Rutgers Dual Enrollment

People considering careers in health sciences typically tend to think primarily of doctors and nurses. There is also the sonographer, the nutritionist, the cytotechnologist, the mental health counselor, and the health information manager, among dozens of other health professionals, who provide diagnostic and therapeutic services. All of these specialized and highly skilled professionals are an essential part of any health care team. 

To encourage high school students to investigate specialties in the health field, Rutgers School of Health Professionals has partnered with New Jersey high schools to offer exploratory programs in health sciences and health care for junior and seniors. At the same time, they can earn up to 34 college credits.

Not only does the program familiarize students with the abundance of careers in health fields, it serves as a pipeline to meet New Jersey’s need for professionals in the fast-growing health care field. According to the United States Department of Labor, employment in health care is projected to grow 19 percent from 2014 to 2024 due to an aging population and increased access to health insurance. Heath care is expected to add more jobs than any other group of occupations.  

Midland Park currently offers 2 Rutgers courses:

MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY - 3 Credits

Medical Terminology is the study of words that pertain to body systems, anatomy, physiology, medical processes and procedures and a variety of diseases.  It provides specialized language for the health care team, enabling health care workers to communicate in an accurate, articulate and concise manner.  This course is designed to give the students a comprehensive knowledge of word construction, definition and use of terms to all areas of medical science.  The course includes but is not limited to terms to anatomy of the human body, functions of health and disease, and the use of language in processing medical/dental records and claim forms. 

DYNAMICS OF HEALTHCARE - 3 Credits

Dynamics of Health Care in Society is an orientation to health care and delivery, from an interdisciplinary perspective, with a focus on process skills to include critical thinking, ethical reasoning, effective communication, and self‐directed learning abilities.  The professional competencies stress application to general issues and topics common to all health care providers. Emphasis is placed on the role of the health care practitioner as both provider and consumer of health care services.

Students must pass the course exam administered by Rutgers and pay a fee of $80 for each course.  Exams are taken online at Midland Park.  The course passing rate is 70%

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