CTE Pathways: Health Science & Medical Technology

Make a difference in the lives of others with a career in the medical field. Students will experience a hands-on environment working with equipment used by real-world health professionals. Our medical pathways set students up for success when taking the next steps in pursuing their careers, including college credit for some courses.

Biotechnology Pathway

Understand how the human body works in order to utilize and create technology that helps us fight disease and keep healthy. This pathway creatively leads students into different fictional and real-world scenarios to help them understand what careers in this field look like outside of the classroom.


YEAR 1: Principles of Biomedical Science
Course Description
As an introductory course, students will begin by building a foundation of technical health science skills through a “murder mystery” type of simulation. Students will analyze the medical history of a fictional deceased woman, gathering evidence, studying her medical history and completing simulated lab tests. At the end of the course, students will have the option to take an OSHA 10 certification test.

YEAR 2: Human Body Systems

Course Description
Students will continue their biotechnology education by learning about interactions of the human body systems. The course covers how the systems communicate with one another, how the body is powered, how it moves and how it protects itself. To put science into action, students will build organs and tissues on a skeletal Maniken® and take on the roles of biomedical professionals to solve real-world medical cases.
YEAR 3: Advanced Biotechnology: Medical Intervention
Course Description
This course prepares students for a specific career within the area of biotechnology. Students will follow the lives of a fictitious family, with scenarios that explore how to fight infections, screen genetics, conquer cancer and prevail against organ failure. Students will learn about the importance of lifestyle choices, preventative measures and the importance of scientific thinking and engineering design when developing interventions.

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Juliet Santa Cruz

John Hwang

Joseph Paysse


Students who complete the first course will receive an OSHA/Red Cross 10-Hour Certification Card.

Patient Care Pathway

In our Patient Care pathway, students get first hand experience in sports medicine by working with our student athletes. Students will learn how to identify and treat injuries, while prepping for success in their next steps to reach their career goals.


YEAR 1: Sports Medicine I
Course Description
This course covers sport patient basics, from first aid and CPR training to injury assessment and rehabilitation. Students will learn about common sports injuries and the proper medical procedures to follow once an injury is identified. Students will have the opportunity to become first aid/CPR certified.

YEAR 2: Advanced Sports Medicine & Patient Care

Course Description

Students will prepare for a career in kinesiology and sports medicine in this advanced course that covers the biological effects of injuries, injury treatments and the physiological responses to therapeutic techniques. By the end of the course, students will have prepared professional portfolios showcasing their work.

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Chris Zessau, CTE Teacher


Students who complete the first course will receive an Red Cross Workplace Safety Certification.

Learn More: CTE Pathways at DHS

Each CTE Pathway is industry-focused and usually consists of 2-3 courses. The last course in the pathway is the capstone. When students complete a course they may receive college credit or receive an industry certificate. Click on each industry below to see details about the courses and outcomes.

Graphic design

Graphic Design

Commercial art

Visual & Commercial Arts


Dance & Choreography







Auto repair

Systems Diagnostic & Repair



Medical symbols

Patient Care

Food science

Food Science

Computer games

Game Programming


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