Health Careers

All first-year students will complete health careers core studies during the first semester. The core includes physiology, anatomy, medical terminology, patient assessment/vital signs, infection control, medical ethics, job-related safety, and communication skills. Students will be trained in CPR and first aid and will have the opportunity to earn certification. 

After completion of core studies, students will spend time in the classroom preparing for clinical and hands-on training at a long-term care facility. Classroom instruction will include personal care of patients, hospital bed making, infection control, safety procedures, rehabilitation and long-term care, and interpersonal/communication skills.
Following the classroom training, students begin actual patient care at selected long-term care facilities. The clinical experience is approximately 12 weeks. During this time, students demonstrate clinical skills three days a week at a facility and return to the classroom two days a week to practice, review and reinforce skills. Upon completion, students will be expected to demonstrate the state-mandated skills needed to provide quality and competent patient care. Successful students will receive TEC certification and will be recommended to take the Michigan Competency Evaluation Examination to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).

Please note:  All Health Careers students must have their immunization records up-to-date before enrollment and must follow prescribed dress and grooming standards.


Students who have successfully completed the first year of Health Careers may enroll in the second-year Health Careers program. Two options are available: the Internship Program or placement in a paid Work-Based Learning Experience as a Nursing Assistant.  Students enrolled in the work-based learning program must complete the Nursing Assistant Program and successfully pass the Michigan Comprehensive Evaluation Examination to become a Certified Nursing Assistant.

Internship Program: As a second-year option, students may be considered for a full-time training placement at a medical facility. Students do not attend class at TEC. Instead, they report to an assigned medical facility each day and receive training from medical personnel at the facility. Students are considered trainees and may not receive pay for their experience. A TEC coordinator makes regular visits to the facility. Students follow a pre-established curriculum, daily attendance is recorded and letter grades are issued for performance. 

Please Note: Students must have teacher recommendation. Enrollment is limited and students should be prepared to accept a second or third choice. There may be prerequisites for some areas.  Students must provide their own transportation and return to TEC one day a month to meet with the coordinator.


Training options include:

  • Birthing services assistant
  • Dental assistant
  • EMT assistant
  • Emergency room assistant 
  • Group home assistant
  • Health Department assistant
  • Medical physician’s assistant
  • Medical receptionist
  • Medical records assistant
  • Occupational therapy assistant
  • Operating room assistant
  • Optometric assistant
  • Orthodontic assistant
  • Pediatric nurse assistant
  • Pharmacy assistant
  • Phlebotomist
  • Physical therapy assistant
  • Recreation therapy assistant
  • Respiratory therapy assistant
  • Veterinary assistant
  • X-ray tech assistant


Nursing Assistant Paid Work-Based Learning Experience: Students obtaining Certified Nursing Assistant credentials may be eligible for a work-based learning experience. Students selected for this course of study become paid trainees at a medical facility and do not attend class at TEC. Instead, students receive advanced training from medical personnel as they complete daily work assignments. A pre-established training plan is followed, attendance is taken, and letter grades are issued. 

Please Note: Enrollment may be limited and is subject to job availability.  Students must provide their own transportation.  Students are required to return to TEC the second Monday of the month for additional instruction.

Extrcurricular Activities

HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America)



Career Options

Certified Nursing Assistant

Dental Assistant

Dental Hygenist



Group Home Assistant

Pharmacy Assistant


Physical Therapist

Physical Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapist

Registered Nurse

Respiratory Therapist


Veterinary Technician

X-ray Technician


Career Pathways

Health Occupations are part of the Health Sciences Pathway. Learn if this career pathway is for you. 


Curriculum information



Find out which skills are needed to work in the Health industry.




Meet the Instructors

Learn more about
Health Instructors;


Barbara Brandimore, Health STW 

Barb Brandimore


McClure, Marilee

Marilee McClure


Kim Miller, Health Exploration

Kim Miller







Advanced training
and education

Advanced educational opportunities are available through two- and four-year colleges, hospital education programs, and military programs.



Currently TEC's Health Career program articulates college credit through Ferris Sate University, SC4 and Baker College.