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
• Dentist/Dental Assistant/Dental Hygienist
• Emergency Medical Technician/ Paramedic
• Home Health Aide
• Medical Records Technician
• Occupational Therapist
• Physical Therapist
• Physician Assistant
• Registered Nurse
• Surgical Technologist
Although many healthcare professionals work in hospitals, many also care for people in doctor’s 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.
Essentials of Healthcare – 2 semesters.
Allied Health and Medicine – 2 semesters.
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
Health 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.