Health Science

Health Science Technology Education is a Career Technical Education (CTE) program with an emphasis on career exploration opportunities for students to develop their interests and skills in the health care field. Health science education prepares students for a robust and versatile career in the large interdisciplinary health care field. Those who study health sciences may work in hospitals, schools, government agencies, public health, or for non-profit groups. Career choices are virtually limitless in the dynamic and critical health care industry.

Participation in health science education in high school provides students with tools to make informed decisions about employment options and postsecondary programs in healthcare.  Course topics may include nursing assistant, emergency medical services, sports medicine, dental, pharmacy, Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)/First Aid, anatomy/physiology, and the Minnesota HealthCare Core Curriculum.

Students enrolled in Health Science Education explore health careers, acquire technical skills, and develop their academic abilities. CTE students acquire skills including critical thinking, decision-making, human relations, self-management, teamwork, leadership, interpersonal relationships, value and dignity of work, and consideration of ethical issues.

Instruction is delivered in several ways including:

  • Classroom, technology lab, and online instruction.
  • Application of knowledge and leadership skills through Future Health Professionals of America (HOSA), or SkillsUSA.
  • Experiential learning such as mentorships, job shadowing, service learning, and clinical experiences.
  • Career development, learn expected workplace behavior, and develop specific skills within the health care industry.
  • Programs fall into one of the five health science pathways: Therapeutic Services, Diagnostics, Support Services, Health Informatics, and Biomedical Technologies.

Did you know: according to Minnesota Department of Economic and Employment Data…

  • The health care and social assistance sector employs more than 430,700 workers in Minnesota and has recently added more than 105,000 jobs.
  • Four of the 10 largest employers in the state are in health-care delivery.
  • Minnesota projected employment growth of +15% in the health care sector by 2024.
  • Median wage for health care workers in Minnesota is $1.10per/hour more than the national average.

Minnesota Career Education Technical Resources

Minnesota Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA), a state student leadership organization supporting Health Science programs.

Skills USA, a state student leadership organization supporting Health Science programs to ensure America has a skilled workforce.

Minnesota Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (MNACTE), a professional organization for CTE teachers/leaders offering state and national support, training and resources.

Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)—Data Center, a useful website for teachers and business/industry professionals to stay current on regional labor market needs and employment trends that can impact CTE programs.

  • Health Science Technology Education Frameworks - 1/31/17
    The purpose of this Framework is to provide educators and administrators with a guide for curriculum development, assessments, program development and program approvals. MDE Specialist Shelli Sowles is the key contact for accessing information and training on the use of these Framework tools.