Health Occupations Technician (H.O.T.)

  • Location: Orleans Career and Technical Education Center
    Location: Niagara Career and Technical Education Center

    Elaine Herberger - email:
    Rebecca Mahar Price - email:
    Courtney Slack - email:
    Laura Vendryes- email:

    Click on the link to watch our students in action: 
    Orleans Health Occupations Video or Niagara Health Occupations Video

    This program is available to juniors and seniors.  The Health Occupations Technician Program addresses this demand in a two-year program that focuses on the art and science of providing patient care with real-life experience in a variety of health care settings.  Emphasis is placed on providing safe, reliable, ethical, and a respectful patient care. 

    This is a very active program with classroom, lab and clinical components.  Each of the components is designed to prepare students to care for diverse individuals of all ages, from birth to the end stages of life.  Students will experience all aspects of the health care field from illness and injury to gain real life experience.  Our students gain first-hand clinical experience in local long term care facilities. 

    Using successful completion of HOT Program students are eligible to take the NYS Nursing Assistant Certification exam and enter into the workforce.  In addition, graduates also develop an foundation on which to make informed decisions regarding their future choices in health care employment and potential future education in the health care professions.  


    1. Health Occupations Education Core
    2. Introduction to Clinical Settings
    3. Exploratory of Health Fields
    4. Certified Nurse’s Assistant – Long Term Care (State Certification Exam)
    5. CPR Certification

    Units of Study

    Nutrition and Diet Therapy, Life Cycle, Infection Control, Rehabilitation, Home Health Care, Ethics and Legalities, Body Systems and their Functions, Geriatric Care, Introduction to Medical Science, Job Management Skills, Personal Health, Patient Care, and Medical Terminology.

    How to Enroll

    Orleans/Niagara BOCES partners with local school districts to provide exciting hands-on career and technical training during normal school day.  To learn more, speak with your high school counselor.

    NYS Approved Program Title & CIP Code

    Nurse/Nurse Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant – 51.1614

    Possible Career Paths

    • With a 2 year CTE program: Certified Nursing Assistant, increased demand 9%*
    • Associate’s Degree: Radiology, increased demand 9%*
    • Bachelor’s Degree: Registered Nurse, increased demand 12%*

    *Projected national growth for 2016-2026, US Bureau of Labor Statistics


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