Public PK-12 School District in Dalton, Georgia

Health Science

As the Health Science Pathway is developed, we have many options. The first two courses of the pathway will are:

We look forward to developing this exciting opportunity for students with our new teacher.

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 twenty fastest‐growing occupations are in the Health Science industry. (OOH) Based on an aging population and a retiring workforce, the demand for health care workers will remain high through 2020. 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.