Health and Human Services

Which pathways are offered?

  • Medical Assisting—Students develop the knowledge base, skills, and behaviors that entry-level medical assistants need to succeed. Students are introduced to anatomy and physiology, diagnostic tests, diseases and disorders, treatments, and nutrition, as well as personal growth topics such as professionalism, teamwork, and time management.
  • Nursing Assisting (CNA)—This pathway prepares students to work in medical settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, and clinics.
  • Pharmacy Technician—This pathway prepares students to work in medical settings such as hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, and labs.

What types of jobs can my student learn about and prepare for?*

Some of the jobs include:

  • Advanced Practical Nurse
  • Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Registered Nurse

What is the salary outlook?*

Salaries vary depending on the job title, but approximate sample salaries include:

  • Nursing Assistant—$29,640/year
  • Pharmacy Technician—$33,950/year
  • Registered Nurse—$73,300/year

*Some of these jobs require additional education and certifications once a student graduates from high school. Salaries vary depending on the job title, experience, and location. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. Website last modified date: Friday, April 10, 2020.

Which industry-recognized certification exams can my student prepare for?

  • The National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) Medical Assisting Exam
  • American Medical Certification Association (AMCA) Clinical Medical Assistant Certification (CMAC)
  • AMCA Nursing Assistant Certification (NAC)
  • Pharmacy Technician Certification (PTCE)
  • ACT National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC)