Institute for Health Professions at Cambria Heights
Cambria Heights NY 11411
Students can earn EMT or nurse's aide certification and train for careers in the medical field
Security concerns in the building
Institute for Health Professions at Cambria Heights is a Career and Technical Education (CTE) school where students can graduate from high school with qualifications to get a job as an Emergency Medical Technician or a nursing assistant.
Principal Gareth Robinson says the school offers a full college preparatory program in addition to preparing students for careers in health. Our number one objective is to develop academic and leadership skills for our students to be successful in college, Robinson said.
Institute for Health Professions has a standard Regents-prep program with math, English, history and science. To increase students exposure to health careers, art classes integrate science with activities like medical anatomy drawing or painting.
After a 10th grade "health core" CTE class, students choose either the nursing assistant or EMT track. Through the schools partnerships with Hofstra andNorthshore Long Island Jewish Hospital, students will have guest speakers and get hands-on experience in the medical profession through field visits and internships. Upperclassmen begin work in their chosen CTE path by 12th grade, Robinson said: nursing assistants work 30 hours per week in a long-term care facility and EMTs spend at least 10 hours a week working on an ambulance. Students may also earn FEMA emergency response training through the hospital, Robinson said.
Robinson is an experienced educator who began teaching in 2000 with the first cohort of New York Teaching Fellows. Most recently, he taught humanities and served as a dean at the High School for Law Enforcement and Public Safety in Jamaica.
Institute for Health Professions is housed in the shared Campus Magnet building in a residential area in Cambria Heights. Four other schools share the building: Humanities & Arts Magnet High School; Mathematics, Science Research and Technology Magnet High School; Business, Computer Entrepreneurship and Computer Applications High School and Law, Government and Community Service High School.
The building has been plagued with safety issues and students must pass through scanners on the way into school. But Robinson says his students start school later than other students in the building and there are dedicated stairwells for Institute for Health Professions students. Another downside is the schools location, which is not near any subway stops. Students may play on sports teams with other schools in the building and Robinson says he hopes to reopen the buildings now-dormant swimming pool and start a swim team, as well as a lacrosse team.
Students are required to wear uniforms of navy blue pants and gray polo shirts with the schools logo. Juniors and seniors will wear scrubs for the nursing assistant track or cargo pants and polo shirts for the EMT track.
Admissions: Priority to Queens residents and students who attend an open house or information session. Robinson said the school is a good fit for students who are interested in medicine and science and like working in teams. (Anna Schneider, phone interview and web reports, April 2013.)
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