Approval means that the high school course meets the minimum requirements for admission to the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) systems. The required academic disciplines are divided into pre-assigned categories of a, b, c, d, e, f & g.
Allied Health refers to the hundreds of careers in healthcare not including nurses and doctors. Allied Health professionals include:
- Physical and occupational therapists
- Medical laboratory technicians (scientists for hospitals)
- Respiratory therapists
- Surgical technicians
- Medical assistants, and on and on.
Each career path has a different education requirement after high school, ranging from a few months to several years.
Career-Technical Education which is a federal program that is responsible for helping all students acquire challenging academic and technical skills and be prepared for high-skill, high-wage, or high-demand occupations.
Each state assigns CTE requirements, or curriculum standards, for all of its public middle and high schools to follow. In California, middle and high schools offer a variety of courses that combine academic learning with occupational skill development in specific industry areas.
All students are appropriate for CTE courses, including those that plan to attend college. In fact, CTE enhances the skills students need to be successful in higher education as well as work settings.
Examples of Career Technical Education courses include:
- Business Writing
- Web Design
- All Regional Occupational Programs (ROP)
For more information on CTE and specifically the Health Science and Medical Technology cluster, visit California Department of Education.
A course that is a culmination of the Health Career Pathway courses in a sequence. HASPI recommends the prior sequence as prerequisites, and the capstone course be taken during the final year of high school. The capstone is intended to meet certain "Pathway Exit Skill" requirements that college and industry partners can expect the students to retain from their participation in the Health Career Pathway.
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