Health Sciences

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What if high school was all you needed to get started on your dream job? Many healthcare careers don't require a college degree. You can begin making a difference sooner than you thought.

Which pathways are offered?

Certified Medical Assistant—Students develop the knowledge base, skills, and behaviors that entry-level medical assistants need to succeed. Students are introduced to anatomy and physiology, diagnostic tests, diseases and disorders, treatments, and nutrition.

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)—This pathway prepares students to work under the supervision of licensed health care professionals to perform direct basic nursing care in medical settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, and clinics.

Pharmacy Technician—This pathway prepares students to assist licensed pharmacists in providing health care and medications to patients in medical settings such as hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, and labs.

What types of jobs can my student learn about and prepare for?*

Examples of jobs include:

  • Medical Assistant
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)

What is the salary outlook?*

Salaries vary depending on the job, experience, and location but approximate sample salaries include:

  • Medical Assistant – $34,800/year
  • Pharmacy Technician – $33,950/year
  • Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) – $33,950/year

Which industry-recognized, in-demand certifications and exams can my student prepare for?

  • American Medical Certification Association (AMCA) Clinical Medical Assistant Certification (CMAC) exam
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) exam
  • National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) Medical Assisting Exam
  • Nursing Assistant Certification (NAC) exam
  • Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE)

*Some of these jobs require additional education and certifications once a student graduates from high school. Salaries vary depending on the job title, experience, and location. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. Website last modified date: Monday, February 1, 2021.