Health Sciences

High school students interested in careers in healthcare can get a head start with K12 Private Academy’s Stride Career Prep field of health sciences. These unique courses give students the opportunity to explore these career options before graduation, providing a glimpse of what their future could hold as well as the teaching skills needed for the healthcare workforce.

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Healthcare Career Classes for High School Students

Students who choose this career field through Stride Career Prep will encounter career-focused courses that can help them achieve their goals. Enrolled students can pursue the following health sciences and education pathways:

Healthcare Data and Informatics Career Pathway

The healthcare data and informatics career pathway gives students a look behind-the-scenes, teaching them how to help patients through the management of health records and data. This career pathway supports various careers within the field, including health services manager, medical records technician, medical transcriptionist, medical biller, medical coder, and more.

Students can gain a broad understanding of healthcare and hospital operations, learn medical terminology and how it relates to medical coding and billing, and practice coding with real, de-identified medical records. The hands-on coursework consists of case studies, practical exercises, team collaboration, and more.

Enrolled students:

  • Explore healthcare and hospital operations
  • Learn medical terminology and how it relates to medical coding and billing
  • Experience hands-on and practical learning

Healthcare Support Services Career Pathway

The healthcare support services career pathway is a great fit for students interested in technical or professional roles within the health sciences field. Careers in this area help support the general functioning of healthcare facilities, hospitals, surgery centers, laboratories, emergency transport services, and more.

Problem solvers and those with a talent for communication can find their niche here. They can discover employment opportunities such as mental health and substance abuse counselors, healthcare social workers, medical appliance technicians, massage therapists, and customer service representatives.

Enrolled students:

  • Explore careers in public health and social services
  • Gain an understanding of medical office procedures and administration
  • Learn medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology

Medical Diagnostics and Testing Career Pathway

In a rapidly growing sector of medicine, many careers involve using diagnostic imaging equipment such as ultrasound, X-ray, EKG, and MRI machines. Students in this career pathway may also explore other careers such as phlebotomist or radiology technician. Professionals in diagnostics and testing play a critical role in healthcare, diagnosing problems early and setting patients up for successful treatment.

Students can prepare to take certification exams for the credentials necessary to embark on their chosen career path shortly after graduation.

Enrolled students:

  • Gain an understanding of medical office procedures and administration
  • Learn medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology
  • Explore aspects of workplace safety

Nursing and Patient Care Career Pathway

In preparation to join an industry in need of compassionate individuals, students can experience coursework to help prepare them for a career as a registered nurse (RN), certified nursing assistant (CNA), pharmacy technician, dental assistant, sports medicine practitioner, and more.

After taking foundational classes in anatomy and medical terminology, students choose classes in a specific field that interests them. This pathway prepares students to take necessary exams and earn credentials that can help jumpstart their careers.

Enrolled students:

  • Gain experience in patient care and nursing basics
  • Understand medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology
  • Develop the skills required to prepare for certifications

What could my future look like in this career field?*


*Data is from Burning Glass Labor Insights and is updated frequently.

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Get Started with Stride Career Prep

The healthcare industry provides sweeping opportunities for a variety of exciting careers. From direct healthcare and diagnostics to specialized counseling, students with these interests can greatly benefit from the Stride Career Prep health sciences career field from K12 Private Academy.

*Opportunities vary by school; please visit your school page or check with your school counselor.

**Timing for sufficient exam preparation, necessary prerequisites, and exam fees vary per specific certification. Students should check with their school counselor for details on exam fee coverage opportunities.

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