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Course | Health Careers Exploration

Health Sciences

Health Careers Exploration is a survey course designed to introduce learners to a broad spectrum of health careers. The course covers careers from the five pathways: diagnostic services, therapeutic services, health informatics, support services, and biotechnology research and development. For each career, learners examine the main tasks and challenges of professionals, the treatments they administer, and the interaction those professionals have with other professionals. Learners research the educational requirements and the employment and salary outlook for each career and evaluate how their skills, abilities, and interests align with various careers. Where possible, learners do authentic hands-on work that a professional would do, such as reviewing scans and MRIs, taking vital signs, treating a wound, and completing dental charts.

Planning Tools
For Learners

PLANNING TOOLS provides essential information to guide course implementation, including scope and sequence, detailed lesson plans, semester planning outline, course updates, and project overview. Several courses offer free online resources with hyperlinked URLs to enhance blended, synchronous, and asynchronous learning. The scope and sequence guide the resource selections to ensure the content aligns with lesson topics. The online resource collection includes course outlines, modules, lesson plans, videos, projects, and articles.

FOR LEARNERS: Did you know that in 2030, 85% of the jobs are not in existence yet? So, how can what you are learning in school today possibly prepare you for an unknowable future?

The answer is simple! You do not stop learning just because you graduated from high school. You must embrace the concept of life-long learning to thrive in a highly tech-enabled and information-driven future. Your skillsets are less about what a teacher “poured” into your head and more about exploring issues and topics about which you are passionate. In the future, employers will not be as interested in your grade point average as compared to the initiative you took to extend your knowledge.

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Foundations of Health Care Professions

This curriculum framework serves as an example of various possibilities for secondary health science programs to help facilitate development of health science programs

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Instructional Units

Unit 1 Health Careers Exploration – Getting Started
Unit 2 Disease Control and Prevention
Unit 3 Medical Services
Unit 4 Psychological Services
Unit 5 Dental Services and Informatics
Unit 6 Planning for a Career in Health Science

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