Get a healthy start to great career options.

Learning Environment
Time is spent in the classroom and the lab. Students should have good English skills and an ability to work well with others. Students will spend the first semester learning the basics of health care. The second semester provides students with the opportunity to participate in a work experience, which will take them out of the classroom and into local hospitals, nursing homes and other community health settings.

What's It Like?

Instructor Stacy Nold says:
“Students who enroll in this program must be able to work independently. Grade standards are a requirement for clinical placement during the second semester. Academic expectations are high, and professional conduct and dress are required at clinical sites. All immunizations must be up to date and a TB skin test is required before clinical placement.”

    Health Occupations

    Employment opportunities in the health care field are at an all-time high because of qualified worker shortages and increased demand. Careers in the health field offer diversity, personal satisfaction, flexibility, salary and benefit packages and advancement opportunities with experience and further education.

    Course Overview
    This course is designed to expose students to a variety of health-related occupations. Students taking this class will be interested in providing health care services that can help identify, evaluate, prevent, and treat diseases. The core curriculum addresses the academic foundation as well as the fundamentals of caregiving and the job skills necessary for a variety of healthcare positions. Clinical experiences may include nursing homes, hospitals, pharmacies, clinic positions, veterinary offices, urgent centers, dentists, physicians’ offices, laboratories and rehabilitation centers. The program is divided into three components - lecture, laboratory and clinical experience. Science, math (including metrics) and reading are a large part of the course.

    Potential Careers
    Participation in Health Occupations and further training can help prepare you for jobs in areas like:

    Associate’s Degree

    • Registered Nurse
    • Dental Hygienist
    • Veterinary Technician
    • Radiography Technician
    • Respiratory Care
    • Health Fitness Specialist
    • Surgical Technician
    • Medical Office Mgmnt.

    Bachelor’s Degree or Higher

    • Physical or Occupational Therapist
    • Physician or Physician Assistant
    • Health Education Specialist
    • Public Health Official
    • Exercise Science or Cardiac Rehab
    • Dietician
    • Counselor or Therapist
    • Healthcare Administration

    Primary Units of Instruction (lecture, demonstration and lab work):

    • Health Careers
    • Anatomy & Physiology
    • Medical Terminology
    • Nutrition and Wellness
    • Safety in the Workplace
    • Legal/Ethical Standards
    • Infection Control
    • First Aid/CPR Certification
    • Communication
    • Patient Assessment (Vital Signs)
    • Healthcare Delivery Systems
    • Pre-Employment Skills

    Length of Program:
    One Year, two semesters

    Program Schedule:
    A.M. Session - 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
    P.M. Session - 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.


    It is if you...

    • are detail-oriented
    • follow directions well
    • work well under pressure
    • like to work with people
    • can accept responsibility
    • want to learn how the body works
    • enjoy science
    • are organized
    • are good at problem solving

    Going to college? Start with CTE

    College Partnerships

    • Davenport University
    • Ferris State University
    • Kirtland Community College
    • Mid Michigan Community College

    It is possible to earn articulated college credit through an articulation agreement between CTE and many Michigan community colleges and universities. This credit can only be granted after successful completion of the CTE program and future enrollment at a college or university that has a current articulation agreement with Clare-Gladwin CTE. See your school counselor for more information.

    The Path to Certification
    Health Occupations can help set you up to earn these health field certifications:

    • Phlebotomy
    • Nursing Assistant
    • Pharmacy Aid
    • EMT or Paramedic
    • Laboratory Technician
    • Medical Assistant
    • Personal Trainer • Massage Therapist

    High School Credit and CTE Certification
    Students may earn the state-required fourth-year math-related course credit through this program. Local schools will award high school credit upon successful completion of this program. The CTE Certificate of Completion will be awarded to students who successfully complete their programs.