• Health Science: Emergency Medicine, Patient Care and Sports Medicine

    We will have three health sciences pathways - Emergency Medicine, Patient Care and Sports Medicine. We'll have information on these specific pathways available soon!

    Our health science program is where passion meets purpose in the world of healthcare. Our program immerses students in project- and problem-based learning, laying the foundation for a variety of healthcare careers. From mastering the intricacies of human body structures to exploring pharmacy and operating room foundations, students gain essential knowledge and skills. 

    Join HOSA: Future Health Professionals to develop leadership abilities and technical competencies. Gain real-world experience through health science internships, which can pave the way for a rewarding career. Earn certifications like the Certified Patient Care Technician (CPCT) and make a difference in the lives of others. 

    Program Overview

    The Health Science Program instructional content incorporates project- and problem-based healthcare practices and procedures to demonstrate knowledge and skills fundamental to a variety of healthcare careers. Knowledge and skills are reinforced and enhanced through co-curricular activities and participation in HOSA – Future Health Professionals and work-based learning opportunities that are age and grade appropriate.

    Courses Offered

    • Foundations of Health Science (Health Credit Eligible) (Required Foundations Course)
    • Human Body Structures & Functions (3rd and/or 4th Science Credit Eligible)
    • Introduction to Pharmacy and/or
    • Operating Room Foundations 
    • Health Science Internship

    Credentials Students Can Earn

    • Certified Patient Care Technician (CPCT)

    Employment Outlook

    Our Health Science pathway provides a solid foundation for various entry-level positions in the healthcare field, and further education can lead to more advanced career opportunities with greater responsibilities and higher earning potential. 

    For students graduating from a health science program without pursuing further education, there are several entry-level job opportunities available in the healthcare field. These may include:

    • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA): CNAs provide basic care to patients in various healthcare settings, such as hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities. They assist with activities of daily living, including bathing, dressing, feeding, and mobility, under the supervision of registered nurses.

    • Medical Assistant: Medical assistants perform administrative and clinical tasks to support healthcare providers in medical offices, clinics, and outpatient settings. They may schedule appointments, greet patients, take vital signs, prepare patients for examinations, and assist with minor medical procedures.

    • Pharmacy Technician: Pharmacy technicians assist pharmacists in dispensing medications and providing customer service in retail pharmacies, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities. They may receive prescription orders, prepare medications, label prescription containers, and process insurance claims.

    • Surgical Technologist: Surgical technologists assist surgical teams in operating rooms by preparing sterile equipment, instruments, and supplies for surgical procedures. They may also assist surgeons during surgeries, maintain a sterile field, and monitor patients' vital signs.

    • Medical Scribe: Medical scribes assist healthcare providers by documenting patient encounters in real-time, including medical histories, physical examinations, and treatment plans. They may work in medical offices, emergency departments, or specialty clinics to improve workflow efficiency and accuracy of medical records.

    For students interested in advancing their careers and taking on higher-level roles, pursuing further education, such as associate’s or bachelor’s degree in nursing, allied health or a related field, can open up additional opportunities. Jobs that may require further education include:

    • Registered Nurse (RN): Registered nurses provide direct patient care, coordinate healthcare services, and educate patients and families about health conditions and treatment plans. They may work in hospitals, clinics, schools, or community health settings. A bachelor's degree in nursing (BSN) is increasingly preferred for entry-level RN positions.

    • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN): LPNs provide basic nursing care under the supervision of registered nurses or physicians. They may administer medications, perform wound care, and monitor patients' conditions in various healthcare settings. Completion of a state-approved nursing program and passing the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) is required for licensure.

    • Radiologic Technologist: Radiologic technologists perform diagnostic imaging procedures, such as X-rays, computed tomography (CT) scans, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, to assist physicians in diagnosing and treating medical conditions. They may work in hospitals, imaging centers, or outpatient clinics. A degree from an accredited radiologic technology program and licensure/certification are typically required.

    • Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA): PTAs assist physical therapists in providing rehabilitative services to patients with injuries, illnesses, or disabilities. They may help patients perform exercises, apply therapeutic modalities, and monitor progress during treatment sessions. Completion of an accredited PTA program and passing the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) is required for licensure.

    Student Organization

    HOSA: Future Health Professionals provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation and recognition for secondary, postsecondary, adult and collegiate students enrolled in Health Science Education programs and/or interested in pursuing careers in health care. The purpose of the HOSA organization is to develop leadership and technical HOSA skill competencies through a program of motivation, awareness and recognition, which is an integral part of the Health Science Education instructional program.