Health Science Education prepares students for employment and/or continuing education opportunities in the classroom, experiential education in the laboratory, work-based learning opportunities in clinical settings, and leadership skills through HOSA: Future Healthcare Professionals.
The Utah Health Science Education Pathways are based on the national skills standards and the national career cluster pathways for healthcare. Through health science courses, students can gain an important foundation of knowledge and skills necessary for continued education in health sciences. Students have the opportunity to be a CTE Secondary Pathway Completer in one of ten Health Science Education Pathways, within the following four categories:
Biotech Research and Development
Blake Harris, a graduate of Timpanogos High School, participated in the Health Science Education program area during high school. Blake’s goal was to be a CTE Pathway completer in the Emergency Medical Technician Pathway. (A CTE Pathway completer is a secondary student who has completed three credits in a single CTE program of study.) Blake achieved his goal and was recognized by the state and Alpine School District. At an award ceremony, Blake received a CTE Secondary Pathway Completer Recognition Award and received a cord to wear at graduation.
“With having the end goal of completing a CTE Pathway in mind all year it has helped me prepare for my future career in medicine. Taking all of the required classes, and then some, have been challenging but worth it. It has already helped with job and college applications. After going through all of these classes and extracurricular activities it has definitely helped start me in the right direction for my future. Plus I got a cool cord at graduation that I got to keep!” said Blake.
Stars and Skills for the Top Ten Occupations in Health Science
The following are rated “4- or 5-Star” occupations by the Utah Department of Workforce Services, and require a bachelor’s degree or less for entry.
Listed in order of the total number of people projected to be working in each occupation by 2022, all of these occupations –
- Offer openings for at least 20 (and up to 970, in the case of registered nurses!) new Utah workers every year through 2022.
- Pay median hourly wages of between $19.40 and $40.20 in Utah.