College and Career Readiness - McHenry West High School

Health Science - Coursework and Careers

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The Health Science Career Cluster orients students to careers that promote health, wellness, and diagnosis as well as treat injuries and diseases. Some of the careers involve working directly with people, while others involve research into diseases or collecting and formatting data and information. Work locations are varied and may be in hospitals, medical or dental offices or laboratories, cruise ships, medevac units, sports arenas, space centers, or within the community.

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Career Pathways Career Choices Tips for Successful Planning
  • Therapeutic Services
  • Diagnostic Services
  • Health Information
  • Support Services
  • Bio-technology Research and Development
  • Pediatrician
  • Physical Therapist
  • Radiologic-Technologist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Health Information Technologist
  • Take placement testing at MCC in March/April of Junior year.
  • Take ACT/SAT in spring semester of junior year of high school.
  • Meet annually with high school guidance counselor or MCC academic advisor or call (815) 479-7565.

 

Suggested Coursework

Grade English/
Language Arts
Mathematics Science Social Science Career Related
Electives
Fresh.
  • English I
  • Honors English I
  • Algebra I
  • Honors Algebra I
  • Honors Geometry
  • Biology
  • Honors Biology
  • Issues of the 21st Century
  • AP Human Geography
  • World Language I
  • Intro to Child Care
  • Health
  • Intro to Foods & Nutrition.
Soph.
  • English II
  • Honors English II
  • Geometry
  • Honors Geometry
  • Algebra II
  • Honors Algebra II
  • Earth Science
  • Chemistry
  • Honors Chemistry
  • AP Physics I
  • AP Environmental Science
  • Foundations of Ancient Empires
  • Development of the Modern World
  • AP World History
Any of the above plus:
  • World Language II
  • Preschool Lab
Jr.
  • English III
  • Honors American Studies - English
  • AP Lang. & Comp.
  • Algebra II
  • Honors Algebra II
  • Honors Pre-Calculus
  • Intermediate Algebra
  • College Algebra with Trigonometry
  • Action Chemistry
  • Action Physics
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Physics
  • Forensics
  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Physics II
  • US History
  • Honors American Studies - US History
  • AP US History
Any of the above plus:
  • World Language III
  • Intro to Psychology
  • AP Psychology
  • Sociology
  • MCC - Fitness Instruction
Sr.
  • English IV + ½ Eng. Elective
  • Honors Cultural Studies - Eng.
  • AP Lit. & Comp.
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • Transition to College Math
  • AP Statistics
Any of the above
  • Govt. & Citizenship
  • AP Govt. & Comp. Govt.
  • Honors Cultural Studies - Govt.
Any of the above plus:
  • World Language IV
  • AP World Language
  • MCC - Fire Science / EMT / Criminal Justice
  • MCC - Basic Nurse Asst.

 

Career Planning

Type of Degree Degree Names
Certificate

Career and Technical Education Certificates

Associate's

Career and Technical Education Associate Degrees

Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degrees are designed to prepare students for immediate employment.

Transfer Associate Degrees

Transfer degrees are designed to provide students with a strong general education foundation and prerequisite coursework for continued study at a four-year college or university.

 

Sample academic plans are provided for use by students who have decided on a major but not on an intended transfer school.

 

For students who have decided on a transfer school, transfer guides are provided, showing how courses apply to specific majors at many in-state and out-of-state colleges and universities.

Bachelor's

Health Science

A few examples of baccalaureate majors related to this Career Cluster include the following:

  • Athletic Training
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Clinical Lab science
  • Communicative Disorders
  • Community Health
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Health Information Management
  • Nursing
  • Radiation Therapy

There are many Illinois colleges and universities that offer programs related to these areas of study. To see a full list, please refer to the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) website.