Medical Professions

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You enjoy multitasking. You have a caring personality. You work well under pressure. You might want to consider a career in the medical field.

Modern technology and medicine have added years to people’s lives and have improved their quality of life. As a result, the healthcare industry is one of the major growth areas in employment.

As a Medical Professions student you will learn to perform routine administrative and clinical procedures to keep the offices and clinics of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors and optometrists running smoothly. In addition, you will receive hands-on instruction on providing nursing care in skilled nursing facilities and/or hospitals.  Students must obtain the American Heart Association Certification on their own before beginning clinical training.  You will also be given the opportunity to become a State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA).

Coursework includes instruction in anatomy & physiology, medical ethics, medical terminology, office procedures, medical records, laboratory skills and personal healthcare.


High School Credit Junior Year

Medical Professions: 2.5, Technology: .5, Anatomy & Physiology: 1.0

Potential College Semester Hour Credit

Cuyahoga Community College

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Current Program Fees:

Junior: $ 520.00

Senior: $ 271.00

Medical Professions 2014-2015 Advisory Members

Ms. Cheryl Bradas, MetroHealth Medical Center
Dr. Holly Clemens, Cuyahoga Community College
Dr. Marcia Columbro, University Primary Care Physicians
Mr. George Cooper, Cleveland State University/Urban Affairs
Mrs. Mary E. Cooper, Infinity Health Services
Dr. Eric Friedrich, Dr. Eric’s Total Vision Care
Ms. Amanda Gordon, Cleveland Clinic Family Health Center
Ms. Jennifer Kolasinski, Southwest General Health Center
Ms. Kathy Lingle, S.H. Butt M.D., Inc.
Ms. Paula Minch, Fairview Hospital
Mr. Steve Pamer, Cleveland Clinic Home Care
Ms. Janine Smalley, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center (ICU)
Mrs. Debra Solani, Southwest General Health Center
Ms. Pam Waite, The Center for Health Affairs

Medical Professions - Coldiron

Teacher: Liisa Coldiron



RN, Cleveland Metro Health Medical Center

– School of Nursing

BSEd, Kent State University

Certifications: Certified Medical Assistant;

Licensed Practical Nurse; BCLS Instructor;

First Aid and Safety Instructor

Years at Polaris: 24

Industry Experience: Over 32 years in all aspects of hospital bedside nursing care and supervision, including training-critical care, pediatrics and oncology

Interests/Hobbies: Spending time with family, church activities, Cleveland Cavs and Browns fan, travel, and movies

Teacher: Eva Simmons


Education: RN, Cuyahoga Community College
CMA, Polaris Career Center

Certifications: Certified Medical Assistant

Years at Polaris: 7

Industry Experience: 10 years working with medically fragile infants with Applewood Centers.
6 years combined as RN & CMA as bedside nurse or medical assisting.

Interests/Hobbies: Gardening, flea marketing, cooking, sewing and family road trips.

Medical Professions - Smith

Teacher: Patricia Eden



BA – Healthcare Administration, Almeda University

RMA, Brown Mackie College

Certifications: Certified Phlebotomy Technician; currently attending Kent State University for Masters in Education

Years at Polaris: 6

Industry Experience: Started as STNA during high school; worked as medical assistant at Cleveland Ear, Nose and Throat for 9 years; 2 years as MA at Akron Children’s Hospital; 2 years as surgical assistant in Medina; taught 5 years at Sanford Brown College (Medical Assisting program)

Interests/Hobbies: Cooking, traveling, camping, games, board games (card games, outdoor games), spending time with friends and family


  • Infection control
  • Pharmacology
  • Take vital signs
  • Administer EKG
  • Basic laboratory skills
  • Medical terminology
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Medical ethics/law
  • Appointment control
  • Medical record management
  • Office bookkeeping
  • Insurance claim processing
  • CPR
  • First aid


  • Autoclave
  • Sphygmomanometer
  • Electrocardiograph
  • Centrifuge
  • Otoscope and ophthalmoscope
  • Injection materials
  • Bandaging materials
  • Computer
  • Audiometer
  • Defibrillator

Career Options

Positions are available for qualified employees in:

  • Physicians’ offices
  • Hospitals
  • Ambulatory care centers
  • Extended care facilities
  • Insurance companies

Future Opportunities with Further Education

  • Nurse
  • Paramedic
  • Respiratory therapist
  • Occupational therapist/assistant
  • Laboratory technician
  • Radiographic technician
  • Physical therapist/assistant
  • Ultrasound technician
  • Physician
  • Pharmacy technician