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Career and Technical Education (CTE) Spotlight on Nurse Aide Certification Pathway


Today, we are featuring the Nurse Aide Certification Pathway as we continue to celebrate National Career and Technical Education Month!

The NFA Nurse Aide Certification Pathway was named a New York State Model Program in 2019. Mrs. Romano, one of four teachers who teach within the program was named the 2018 ACTE National Teacher of the Year.

Healthcare is the largest and fastest-growing industry in the United States and is one of the largest employment areas within the Hudson Valley.

NFA Health Science/ NYS Nurse Aide Certification Pathway offers High Quality Career and Technical Education. The NFA Nurse Aide program is a NYS Career and Technical Model Program as recognized and awarded by NYS Department of Education. While enrolled In the Health Science Career Cluster, you will prepare for a career that promotes health, wellness, diagnosis, and treat injuries and diseases. Students in the health science education pathway learn and practice skills that prepare them for diverse post-high school education and training opportunities, from apprenticeships and two-year college programs to four-year college and graduate programs.

Health Science Education Pathway is a program of interest for the student who is considering a professional career in any of the following professional disciplines: Nurse Aide, Home Health Aide, Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Nurse, Phlebotomist, Medical Tech/Assisting, Pharmacist, and more.

NFA Health Science pathway will provide students with a competitive edge to be the better candidate for either entry into the global healthcare marketplace and the post-secondary institution of their choice to continue their education and training in a Healthcare/Medical Profession. Students become leaders through aligned curriculum and participation in our Student- Centered Organization HOSA- Future Healthcare Professionals.

Program teachers include, Mrs. Linda Romano, Dr. Stacy Shewpreshad, Ms. Lorraine Moore, and Dr. Kristy Brown.

Required Health Science Career Pathway courses: (course descriptions on following pages)

• Introduction to Health Science (10th grade)

• Allied Health Science 1 (11th grade)

• Allied Health Science 2 (12th grade)

Certification Opportunities for students completing this pathway:

• American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers

• American Heart Association Heart Saver CPR/AED

• American Heart Association First Aid

• NYS Nurse Aide Certification

• NYS Home Health Aide Certification

• Medical Assisting Certification

• Practical Nurse pathway students will be eligible to sit for the PN-NCLEX Licensing

Recommended Academic Alignment for all students in Health Science Pathway:

Science: Living Environment, Chemistry, Anatomy, and Physiology, Biology/Microbiology

Math: Algebra, Medical Math, Prob. & Stat

Students considering post-secondary education in Healthcare/Medical programs education will need to have strong Math, English/Writing, Science skills.

Learn more about the Nurse Aide Certification Program here:


ATTENTION: Are your scholars or colleagues doing something great? Please contact the district Communications Strategist, Cassie Sklarz (csklarz@necsd.net). We’d love to visit your class or event and/or post your pictures and recap to highlight the amazing accomplishments throughout our district!







Date: 2021-02-26 16:43:02





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