Health Science and Medical Technology

Which pathways are offered?

  • Dental Assisting—Students in this pathway learn to work directly with patients and provide care, treatment, counseling, and health education information in dental settings.

  • Medical Assisting—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.

  • Medical Billing and Coding—This pathway prepares students to manage patient data and information, financial information, and use computer applications related to health care processes and procedures.

  • Medical Transcription—This pathway trains students to listen to recordings of reports dictated by doctors and other health care workers, and to interpret them to create written reports.

  • Nursing Assisting—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 Tech—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.

  • Sports Medicine—This pathway trains students in the knowledge, skills, practices, and theories encompassed in the health and safety of athletes.

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

Some of the jobs include:

  • Admitting Clerk

  • Athletic Trainer

  • Certified Nursing Assistant

  • Dental Assistant

  • Massage Therapist

  • Medical Assistant

  • Medical Records Technician

  • Medical and Health Services Manager

  • Medical Transcriptionist

  • Pharmacy Technician

What is the salary outlook?*

Salaries vary depending on the job title, but approximate sample salaries include:

  • Medical Assistant—$34,800/year

  • Medical Records Technician—$40,350/year

  • Medical and Health Services Managers—$100,980/year

*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. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. Website last modified date: Friday, April 10, 2020.

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

  • ACT National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC)

  • Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)

  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

  • Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT)

  • CPR and AED Certification

  • First Aid Certification

  • Medical Coding Certification

  • National Entry Level Dental Assistant (NELDA) Certification