Health Occupation Education
programs offered at the high school level to prepare students for employment in health careers.
awarded by a technical school or community college after completion of 2 years of study.
awarded by a college or university after a course of study that lasts 4 or more years
awarded by a college or university after completion of 2 or more years of work beyond a bachelor's degree.
awarded by a college or university after completion of two or more years of work beyond a bachelor's or master's degree.
meets the standards and qualifications established by a professional association or government agency that regulates that career.
granted by professional association or state board that administers the examinations and maintains a current list of qualified personnel.
Continuing Education Units
credit for additional hours of education in a specific health career during a specific period of time.
works under supervision of a dentist to remove stains and deposits from the teeth and expose and develop radiographs (x-rays)
Dental Laboratory Technician
makes and repairs dentures, crowns, bridges, and orthodontic appliances.
Assist dentist by preparing patients, passing instruments, preparing dental material, sterilizing instruments.
Diagnostic Service Jobs
Medical Laboratory Technologist; Phlebotomist; Radiologic Technologist; Epidemiologist; Biomedical Engineer
Diagnostic Service Careers
perform test or evaluations that aid in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, injury or other physical conditions.
Medical Laboratory Technologist
study tissues, fluids and cells of the human body to help determine the presence and/or cause of disease; work under a Pathologist.
collect blood and prepare it for testing; work under a Medical Technologist or Pathologist.
Use x-rays, radiation, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance to diagnose and treat disease; work under a Radiologist.
identify and track diseases as they occur in a group of people; determine risk factors; develope ways to control or prevent the spread of new diseases.
develop devices that help in the diagnosis and treatment of disease (metals, artificial organs, computer systems, etc.)
Emergency Medical Services
provide emergency medical services, prehospital care to victims of accidents, injuries, or sudden illnesses.
Emergency Medical Service Jobs
Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic;
Emergency Medical Technician Intermediate
Emergency Medical Techncian Ambulance/Basic
Provides all basic procedures;
Provides advanced cardiac life support
Administers advance medications
Operates monitors and complex equipment
Provides treatment for medical emergencies like shock, burns, sudden illness, wounds, bleeding and fractures.
Provides basic life support
Transport victims to a medical facility
Assist with emergency childbirth
Health Information and Communication Careers
Medical Records Administrator; Medial Transcriptionist; Unit Secretary (Ward Clerk); Medical Illustrator.
Medical Records Administrator
Plans the system for storing and obtaining information from records; manages medical records department; prepares information for legal actions and insurance claims.
Uses a word processor to enter information that has been dictated on an audio tape by a doctor;
Prepares health records such as reports, physicals, findings.
Records information on records; schedules procedures; order supplies, equipment, diets, etc. as ordered by the MD.
Produce illustratoins charts, graphs, and diagrams for health textbooks, journals, magazines, and exhibits.
Health Care Administrators
Plan, direct, coordinate and supervise the delivery of health care; operate health care facilities.
Gather information when a patient is admitted to a medical facility; assign rooms; process discharge information.
Central/Sterile Supply Workers
Order, maintain and supply equipment and supplies for other departments in a facility.
Include doctors and others who work in other careeers under the supervision of a doctor.
Examine patients; obtain medical histories; order test; make diagnoses; perform surgery; treat diseases/discorders; teach preventive heatlh.
Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Diagnoses, treats, and prevents diseases and disorders. May specialize in an area.
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)
Treats diseases/disorders mainly of the nervours, muscular and skeletal systems and the relationship of the body, mind, and emotions. May specialize in an area.
Doctor of Podiatry (DPM)
Examines, diagnoses, and treats diseases/disorders of the feet or the leg below the knee.
Doctor of Chiropractic (DC)
Focuses on ensuring proper alignment of the spine and normal operation of the nervous system to maintain health.
Physician Assistant (PA)
Works under the supervision of physicians; takes medical histories, performs physcial exams, orders basic tests, makes preliminary diagnosis, treats minor injuries, prescribes treatments.
Works under the supervision of physicians; prepares patients for exams; takes vital signs; records medical histories; performs basic lab test, prepare and maintain equipment and supplies; performs secretarial/recptionist duties.
Studies human behavior; helps people deal with problems of everyday living; counsels individuals and families; performs diagnostic test to determine the cause of mental illness.
Psychiatric/Mental Health Technicians
Work under the supervision of psychiatrists or psychologists; help patients and families follow treatment and rehab plans; assist with physical care; observe and report behavior.
Social Workers (SWs)
Help people cope with problems and make adjustments in their lives; refer people to community resources for assistance; provide emotional support; evaluate charges of abuse.
Diagnoses and treats diseases of the internal organs (lungs, heart, glands, intestines, kidneys)
Help family with funeral arrangements; support the survivors; arrange for the burial or cremation.
Works under the supervision of the Embalmer or Funeral Director; drive the hearse; arrange the flowers; cleans the funeral home.
Registered Nurse (RN)
Works under the direction of a doctor; provides total patient care; administers prescribed medications and treatments.
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
Works under the supervision of a doctor or RN; provides technical (hands-on) care.
Nursing Assistant (NA)
Works under the supervison of an RN or LPN; provide patient care such as bedmaking, baths, and feeding; takes and records vital signs.
get additional education to provide care for the elderly; perform the same duties as a nurse assistant.
Home Health Care Assistants
Receive special care to work in the patient's home; perform the same duties as a nurse assistant.
Receive 40 hrs. or more training in a state approved medication training course to give medications in a nursing home or assisted living facility.
Work under the supervision of RNs or physicians; prepare patients for surgery; set up instruments, equipment and sterile supplies in the operating room; assists in surgery.
Works under the supervision of dieticinas; plans menus; assist with food preparation.
Works under the supervision of dietitians; assist with food preparation and service/
Work under the guidance of an occupational therapists; assists patients in mastering activities of daily living.