Health Occupations

Health Occupations I - 2 Credits
This course is designed to assist high school students in making a career decision in a health care or human service field. Students will be exposed to the hundreds of Medical Careers available. Students will also be introduced to general health related information that is beneficial for everyone to know. This includes Medical Terminology, Body Systems, Disease Prevention and Treatments, and specialized skills such as Vital Signs, First Aid, and CPR. Employability skills will be stressed throughout the program as well as growth in leadership opportunities through the student organization HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America). During the second semester, students receive in-depth instruction in their chosen profession and clinical non-paid work-based learning and job shadowing such as Mental Health, Dental Office, Rehabilitation Therapies, Animal Care, Pharmacy, Radiology, Mortuary Science, or Certified Nursing Assistant*.

Prerequisite: None


Health Occupations II - 2 Credits
The second year of Health Occupations expands the student's skills and knowledge in health care procedures and applications. This is accomplished through classroom instruction, clinical internships and Independent Study in their specific area of interest within the community health care setting. Students will be eligible for a total of five (5) credits for Bay College and Ferris State University in Medical Terminology (3 credits), Safety in Allied Health (1 credit), and BLS for Health Professionals (1 credit). Continued development of employability skills will be stressed as well as growth in leadership opportunities through the student organization HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America).

Prerequisite: Health Occupations I


*Certified Nursing Assistant Training
The Health Occupations Nursing Assistant Training Program is incorporated throughout the entire Health Occupations I course, and prepares students to provide quality care to residents in long-term care. Students must successfully complete the first semester of Health Occupations I to be eligible for the training program.

Students must show proof that they are free of communicable diseases (TB), and immunizations are up-to-date, including the Hepatitis B series. Students must also pass a criminal background check as required by State of Michigan Law.

The basic training consists of combined classroom and supervised clinical training that includes personal care skill, care of the patient environment, vital signs, nutritional needs and restorative care of the resident. 

Successful completion of the Nursing Assistant Training Program qualifies the student to take the examination required for the State of Michigan Nursing Assistant Certificate.