Healthcare Academy

Health Sciences IconThe Nursing Career Academy provides students the opportunity to complete the course required to enter the registered nursing program. Registered nurses work to promote health, prevent disease and help patients cope with illness. The practical nurse cares for the sick, injured, convalescent, and disabled, under the supervision of physicians and registered nurses.

Completing the Career Academy doesn’t guarantee admittance to the RN or LPN programs at EICC. To be admitted to EICC's nursing program students must: pass the state CNA Exam and be active on the Iowa Direct Care Worker Registry; The program is accredited by the Iowa Board of Nursing.

Available at Clinton, Muscatine and Scott Community Colleges.


Healthcare Academy 

During High School

Term 1 – Fall of Junior Year in High School, 5 credits

  • PSY:111 Introduction to Psychology, 3 credits
  • HSC:113 Medical Terminology, 2 credits

Term 2 – Spring of Junior Year in High School, 6 credits

  • HSC:137 Math for Health Professionals, 3 credits
  • HSC:172 Nurse Aide (CNA), 3 credits

Completed  Part 1: Foundations of Healthcare, 11 credits

Term 3 - Fall ofSenior Year of High School, 7 credits

  • BIO:168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I w/lab, 4 credits
  • ENG:105 English Composition I, 3 credits

Term 4 - Spring of Senior Year of High School, 7 credits

  • BIO:173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II w/Lab, 4 credits
  • BIO:151 Nutrition, 3 credits

Completed Part 2: Advanced Foundations of Healthcare, 25 credits


Careers in Healthcare

What you’ve heard about health careers is all true. With the aging population in our country, more and more people are going to need health care. That means the demand for trained professionals in a wide range of health careers will continue to rise.

  • Certified Nursing Aide
    Nursing aides help provide basic care for patients in hospitals and residents of long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes.

  • Dental Assistant
    As a dental assistant, you’ll help the dentist at chairside and also perform functions such as polishing teeth, taking and developing dental radiographs, mixing materials and sterilizing instruments.

  • Diagnostic Medical/Cardiac Sonographer
    Diagnostic medical sonographers use medical ultrasound techniques to gather sonographic data used by physicians to diagnose a variety of conditions and diseases.

  • Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic
    Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics care for the sick or injured in emergency medical settings, performing life-saving care and transporting patients to medical facilities.

  • Health Information Management
    As a health information technician, you compile the data for medical-related agencies, determining how that data is compiled and reported to insurance companies, government agencies and others for reimbursement, research and quality monitoring.

  • Home Care Aide/Medication Aide
    Home health aides help people who are disabled, chronically ill or cognitively impaired. The Medical Assistant Program prepares you to provide medical office administrative services and perform clinical duties under the supervision of physicians including patient intake and care, routine diagnostic and recording procedures, pre-examination and examination assistance, and the administration of medications and first aid.

  • Nurse
    Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.

  • Phlebotomy
    As a phlebotomist you work in hospitals, clinics or other medical facilities drawing blood from patients in preparation for medical testing.

  • Radiologic Technology

    X-ray technologists use radiation to make images of internal organs of the body, which aid radiologists in diagnosing a patient’s illness or injury. 

  • Surgical Technology
    Surgical Technologists possess expertise in the theory and application of sterile and aseptic technique and combine the knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation tools and technologies to facilitate a physician’s performance of invasive therapeutic and diagnostic procedures.

  • Veterinary Technician
    Vet techs provide nursing care for animals and assist in laboratory and clinical procedures. You perform tasks such as dental work, giving anesthesia and taking x-rays.

For more information, contact our high school team