Healthcare Foundations

1 Year Program

The Healthcare Foundations course focuses on introducing students to career opportunities available in the healthcare field including medical, dental and vision. Students learn skills that they will be able to use in a variety of healthcare settings. Topics include: workplace safety, communication, information technology applications, teamwork, legal, ethics, anatomy and physiology including conditions/diseases, health maintenance practices, employability skills, technical skills, and medical terminology. The course includes specific hands-on exploration in the areas of dental & health careers, Sparrow Ionia Hospital clinic rotations and participation in other healthcare-related experiences. Students have the opportunity to earn their CPR & AED certifications. Students that successfully complete Healthcare Foundations may apply to receive priority enrollment for Health Occupations.

Success Indicators

Success Indicators are recommendations of benchmarks that students should have to be successful when enrolled in this Career & Technical Education course.

Center-Wide Success Indicators

  • Regular Attendance
  • Shows Initiative
  • Willingness to Learn
  • Credit Healthy
  • Transportation: Students may have the opportunity to participate in work-based learning experiences, which would require the student to provide transportation to and from the work site.

Program-Specific Success Indicators

  • Academic
    • Reading: Grade level reading ability suggested; frequent reference/use of scientific names and medical terms; ability to read technical and procedural documents required.
    • Writing: Ability to write at grade level; research and response papers.
    • Math: Basic math skills required. Ability to solve equations, conversions, medication dosages.
    • Memorization/Note Taking: Ability to memorize is essential; anatomy, body system components, medical terminology. Note taking required, as each unit builds on previous knowledge.
    • Science: Students should have a basic foundational knowledge of biology and chemistry. Interest in advanced biology and anatomy is helpful.
  • Physical
    • Physical: Hand/eye coordination necessary; must possess the ability to stand and/or walk for 2-3 hours at a time. Intact vision and hearing.
    • Clothing/Hygiene: Scrubs and proper footwear (closed-toe shoes) and name tags (school provides) required; long hair must be secured away from the face and off the shoulders during clinic/lab. High standards for personal hygiene are required.
    • Social Awareness: Observation of surroundings, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills are helpful.
  • Other
    • Medical Requirements: TB Test required. Students must be current on all vaccinations; including Hepatitis B vaccination. Must be free from communicable disease
    • Training/Background Check: Students must complete Workplace Safety Training, Infection Control, and HIPPA Training. Criminal background check required.
    • Transportation: Students are required to provide their own transportation to and from job shadow/internship.
    • Availability of Technology/Resources: Home access to a computer with internet access is suggested for assignments not completed in class. A smartphone with access to data is suggested for communication with the instructor after hours.


  • Dental Hygienist
  • Orthodontist Dental Assistant
  • Dental Billing
  • Insurance Clerk
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Medical Office/Receptionist 

Additional Info on Careers, Wages & More


Articulated College Credits

Students must complete a full year (2 semesters) in the program earning a B (3.0) or higher grade each semester to be eligible.

Current List of Articulated College Credits

Embedded High School Credits

Career center programs offer the student the opportunity to receive high school academic credit upon program completion. Students MUST be a program completer to earn these credits. A program completer is defined as a student who has completed all 12 segments of the curriculum AND earned a 2.0 (C) or higher GPA per semester in the program. Credits are granted by the student's local high school and determined by their counselor.

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