. Tours and observation of patient care areas will be permitted only in situations that do not interfere with patient care or patient privacy. 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 might tour with the following departments:
 
Students might 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

Applications for fall 2020 will be accepted between October 1, 2020 and October 15, 2020.