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 program 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 program 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)


  • Interest in science, general biology, anatomy & physiology
  • Basic computer skills, word processing, presentation, and desktop publishing skills
  • Read and comprehend written text
  • Add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers, decimals, and fractions
  • Engage in public speaking


  • Interest in program and attentive attitude
  • Follow written and verbal directions and incorporate good communication skills
  • Adhere to professional standards for dress and behavior
  • Good work ethic and good, dependable attendance
  • Participate in classroom activities and projects, including independent and group work
  • Good organizational skills and time management
  • Meet deadlines and prioritize tasks

Program Specific

  • Work with all age-level clients
  • Enjoy working with and caring for others
  • Follow health and safety requirements
  • Adhere to confidentiality requirements (HIPAA)
  • Complete a physical and provide/receive up-to-date vaccinations including flu shot and 2-step TB test
  • Open-minded and patient with a sense of empathy
  • Participate in student organization (HOSA) and career development
  • Flexible and open to clinical experiences
  • Display professionalism towards sensitive health care topics

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

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

  • 1.0 2nd Science (Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy, Agriscience)
  • 1.0 3rd Science (in lieu of)
  • 1.0 World Languages (in lieu of)
  • 0.5 English Language Arts
  • 1.0 Online Learning Experience
  • 1.0 4th Math
  • 1.0 Visual, Performing, & Applied Arts

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

  • Davenport University
  • Jackson College
  • Siena Heights University
  • Washtenaw Community College
  • American Heart Association (AHA) - CPR
  • Stop the Bleed certification

Danielle Sumner head shotInstructor

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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Allison Sloan head shotTeacher Assistant

Allison Sloan is a TECH Center alumni.  She spent four years working with students at Adrian Public Schools before coming to the LISD.  Allison currently holds a National Registry EMT license and works as a paid on-call EMT for the Riga Township Fire Department.  She is enrolled in the Lenawee County Fire Fighter School with a graduation date of May 2023.

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