Health Science Education prepares students for employment and/or continuing education opportunities in health care through technical instruction in the classroom, experiential education in the laboratory, work-based learning opportunities at clinical settings, and leadership skills through Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA).
HEALTH SCIENCE EDUCATION PATHWAYS
The Utah Health Science Education Pathways are based on the national health care skills standards and national health science career cluster pathways. Through health science courses students can gain an important foundation of knowledge and skills necessary for continued education in health sciences.
Health care is one of the largest and fastest-growing industries in the United States, employing over 14 million workers in more than 200 careers. The explosion of technology in health care and an unprecedented aging population contribute to the national health care workforce shortage. The U.S. will need 5.6 million more health care workers by the year 2020.
Below are the ten Pathways in Health Science Education:
Biotech Research & Development
-Clinical Laboratory and Medical Forensics
-Medical Office Administrative Assistant
-Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
Our vision is to provide awareness and exploration experiences that motivate students to pursue a profession in health care. Once students are motivated, it is our intent to prepare students for continued education and/or employment opportunities in health care.
STUDENT LEADERSHIP ORGANIZATION
HOSA: Future Healthcare Professionals is the student organization for Health Science Education. HOSA is involved in leadership development, career training, and service projects. The primary focus of HOSA is to increase opportunities in health care careers and enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA provides students with opportunities to attain the knowledge, skills, and leadership characteristics necessary to succeed in a health care profession, through leadership training, career training, and service projects.
The national and state HOSA service project for 2013-2014 is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
In 2013, Utah had 200 student members participate in competitive events at the HOSA National Leadership Conference. Eighteen secondary Utah HOSA student members placed in the top ten nationally in a variety of health care-related competitions.
AREA HEALTH EDUCATION CENTERS
Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Youth Programs provide services to schools and students in rural and urban medically underserved areas. Services are focused on motivating students to pursue careers in health care.
CAREER PREPARATION/ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Health Science Education is a program that motivates and prepares students for pursuit of a health care profession. The program is based on:
- Employment needs of the health care community.
- National Health Care Skill Standards.
- Individual needs of students.
- Health care leadership and technical skills.
- Postsecondary education requirements.
Utah’s educational programs provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills for health care career opportunities in many diverse settings.
- Last year, 8,702 students were awarded a CTE Skill Certificate in Health Science, indicating a high level of performance.
- Last year, students earned the following industry certificates: 1,280 as a Certified Nursing Assistant, 103 as an Emergency Medical Technician, 93 as a Pharmacy Technician, and 13 as a Surgical Technician.
- 29 from Career and Technical Education Scholarship Program
- 4 from Utah Hospital Association
- 3 from Intermountain Healthcare
- 1 from ARUP
- 1 from HOSA
STATE AND LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS
American Heart Association
American Red Cross
National Safety Council
University of Utah Health Care
Utah Area Health Education Centers
Utah Department of Health
Utah Hospital Association
Utah Medical Education Council
Utah Nurse Aide Registry