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Health Science Programming in Wisconsin

The healthcare industry is vital to Wisconsin and continues to be a leading sector with high-skill, high-wage, and in-demand careers. According to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, employment in the healthcare and social assistance sector, the largest sector in Wisconsin, is projected to increase by 45,407 new jobs from 2016-2026.  A quality career and technical education (CTE) health science program can help to address these workforce needs. Middle and high school health science programs introduce, prepare, and train students for a wide range of healthcare professions.

Health Science Career Pathway

Health science is an important part of career and technical education (CTE) in Wisconsin. Within the health science career pathway, there may be more focused career pathways. These pathway programs are typically classified as:

  • Biotechnology research and development
  • Therapeutic services
  • Diagnostic services
  • Health informatics
  • Support services

Wisconsin career pathways may be adopted by local education agencies and offered as options to students when planning for and completing future coursework for career and technical content areas.

  1. Taking a sequence of aligned courses,
  2. Earning an industry-recognized credential,
  3. Enrolling in dual college credit classes,
  4. Participating in career-based and work-based learning experiences, and
  5. Accessing related Career and Technical Education (CTE) student organizations.

Example Courses in Health Science

The following list includes courses that may be part of a health science career pathway. The codes provided refer to the latest course download in Roster.

  • Exploration of Healthcare Occupations (health science 1 or 2), codes 5550-5554
  • Comprehensive Healthcare Occupations (health science 1 or 2), codes 5545-5549
  • Medical Terminology, codes 5400-5404
  • Health Science (body systems/anatomy and physiology), codes 5330-5334
  • Medical Law and Ethics, codes 5540-5544
  • Biotechnology, code 5225-5329
  • Biomedical Innovation, codes 5310-5314
  • Nursing (nursing assistant), codes 5535-5539
  • Medical/Clerical Assisting, codes 5415-5419
  • Emergency Medical Technology (EMT), codes 5515-5519
  • Sports Medicine, codes 5480-5484
  • Counseling and Mental Health, codes 4040-4044
  • Health Science-Workplace Experience, codes 5300-5304

The course codes above are for Roster reporting purposes. School districts may have local titles and descriptions in addition to the Roster codes. The Roster course codes come from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) using the latest version of the School Courses for the Exchange of Data (SCED). Districts can access and download the latest Roster course codes or find more information on Roster.

Biomedical science courses can be recognized as CTE health science courses. Schools may vary in how these programs are titled; however, the programming focus is to prepare students for careers in health science, life science, and STEM. Biomedical science courses must be aligned to Wisconsin Standards for Health Science and coded appropriately under Roster as CTE health science courses in order to be recognized as CTE courses.

A health education course, required for high school graduation (s.118.33 (1)2 Wis. Stats.) is not considered a health science course for purposes of the definition of a CTE participant in a health science program of study.

Possible Settings for Health Science Courses

There are multiple ways that students access health science courses. Each district determines the best setting for courses within the school.

  • Face-to-face classroom instruction
  • Distance learning
  • Youth apprenticeship
  • Youth Options or Start College Now
  • Technical college
  • College/university
For questions about this information, contact Erik Sitts (608) 267-2280