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Texas Nurses Career Info - You will find out more about becoming a registered nurse than quite possibly any where else on the Internet. Medical Jobs - aims to help people learn about medical careers and figure out what medical job is right for them. Texas Workforce Commission - TWC's Job Quest will help match your skills with the right job that's waiting for you. U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration - Topics on the site; employment, employment compensation, retraining, apprenticeship and job corps. American Society for Training and Development - Performance in a changing world: work related competencies and performance fulfillment. Occupational Outlook Handbook - Perform keyword searches for selected occupational clusters. Career Key - Jobseekers can use this site to find relevant training programs, a college major or use the site's free diagnostic tool the "Career Key Measure".

Curriculum Resources

Career and Technical Special Populations Training Center - Maintains a clearinghouse for materials related to special populations and CTE in Texas. Healthwise Incorporated - To help people do a better job of staying healthy and taking care of their health problems. Medical Matrix OncoLink - University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center - The mission is to help cancer patients, families, health care professionals and the general public get accurate cancer-related information at no charge. National Aging Information Center - A central source for a wide variety of program- and policy-related materials and demographic and other statistical data on the health, economic, and social statusof older Americans. HIV/AIDS Treatment Information Service - Provides information about federally approved treatment guidelines for HIV and AIDS. Ethics in Science and Medicine - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's ELSI Project Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's ELSI in Science program is a pilot project designed to stimulate discussions on the implications of selected areas of scientific research. Access Excellence


U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) - The world's largest biomedical library. Cushing/Whitney Medical Library at Yale University - The Medical Library serves the biomedical and health care information needs of Yale University and the Yale-New Haven Medical Center. Univ. of Iowa's Hardin Library for the Health Sciences - Offers access to the Health Science Library as well as Healthnet and The Virtual Hospital. AARP Guide to Internet Resources Related to Aging - lists and describes Internet sites of interest to older people and those concerned with aging- related issues, including researchers, policy makers, service providers, caregivers and students.

Health Care Links

NIH - Curriculum - Free curriculum from NIH. National Consortium for Health Science Education(NCHSE) - Site for ordering National Skill Standards. Texas Department of Health - Health Professions Resource Center. The Center for the Health Professions - University of California, San Francisco - Our mission is to assist health care professionals, health professions schools, care delivery organizations and public policy makers respond to the challenges of educating and managing a health care workforce capable of improving the health and well being of people and their communities. HCUPnet - Offers a wealth of information about hospital stays, patient outcomes, and hospital charges. It also allows you to analyze data according to various factors, including patient age, income, type of insurance, and type of hospital. Hardin Meta Directory of Internet Health Resources - Alphabetized listing of internet health sources. www.health.gov - Links to health resources. A Sampling of Health-Related Resources on the Internet - Provides access to List-Servs, News Groups, Gopher Sites, WWW Sites, etc. Liver Foundation - The American Liver Foundation is the only national, voluntary non-profit health agency dedicated to preventing, treating and curing hepatitis and all liver diseases through research, education and support groups. Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Online - This site is maintained by allergists, the medical specialists who treat allergies and asthma, and their professional association. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research - Offers a guide on how to take medication correctly. Medwatch - The purpose of the MedWatch program is to enhance the effectiveness of postmarketing surveillance of medical products as they are used in clinical practice and to rapidly identify significant health hazards associated with these products. University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center - Covers a wide range of breast cancer topics. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke - Introduction to the excitement of neuroscience research in the Decade of the Brain and background information about the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Heart Information Network - An independent, educational web site founded by a heart patient and a physician. Nutrition Navigator - The Tufts University Nutrition Navigator is designed to help you sort through the large volume of nutrition information on the Internet and find accurate, useful nutrition information you can trust. The Visible Human - A complete online representation of the male and female human bodies. American Botanical Council and the Herbal Education Research Center - Educating the public on the use of Herbs and Phytomedicinals.

Professional Organizations & Agencies

U.S. Department of Education U.S. Department of Health and Human Services The Nation's Prevention Agency Centers for Disease Control and Prevention The National Council on the Aging National Institutes of Health Texas Department of State Health Services Texas Board of Nurse Examiners Social Security Administration U.S. Administration on Aging American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Family Caregiver Alliance Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services California Association of School Health Educators Health Canada National Science Foundation American Thrombosis Association The American Society of Electroneurodiagnostic Technologists The American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians The American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers® American Occupational Therapy Association American Physical Therapy Association American Society of Radiologic Technologists American Association for Respiratory Care Association of Surgical Technologists American Dental Association American Dental Hygienists' Association Association of American Medical Colleges American Medical Association American Psychiatric Association American Academy of Physician Assistants American Society of Alternative Therapists The Association for Integrative Medicine National Mental Health Association American Nurses Association American College of Nurse-Midwives Arthroscopy Association of North America American Academy of Nurse Practitioners American Academy of Optometry National Academy of Opticianry American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy American Pharmaceutical Association American Psychological Association Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation American Dietetic Association Chartered Institute of Environmental Health National Athletic Trainers' Association American College of Healthcare Executives American Association for Medical Transcription American Veterinary Medical Association American Diabetes Association American Association of Diabetes Educators

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Where may I find a copy of the Health Science TEKS?

What are the Health Science courses?

  • Principles of Health Science
  • Medical Terminology
  • Health Science
  • Practicum in Health Science
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Pathophysiology
  • World Health Research

What curriculum resources are available for Health Science teachers?

What is a coherent sequence of courses?

A coherent sequence of courses is a sequence of CTE courses (two or more CTE courses for three or more credits) focused on developing occupational knowledge and skills.
The courses in a sequence are not required to be from the same cluster. Courses selected as part of a coherent sequence can be customized based on the courses offered on the local campus, and personal or career goals.  A coherent sequence of courses enhances a student’s college and career readiness.
All coherent sequences of courses in this cluster begin with the Principles of Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security.  The sequence of courses offered at a school district is a local decision and is dependent upon the teacher’s area of expertise.
Districts have the flexibility of developing a coherent sequence of courses based on local need and available electives.  Courses from other clusters can be combined with the Health Science courses to create a coherent sequence of courses.  A coherent sequence of courses is individualized for every student.
The Health Science Flowchart of recommended sequences may be viewed here: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=5415#Subchapter%20H

What is a Scope and Sequence document?

A team of teachers for this cluster took the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and arranged them in a sequence that seemed logical for teaching. The first column is the unit of study.  The main topic areas are listed in order. The second column is the knowledge and skills statements. Next are the student expectations for each knowledge and skill statement. Listed at the end of the scope and sequence document are resources appropriate to the course.  The list contains currently adopted State Board of Education (SBOE) textbooks. Other resources listed are those available from state or federal agencies.  The list may also include resources available from universities, non-profit agencies, or professional associations.

Where can I find the Health Science Scope and Sequence documents?


What is a Program of Study document?

A program of study may be adopted by a local education agency and a postsecondary institution, and offered as an option to students when planning for and completing future coursework for CTE content areas that –

  • Incorporate secondary education and postsecondary education elements.
  • Include coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant CTE content in a coordinated, non-duplicative progression of courses that align secondary education with postsecondary education to adequately prepare.
  • May include the opportunity for secondary education students to participate in dual or concurrent enrollment programs or  other ways to acquire postsecondary education credits.
  • Lead to an industry-recognized credential or certificate at the postsecondary level, or to an associate or baccalaureate degree [PL 109-270. Sec 122(c)(1)].

Where can I find the Health Science Programs of Study documents?

Where may I find more information about teacher qualifications?

  Do you have a Question you would like answered? Submit your question to Renee.Tonquest@unt.edu.


Additional information regarding the Health Science Career Cluster can be obtained by contacting:

Ron Whitson Ron Whitson Statewide CTE Coordinator Curriculum Division Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Government & Public Administration Health Science Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security Marketing Transportation, Distribution & Logistics ron.whitson@tea.state.tx.us Phone: 512-463-9581 Fax: 512-463-8057 Texas Education Agency 1701 North Congress Austin, Texas 78701
Renee Tonquest Renee Tonquest Curriculum Coordinator Health Science Renee.Tonquest@unt.edu Phone: 940-565-2057 (messages only) Fax: 940-369-8650 University of North Texas Department of Learning Technologies 3940 N. Elm Street, G150 Denton, TX 76207


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