Health Careers @ Henninger High School

School Hours:
7:50 AM-2:26 PM

Main Office:
(315) 435-4343

Medical Assistant Program
The Certified Medical Assistant Program is designed for students interested in obtaining a Medical Assistant Certification upon graduation from high school. The program provides information and skills required for certification as a medical assistant. Students gain essential competencies and accumulate a body of knowledge that provides a foundation for becoming a Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) and a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA). Students enrolled in the Medical Assistant pathway have the opportunity to learn how to take a patient's history, prepare examination rooms, assist physicians during examinations, prepare and transport specimens, prepare a patient for an EKG and filing and front desk responsibilities. Certified Medical Assistants may advance to other positions through experience or additional training.

Nursing is the fastest-growing occupation in the United States. Nurses make up the majority of the healthcare industry and that number is going up, with 581,500 more nursing jobs by 2018. Nursing is a blend of science and technology with the art of caring and compassion. Nursing students at Henninger will learn to provide preventative and restorative healthcare to patients in a variety of settings:

  • General and surgical hospitals
  • Doctors' offices
  • Nursing care facilities
  • Outpatient facilities
  • Home health services

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  1. Student must be a resident of the City of Syracuse.
  2. Student must be a current 8th grader entering 9th grade in September 2015.
  3. Successful completion of online application, including all essay questions.
  4. Demonstrated interest in Medical Assistant or Nursing Program, as determined by response to essay questions and phone or in person interview.
  5. Demonstrated ability to successfully engage in and complete a rigorous academic program.
  6. Successfully participate in an interview.

Lottery Information:
To ensure a fair and equitable placement process, the Syracuse City School District will conduct a  lottery when the number of students accepted exceeds the number of seats available. Each student will be assigned a random number and entered into our Smart Choice Lottery. Students who are accepted and entered into the lottery, but not selected will be assigned to the waitlist for the 2015-2016 school year.