Health Sciences

Health Sciences

 

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, medivac units, sports arenas, space centers, or within the community.

Carl Sandburg College offers health career programs supporting four of the five career pathways in the Health Science Career Cluster; Therapeutic Services, Diagnostic Services, Health Informatics, and Support Services.


Therapeutic Services

  • Individuals pursuing a career in the Therapeutic Services Pathway are focused primarily on changing the health status of the patient over time. Health professionals in this pathway work directly with patients; they may provide care, treatment, counseling and health education information.  
  • Carl Sandburg College offers the following programs in this pathway: Certified Nursing Assistant, Dental Hygienist, EMT, Licensed Practical Nurse, Massage Therapist, Medical Assistant, Registered Nurse, and Surgical Technician (through collaborative agreement with Illinois Central College).


Diagnostic Services

  • Individuals pursuing a career in the Diagnostic Services Pathway use tests and evaluations that aid in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, injuries or other physical conditions.
  • Carl Sandburg College offers the following programs in this pathway: Computer Tomography (CT) Technologist, Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer, Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, Magnetic Resonance (MRI) Technologist, Nuclear Medicine Technologist, Phlebotomist, and Radiologic Technologist.

 

Health Informatics

  • Individuals pursuing a career in the Health Informatics Pathway can expect to be involved in many different levels of health care related employment. This pathway includes health care administrators who manage health care agencies as well as those individuals who are responsible for managing all of the patient data and information, financial information, and computer applications related to health care processes and procedures.
  • Carl Sandburg College offers the following program in this pathway: Medical Coder

 

Support Services

  • Individuals pursuing a career in the Support Services Pathway provide a therapeutic environment for the delivery of health care. Support Services offers a full range of career opportunities from entry level to management, including technical and professional careers.
  • Carl Sandburg College offers the following program in this pathway: Funeral Director (Mortuary Science)