COURSE CODE: 8331

Health Assisting Careers

SCED Code: 14002
Virginia Extended Description: I
Suggested Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Duration: 36 Weeks
Prerequisite: None
OSHA Compliance Required?: No
CTSO: HOSA
Non-Traditional?: M

Students explore opportunities in the health care field by developing basic skills common to several assisting careers. They study body structure and function, principles of health and disease, and an overview of the health and patient care system. Contextual instruction and student participation in co-curricular career and technical student organization (CTSO) activities will develop leadership, interpersonal, and career skills. High-quality work-based learning (HQWBL) will provide experiential learning opportunities related to students' career goals and/or interests, integrated with instruction, and performed in partnership with local businesses and organizations.

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Course Sequences

A combination of this course and those below, equivalent to two 36-week courses, is a concentration sequence. Students wishing to complete a specialization may take additional courses based on their career pathways. A program completer is a student who has met the requirements for a CTE concentration sequence and all other requirements for high school graduation or an approved alternative education program.

Career Clusters

Pathway Occupation
Support Services
  • Front Office Assistant
  • Medical Transcriptionist
  • Medical, Clinical Laboratory Technologist
Therapeutic Services
  • Certified Nurse Aide
  • Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic
  • Home Health Aide
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Assistant
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Veterinary Assistant

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