"Healthcare jobs topped the list of U.S. News & World Report's 100 Best Jobs of 2015 — securing seven of the top 10 spots."

About Health Technology

Our Instructors

The Health Technology Instructors, Gretchen Werle and Piper Sagan, are developing a top quality program that is current with the needs of the health and human services community, driven to best serve the educational experience of students, and guided by the Massachusetts frameworks.


The Health Technology Program introduces students to fields in Health and the Medical field. Students have the opportunity to work in a nursing facility to truly develop their patient skills. Health Technology students have also been involved in programs and symposiums at Springfield Technical Community College and Greenfield Community College.

With a focus on the development of essential skills, this is the ideal program for the outgoing, compassionate student interested in entering the growing field of healthcare. Patient care a top priority, and our students receive instruction in anatomy and physiology, growth and development, medical terminology, aging, infectious disease, mental health, and nutrition. Clinical experiences at area facilities expose students to healthcare roles in long term care, acute care, rehabilitation, Alzheimer’s, hospice nursing care, and working with those with developmental disabilities.


FCTS, as the regional vocational high school of Franklin County, does so much more than teach in a lab classroom and simulation environment. As a true extension of the classroom, authentic health related projects can be an important facet in the learning environment. Real world projects truly provide the students with an opportunity to apply what they have learned. Our students thrive on authentic work! You can demonstrate and practice a skill but there is nothing like using those skills for real, under the direction of your instructor who acts as the supervisor. Health Technology students engage in work and skills in FCTS and on work experience sites including hospitals, nursing homes and with EMT agencies. These students are preparing for the many, varied careers paths available in the health care industry.

Requests for FCTS Health Technology work must provide educational value to the students and must align with the curriculum. If you are a municipal group or non-profit organization, you can contact Jocelyn Croft, Director of Vocational Curriculum and Instruction.

Health Technology Instructors

Gretchen Werle
Gretchen Werle Technical Instructor
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Piper Sagan
Piper Sagan Technical Instructor
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"Graduates of this program may choose to pursue further education in areas like nursing, medical assistant, EMT, physical therapy, dental hygienist, radiology technician and more."

About the Program

Freshman Exploratory Gallery

Skills Required for Success in the Health Technology Trade

  • o    Ability to use changing technology
  • o    Ability to read and follow directions
  • o    Good oral and written communication skills
  • o    Ability to work alone or with people in a team
  • o    Must be considerate, honest, and dependable
Career Opportunities

Future Career Opportunities in Health Technology

  • o    Nurses Aid
  • o    Orderly
  • o    EMT
  • o    Paramedic
  • o    Medical Assistant
  • o    Nursing Facility Assistant
  • o    EKG or X-ray Technician
  • o    Pharmacy Technician
  • o    Nursing Facility Assistant
  • o    Physical Therapy Assistant

Available certifications include:

  • o    OSHA 10-hour Card: General Industry                           o    Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • o    Automatic Defibrillator (AED)                                            o    First Aid Certification
  • o    Alzheimer’s and Dementia Sensitivity Training              o    Certified Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide (CNA)
  • o    Introduction to Electrocardiograms (EKG)

Grading Policy

In order to calculate grade point average (GPA), each course will be awarded a rating based on the number of periods a class/shop is in session, the credit assigned to the class/shop and whether the course is required to meet graduation requirements as mandated under the Massachusetts Education Reform Law.


Be prepared for a rewarding career in the healthcare industry. Along with a solid academic foundation, you’ll also gain real-world knowledge that will give you a competitive edge in the growing healthcare job market. Students will receive their certification in nursing assistant, home health aide, CPR, and first aid.

"With patient care a top priority, students receive instruction in anatomy and physiology, growth and development, medical terminology, aging, infectious disease, mental health, and nutrition."

Health Technology Spotlight

"Today our focus on preventing disease, illness and injury is just as important in the quest for good health as the necessity to diagnose, fight and treat illness."

Health Technology News

Health Tech Students and Their Teacher to Present Chair Yoga Program at Alzheimer’s Conference

When they were freshmen, Kaitlin Churchill and Sienna Diemand proposed the idea of developing a chair yoga program to help senior citizens and Alzheimer’s patients stay physically fit and improve socialization. Read Article

Best Healthcare Jobs of 2015

Demand for support staff for top-tier professionals, home health care needs for aging Americans and affordable quality care are driving employment increases throughout the health care industry. Read Article

FCTS Health Tech Students Make Strides Toward Careers in Health Care

Seven Franklin County Technical School Health Technology students have taken the first step toward careers in health care by earning certificates to become certified nursing assistants. Read Article

"FCTS students in the health technology shop looked to answer a recent call from President Obama that asks all citizens, including students to serve their communities, through service learning."

Health Technology Videos

How to Become a Licensed Vocational Nurse - Health Care Careers

How to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse. If you'd like a career as a Licensed Vocational Nurse, FCTS can show you how.

How to Become an Administrative Medical Assistant - Health Care Careers

How to become an Administrative Medical Assistant. Part of the training in becoming a Medical Administrative Assistant is to understand basic computer software applications. A study course in medical terminology is as well important in the training process.

Nursing Jobs : What Do LPNs Do?

LPNs, or licensed practical nurses, perform similar tasks as registered nurses, except for the fact that they are being delegated or supervised by another RN or charge nurse. Find out how LPNs do reporting, monitoring of vital signs and basic wound care with help from a licensed RN in this free video on nursing jobs and health care.