• Vet assistant students at the job siteHealth Sciences


    Areas of study in the C4 Health Sciences cluster include Nursing, Dental Assisting, Veterinarian Assisting and Medical Office Worker. All students receive training in the core curriculum of Health Sciences before they divide into their chosen area of study. 

    This cluster and its partnership with Ivy Tech Community College is the only secondary program of study in the United States to be certified by the American Dental Association.  Students who successfully complete training in the Health Careers Cluster can earn 6 college credits toward an associate degree in dental assisting, begin work toward certification as a Vet Tech and earn college credits towards a nursing degree. 
    Course listings and descriptions can be found here: Health Sciences Course Guide


    Pathway Documents

    Career Pathway documents are designed to show students some possible career opportunities that are open to them depending on their interests, strengths and competencies. Meeting the career-related needs of students calls for alignment with career opportunities in authentic work settings. Career Pathways provide a useful framework to aid both students and educators in making those meaningful connections to the working world. C4 is creating and publishing Career Pathway Documents within its designated Career Majors.

    The first type of pathway listed in the C4 website is designed for the student who may think that they know what broad career field they are interested in pursuing but they are still exploring the career options available. Working from this model, will prepare students to enter a number of post secondary options which are available in the state of Indiana.

    The second career pathway publication is designed for the student who has decided on a career choice. This pathway is one that is written between C4 and one post secondary institution where a dual credit or articulation agreement is in place. With this document, the student will see a secondary listing of proposed courses to prepare him or her for post secondary studies and also will find a four semester listing of the courses needed while enrolled in the post secondary institution.



    To help students plan their career and college goals, pathway documents are being developed: 
    Dental Assistant – Ivy Tech Community College
    Nursing/Nurse Practitioner
    Medical Assisting – Ivy Tech Community College
    Practical Nursing – Ivy Tech Community College
    Paramedic Science – Ivy Tech Community College
    Nursing – Ivy Tech Community College
    Surgical Technology – Ivy Tech Community College

    Technical Honors Diploma

    Recognizing the success of the career and technical program in students’ lives, Indiana created the Core 40 with Technical Honors Diploma. This diploma emphasizes rigorous academic standards and expectations along with vital technical skills. The Core 40 with Technical Honors Diploma prepares students to easily move from high school to college, the workforce, orelsewhere with a clear focus on their career goals.

    Advantages of a Core 40 with Technical Honors Diploma for students include:

    ·          preparation for both college and careers,

    ·          opportunities to earn college credits while still in high school,

    ·          opportunities to explore Indiana’s high wage and high-demand occupations,

    ·          ability to move more easily into their college major, saving time and money,

    ·          options to gain practical, real-world working experience,

    ·          chances to earn employer-recognized certifications,

    ·          learning valuable skills and training sought by Indiana employers.


    Health Sciences Technical Honors Diploma



    Student Leadership Organization

    HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) is a national vocational student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Technology Education Division of the ACTE. HOSA's two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA's mission is especially critical when considering the acute shortage of qualified workers for the health care industry. HOSA is the only national student organization that exclusively serves secondary and post-secondary students in pursuit of a career in the health professions. 

    C4’s HOSA chapter focuses on:

    •      fostering activities which will develop the physical, mental and social well-being of each individual
    •     encouraging leadership, character and citizenship
    •     promoting ethical practices and respect for the dignity of work in the health care field.




Last Modified on December 2, 2019