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Health Science

emptyThe Health Science Career Cluster® focuses on planning, managing, and providing therapeutic services, diagnostics services, health informatics, support services, and biotechnology research and development. To pursue a career in the health science industry, students should learn to reason, think critically, make decisions, solve problems, communicate effectively, and work well with others.

Programs of study

Health Informatics

Health Informatics Program of Study

The Health Informatics program of study focuses on exposing students to the management and use of patient information in the healthcare field. Students may learn about and research recent modifications of computerized healthcare and the process of creating and maintaining hospital and patient records in accordance with regulatory requirements of the healthcare system. Students may also practice writing and interpreting medical reports.

Course pathway

Note: This pathway is available at the Gilbreath-Reed Career and Technical Center (GRCTC).

LevelHigh school campus
1

8H100/8H105 DC/8H760 MST
Medical Terminology

2

8H200/8H701 MST/8H205 DC
Principles of Health Science

8D120 A/B
Business Information Management I

3

8H910 GRCTC (Fall)
Health Informatics, and

8H913, 8H915 GRCTC (Spring)
World Health Research

4

8H930 GRCTC (Fall)
Mathematics for Medical Professionals, and

8H933 GRCTC (Spring)
Project-Based Research

Potential careers

OccupationsMedian wageAnnual openings% Growth
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians$35,9221,58824%
Medical and Health Service Managers$57,76242824%
Billing and Posting Clerks$35,4855,77525%

Postsecondary options

Below is a list of potential career certifications for a student interested in this pathway.

Education levelOptions
HS/Industry Certification
  • Certified Coding Associate
  • Medical Coding and Billing Specialist**
Certificate/License*
  • Certified Professional in Informatics
  • Medical Transcriptionist
Associate's Degree
  • Health Information Medical Records Technology/Technician
Bachelor's Degree
  • Medical and Health Service Managers
Master's/Doctoral Degree
  • Medical and Health Service Managers

*Additional certification information is available from the TEA CTE website.

**Offered at the GRCTC

For more information on post-secondary options, visit the TXCTE website.

Expanded learning opportunities

One of the best ways to acquire experience in your chosen career is by engaging in exploration activities, career preparation activities, or by joining a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).

Exploration activities
  • Join the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)
Career preparation activities
  • Volunteer at a community wellness center, hospital, assisted living center, or nursing home
Healthcare Diagnostics

Healthcare Diagnostics Program of Study

The Healthcare Diagnostics program of study introduces students to occupations and educational opportunities related to performing complex medical laboratory tests for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. This program of study may also include exploration into the opportunities associated with blood laboratories as well as radiologic technology, and ultrasonic technology.

Course pathway

Note: This program is offered at all GISD campuses and as a part of the Math, Science, and Technology magnet (MST).

LevelCampus pathwayMST pathway
1

8H100/8H105 DC
Medical Terminology

8H760 MST
MST Medical Terminology

2

8H200/8H205 DC
Principles of Health Science

8H701 MST
MST Principles of Health Science

3

One of the following:

8H302/8H325 DC
Health Science Theory, or

8H300
Health Science Theory with Clinical

One of the following:

8H702 MST/8H715 MST DC
Health Science Theory, or

8H720 MST
MST Health Science Theory with Clinical

4

8H310/8H311 (H)
Anatomy and Physiology

8H405 DC (NGHS)
Practicum in HS-Basic Skills I and II

8H400
Practicum in Health Science-Other

8H310/8H311 (H)
Anatomy and Physiology

8H730 MST
MST Practicum in Health Science-Medical Laboratory

8H735 MST DC
MST Practicum in Health Science-Basic Skills I & II

Potential careers

OccupationsMedian wageAnnual openings% Growth
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers$69,90949535%
Phlebotomists$30,5971,44236%
Nuclear Medicine Technologists$75,9629113%
Radiologic Technologists$55,4941,19619%
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists$68,66121721%

Postsecondary options

Below is a list of potential career certifications for a student interested in this pathway.

Education levelOptions
HS/Industry Certification
  • Limited Licensed Radiology Technologist
  • EKG/ECG Technician**
  • Phlebotomy Technician**
Certificate/License*
  • Medical Sonographer
  • Radio Technologist 
Associate's Degree
  • Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technology/Technician
Bachelor's Degree
  • Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Medical Radiologic Technology/Science Radiation Therapist
Master's/Doctoral Degree
  • Radiologist
  • Radiologic Technology/Science0Radiographer

*Additional certification information is available from the TEA CTE website.

**Offered at NGHS & GRCTC. EKG possible at other campuses

For more information on post-secondary options, visit the TXCTE website.

Expanded learning opportunities

One of the best ways to acquire experience in your chosen career is by engaging in exploration activities, work-based learning, or by joining a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).

Exploration activities
  • Join the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA)
Work-based learning activities
  • Go on clinical rotations at a community wellness center, hospital, assisted living, or nursing home
Healthcare Therapeutic: General

Healthcare Therapeutic Program of Study

The Healthcare Therapeutic program of study introduces students to occupations and educational opportunities related to diagnosing and treating acute, episodic, or chronic illness independently or as part of a healthcare team. This program of study also includes an introduction to the opportunities associated with providing treatment and counsel to patients as well as rehabilitative programs that help build or restore daily living skills to persons with disabilities or developmental delays.

Course Pathway

Healthcare Therapeutic pathway

Note: This program is offered at all GISD campuses.

LevelCampus pathway
1

8H100
Medical Terminology

2

8H200
Principles of Health Science

3

8H310/8H311 (H)
Anatomy and Physiology, and

One of the following:

8H302/8H325 DC
Health Science Theory, or
8H300
Health Science Theory with Clinical

4

8H400
Practicum in Health Science

Potential careers
OccupationsMedian wageAnnual openings% Growth
Medical Assistants$29,5988,86230%
Surgical Technologists$46,3101,15021%
Dental Hygienists$73,5071,35338%
Physicians and Surgeons$213,0711,15130%
Dental Assistants$34,8404,42231%

Postsecondary options

Below is a list of potential career certifications for a student interested in this pathway.

Education levelOptions
HS/Industry Certification
  • Registered Dental Assistant**
  • Certified Patient Care Technician**
  • Certified Nurse Aide/Assistant***
  • Clinical Medical Assistant & EKG**
  • Pharmacy Technician**
Certificate/License*
  • Dental Assistant
  • Surgical Technologist
  • Medical Assistant
  • Pharmacy Aides Technician
Associate's Degree
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Medical/Clinical Assistant
Bachelor's Degree
  • Dental Hygienist
Master's/Doctoral Degree
  • Dentist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Family and General Practitioners
  • Pharmacist

*Additional certification information is available from the TEA CTE website.

**Offered at NGHS and the GRCTC

***Offered at NGHS, SGHS, and the GRCTC

For more information on post-secondary options, visit the TXCTE website.

Expanded learning opportunities

One of the best ways to acquire experience in your chosen career is by engaging in exploration activities, work-based learning, or by joining a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).

Exploration activities
  • Join the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA)
Work-based learning activities
  • Volunteer at a community wellness center, hospital, assisted living, nursing home, or pharmacy externship
Healthcare Therapeutic: Certified Nurse Assistant

Healthcare Therapeutic: Certified Nurse Assistant Program of Study

The Healthcare Therapeutic program of study introduces students to occupations and educational opportunities related to diagnosing and treating acute, episodic, or chronic illness independently or as part of a healthcare team. This program of study also includes an introduction to the opportunities associated with providing treatment and counsel to patients as well as rehabilitative programs that help build or restore daily living skills to persons with disabilities or developmental delays.

Course Pathway

Certified Nurse Assistant pathway

Note: This program is offered at South Garland HS (SGHS).

LevelSGHS pathway
1

8H100
Medical Terminology

2

8H200
Principles of Health Science

3

8H310/8H311 (H)
Anatomy and Physiology, and

One of the following:

8H302/8H325 DC
Health Science Theory, or

8H300
Health Science Theory with Clinical

4

8H400
Practicum in Health  Science-Certified Nursing Assistant

Potential careers
OccupationsMedian wageAnnual openings% Growth
Medical Assistants$29,5988,86230%
Surgical Technologists$46,3101,15021%
Dental Hygienists$73,5071,35338%
Physicians and Surgeons$213,0711,15130%
Dental Assistants$34,8404,42231%

Postsecondary options

Below is a list of potential career certifications for a student interested in this pathway.

Education levelOptions
HS/Industry Certification
  • Registered Dental Assistant**
  • Certified Patient Care Technician**
  • Certified Nurse Aide/Assistant***
  • Clinical Medical Assistant & EKG**
  • Pharmacy Technician**
Certificate/License*
  • Dental Assistant
  • Surgical Technologist
  • Medical Assistant
  • Pharmacy Aides Technician
Associate's Degree
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Medical/Clinical Assistant
Bachelor's Degree
  • Dental Hygienist
Master's/Doctoral Degree
  • Dentist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Family and General Practitioners
  • Pharmacist

*Additional certification information is available from the TEA CTE website.

**Offered at NGHS and the GRCTC

***Offered at NGHS, SGHS, and the GRCTC

For more information on post-secondary options, visit the TXCTE website.

Expanded learning opportunities

One of the best ways to acquire experience in your chosen career is by engaging in exploration activities, work-based learning, or by joining a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).

Exploration activities
  • Join the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA)
Work-based learning activities
  • Volunteer at a community wellness center, hospital, assisted living, nursing home, or pharmacy externship
Healthcare Therapeutic: Clinical Medical Assistant

Healthcare Therapeutic: Clinical Medical Assistant Program of Study

The Healthcare Therapeutic program of study introduces students to occupations and educational opportunities related to diagnosing and treating acute, episodic, or chronic illness independently or as part of a healthcare team. This program of study also includes an introduction to the opportunities associated with providing treatment and counsel to patients as well as rehabilitative programs that help build or restore daily living skills to persons with disabilities or developmental delays.

Course Pathways

Note: These programs are offered at North Garland HS and as a part of the Math, Science, and Technology (MST) magnet. It is also available at the Gilbreath-Reed Career and Technical Center (GRCTC).

LevelMST & NGHS pathwayGRCTC pathway
1

8H100/8H105 DC/8H760 MST
Medical Terminology
MST Medical Terminology

8H100/8H105 DC/8H760 MST
Medical Terminology

2

8H200/8H205 DC/8H701 MST
Principles of Health Science
MST Principles of Health Science

8H200/8H701 MST
Principles of Health Science

3

8H740 MST/8H745 DC MST
MST Medical Microbiology

8H310/8H311 (H)
Anatomy and Physiology

One of the following:

8H302/8H325 DC/8H715 MST DC
Health Science Theory, or

8H300/8H325 DC/8H720 MST/8H705 DC MST
Health Science Clinical

8H740 MST/8H745 DC MST (NGHS)
Medical Microbiology

8H310/8H311 (H)
Anatomy and Physiology

One of the following:

8H302/8H325 DC/8H720 MST/8H715 DC MST
Health Science Theory, or

8H300/8H720 MST
Health Science Clinical

4

8H770 MST/8H775 DC MST
MST Pathophysiology

8H404
Practicum in HS-Clinical Medical Assistant

8H405 DC/8H735 DC MST
Practicum in HS-Basic Skills I & II Dual Credit

8H734
MST Practicum in HS-Sports Medicine

8H770 MST/8H775 DC NST (NGHS)
MST Pathophysiology

8H942 (GRCTC)
Practicum in HS-Clinical Medical Assistant

Potential careers
OccupationsMedian wageAnnual openings% Growth
Medical Assistants$29,5988,86230%
Surgical Technologists$46,3101,15021%
Dental Hygienists$73,5071,35338%
Physicians and Surgeons$213,0711,15130%
Dental Assistants$34,8404,42231%

Postsecondary options

Below is a list of potential career certifications for a student interested in this pathway.

Education levelOptions
HS/Industry Certification
  • Registered Dental Assistant**
  • Certified Patient Care Technician**
  • Certified Nurse Aide/Assistant***
  • Clinical Medical Assistant & EKG**
  • Pharmacy Technician**
Certificate/License*
  • Dental Assistant
  • Surgical Technologist
  • Medical Assistant
  • Pharmacy Aides Technician
Associate's Degree
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Medical/Clinical Assistant
Bachelor's Degree
  • Dental Hygienist
Master's/Doctoral Degree
  • Dentist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Family and General Practitioners
  • Pharmacist

*Additional certification information is available from the TEA CTE website.

**Offered at NGHS and the GRCTC

***Offered at NGHS, SGHS, and the GRCTC

For more information on post-secondary options, visit the TXCTE website.

Expanded learning opportunities

One of the best ways to acquire experience in your chosen career is by engaging in exploration activities, work-based learning, or by joining a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).

Exploration activities
  • Join SkillsUSA or Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA)
Work-based learning activities
  • Volunteer at a community wellness center, hospital, assisted living, nursing home, or pharmacy externship
Healthcare Therapeutic: Pharmacy Technician

Healthcare Therapeutic: Pharmacy Technician Program of Study

The Healthcare Therapeutic program of study introduces students to occupations and educational opportunities related to diagnosing and treating acute, episodic, or chronic illness independently or as part of a healthcare team. This program of study also includes an introduction to the opportunities associated with providing treatment and counsel to patients as well as rehabilitative programs that help build or restore daily living skills to persons with disabilities or developmental delays.

Course Pathways

Note: These programs are offered at North Garland HS and as a part of the Math, Science, and Technology (MST) magnet. It is also available at the Gilbreath-Reed Career and Technical Center (GRCTC).

LevelMST & NGHS pathwayGRCTC pathway
1

8H100/8H105 DC/8H760 MST
Medical Terminology
MST Medical Terminology

8H100/8H105 DC/8H760 MST
Medical Terminology

2

8H200/8H205 DC/8H701 MST
Principles of Health Science
MST Principles of Health Science

8H200/8H701 MST
Principles of Health Science

3

8H740 MST/8H745 DC MST
MST Medical Microbiology

8H310/8H311 (H)
Anatomy and Physiology

One of the following:

8H302/8H325 DC/8H715 MST DC
Health Science Theory, or

8H300/8H325 DC/8H720 MST/8H705 DC MST
Health Science Clinical

 

8H740 MST/8H745 DC MST (NGHS)
Medical Microbiology

8H310/8H311 (H)
Anatomy and Physiology

One of the following:

8H302/8H325 DC/8H720 MST/8H715 DC MST
Health Science Theory, or

8H300/8H720 MST
Health Science Clinical

 

4

8H770 MST/8H775 DC MST
MST Pathophysiology

8H731 MST/8H735 DC MST
MST Practicum in HS-Pharmacy Technician

8H405 DC/8H735 DC MST
Practicum in HS-Basic Skills I & II Dual Credit

8H734
MST Practicum in HS-Sports Medicine

8H770 MST/8H775 DC NST (NGHS)
MST Pathophysiology

8H965 (GRCTC)
Practicum in HS-Pharmacy Technician

Potential careers
OccupationsMedian wageAnnual openings% Growth
Medical Assistants$29,5988,86230%
Surgical Technologists$46,3101,15021%
Dental Hygienists$73,5071,35338%
Physicians and Surgeons$213,0711,15130%
Dental Assistants$34,8404,42231%

Postsecondary options

Below is a list of potential career certifications for a student interested in this pathway.

Education levelOptions
HS/Industry Certification
  • Registered Dental Assistant**
  • Certified Patient Care Technician**
  • Certified Nurse Aide/Assistant***
  • Clinical Medical Assistant & EKG**
  • Pharmacy Technician**
Certificate/License*
  • Dental Assistant
  • Surgical Technologist
  • Medical Assistant
  • Pharmacy Aides Technician
Associate's Degree
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Medical/Clinical Assistant
Bachelor's Degree
  • Dental Hygienist
Master's/Doctoral Degree
  • Dentist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Family and General Practitioners
  • Pharmacist

*Additional certification information is available from the TEA CTE website.

**Offered at NGHS and the GRCTC

***Offered at NGHS, SGHS, and the GRCTC

For more information on post-secondary options, visit the TXCTE website.

Expanded learning opportunities

One of the best ways to acquire experience in your chosen career is by engaging in exploration activities, work-based learning, or by joining a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).

Exploration activities
  • Join SkillsUSA or Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA)
Work-based learning activities
  • Volunteer at a community wellness center, hospital, assisted living, nursing home, or pharmacy externship
Healthcare Therapeutic: Dental Assistant

Healthcare Therapeutic: Dental Assistant Program of Study

The Healthcare Therapeutic program of study introduces students to occupations and educational opportunities related to diagnosing and treating acute, episodic, or chronic illness independently or as part of a healthcare team. This program of study also includes an introduction to the opportunities associated with providing treatment and counsel to patients as well as rehabilitative programs that help build or restore daily living skills to persons with disabilities or developmental delays.

Course Pathway

Dental Assistant pathway

Note: This program is offered at the Gilbreath-Reed Career and Technical Center (GRCTC).

LevelGRCTC pathway
1

8H100/8H105 DC/8H760 MST
Medical Terminology

2

8H200/8H701 MST
Principles of Health Science

3

8H740 MST/8H745 DC MST (NGHS)
Medical Microbiology 

8H310/8H311 (H)
Anatomy and Physiology

One of the following:

8H302/8H325 DC/8H720 MST/8H715 DC MST
Health Science Theory, or

8H300/8H720 MST
Health Science Clinical

4

8H770 MST/8H775 DC NST (NGHS)
MST Pathophysiology

8H950 (GRCTC)
Practicum in Health Science-Dental Assistant

Potential careers
OccupationsMedian wageAnnual openings% Growth
Medical Assistants$29,5988,86230%
Surgical Technologists$46,3101,15021%
Dental Hygienists$73,5071,35338%
Physicians and Surgeons$213,0711,15130%
Dental Assistants$34,8404,42231%

Postsecondary options

Below is a list of potential career certifications for a student interested in this pathway.

Education levelOptions
HS/Industry Certification
  • Registered Dental Assistant**
  • Certified Patient Care Technician**
  • Certified Nurse Aide/Assistant***
  • Clinical Medical Assistant & EKG**
  • Pharmacy Technician**
Certificate/License*
  • Dental Assistant
  • Surgical Technologist
  • Medical Assistant
  • Pharmacy Aides Technician
Associate's Degree
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Medical/Clinical Assistant
Bachelor's Degree
  • Dental Hygienist
Master's/Doctoral Degree
  • Dentist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Family and General Practitioners
  • Pharmacist

*Additional certification information is available from the TEA CTE website.

**Offered at NGHS and the GRCTC

***Offered at NGHS, SGHS, and the GRCTC

For more information on post-secondary options, visit the TXCTE website.

Expanded learning opportunities

One of the best ways to acquire experience in your chosen career is by engaging in exploration activities, work-based learning, or by joining a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).

Exploration activities
  • Join SkillsUSA or Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA)
Work-based learning activities
  • Volunteer at a community wellness center, hospital, assisted living, nursing home, or pharmacy externship
Healthcare Therapeutic: Certified Patient Care Technician

Healthcare Therapeutic: Certified Patient Care Technician Program of Study

The Healthcare Therapeutic program of study introduces students to occupations and educational opportunities related to diagnosing and treating acute, episodic, or chronic illness independently or as part of a healthcare team. This program of study also includes an introduction to the opportunities associated with providing treatment and counsel to patients as well as rehabilitative programs that help build or restore daily living skills to persons with disabilities or developmental delays.

Course Pathway

Certified Patient Care Technician pathway

Note: This program is offered at North Garland HS (NGHS)   

LevelNGHS pathway
1

8H205 DC
Principles of Health Science

2

8H105 DC
Medical Terminology

8H325 MST DC
Health Science Theory

3

8H310/8H311 (H)
Anatomy and Physiology

8H415 DC
Practicum in Health Science- Pharmacology and Pathophysiology

4

8H425 DC
Practicum in Health Science- PCT- Basic Skills I & II

Potential careers

OccupationsMedian wageAnnual openings% Growth
Medical Assistants$29,5988,86230%
Surgical Technologists$46,3101,15021%
Dental Hygienists$73,5071,35338%
Physicians and Surgeons$213,0711,15130%
Dental Assistants$34,8404,42231%

Postsecondary options

Below is a list of potential career certifications for a student interested in this pathway.

Education levelOptions
HS/Industry Certification
  • Registered Dental Assistant**
  • Certified Patient Care Technician**
  • Certified Nurse Aide/Assistant***
  • Clinical Medical Assistant & EKG**
  • Pharmacy Technician**
Certificate/License*
  • Dental Assistant
  • Surgical Technologist
  • Medical Assistant
  • Pharmacy Aides Technician
Associate's Degree
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Medical/Clinical Assistant
Bachelor's Degree
  • Dental Hygienist
Master's/Doctoral Degree
  • Dentist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Family and General Practitioners
  • Pharmacist

*Additional certification information is available from the TEA CTE website.

**Offered at NGHS and the GRCTC

***Offered at NGHS, SGHS, and the GRCTC

For more information on post-secondary options, visit the TXCTE website.

Expanded learning opportunities

One of the best ways to acquire experience in your chosen career is by engaging in exploration activities, work-based learning, or by joining a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).

Exploration activities
  • Join SkillsUSA or Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA)
Work-based learning activities
  • Volunteer at a community wellness center, hospital, assisted living, nursing home, or pharmacy externship
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