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Health Sciences Program Approval Information

Health Sciences Programs

A health sciences education program has a curricular design that includes the health core curriculum, content-specific curriculum aligned to program title, and the requisite supervised clinical experience.

Health Sciences Core Curriculum

A Health Sciences Education Core curriculum serves as the foundation to prepare students for individual health sciences careers and must include Health Science Learning Standards.

The NYSHSEA Health Science Standards are acceptable learning standards on which to develop the Health Sciences Core as part of a Health Sciences program of study.

Academic Foundation—The healthcare professional will demonstrate understanding of human anatomy, physiology, common diseases and disorders, and medical math principles.

Communication—The healthcare professional will demonstrate methods of delivering and obtaining information, while communicating effectively. Effective communication skills are essential to all healthcare professions.

Health Care Systems—The healthcare professional will identify how key systems affect services performed and quality of care. Future healthcare workers will be able to explain different types of healthcare agencies and facilities, their delivery systems and major service provided.

Education and Career Preparation—The healthcare professional will understand and utilize employability skills to enhance their employment opportunities and job satisfaction. They will demonstrate key employability skills and will enhance and upgrade skills, as needed.

Legal responsibilities—The healthcare professional will understand and describe the legal responsibilities, limitations, and implications of their actions within the healthcare delivery setting. They will perform their duties according to regulations, policies, laws, and legislated rights of clients, residents and patients.

Ethics—The healthcare professional will understand and apply accepted ethical and legal practices with respect to cultural, social and ethical differences within the healthcare environment.

Safety Practices—The healthcare professional will understand and be able to identify the existing and potential hazards to clients, residents, patients, coworkers and self. They will prevent injury or illness through safe work practices and follow health and safety policies and procedures.

Teamwork—The healthcare professional will identify the roles and responsibilities of individual members as part of the healthcare team. Teamwork is an essential concept to healthcare that all members of the healthcare team must demonstrate in order to ensure quality of care.

Health Maintenance Practices—The healthcare professional will understand and be able to differentiate between the fundamentals of wellness and the prevention of disease processes. They will practice and promote disease prevention and model healthy behaviors.

Technical Skills—The healthcare professional will apply technical skills required for all career specialties and demonstrate skills and knowledge as appropriate to their career field.

Information Technology Applications—The healthcare professional will utilize and understand information technology applications common across health professions.

Content-Specific Curriculum

For content-specific considerations, please visit each program area found on the left sidebar menu. 

Supervised Clinical Experience

  • Affiliation agreement(s) must be established (a written contract with partnering healthcare facilities). 
  • Students may enter a clinical setting only after receiving prior instruction, demonstrating skill and knowledge, and under supervision by the school’s program instructor. 
  • 108 hours (1 unit) of clinical experience must be conducted in a work setting as defined by the program of study.
  • Scopes of practice under various state licensures must be considered when developing hands on activities in implementation of health sciences programs. 


Programs which Require NYSED Permission to Operate

Approval by the NYSED Office of CTE to operate or conduct a program must be received for the following programs:

Through a memorandum of understanding with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), the New York State Education Department (NYSED) CTE division is required to approve programs in an ongoing basis to maintain compliance with all federal and State requirements as stipulated by individual program regulations.

Operational approval must first be granted prior to conducting a program or seeking NYSED CTE program approval.


Teacher Certification for Health Sciences Programs

Health Sciences Programs for which there are NYS Career and Technical Education (CTE) Teacher Certification Titles 7-12 (Online Search of Certification Requirements) are:

  • Practical Nursing
  • Dental Assisting
  • Dental Laboratory Technology
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Nurse Assisting
  • Ophthalmic Dispensing
  • Pharmacy Assisting
  • Physical Therapy Aide
  • Sterile Processing Technician


Health Education

In health sciences education, the Health Sciences Core can be used by health sciences students to satisfy the 0.5-unit graduation requirement for health education. Guidelines for Career and Technical Education, p. 27.


Exploratory Healthcare Models (e.g. New Visions Health/Medical)

While exploration of different fields, including healthcare, is a valuable part of student career preparation, exploration/immersion models are strictly observational (no hands-on) and student activities in a healthcare setting must be limited to those of volunteer policies established by the healthcare facilities.