Denise Hawkins

Mrs. Denise Hawkins, RN

Health Occupations Instructor

Mrs. Hawkins has over 20 years experience in health care.  She has worked in a variety of medical specialities including Cardiology, Urology, OB/GYN, and Family Practice.  She began her medical career as a Medical Assistant and then chose to pursue a nursing career.  Mrs. Hawkins graduated from Harrisburg Area Community College with an Associates Degree in Nursing in 2006.  She went on to work in a local hospital and became certified as a Venous Access Nurse in 2009.

Mrs. Hawkins lives in York County with her husband, Ronald.  They have four children and three grandchildren.

Health Occupations

Program Title:  Health Occupations

CIP Code 51.0899; SOC Code 29-2099, 29-9099, 31-9099

High Priority Occupation:  Yes

Program of Study:  Health/Medical Assisting Services, Other

Brief Description:

This program is designed to prepare individuals for entry level into a minimum of three related health occupations.  Core curriculum consists of basic anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, legal and ethical aspects of health care and communications, and at least three planned courses for the knowledge and skills needed for the occupational areas of medical assisting, nursing assisting, and clinical administrative positions.

Post-Secondary Opportunities:

  • High School Graduate:  home health aide* and nurse aide*
  • 6 month-1 year programs:  LPN*, EKG technician, medical secretary*, phlebotomist*, medical coding/transcription*
  • 2 year programs:  RN* and MA
  • 4 year programs:  Bachelor of Science of Nursing
  • 4 year + programs:  Master of Science of Nursing

*=High Priority Occupations


Websites to check High Priority Occupations:

Expectations of students in the program:

Students are expected to follow classroom rules and regulations, adhere to the Health Occupations dress code, display academic integrity, attend school regularly, and be punctual and prepared for class.

Characteristics of successful students:

Respectful of peers and instructors, dependable, empathetic, caring, trustworthy, able to accept constructive criticism, and have a positive attitude.

Co-Curricular Organizations:

  • Skills USA
  • Alzheimer's Walk
  • American Cancer Society Relay for Life
  • March of Dimes Walk

Uniform and Supplies:

  • Hunter green, white,  or black scrub tops and bottoms
  • White leather sneakers/clogs (No Crocs)
  • Watch with second hand
  • Notebook, three ring binder
  • Stethoscope (Optional)

Articulation Agreement:

The program has an affiliation agreement with Misericordia Convalescent Home and an articulation agreement with HACC for Biology 105 course, a Medical Terminology course. (This is offered as an elective course.) 

Currently under development:  articulation agreement with YCST Adult Education Department for the Medical Assisting pathway.

Certification and Skills:

Upon completion of nurse aide training program, student is eligible to take the National Nurse Aide Assessment Program exam for certification, and listing in the Pennsylvania Department of Health Nurse Aide Registry.

School-to-Career Opportunities:

  • Cooperative extension, internships, YCAL programs
  • Students have the opportunity to earn a 40 hour clinical experience in a local nursing home.