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.
- Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)—This pathway prepares students to work under the supervision of licensed health care professionals to perform direct basic nursing care in medical settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, and clinics.
- Pharmacy Technician—This pathway prepares students to assist licensed pharmacists in providing health care and medications to patients in medical settings such as hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, and labs.
- Sports Medicine—This pathway trains students in the knowledge, skills, practices, and theories encompassed in the health and safety of athletes.
- Legal and Law Enforcement†—This pathway exposes students to the range of duties required of law enforcement officers and to careers in legal services, which are the backbone of law enforcement.
- Education and Training—This pathway prepares students to employ teaching/training methods that will result in higher learner achievement and to communicate, inspire trust and confidence, motivate learners, and understand their educational needs.
†Planned for school year 2019–2020.
What types of jobs can my student learn about and prepare for?*
Some of the jobs include:
- Admitting Clerk
- Advanced Practical Nurse
- Athletic Trainer
- Certified Nurse Assistant
- High School Teacher
- Licensed Practical Nurse
- Medical Assistant
- Pharmacy Technician
What is the salary outlook?*
Salaries vary depending on the job title, but approximate sample career salaries include:
- Athletic Trainer–$47,510/year
- High School Teacher–$60,320/year
- Medical Assistant—$33,610/year**
- Medical and Health Services Manager—$99,730/year
- Registered Nurse—$71,730/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 12, 2019.
Which industry-recognized certifications and exams can my student prepare for? †
- The National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) Medical Assisting Exam
- AMCA Clinical Medical Assistant certification
- Certified Nursing Assistant certification
- American Medical Certification Association (AMCA)
- Nursing Assistant Certification
- Pharmacy Technician certification
- National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) personal trainer certification
- NOCTI Criminal Justice
- NOCTI Legal Services
- NOCTI Early Childhood Education and Care—Basic
- NOCTI Early Childhood Education and Care—Advanced
**In order for students to be eligible for the Colorado State Licensure Exam as a Medical Assistant or Nursing Assistant they will need to pass a certified program in that area after graduation.
†Many Microsoft® Office certificates can be earned after completing one course. Other certificates require more classes to be better prepared, and students who attend Destinations for at least two years in their desired pathway will have further exposure to career readiness education courses to be prepared for certification testing.