MCATC students perfect on Healthcare NOCTI exam

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All 18 Marion County Area Technology Center students who recently took the Healthcare NOCTI exam passed. It was the first year students were offered the exam, which focuses on career and technical nursing assistant knowledge and skills. Successfully passing the exam enhances credentials for those planning to go into the healthcare field and also earns high school students Career-Ready designation.
“The NOCTI is another test they take to validate that they’ve learned that information. It gives them one more step up in the area of career and technical education and skills,” health sciences instructor Mary Jo Clark said. “It was really exciting that they all took it and could pass it, It definitely shows we’re going in the right direction.”
In order to take the NOCTI exam, students had to first take a nursing assistant course and pass the state CNA exam.
“I think our program’s really efficient and we have really good instructors that care about us and want us to pass,” senior Claire Higdon said. Higdon was among those who passed the NOCTI exam. “It really solidifies that this is what I want to do [as a career] and I can do it and that I’m qualified.”
The material covered on the NOCTI exam closely matches state standards, according to MCATC Principal Christina McRay.
“Most of it was already in our course so we learned it all basically,” senior Chloe May said. “It’s definitely worth it, that’s for sure. It saves a lot of money and it makes me feel accomplished in that I’m prepared for nursing school.”