Health Care

Health Care

The Healthcare Career Pathway explores careers such as nursing assistant, pharmacy technician, practical nursing, lab technician, dietician, dentist, physician, and more. Healthcare careers are for students who are compassionate, team players, problem solve, enjoy learning, are flexible, and detail oriented.
The IASC Next Healthcare Career Pathway allows students to explore and prepare for careers in the Healthcare field from practical nursing to physical therapy to dentistry and beyond. The Healthcare Career Pathway begins with an Healthcare Careers Exploration course that teaches the core functional areas of healthcare and needed skills for those areas, then students can take classes such as Medical Terminology, Human Anatomy, and College Prep Biology. As juniors and seniors, students can earn college credit and certifications in the CIS Intro to Healthcare Core Concepts and Nursing Assistant classes. These classes also give students clinical and lab experiences to see first-hand what it’s like in a healthcare environment. Seniors are also able to participate in a Career Internship with a local healthcare facility to have extended time learning about career options in healthcare settings. This pathway prepares students directly for workforce and post-secondary options from high school diploma through advanced degrees.

Pathway Overview

The IASC Next Healthcare Career Pathway has two tracks available for students: Healthcare Nursing Focus and Healthcare Sciences Focus.
The Healthcare Nursing Focus prepares students who are planning on pursuing a career in nursing from Nursing Assistant to an advanced degree in Nursing. This career pathway track is aligned to the Practical Nursing program at Itasca Community College.
The Healthcare Sciences Focus prepares students who are planning on pursuing a career in professional healthcare careers outside of nursing that require a four year degree and beyond. These careers include chiropractors, physicians, dieticians, dentists, etc. This career pathway track is aligned to the Health Sciences program at Itasca Community College.

Pathway Courses

Healthcare: Nursing Focus

Required
  • Healthcare Careers Exploration (TP)
  • Biology 10
  • Algebra II
  • CIS Chemistry* or General Chemistry
  • Composition I*
  • Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Human Growth and Development (O)
  • Medical Terminology*(TP)
  • Intro to Healthcare Core Concepts* (O)
  • Nursing Assistant*
  • BLS for Healthcare Provider (TP)
  • Healthcare Career Internship
Recommended
  • Health and Wellness
  • Psychology (TP)
  • Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Some offerings vary by district, see your counselor or district career pathway info sheets for more information.

Healthcare: Sciences/Pre-Professional Focus

Required
  • Healthcare Careers Exploration (TP)
  • Biology 10
  • College Prep Biology with Microbiology (TP) and/or Advanced Biology
  • CIS College Algebra*
  • CIS Chemistry* or General Chemistry
  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II
  • Human Growth and Development (O)
  • Psychology (TP)
  • Intro to Healthcare Core Concepts* (O)
  • Nursing Assistant*
  • Healthcare Career Internship
Recommended
  • Health and Wellness
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Some offerings vary by district, see your counselor or district career pathway info sheets for more information.

Healthcare Workforce Facts

  • 20% of all jobs in Itasca County are in the Healthcare Field. This makes it the largest industry in the area.
  • In Itasca County, 4,890 new healthcare jobs will be available between 2012- 2022.
  • The top 5 occupations for growth in adding jobs in northeastern minnesota were Personal Care Attendants (PCAs), Registered Nurses (RNs), Nursing Assistants (NAs), Home Health Aides (HHAs), and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs)
  • There will be over 49,000 openings for registered nurses in minnesota in the next 10 years with an average wage of $37.85 per hour
  • There are almost 500,000 healthcare professionals employed in minnesota with an average wage of $53,000 per year

Join the IASC Health care Occupation Students of America (HOSA) chapter

The mission of HOSA is to empower HOSA-Future Health Professionals to become leaders in the global health community through education, collaboration, and experience.
IASC HOSA is available for 9-12th grade IASC students who are currently enrolled in at least one Healthcare Career Pathway course (see above). The chapter meets virtually and in-person throughout the school year. HOSA student members are able to build relationships with healthcare career pathway students across the Itasca area, network and be mentored by local healthcare professionals, grow their technical skills in healthcare areas of their interest and participate in competitions regionally, statewide, and even nationally for those skill areas
To join HOSA, visit the Healthcare Career Pathway page at nextpathways.org. Register online and a staff member will connect you with chapter advisors.

Scrubs Camp

Get excited about a career in health sciences! At Scrubs Camp, students get to interact directly with working professionals in the field and through field trips, tour and experience health care businesses to experience what it would be like to work in a particular field. IASC is excited to announce the first ever Scrubs Camp hosted at Itasca Community College Summer 2021. Visit the Healthcare Career Pathway page at nextpathways.org to learn more about Scrubs Camp and register.

Healthcare Career Internship

Earn high school credit AND get paid! IASC Next has partnered with local healthcare providers in the region to provide paid internships for students enrolled in the Healthcare Career Pathway. Through this internship students will have first-hand experience in a healthcare field while working with other professionals. Students will earn high school credit for their time in industry, and may be eligible for industry recognized certifications as a part of their experience as well. Healthcare Career Internships are available for junior and senior IASC students. Students must be in good academic standing and have their own transportation to and from their work site. Contact IASC Next or your school counselor for registration information.
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