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Allied Health & Medicine Pathway

Why Allied Health & Medicine?

Healthcare is one of the fastest growing industries in the US, and the need for professionals in healthcare has never been greater. The Allied Health & Medicine Career Pathway is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of careers in this vital field. Allied Health careers make up the largest healthcare occupations and students interested in Allied Health and related healthcare career fields, including medical doctors, will have excellent job opportunities. Those considering a healthcare career should have a strong desire to help others, a genuine concern for the welfare of patients and clients and an ability to deal with people of diverse backgrounds in stressful situations.

Choosing this pathway will lead you to a career (among many options) as any of the following:

•    Cardiovascular Technologist
•    Certified Nursing Assistant
•    Chiropractor
•    Dentist/Dental Assistant/Dental Hygienist
•    Emergency Medical Technician/ Paramedic
•    Home Health Aide
•    Medical Records Technician
•    Occupational Therapist
•    Pharmacist
•    Physical Therapist
•    Physician
•    Physician Assistant
•    Registered Nurse
•    Surgeon
•    Surgical Technologist

Although many healthcare professionals work in hospitals, many also care for people in doctors offices, pharmacies, nursing care facilities, schools, mental health settings or hospital outpatient facilities such as same-day surgery, rehabilitations and chemotherapy.

Students will learn the necessary skills and background to become a  and provide hands-on care and routine tasks for a wide range of people including physically or mentally ill, injured or disabled patients. The program also focuses on a variety of topics that incorporate skills you need regardless of the type of nursing you choose such as body mechanics, nutrition, anatomy and physiology, infection control, communication skills and patient rights. If you follow the healthcare courses recommended in this career plan, you can receive the American Heart Association Basic Life Support Certification, American Red Cross CPR and First Aid Certification, Georgia Medical Care Foundation Certification for Nursing Assistant and the National Health Care Foundation Skills Standards Certification upon graduation from high school.

Enrolling in the program will help with preparations to take the required Georgia’s Registry Examination to become a Certified Nursing Assistant or you can use it as a foundation for becoming a Registered Nurse or any other medically-related career by attending a post-secondary education program. Nurses most commonly enter the occupation by completing an associate or bachelor’s degree. Individuals then must complete a national licensing examination in order to obtain a nursing license.


Allied Health & Medicine Course Schedule

Introduction to Healthcare Science – 2 semesters.
Introduction to Healthcare Science is a foundations course for the Allied Health & Medicine Career Pathway. It is appropriate for students wishing to pursue a career in the Healthcare Industry. The course will enable students to receive initial exposure to Healthcare Science skills and attitudes applicable to the healthcare industry. The concepts of health, wellness, and preventative care are evaluated, as well as, ethical and legal responsibilities of today’s healthcare provider. Fundamental healthcare skills development is initiated including medical terminology, microbiology, and basic life support.

Essentials of Healthcare –  2 semesters. 
Prerequisite: Intro to Healthcare Science
*This course counts as a 4th science credit. Students earning credit in this course also get an additional unit in Human Anatomy and Physiology.
This class is designed to provide an overall framework of basic skills utilized in the provision of direct client care. Monitoring and evaluating client status includes assessment techniques such as vital signs, as well as, the application of mathematical concepts appropriate to clinical expectations and/or work-based learning. The function and fundamental pathophysiology of each body system is evaluated prior to community first aid and basic life support techniques which are expanded to include rescue skills for infants and children.

Allied Health and Medicine – 2 semesters.
Prerequisite: Intro to Healthcare Science and Essentials of Healthcare
This course is designed to offer students (preferably upper classmen - juniors or seniors) the opportunity to become effective and efficient multi-skilled healthcare providers as they develop a working knowledge of various allied health opportunities. Students focusing on a career path in the healthcare field may apply classroom/lab knowledge and skills in the clinical setting as they participate in direct or simulated client care. The curriculum allows instructors to provide options for classroom/student growth opportunities in area(s) of interest to the student. These options may be determined by community need, available resources, and/or student interest, etc. The Allied Health and Medicine course also includes a clinical/capstone project.

Post Secondary Institutions of Study

Post-Secondary Institutes to Study Allied Health & Medicine

•    Albany State University
•    Armstrong Atlantic State University
•    Brenau University
•    Chattahoochee Technical College
•    Clark Atlanta University
•    Clayton State University
•    Coastal Georgia Community College
•    Emory University
•    Fortis College
•    Georgia Medical Institute
•    Georgia Perimeter College
•    Georgia Southern University
•    Georgia State University
•    Kennesaw State University
•    Medical College of Georgia
•    Mercer University
•    University of Georgia


HOSAHealth Occupations Students of America (HOSA) is a national student organization endorsed by the US Department of Education and the Healthcare Science Technology Education division of ACTE. HOSA’s two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the healthcare industry and to enhance the delivery of quality healthcare to all people. HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation and recognition exclusively for secondary, postsecondary, adult and collegiate students enrolled in HSTE programs.