Health and Human Services

Which pathways are offered?

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Medical Billing and Coding—This pathway prepares students to manage patient data and information, financial information, and use computer applications related to health care processes and procedures.
  • Medical Transcription—This pathway trains students to listen to recordings of reports dictated by doctors and other health care workers, and to interpret them to create written reports.
  • Nursing Assisting (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.

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

Some of the jobs include:

  • Admitting Clerk
  • Advanced Practical Nurse
  • Certified Nurse Assistant
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Biller
  • Pharmacy Technician

What is the salary outlook?*

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

  • Medical Assistant—$32,480/year**
  • Medical Transcriptionist—$32,250/year
  • Medical and Health Services Manager—$98,350/year
  • Nursing Assistant—$27,510/year**
  • Registered Nurse—$70,000/year

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. Website last modified date: Friday, April 13, 2018. Some of these jobs require additional education and certifications once a student graduates from high school.

Which industry-recognized certifications and exams can my student prepare for?

  • Certified Coding Associate (CCA)
  • American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)
  • The National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) Health Assisting Exam
  • The NOCTI Medical Assisting Exam
  • Certified Medical Assistant certification
  • Certified Nursing Assistant certification
  • Pharmacy Technician certification

**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.

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