Allied Health

  •  Location: Orleans Career and Technical Education Center
    *The Orleans Center program is held at the Eastern Niagara Hospital or Medina Memorial Hospital.

    Location: Niagara Career and Technical Education Center
    *The Niagara Center program is held at the Niagara Falls Memorial Hospital.

    Melissa Brigham - email:
    Melissa Loiacano - email:
    Lisa Trapasso - email:

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

    This program is for juniors and seniors in high school.  The Health Sciences are currently one of the top three categories that students are declaring as their college major.  Our Allied Health Program assists students with an interest in the health sciences in not only gaining real-life experience in health care, but also in making a successful transition to collegiate studies.  These students combine one or two years of foundation on which to pursue technical or professional study in college.   

    Our students gain first-hand knowledge of current and emerging health career opportunities beginning with fundamental knowledge and professional behaviors.  They attend hospital-based classrooms located at Eastern Niagara Hospital in Newfane, Niagara Falls Memorial Hospital and Medina Memorial Hospital.  All Allied Health students are encouraged to experience a variety of health professions through shadowing experience in the hospitals.  Once a student identifies a particular area of interest, they are matched with a mentor and assigned an internship.  All mentors are practicing health care professionals, who are willing to share their experience and expertise with students.  The Allied Health instructor works closely with the student, parents/guardians, home school guidance department, and mentor in tailoring the internship to meet the needs of the student.  In addition, students take field trips to local colleges and universities and they are guided through the college selection and application process. 


    1. To develop a knowledge base in basic health care for students to build upon.
    2. To develop a familiarity and confidence in the health care field.
    3. To develop experience-based decision making to be used in choosing an appropriate health care profession college major.

    Units of Study

    Career opportunities in Health Care, Medical Ethics, Communication/Interpersonal Skills, Medical Terminology, Infection Control, Asepsis and Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology, Patient Care Skills, Public Health Care Policies, First Aid and Emergency Care, Healthcare Technology, Teamwork and Problem Solving.

    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

    This is not an approved CTE program; integrated academic credits are not provided for students attending this program.  CTE and College duel credit is offered for students who attend.

    Possible Career Paths

    • With a 2 year CTE program: Pharmacy Technician, increased demand 7%*
    • Associate’s Degree: Radiologist, 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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