The Health Occupations program provides students with the opportunity to explore the many available career options in the health-care profession. Students learn CPR (Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation), emergency first aid, medical terminology, basic anatomy and physiology, and the communication skills necessary for success in the health care field. After completion of the core curriculum, including-but not limited to-communication skills, professionalism, infection control, legal and ethical issues in health care, confidentiality, and safety, students have an opportunity to experience hands-on training and job shadowing in local facilities with professionals in the careers, they would like to explore. Students also research the roles of various health care professionals through reading, accessing Internet sites, and viewing educational videos to learn more about the careers they may be interested in pursuing. Guest lecturers in the classroom share their knowledge and demonstrate skills, while field trips allow students to get a first-hand look at many of the career options related to health care.

Course Content

  • Research
  • Communication
  • Safety
  • Rehabilitation
  • Medical Ethics
  • Vital Signs
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Body Structure
  • Asepsis
  • Medical Terminology
  • CPR and First Aid Certification
  • Personal Care/Comfort
  • Transporting/Transferring/Ambulating/Positioning
  • Helpful Background Experience and Aptitudes
  • Enjoy working and talking with people
  • High school classes in Math, Biology, or Life Science
  • A positive attitude and congenial disposition
  • Ability to problem-solve
  • Willing to participate in team activities
  • Computer literacy

Click here to view the Health Occupations Curriculum (PDF Format)

Career Entry Opportunities

  • Home Health Aide
  • Recreational Therapy Aide
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Dental Assistant
  • Medical Laboratory Technican
  • Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Nuclear Medicine Technologist
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Radiographer
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • License Practical Nurse
  • Registered Nurse
  • Surgical Technician
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Optician

Advisory Committee

An advisory committee is a group of citizens selected to collectively provide advice to the public schools in regard to career and technical education. The members are mostly from outside the field of education representing labor, management, and the general public. The members are selected because of specialized expertise and knowledge. They serve only as advisors without administrative authority and without pay or compensation.

The following are members of the Health Occupations Advisory Committee:

Catherine ManderfieldUP Health System-Portage
Jennifer Jenich-LaplanderAspirus Keweenaw
Maggie SeppalaGardenview Assisted Living
Christiann RosemurgyAspirus Keweenaw
Angel BatesHCMCF
Glen GuilbaultGogebic Community College
Cam WilliamsFinlandia University
Krystel VaterHCMCF
Jeff BarilAspirus Keweenaw
Karen HernandezNorthland Vet
Jason CarterMichigan Tech

CTE Data Reports

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