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The Times
  • High school students learn about health care professions at HCCC

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  • HERKIMER — High school students with an interest in the health care profession got to see what they could expect if they choose to pursue the career at Herkimer County Community College on Friday.
    “This is a chance to showcase all of our health care professions that we have to offer to students,” said Anthony LaPolla, HCCC admissions counselor, about the initial Health Care Career Day.
    LaPolla said there were about 45 students from local schools who attended. They had a chance to tour the campus, which included seeing the new science center and renovated cafeteria, have a question and answer session with faculty and staff and attend a physical therapist assistant's lab which included demonstrations by first- and second-year HCCC students.
    “This is to show that it's not just nursing, but there's also human services,” said LaPolla.
    Dr. Cathy Delorme, HCCC physical therapy assistant program director, and Dr. Karen Jones, HCCC assistant professor of physical therapy assistant, said the lab demonstrations were important for prospective students to see.
    “Physical therapy is a very hands-on profession,” said Delorme. “When students come in, they have to be familiar with touching and communicating with patients.”
    Jones said the high school students got to see how to do ultrasounds, electronic stims and PT exercises.
    LaPolla said among the questions students asked throughout the day included admission requirements to study in the field and what would be the best program for them to study.
    Programs and majors in the health care profession at HCCC are emergency medical technician-paramedic, health services management technology, human services, medical coding and transcriptionist and physical therapist assistant.
    Also participating in the panel were Henry Testa, HCCC associate dean of academic affairs for business, health, science and technology; Mary Greene, HCCC professor of human services; Samantha Rouillier, St. Elizabeth College of Nursing enrollment manager assistant; Richard Bishop, HCCC adjunct professor in EMT; David Paddock, HCCC adjunct professor in EMT-paramedic physical; and Robert Paddock, HCCC adjunct professor in EMT-paramedic physical.
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