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New Visions: Medical Professions

Steve Woodard
Director of CTE, Compass, & Adult Education
(315) 255-7640

Melisa Vormwald
CTE Guidance Counselor
(315) 253-0361 ext. 5104

For additional information contact your high school guidance counselor.

New Visions is a stimulating and challenging option for college-bound high school seniors who are interested in medicine and related life sciences and who would like to learn the fundamentals about health care professions. Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES, in cooperation with Auburn Community Hospital, will provide an inside look at medical professions found in hospitals and ancillary health care facilities. Through daily involvement with various medical staff, students will learn what is required of health care professionals and the application of their education to real-life situations on the job. Students will gain a better understanding of the responsibilities and professional demands of a busy technical environment and will see how working together as a team can provide quality patient care.


A Professional Studies Program is a total immersion approach to education that integrates English, Economics, Government, Anatomy and Physiology and Career Exploration into one program of study. The program places high school seniors in the actual working environment of the career area to which they are attracted.


Clinical Rotations

  • Cardiac Care Unit
  • Medical/Surgical Patient Floors
  • Diabetic Clinic
  • Nutritional Services
  • Operating Room
  • Emergency Care Unit
  • Orthopedics
  • Finger Lakes Center for Living
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Laboratory
  • Radiology
  • Maternity
  • Respiratory Therapy

Administrative/Support Rotations

  • Administration
  • Human Resources
  • Bio Medical Engineering
  • Materials Management
  • Business Office
  • Medical Library
  • Central Supply
  • Medical Records
  • Environmental Science
  • Safety and Security
  • Facilities Maintenance
  • Social Services
  • Health Information Services
  • Volunteer Services

Off-Site Rotations

  • Ambulance Services
  • Funeral Home
  • Dental and Medical Offices
  • Diagnostic Imagining
  • Finger Lakes Medical Care –
  • Institute for Human Performance
  • Upstate Medical University
  • Hospice of the Finger Lakes Center

The New Visions program supplements the final year of high school for talented and motivated students allowing them to experience a variety of health care fields. A portion of the students’ morning is spent at their component high school attending chosen classes. Students then arrive at their designated New Visions site for their program from 10 am – 2 pm. Students are encouraged to continue to participate in extracurricular activities at their home schools.

Cayuga Advantage College Credit

ENGL 101- Freshman English I- 3 credits (fall)
ENGL 102- Freshman English II- 3 credits (spring)
ENGL 221- Effective Speech/Public Address- 3 credits (spring)

Cayuga Advantage is a partnership between Cayuga Community College and Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES to award college (transcript) credit for college courses taught in secondary school settings to qualified high school students. All Cayuga Advantage courses are $15 per credit. 

For additional information, please contact the guidance department at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES 315.253.0361 ext. 5107 or visit

High School Credits Earned

Students who complete this program will earn four high school credits.

  • English 12 (1 credit)
  • Government 12 (1/2 credit)
  • Economics (1/2 credit)
  • Health Science Exploration (1 credit)
  • Anatomy and Physiology (1 credit)
  • Be academically strong
  • Satisfy graduation requirements
  • Demonstrate an interest in the health care field
  • Exhibit maturity, responsibility and ability to
  • Work both independently and in teams
  • Engage in extensive reading assignments both in and out of the classroom
  • Work extensively on writing skills through assigned written projects
  • Participate in class discussions and presentations on a daily basis
  • Plan to attend college or pursue other postsecondary education


New Visions Application





Brian K. Hartwell, Ed.D.
District Superintendent of Schools

1879 West Genesee Street Rd.
Auburn, NY 13021
Phone: (315) 253-0361

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