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

Program Specific Success Indicators


  • 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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