The Health Sciences course is designed to give students practical application of previously studied knowledge and skills. Practicum experiences can occur in a variety of locations appropriate to the nature and level of experience. It is particularly significant for students to become introduced to healthcare professions with practical experience in real-life areas and locations. Students enrolled in the Health Practicum course will participate in off campus experiences at local hospitals, community clinics and long term care facilities.
Health Practicum students also have an opportunity to undergo training through the Nursing Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Program (NATCEP); which equates to certification as a Certified Nursing Aide (CNA). Students have an opportunity to earn certifications as Certified Nurse’s Aide (C.N.A.), Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA), Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA), and Occupational Healthcare and Safety Administration (OSHA).
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Other pathways include paid internship programs with Austin Public Health as Peer 2 Peer Health Educators and placements within various departments of Public Health such as Environmental Sciences, Epidemiology, and Social Services.
There are existing opportunities to have students participating in externships and internship programs through the network of community health clinics and long-term facilities that are part of the existing network partners.