Therapeutic Services (Patient Care)
Careers in the Therapeutic Services pathway are focused primarily on changing the health status of the patient over time. Health professionals in this pathway work directly with patients and may provide care, treatment, counseling and health education information. National labor market information indicates that eight out of the top 20 fastest‐growing occupations are in the Health Science industry. Based on an aging population and a retiring workforce, the demand for health care workers will remain high through 2026. As roles of careers in Therapeutic Services change, professionals in this pathway will find increased opportunities to work independently. Additionally, an increasing number of career opportunities are becoming available outside of the traditional hospital setting. Educational levels vary from occupation to occupation. Most Health Science occupations require additional education after high school and require that potential employees acquire the appropriate certification and/or licensing.
Workers in the Health Science industry must have a solid background in math, science, communications, and technical skills, be knowledgeable in their subject area, have the ability to communicate with others, and inspire trust and confidence. Occupations in the Health Sciences represent the largest and fastest‐growing industry in the United States, employing over 10 million workers in more than 200 careers. Those considering a nursing career should have a strong desire to help others, a genuine concern for the welfare of patients and clients, and an ability to deal with people of diverse backgrounds in stressful situations. Rapid job growth is expected in hospital outpatient facilities, such as same‐day surgery, rehabilitations, and chemotherapy. Growth is also expected in nursing care facilities and in-home health care. RNs with a bachelor’s degree will have better job prospects in supervisory and managerial positions than those with either an associate’s degree or a diploma. The pay scale will increase as students specialize to nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist and clinical nurse specialist.
HS Courses for Therapeutic Services – Patient Care
- Intro to Healthcare Science 25.5210000
- Essentials of Healthcare 25.4400000*
- Patient Care Fundamentals 25.4360000
*Essentials of Healthcare also grants an embedded Anatomy and Physiology credit for the student.
Possible Student Pathway Credentialing Opportunities: Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) National Healthcare Association‐Certified Patient Care Technician (NHA‐CPCT). Students may sit for this exam if they take an additional 4th course.
Dual Enrollment Option
Certified Nurse Assistant TCC
ALHS 1060 Diet and Nutrition
ALHS 1090 Medical Terminology
NAST 1100 Nurse Aide Fundamentals
Patient Care Technician
PCTA 1100 Patient Care Technician*