Health Occupations

   People in this career field promote health and wellness. They diagnose and treat injuries and disease. As a physicians, dentists, or nurses, they may work directly with patients. They may also work in a laboratory to get information used in research or provide administrative support by keeping medical records.
   Jobs are found at a variety of different sites, from hospitals, clinics and nursing homes to cruise ships, sports arenas, or within a patient's home.

  • Medical Occupations:  Provides students with a foundation of knowledge and skills in both Medical Terminology and Allied Health. Information learned will assist the student in the career decision ­making process and prepare them for a healthcare career.  Students will:  

● Explore the range of health industry occupations through on site visits. 

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Courses students should take to follow this career path.

Earn College Credit in High School Through This Coursework

Registered Apprenticeships     A structured way of learning a skilled occupation, combining on-the-job training with classroom instruction.

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Understand and use common medical abbreviations and terminology. 

● Interpret information found in medical records. 

● Understand the roles and responsibilities of members on the health care team. 

● Practice safety and infection precautions. 

● Demonstrate competence in communication and problem ­solving. 

● Have an opportunity to attend state and national conferences for Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)

  • Intro to Nursing/Home Health: Meets the criteria necessary for entry ­level employment as a Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide and serves as an introduction to the medical/nursing career pathway for students who decide to advance in the medical/nursing profession and other Allied Health careers. Complete and pass background study clearance prior to clinical, which is a mandatory requirement of the Minnesota Department of Human Services. All state requirements must be met. Students will: 

● Perform basic medical/nursing skills. 

● Demonstrate ability to care for residents in an area long ­term care facility. 

● Understand concepts of basic human needs. 

● Know individual career ­related strengths. 

● Be prepared to take the Minnesota Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide Test to be registered as a Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aide. 

● Have the opportunity to attend state and national conferences for Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA). 

● Apply basic principles in caring for the client at home. 

● Have the opportunity to acquire American Heart Association Healthcare Provider Basic Life Support certification for CPR/AED (valid for two years). 

● Pass physical examination and Mantoux screening, which is required for clinical. 

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