Health-Medical Professions

  • Students practice giving chair massages as part of the Health–Medical Professions curriculum. Engage in off-site medical career explorations at local health facilities.
  • Explore specific professional programs, such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, respiratory therapy, massage therapy, and alternative therapies.
  • Learn and demonstrate basic surgical, pharmacology, and medical office procedures.

One student demonstrates massage techniques as fellow students observe.
Job Titles – Career Pathways

29-2052   Pharmacy Technicians
29-2054   Respiratory Therapy Technicians
29-2055   Surgical Technologists
31-2012   Occupational Therapist Aides
31-2022   Physical Therapist Aides
31-9011   Massage Therapists
31-9099   Healthcare Support Workers, All Other

Two students review paperwork in Health–Medical Professions class.CTC knowledge transfers to college credits at:
Berks Technical Institute
Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology
Commonwealth Technical Institute
Harcum College
Johnson College
Keystone Technical Institute
Lincoln Technical Institute
McCann’s School of Business
Mount Aloysius College
Pennsylvania College of Technology

One student uses crutches while another provides assistance in Health–Medical Professions class.Student Certifications
NOCTI – National Occupational Competency Testing Institute Certification
*  Health Assisting
BLS Healthcare Provider
OSHA – Healthcarehealth program logos

➤ For more detailed information about this program, including the grading policy, task list, etc., please refer to the course syllabus.

Ms. Tamayo, Health–Medical Professions instructorInstructor – Mrs. Norma Tamayo, MSN, RN, LMT

I was born and raised in New York City. Although I was born in the United States, my background is of Puerto Rican descent. I speak Spanish and English fluently. As a child, my dream was to work in the medical field. I pursued my nursing career while working as a nursing assistant at The Reading Hospital and Medical Center. I enrolled in the RN nursing program at Reading Area Community College and graduated in 1986. Upon graduation, I continued to work at the hospital for a total of 20 years.

Master of Science in Nursing Education
RN, Reading Area Community College
Vocational Education II Certification, Temple University
Licensed Massage Therapist, Academy of Massage Therapy and Body Works

Certifications and Awards
Registered Nurse
Teach the Educator
Nationally certified and licensed Massage Therapist
Advisor of the HOSA Freedom Chapter
Co-writer of Pennsylvania’s Nurse Aide Curriculum
Nominated for Disney’s American Teacher Awards
Nominated for Who’s Who among America’s Teachers
Outstanding HOSA advisor, state and national levels, 2008
Award Winning Author; Common Read Author

Work Experience
My diverse nursing experience includes 20 years of working at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center in various departments, including the intensive care unit, and delivery and operating rooms.I attained a managerial position while employed in the hospital’s Outpatient Department. I also worked at St. Joseph Hospital’s drug and alcohol rehabilitation center and mental health unit. I continue to work part time for a home health agency.

I have been a teacher for more than 10 years. In addition to teaching the Health Medical Professions program, I also serve as the advisor for the HOSA Freedom Chapter. I taught the Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Program for five years and co-wrote the Pennsylvania Nurse Aide Curriculum for the Department of Education. I serve as a subject matter expert for NOCTI. I also serve as an advisory member of Penn State Berks’ Practical Nursing program.

Hire Date: 1997

Community Service
I participate in many health-related events throughout the city of Reading.

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