• Little Flower Students Receive CPR/AED Training @ Ward Tech

    Posted by CMA Students @ WTC on 6/1/2019

    The Clinical Medical Assisting and Nurse Assisting classes, along with their teachers, Ms. Burton and Ms. Reiter, hosted a group of about 26 graduating students from Little Flower to provide training and certification in CPR/AED over two-afternoon sessions.  This collaboration provided the Ward Technical Center students with the experience of teaching others and demonstrating their skills in administering CPR/AED techniques.  The students from Little Flower were excited to learn these techniques, attend our center, and earn a certification. 







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  • Clinical Medical Assisting Students Learn About PPE

    Posted by CMA Class @ WTC on 9/19/2018



    Over the past few weeks, students in Ms. Burton's Clinical Medical Assisting classes have been learning about infection control, Personal Protection Equipment, and practice donning and dossing their PPE. These future Medical Assistants are working diligently to develop their skills. 














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  • Academy Students Practice Triage at Staged Accident

    Posted by ESBOCES News on 5/22/2018

    Students Receive First-Account, Hands-On Training


    two students wearing special effects makeup to look as if they've been in an accident    Medical Assisting students tends to the wounds of another student in this staged car accident


    Academy students at the Milliken Technical Center recently participated in a collaborative event involving multiple programs to provide realistic, hands-on experience. A post-car accident scene was created so that Medical Assisting students could bandage victims and perform triage, and Law Enforcement could properly manage the multi-person casualty. Cosmetology students provided special effects makeup so accident victims looked the part, Auto Body students supplied the damaged cars, and Audio Production students videoed the live event. The Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology is the Career and Technical Education Program of Eastern Suffolk BOCES and has campuses in Oakdale, Bellport, and Riverhead.


    a student covered in fake blood lies on the hood of a car


    The accident scene was staged in a parking lot at the school and involved a two-car collision (Auto Body students simply moved two cars in need of repair outside). Volunteer victims sporting special effects makeup positioned themselves in and on the cars. Some of the victims utilized prosthetic wounds for classmates in the Medical Assisting Program to bandage. One abdominal prosthetic squirted blood and featured exposed plastic intestines. Law Enforcement students who didn’t volunteer as victims worked the accident, taking statements from witnesses and arresting one of the drivers who attempted to flee. Audio Production students videoed the event with handheld and drone video cameras. Said Deborah Leedham, Medical Assisting teacher, “Cross collaboration among programs at the Academy makes it possible for students to experience project-based learning in ways they might not elsewhere. The chaos, noise, confusion, and screaming were all part of the triage experience in this lesson, in addition to applying the industry skills they’ve all learned. It wasn’t an authentic trauma scene, but it was a valuable stepping stone in their educations.”


    group shot of all the classes involved in the project

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  • Understanding Matters of the Heart

    Posted by AcademyLI News on 3/29/2018

    Students from the Animal Science, Nurse Assisting, and Clinical Medical Assisting Programs at the Academy at Ward Technical Center in Riverhead collaborated on a cutting-edge learning experience; dissecting a beef heart.

    A human heart is very similar to a beef heart, thus allowing in-depth discussions related to the similarities and differences. Both serve the same purpose: to oxygenate blood from the lungs to the heart and pump it through the body, and both have four valves and four chambers. The difference between the human heart and the beef heart is size and weight. The heart dissection lab allowed the students to observe and analyze, compare and contrast the dimensions, chambers, and valves to gain a better understanding of this unique pump.

    Student uses a scalpel to cut the right lateral wall of the heart to expose the right chambers of the heart.  Student pulls apart the beef heart to expose the right chambers of the heart.

    Students adhered to safe laboratory procedures when performing the dissection including wearing personal protective equipment such as gloves, scrubs, and goggles.

    Nurse Assisting and Clinical Medical Assisting students studying anatomy and physiology recently dissected a sheep heart. Their experience was helpful during the beef dissection because they were able to assist in identifying the external anatomy of the heart, locating the base and the apex of the heart, and the right and left sides of the heart.

    After orienting the heart so the widest part, the base, pointed upward towards the ceiling, the dissection began. Using a scalpel, a student cut to the lateral wall of the right atrium so probing and an examination of the internal anatomy could begin.

    Animal Science Teacher shows students the direction of blood flow thru the right side of the heart.

    Throughout each phase of the dissection, students answered thirty questions on a Heart Dissection Lab sheet. From their perception of a heart, to the actual appearance and identification of the Cardiac Conduction System.

    The dissection of the beef heart was timely for the Animal Science students learning about heartworm disease caused by roundworms. Transmission of the worm is through an infected mosquito. Once the larvae mature, they take up residence in the large pulmonary arteries leading from the heart to the lungs. Students used spaghetti to simulate heartworm disease in the beef heart.

    Students collaborate on examining and identifying the beef heart components.  Student places spaghetti in the beef heart to simulate Heartworm disease.  

    The lab provided a better understanding of heart function because the students got hands-on, observational experience. They learned the anatomy of the heart because they touched it, put their fingers in the valves, felt the fat and muscle, and trimmed away parts of the heart to probe vessels.

    This early exposure to techniques and hands-on practice is beneficial to students aspiring to employment in the Health Career professions and Animal Science. 

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  • Clinical Medical Assisting Students Start Using DocuCare

    Students in Ms. Burton's Clinical Medical Assisting classes have started using DocuCare, an electronic medical record program to facilitate the gathering of patient information. They have used this program to document vitals and other pertinent medical information. The students have found the program to be very easy to use and understand that working with this will help them to stay ahead of the curve with technology in use in medical facilities in the Tri-state area. .   .   .   .  
    Ward Tech Students Participate in Northwell Health Spark Challenge

    On Monday, December 5, 2016, Students from Ms. Reiter's Nurse Assisting and Ms. Burton's Clinical Medical Assisting classes attended The Northwell Health Third Annual Spark! Challenge. The Northwell Health Spark! Challenge is an exciting competition that enables teams of students from local high schools to participate in onsite “Career Days.” Career Days are hosted at multiple Northwell Health sites to introduce students to a variety of careers within health care. Students from Ward Tech traveled to Great Neck to learn about ultrasounds. They were able to perform ultrasounds on one another and had a fantastic experience.Thank you Northwell Health for including us in this years Spark Challenge!
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    North Shore LIJ Hospital Spark Challenge



    Applying sutures to a banana at Hunting Hospital as part of the SPARK Challenge 

    Clinical Medical Assisting students experienced a day in the life of a front-line medical personnel from nurses to doctors, physical therapists to emergency teams, and everyone in between! Students explored the clinical health care opportunities available to them and worked with top professionals in the field. Students were selected by their instructors, Ms. Leedham and Ms. Martin, based on their classroom performance and positive attitudes. The SPARK Challenge was a way of igniting students' interest in STEM health care careers. Students were broken up into groups and rotated through varied modules including suiting up for Ebola training, shadowing a phlebotomist, administering stitches, viewing an angiogram in one department and paracentesis in another. Upon completion of their rotations, students were served lunch and received further guidance from various department heads who spoke about different programs and avenues to explore to fulfill their path in the health careers. 


    CNA Helps During the Holidays




    Students in Clinical Nurse Assisting organized MTC's Thanksgiving Food Drive. The students collected and distributed hundreds of non-perishable food items to those in need. The drive was a huge success and very much appreciated! Great Job!



    Students in Clinical Medical Assisting donate to the drive