Health Pathways

health pathways

Do you enjoy working directly with patients and providing face to face, hands-on care?

Careers in health care are abundant and involve different types of roles and responsibilities. Direct patient care or “hands-on" patient care is just one of five health care pathways. Careers that fall into this category involve a high level of patient interaction. If your primary interests lay in maintaining or improving the health of patients over a period of time, you should explore the careers listed below.

Job possibilities in this sector of health care are seemingly endless. Fresno Adult School offers certification courses in the following areas: Home Health Aide, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), and Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN).

To learn more about each of these patient career training programs, click on the links below.


Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

This program prepares students to take the state certification exam. Students will learn to address basic care services such as bathing, grooming, feeding and checking patient vital signs. Classes combine theory, skills, and clinical training.

Note: Medical Terminology is not required, but is highly recommended.

Pre-Requisites: High School Diploma or High School Equivalency Certificate, CTE orientation, and placement test. Submit application (prior to attending the CNA Orientation).

Please call (559) 457-6002 for additional pre-requisites and requirements.


Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)

Licensed Vocational Nurses provide patient care under the supervision of physicians and registered nurses (RNs). LVNs initiate basic data collection and assessments and provide care for patients who are sick, injured, convalescing, and have physical and mental disabilities. LVNs work in medical, surgical, maternity, newborn, pediatric, and emergency department, ambulatory / outpatient and long-term / extended care facilities.

LVN duties include evaluating and prioritizing patients’ needs, assessments of vital signs, recording input and output of food and fluids, treatments such as inserting foley catheters and nasogastric tubes, blood sugar testing, tube feeding, applying and changing dressings, preparing and administering medications and certain intravenous fluids with IV certification.

This program provides students with the theory and clinical experience needed to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse.

Please call (559) 457-6002 for additional pre-requisites and requirements.


Medical Pre-Requisites

These classes will prepare you with the knowledge and understanding for our CNA and LVN pathways. These classes are also to those who would like to gain knowledge in these subjects.

Pre-Requisites: High School Diploma or High School Equivalency Certificate, CTE orientation, placement test and passing score on TABE assessment.

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Medical Math
  • Medical Study Skills
  • Medical Terminology (Available on campus or online)