Health Assisting Program Overview

  • The Health Assisting Program offers bright prospects for students seeking rewarding careers in one of the fastest growing employment areas. The overall objective of the program is to give each student an opportunity to develop his/her unique potential and achieve personal, academic, vocational/technical, and civic goals. This is accomplished by providing, in conjunction with other school activities and programs, a state-of-the-art, integrated academic and vocational/technical program that focuses on knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed by contemporary health care workers both in general and in select specialty areas.

    Qualified students may take the certifying exams for the following:

    • OSHA 10 Hour General Industry
    • National Safety Council First Aid
    • American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers (CPR)
    • MA Department of Public Health Nurse Aide
    • Home Health Aide
    • National Healthcare Association EKG Technician
    • MA Council of Human Service Providers Direct Support Specialist
    Clinical experiences are provided in select health care-related agencies. Employment opportunities exist in diverse health care settings even before graduation. Those who gain additional education, may pursue certification, registration, or licensure in nursing and dental careers, diagnostic services, emergency medical services, psychological and social services, rehabilitative services, nutrition and dietary services, and more.
Diman Health Assisting Program

Announcements

  • Diman Advisory Board Seeks Your Help

    We want you to join the Diman family. While we're proud of our vocational programs and their ability to turn young men and women into skilled members of the community, we can't maintain that level of quality without the help of industry professionals. Please consider joining our Vocational Advisory Board, where you will help steer our vocational programs and students toward future success. Learn more and apply here.

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Skills & Careers

  • Students graduating from Diman have a variety of job options open to them. Below is a partial list of jobs Diman grads from this program are qualified for, depending on their level of education.

    Diman Diploma 2 Year College 4 Year College
    • Home Health Aide
    • Dietary Aide
    • Certified Nursing Assistant
    • EKG Technician
    • Direct Care Specialist
    • Massage Therapist
    • X-ray Technician
    • Medical Assistant
    • Optometrist
    • Registered Nurse (RN)
    • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
    • Pharmacy Technician
    • Surgical Technician
    • Emergency Medical Technician
    • Athletic Trainer
    • Speech Therapist
    • Physical Therapist
    • Registered Nurse (RN)
    • Medical Laboratory Technologist
    • Occupational Therapist
    • Dietician
    • Medical Doctor
    • Pharmacist
    • Psychologist

    Skills & Skill Areas

    • Using Medical Terminology
    • Communicating Verbally and Non-Verbally
    • Identifying Ethical and Legal Responsibilities
    • Demonstrating Employability Skills
    • Demonstrating Health and Safety Practices and Responding to Emergencies
    • Preventing the Spread of disease
    • Demonstrating Practices and Procedures to Respond to Client Needs
    • Assisting the Client in Activities of Daily Living
    • Performing Special Procedures and Administering Comfort Measures
    • Assisting with Nutrition and Hydration
    • Assisting Clients with Cognitive Impairments
    • Performing the Fundamentals of Healthcare Office Management
    • Using Modern Technology Related to the Healthcare Field
    • Demonstrating Skills in Select Specialty Areas Such as Home Healthcare, Phlebotomy, Electrocardiography, and Human Services

In the News

  • The end of an era at Diman

    The year was 1984. Ronald Regan was president. Michael Jackson’s Thriller dominated the charts, the airwaves, and MTV (they played music videos back then). The Soviet Union boycotted the Olympics in Los Angeles. Mrs. Karen Oliveira began her career as a Dental Assisting Career at Diman. (10/7/16)

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  • Health Assisting juniors: ready for the real world

    Diman is proud to announce that all Health Assisting juniors have completed the Nurse Aide Training Program and have passed the Massachusetts Nurse Aide Certification Exam. The certification exam is composed of both written and hands-on skills tests. The nurse aide training program begins in the freshman year and continues through the junior year.

    Training involves a clinical rotation at Clifton Rehabilitative Nursing Center in Somerset, where students are given a resident assignment and apply knowledge and skills learned in shop to the real workplace setting. (6/8/16)

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  • Costa nominated for state Outstanding Vocational Student

    Diman is pleased to announce that Sabrina Costa is our nominee as the Massachusetts Outstanding Vocational Technical High School Student, sponsored each year by the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators and the Massachusetts Vocational Association. (4/14/16)

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  • Diman students take the bite out of dentist visits for local children

    A trip to the dentist won't be a frightening or painful experience for many youngsters participating in Citizens for Citizens' Head Start, thanks to the compassion of students enrolled in the Dental Assisting Program at Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School. (3/14/2014)

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  • Diman's journey from boys-only to coed was gradual, but destined

    FALL RIVER - When the Girls’ Vocational High School opened in a brick building on Morgan Street in the 1940s, course offerings were — not surprisingly — female-oriented. (5/23/2012)

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