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.
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.
Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)
Program Success Indicators
- 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
- 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.
- Home Health Aide
- Medical Assisting
- Medical Technician
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Ultrasound Technician
- Sports Medicine
- 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 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 Opportunities*
*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 First Aid & CPR
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.
Nicole Farrell has 17 years’ experience in the healthcare field, including 13 years in a pediatric emergency room setting. She received her Associate’s degree in Applied Science from Schoolcraft College and is near completion of her Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University. Nicole is C.N.A. certified, as well as PALS, ACLS, and BLS certified. She is excited to work with students who are excited and passionate to learn about the healthcare field. Nicole feels her real-life experience will be helpful to opening the eyes of the eager students.