HACC Academy

HACC Academy 2014-2015 Program Offerings

§ Automotive Technology

The Automotive Technology program will train students for entry level automotive technician jobs.  The curriculum includes automotive theory, shop safety, electrical, brake systems, suspensions, and engine performance.  Students have opportunity to earn State of Pennsylvania Inspections and Emissions licenses.  Training includes monthly shadowing opportunities and annual trip to Pennsylvania Auto Show. 

Academic calendar:  September to May                                                    Articulated Credits:  AUTO 101 – 3 credits

§ Nurse Aide

The Nurse Aide program provides the opportunity to acquire classroom and on-the-job training as a nurse aide. The Nurse Aide program includes a blending of classroom instruction at HACC and clinical experience.  Upon successful completion of the program, the student is eligible to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP) Competency Exam and be enrolled on the Pennsylvania Nurse Aide Registry, which is required to work as a nurse aide in the long-term care industry.  During the training, students learn numerous skills, including taking and recording the patient’s blood pressure, temperature, pulse rate, and respirations; assisting with the activities of daily living, including bathing and hygiene, exercise; applying safe and correct techniques to assist patients with moving, walking, and positioning; recording vital information on appropriate medical forms and bedside charts, and responding properly to emergencies.  Training requirements include a criminal history report free of prohibitive offenses, a physical exam dated within one year of the start of program which includes evidence that the student is free of communicable diseases and a negative PPD-Two-step-Tuberculin.

Students participating in the program should be reminded that it is academically challenging.  Reading skills are necessary because of medical terminology and class reading assignments.  Basic math is required because of computation of fluid measurements, maintenance of measurements on patient documents, and taking weight & height calculations.  Students are also required to compute percentages of food and fluid intake of residents/patients/clients. 

 Recommended math skills for Nurse Aide program students: 

  • Addition, subtraction, division, multiplication
  • Ability to work with fractions
  • Ability to determine percentages
  • Ability to calculate cc (ml) to ounces
  • Determine temperatures by degree and tenths
  • Determine weight by pound and quarter pound
  • Determine height by feet, inches and quarter inches

Affective qualities include ability to communicate with older adults, ability to work with individuals who are challenged, ability to work with dying individuals and their families and ability to work with a high level of patience. 

Academic calendar:  1st Session – September to November (148 hours)                                      Certificate program
Academic calendar: 2nd Session – November to January (148 hours)                                           Certificate Program 

§ Patient Care Concepts

Are you ready for a career in patient care?  This program is designed to assist students who are asking  questions about where they fit in the future of patient care.  Perhaps, they have heard that the education required to enter a career in patient care is demanding and they are not really sure what  is involved with patient care.   This program will focus on providing a foundation to assist students in answering the following questions:  Do I have what it takes to be successful in a health career educational program?  What does it mean to be a professional?  Do I have what it takes to be the person my patients will expect me to be?  What are some things I can do now, to give me a “head start” into a career in patient care? Together the class will discuss and learn about the foundational concepts of patient care:  Accountability, Assessment, Caring, Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking, Culture, Ethics and Legal Issues, Family, Grief and Loss, Health/Wellness/Illness, and Professional Behaviors.  In the exploration of the concept of communication, students will learn basic medical terminology.   The exploration of the concept of Health, Wellness and Illness, will allow for CPR, First Aid and AED (Automatic Electronic Defibrillation) training that will conclude with earned certification. 

Academic calendar:  January-May                                                                 Articulated credits:  AH 140 – 3 credits
BIOL 105 – 3 credits