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Health Sciences Program Approval Information

Programs which Require Permission to Operate 

Approval 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.  


Health Sciences Programs

A health sciences education program has a curricular design that includes the health core curriculum (2 units), content-specific curriculum aligned to the program title (1 unit) and the requisite supervised clinical experience (1 unit).  

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 National Consortium for Health Science Education (NCHSE) National Health Standards are acceptable learning standards on which to develop the Health Sciences Core as part of a Health Sciences program of study.  

Academic Foundation—Understand human anatomy, physiology, common diseases and disorders, and medical math principles. 

Communication—Demonstrate methods of delivering and obtaining information, while communicating effectively. 

Systems—Identify how key systems affect services performed and quality of care.

Employability Skills—Use employability skills to enhance employment opportunities and job satisfaction. 

Legal Responsibilities—Describe legal responsibilities, limitations, and implications on healthcare worker actions. 

Ethics—Understand accepted ethical practices with respect to cultural, social, and ethnic differences within the healthcare environment. 

Safety Practices—Identify existing and potential hazards to clients, co-workers, and self. Employ safe work practices and follow health and safety policies and procedures to prevent injury and illness. 

Teamwork—Identify roles and responsibilities of individual members as part of the healthcare team. 

Health Maintenance Practices—Differentiate between wellness and disease. Promote disease prevention and model healthy behaviors. 

Technical Skills—Apply and demonstrate technical skills and knowledge common to health career specialties. 

Information Technology Applications—Apply information technology practices 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. 


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.