Health Care Careers

Health Care is one of the fastest growing career fields and there is a constant need for trained professionals. Students who take this class will gain valuable skills and knowledge they will use to further their career exploration in the health care setting. Health Care Careers students often have an advantage over competing applicants for college and job placements due to the exposure they receive.  This class is a great place to experience the many doors that health care can lead you.

Program Description

Students will be given the chance to explore healthcare careers including nursing, x-ray technician, respiratory therapy, veterinary science, physical therapy, etc.  Students will learn CPR, how to obtain a full set of vital signs (including manual blood pressure), basic anatomy and physiology, and a variety of medical terminology. In the second semester, students have the opportunity to participate in clinical experiences at hospitals and nearby health care facilities, where they are able to experience what it would be like as a health care professional in that health care setting.  Students will also participate in the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) leadership conference, where they could earn a chance to go to the state or even the national level.

To Be Successful

Students need a 2.5 G.P.A. or higher, strong science, English, communication and research skills, as well as a compassion for others. Students are required to pass a physical, TB test, criminal background check and must be current with Hepatitis B, Tetanus, MMR, Varicella and seasonal flu vaccines before going on clinical experiences.

Student Organization

Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)

Related Careers

Note: Additional education may be required.

  • Nursing
  • C.N.A.
  • Home Health Aide
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Technician
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Ultrasound Technician
  • Sports Medicine
  • Physician
  • X-Ray Technician
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Surgical Technician
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Laboratory Technician

High School Credit*

*The LISD TECH Center recommends the academic credit listed. Credit can only be awarded by local districts.

  • 1.0 3rd Science
  • 1.0 World Languages (in lieu of)
  • 0.5 English Language Arts
  • 1.0 Online Learning

College Credit Opportunities*

*College credit can only be awarded by the college or university. Certain requirements must be met outside of completing the class.

  • Davenport University
  • Jackson College
  • Washtenaw Community College

Certification Opportunities

American Heart Association First Aid & CPR

Instructor

Danielle Sumner, a nurse of seven years, considers herself very lucky to have found a passion for both nursing and teaching!  She has worked in long-term care, the acute care hospital setting, and Hospice. She earned her Licensed Practical Nurse, followed by becoming a Registered Nurse, and continued on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in nursing from Concordia University of Ann Arbor. Danielle has worked for the nursing program at Jackson College and brings great insight to our Health Care Careers program.

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