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Introduction to Health Careers

Location: CTEC

Program Description

This year-long course is designed for any student interested in pursuing a career in any allied health related career. Students will do in-depth career exploration in allied health careers. Students will also have an opportunity to earn dual enrollment college credit for Medical Terminology through this course. Both of these are required college courses for all allied health programs. 


Juniors who successfully complete the course will be given priority enrollment the following year for advanced training into any of the ROC allied health programs, including Nursing Assistant, Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Dental Assistant, or Sports Medicine.


  • Anatomy & Physiology (utilizing Z-Space 3-D Virtual Technology)
  • History of and trends in healthcare
  • Legal and ethical responsiblities
  • Cultural diversity in patient care
  • Infection control
  • Career pathway exploration and job ready career skills
  • Taking and recording vital signs
  • Communicating pertinent findings
  • Making medical beds

professional certification opportunities

ROC certifications offered to students completing the Introduction to Health Careers program include:

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification


Introduction to Health Careers students should have average or better math, science, and English skills and solid attendance. The program dress code includes wearing a specified uniform (scrubs) on assigned days.

high school credit available

Students earn 15 elective units each semester toward their high school graduation.

College prep course. Meets area “G” approval for UC admission.

Bakersfield college credit available

Introduction to Health Careers is articulated with Bakersfield College courses in:

  • MEDS B60 – Medical Terminology

Students meeting BC’s established criteria can earn up to 3 units of BC credit in addition to the above high school credit.

career pathways and related occupations

This is a career awareness class which instructs students on the basics necessary for entry-level employment. Successful Introduction to Health Career students often pursue careers in the following:

  • Nursing Assistant
  • Medical Assistant
  • Dental Assistant
  • Physical Therapy Aide
  • Medical Receptionist
  • Pharmacy Technician