Health Occupations

Program Director: Kathy Durling

The Regional High School Health Occupations (HSHO) Program provides coordination, support and oversight to local High Schools in Linn and Benton counties. It serves to expose students to a variety of health-related careers, and for some is the first step on a career pathway in a promising field.

Though each high school is responsible for developing their own curriculum, LBCC has developed a core curriculum using national and state guidelines that may be used as a reference by the high school instructors. In addition, each high school's curriculum must articulate with the following LBCC courses, as a significant number of students choose to also apply for college credit via the College Now program:

  • Introduction to Health Occupations I is designed to introduce the student to the field of healthcare, and provide an opportunity to explore various health occupations.  This course offers an overview of the concepts of health and illness, healthcare systems, healthcare careers, medical terminology and abbreviations, human body systems, legal and ethical issues, and employability skills.
  • Introduction to Health Occupations II offers an overview of human growth & development, cultural competency, health maintenance practices, and client interaction concepts.  It explores selected health occupations, including primary functions, educational requirements, and employment opportunities.  It introduces the student to the topics of infection control and vital-sign monitoring, with emphasis on developing practical skills.
  • Introduction to Health Occupations III offers the student the opportunity to explore in depth a health occupation of special interest, and to develop a personal health occupation portfolio.  It introduces the student to the topics of client movement and medical math, with emphasis on developing practical skills.  It builds upon inter-personal communication during client interaction covered in the second course in the series to study intra-team communication and teamwork.

The Regional Program holds meetings three times per year to conduct business, provide education, and allow for networking opportunities for the High School Health Occupations instructors and our various program partners. A resource nurse is assigned to each high school that does not have a nurse as the instructor. A number of resource kits and videos are available for check-out to instructors. We also invested in a Web-Tutor program for the instructors to use in their classrooms. And financial assistance is provided to develop worksite opportunities for students.

Link to High School Connections