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About the Health Science & Medical Technology Industry Sector:

The standards in this sector represent the academic and technical skills and knowledge students need to pursue a full range of career opportunities in health science and medical technology, from entry level to management as well as technical and professional career specialties. The standards describe what workers need to know and be able to do to contribute to the delivery of safe and effective health care. The six career pathways are grouped into functions that have a common purpose and require similar attributes. The pathways are Biotechnology, Patient Care, Health Care Administrative Services, Health Care Operational Support Services, Public and Community Health, and Mental and Behavioral Health. Standards for each career path build on and continue the anchor standards with more complexity, rigor, and career specificity.

Impact of Health Science & Medical Technology:

According to California statistics the health care industry is the fasted growing sector of the economy and all of the 10 highest-paying jobs in the US come from the medical field. The average life span keeps increasing, so the future needs in this field are tremendous. Stanislaus County has a shortage of doctors and health care professionals.

Pathway Highlights:

  • Students get to explore future career opportunities.

  • Learn about the human body and how diseases affect it.

  • Use the same medical and biotechnology equipment that is used in the industry.

  • Field trips to local colleges and universities.

  • Guest speakers from industry personnel.

  • Great hands-on learning.

  • Clubs and competitions for students.

UC A-G Credit:

All of the Health Science & Medical Technology classes meet the A-G University of California's list of required courses for college admission.


Many of our CTE pathways offer industry recognized certifications that can be added to a student's portfolio. Certifications offered from the Patient Care and Biotechnology Pathways vary between each high school, but can include CPR and OSHA 10 for Healthcare.


CTE Transitions (formerly known as Articulation) program offers high school students the opportunity to jump-start college by earning college credit while still in high school. High school students have the opportunity to earn college credit and high school credit simultaneously for certain articulated courses with Modesto Junior College. These courses are governed by an agreement between Modesto Junior College and Modesto City Schools which ensures use of like curriculum and exams. Students earn college credit upon passing the end of course examination.


Patient Care Pathway students participate in the Heath Occupations of America or HOSA competitions and activities.

Biotechnology Pathway students have the opportunity to join the Forensic Biotechnology Academy Club or FBA Club. In the FBA Club, students perform science outreach into our community and other club activities.

How to Apply:

If a student is already enrolled at an MCS High School, they will need to let their counselor know that they would like to be a part of either the Biotechnology or Patient Care Pathways; and ballot for one or more of the pathway classes.

All 8th grade students will need to ballot for either the Biotechnology or Patient Care Pathway classes that are offered at their particular high school.

If a student is an 8th, 9th, or 10th grader attending a school in a different high school boundary in Modesto, you can request an intradistrict transfer from your home high school; or pursue open enrollment. If you’re an 8th, 9th, or 10th grader attending a school outside of Modesto City Schools, you can request an interdistrict transfer from your home high school’s district office. For more information on the IDT process; Open Enrollment; or for an IDT application, click here.

If you are interested in any of the following pathways and want to know what high schools offer them click here:

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Here is more information about the Patient Care and Biotechnology Pathways available at each high school:


Davis High School


Patient Care

students learning patient skills

Hospital and Health Services Occupations

Contact: Jeanie Huber

Medical Science I & II

Contact: Denise Olsen

Nursing Asst. Precertification Program (CNA)

Contact: Bob Phillips

Elliott Alternative Education Center


Patient Care

Health Science Careers

Contact: Ruth Nall

Enochs High School

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Applied Chemistry and Biotechnology, Science and Ethics of Biotechnology

Contact: Dave Menshew

Science and Ethics of Biotechnology

Gregori High School


Patient Care

Hospital and Health Services Occupations, Medical Science I & II