Health Occupations

People in this career field promote health and wellness. They diagnose and treat injuries and disease. As a physicians, dentists, or nurses, they may work directly with patients. They may also work in a laboratory to get information used in research or provide administrative support by keeping medical records.

Jobs are found at a variety of different sites, from hospitals, clinics and nursing homes to cruise ships, sports arenas, or within a patient's home.

The Duluth Public Schools Health Occupations program offers 2 main pathways-- Nursing/Allied Health and Emergency Response/Basic Life Support.

Nursing/Allied Health Pathway:  For students interested in learning about all the options in the hospital care setting. Students spend the first semester learning college material in the context Medical Terminology and Introduction to Allied Health. Second semester, students have the option to receive full certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant as well as clinical experience.

Medical Occupations:  Provides a foundation of knowledge and skills in both Medical Terminology and Allied Health. Information assists the in the career decision ­making process.

Students will:  

  • Explore the range of health industry occupations through on site visits. 
  • Understand and use common medical abbreviations and terminology. 
  • Interpret information found in medical records. 
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of members on the health care team. 
  • Practice safety and infection precautions. 
  • Demonstrate competence in communication and problem ­solving. 
  • Have an opportunity to attend state and national conferences for Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)

Intro to Nursing/Home Health: Meets the criteria necessary for entry ­level employment as a Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide and serves as an introduction to the medical/nursing career pathway for students who decide to advance in the medical/nursing profession and other Allied Health careers. Complete and pass background study clearance prior to clinical, which is a mandatory requirement of the Minnesota Department of Human Services. All state requirements must be met.

Students will: 

  • Perform basic medical/nursing skills. 
  • Demonstrate ability to care for residents in an area long ­term care facility. 
  • Understand concepts of basic human needs. 
  • Know individual career ­related strengths. 
  • Be prepared to take the Minnesota Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide Test to be registered as a Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aide. 
  • Have the opportunity to attend state and national conferences for Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA). 
  • Apply basic principles in caring for the client at home. 
  • Have the opportunity to acquire American Heart Association Healthcare Provider Basic Life Support certification for CPR/AED (valid for two years). 
  • Pass physical examination and Mantoux screening, which is required for clinical. 

Emergency Response and Basic Life Support Pathway: For student interested in learning about all options in the pre-hospital care setting - firefighting, law enforcement, athletic training, emergency responder, emergency room careers. Course centers around hands-on practicals in a variety of triage and emergency settings and how to provide life saving support. Students who participate in this program may earn credits and certifications in American Heart Association CPR, First Aid and Basic Life Support (BLS). Students who show proficiency can earn their 60 hour Emergency Medical Responder certification.

First Aid/BLS and EMR:  A foundation of knowledge and skills in both AHA CPR and BLS.  Information learned will assist the student in the career decision ­making process and prepare them for a exposure to the variety of careers in the pre-hospital pathways.  Students will:

  • Understand concepts of basic human needs. 
  • Know individual career ­related strengths.
  • Apply basic principles in caring for the client in a variety of real-world settings
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of members on the health care team.
  • Demonstrate competence in communication and problem ­solving.
  • Have the opportunity to acquire American Heart Association Healthcare Provider Basic Life Support certification for CPR/AED (valid for two years).

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4-Year High School Plan 

Nursing and Healthcare Careers
Courses students should take to follow this career path.

Emergency Response Careers
Courses students should take to follow this career path.

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