Purpose

The Health Science Program provides the secondary student with orientation, exploration, and preparation into the health care industry. Courses are sequenced to provide continuous student progress toward achievement of a career goal in any of the Health Science pathways. The integration of literacy, numeracy, science, employability, 21st Century skills, and technical skills is a vital component of each course offering.

This program assists the student in developing essential skills to pursue a career in the health care field. After obtaining a satisfactory performance level in the health care core competencies, the student may obtain work experience in a health-related facility. Upon successful completion of the program, the student may receive dual/articulation credit through a college/university if an agreement is available.


Why Choose a Health Science Pathway?

Career and Technical Education program offerings should be based on the needs of the community and state—the one occupation needed in all communities across the Commonwealth is health care. Currently, Kentucky joins a nationwide shortage of health care workers. At a time when many industries are downsizing, the health care industry is one of the largest industries in the country with more than 14 million jobs. According to the U.S. Health Workforce Chartbook, these individuals represent approximately 10 percent of the nation’s workforce. Of the top 20 professions projected as “fastest growing occupations” by the Occupational Outlook Handbook: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 11 are health science career pathway occupations. From Personal Care Aides (70%) to Physical Therapists (39%), health occupations make up over 50% of the projected workforce growth.

Health care professionals work in a variety of settings including clinics, laboratories, hospitals, and schools. There are many challenging careers in health care such as nurse, medical secretary, and physical therapist. Combining medical technology and the human touch, the health care industry administers care around the clock responding to the needs of millions of people across the lifespan. More than 460,000 establishments make up the health care industry. Although hospitals comprise less than 2 percent of all private health service establishments, they employ nearly 40 percent of all workers.




For more information, visit the Kentucky Department of Education's website,
or contact Mrs. Tasha Kelty via email at natasha.kelty@mercer.kyschools.us or Mrs. Chastity Gribbins via email at chastity.gribbins@mercer.kyschools.us