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    Health Sciences is a one-year or two-year course designed for high school students wishing to enter the medical field.  Students will acquire valuable knowledge and training that will prepare them for a variety of healthcare professions.  They will gain experience in basic health care, CPR, anatomy & physiology, medical terminology, and common disorders while in a lab, clinical, or classroom setting.  Clinical and classroom experiences prepare students to take the state's Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) exam.

Program Instructors

  •  Bledsoe


    Mrs. Bledsoe, BSN, RN, joined the NCC staff in August 2016 to pursue her passion of teaching. She graduated with honors in 1990 from Missouri Western State College now Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo., with a bachelor's degree in Nursing. Prior to NCC, Bledsoe worked 26 years as an RN in multiple areas including at hospital diabetic and medical surgical units, home health and long-term care. She also worked as Parent Educator and substitute nurse for the North Platte R-1 Parents As Teachers program, and Charge nurse and MDS Coordinator for a long-term care and skilled nursing rehabilitation facility.


    Mr. Brown, RN, BSN, has been with the Practical Nursing program at NCC since December 2013 and has 30 years of nursing experience. Before working at NCC he worked as a CNA instructor and spent many years before that in acute care. He began his career in healthcare as a CNA in February of 1983 at a nursing home in his hometown. David continued his education, obtaining his LPN in 1989 from Kansas City Mo. Board of Education Program of Practical Nursing.  From there, he obtained his ADN in 1995 from Sanford-Brown College, David completed his BSN in July of 2013 at MidAmerica Nazarene University. Since then, David has completed the required course of study to obtain his Educator's certification through DESE.
Health Sciences

Areas of Study

    • Safety in Health Care
    • Anatomy and Physiology
    • Medical Terminology
    • Health Care Skills
    • Healthcare Provider CPR
    • Basic Assessment & Vital Signs
    • Career Interest Course Work
    • Development of Professionalism
    • Opportunities in Career Areas
    • Employment Preparedness
    • Community Service Hours


  • Students meeting the qualifications are eligible for the Missouri Nursing Assistant Certification (CNA).


    • State Criminal Background and Employee Disqualification List Check
    • Tuberculosis Skin Test

Career Opportunities


    Hourly Wage*

    Average Salary*

    Nurse Assistant

    $ 14.26

    $ 29,660

    Veterinary Technician

    $ 16.98

    $ 35,320

    Licensed Practical Nurse

    $ 22.83

    $ 47,480

    Registered Nurse

    $ 35.24

    $ 73,300

    Dental Hygienist

    $ 36.65

    $ 76,220

    Nuclear Medicine Technologist

    $ 39.55

    $ 82,270

    Physical Therapist

    $ 43.00

    $ 89,440


    $ 55.41


    Physician, General

       $ 100.00


    * Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2019
    New information is now available for Missourians looking for which jobs will be "hot" this decade. The report shows that youth and adults with an interest - and skills - in science, technology, engineering, and math have many bright prospects in Missouri.
    The "Missouri's Hot Jobs" report suggests which occupations are most likely to be in demand through 2018, according to the Missouri Economic Research Information Center (MERIC).