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Students Explore Health Careers Through New Visions

Students Explore Health Careers Through New Visions

High School Students Health Career Explorations

New Visions: Health Career Explorations is an exciting and challenging option for high school seniors interested in medicine and related life sciences who want to learn all they can about health care careers. Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES, in cooperation with Cayuga Medical Center at Ithaca, provides an inside look at health related careers found in hospitals and ancillary health care facilities.

The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that the demand for trained health care professionals will exceed the supply well into the future.  New Visions is a response to that significant need, as well as an attractive alternative for those seeking an opportunity to build a solid foundation for major decisions about further education and careers.

A Wide Variety of Careers

Students in New Visions gain firsthand knowledge of radiology, electrocardiography, physical and occupational therapy, nutrition, patient information and social work aspects of health care in addition to surgery, obstetrics and emergency room treatment. In this fast-paced program students come to understand what is required of health care professionals, and how their education is applied to daily, real-life situations on the job.

The students accomplish this by working and learning alongside nurses, physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, administrative and support staff, and the many other health care professionals who work at the medical center.

New Visions students can expect a challenging and diverse curriculum. Progressing through rotations, they observe and can participate in direct patient care areas. Students may apply for admission to the New Visions: Health Career Explorations Program if they:

  • Are a senior from a TST BOCES component school.
  • Demonstrate an interest in and a desire to learn about allied health careers.
  • Are academically strong and meet graduation requirements, including the completion of three years of Regents math, science, English and social studies.
  • Exhibit maturity, responsibility and the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Are recommended by a guidance counselor and two teachers.
  • Plan to attend college or pursue other post-secondary education.

For more information, please call Wendy Buchberg at T-S-T- BOCES  (607) 257-1551, or call the New Visions Office at Cayuga Medical Center, telephone (607) 277-4503.

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