Health Science Technology


Health Science Technology Education

Annette Ashley

    Students are provided classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences to prepare for employment in a variety of clinical settings which they choose from a broad health occupations cluster. They may receive an extensive healthcare background plus fifty hours of on-the-job training in each of the three fields that match their personal occupational goals.
Students may rotate in the following areas:
  • Veterinarian's assistant
  • Medical records
  • Respiratory therapy
  • Ward clerk/secretary
  • Nurse aide
  • Radiology
  • Physical therapy
  • Medical laboratory
  • Medical assistant
  • Dental assistant
  • Child care worker


Sequence of courses are as follows:

  • Health Care Fundamentals
  • Medical Terminology
  • Concepts of Health Care
  • Understanding Human Behavior
  • Clinical Concepts
  • Body Structures and Functions
  • Diversified Clinical Applications




  • F.I.T. Technical Career Education Certificate of Completion
  • West Virginia State Licensure in Long-Term Care/Geriatric Nursing Aide
  • WV EDGE Approved Program


  • Employment opportunities
  • Introduction to health and health care facilities
  • Basic human needs and communication
  • Safety
  • Patient care and comfort measures
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Scientific principles
  • Infection control/standard precautions
  • Vital signs
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation and basic emergencies
  • Research careers
  • Care of the elderly and chronically ill


Clinical Experiences


  • Dental assistant
  • Nursing assistant
  • Veterinarian assistant
  • Physical therapy assistant
  • Home health aide
  • Radiology assistant
  • Medical assistant
Unique Opportunities

    Students receive Red Cross beltline training and work Red Cross Bloodmobiles at F.I.T. and home high schools. Students volunteer for non-nursing related services at Fayette Nursing and Rehabilitation and Hidden Valley Healthcare, such as reading and talking to residents, writing letters, giving manicures, and playing games to promote physical exercise. Occasionally, students volunteer at blood pressure clinics at area businesses.
    Students may obtain clinical experience at Fayette Nursing and Rehabilitation with required State Department of Health supervision provided by a Registered Nurse. These students are eligible to take the State Licensure Test and work in Long-Term Care as Geriatric Nursing Aides.
    Students are given an opportunity to participate in Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Organization. They attend workshops, seminars, and competitive events to develop leadership skills and teamwork.