Ishpeming hosted Health Occupations (Hosa - FHP)

Open to students from INN, Negaunee, Rep-Michigamme and Westwood High Schools

Class location

Ishpeming School District
St. John The Evangelist Parish, 325 S. Pine Street
Ishpeming, MI 49849

Instructors: Katie Gray

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Career Focus

Prepared for immediate employment, advanced certifications, and further education (e.g. towards state licensure)


The Health Occupations program seeks to meet present and predicted needs for health care workers within a health care delivery system characterized by diversity and changing technologies. This program recruits qualified and motivated students and prepares them for pursuit of appropriate health careers.

Curriculum incorporates concepts related to the health care delivery system including:

  • Ethics
  • Professionalism
  • Prevention (wellness)
  • Patient/client diagnosis
  • Treatment
  • Care
  • Rehabilitation as a result of disease/disorders

Teaching/learning strategies integrate appropriate workplace basic skills, assisting students in using resources and technologies, functioning as effective members within a complex system, and accessing and using appropriate information/data.

Opportunities for expanded leadership, management, technical, and citizenship development are available through membership in a co-curricular student organization, Hosa - Future Health Professionals (Hosa - FHP). Hosa - FHP seeks to instill an attitude of pride, commitment, and professionalism in its members, and strives to build self-esteem and confidence. Hosa - FHP enhances the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development of middle school, high school and post-secondary students interested in healthcare.

The class is offered through Ishpeming High School (class is at St. John The Evangelist Parish building, 325 S. Pine Street, Ishpeming) and is open to students from Negaunee, Republic-Michigamme and Westwood High Schools. Students also complete a semester-long work-based learning experience through a clinical rotation at Bell Hospital.

This class is typically available only to students in grade 12.



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“Health Occupations (HOSA) was hands down the best class I took in high school, and has helped prepare me for many of my current nursing classes in college! Having the opportunity to participate in a class room setting and gain hands on experience greatly helped me to decide that nursing was truly the profession I wanted to pursue. Perhaps some of the most beneficial experiences I gained from this class were the preparation for my CNA certification, and the opportunity to job shadow many medical professionals.”

Christina, Ishpeming HS HOSA (former student)
CNA / Nursing Program student

“We saw all different departments [of the hospital] I saw surg tech [surgical technology] and microbiology and those are super, super cool!”

Mariel M., Ishpeming HS
Health Occupations Student

“I would recommend HOSA program to anybody that’s even lightly considering health care.”

Rich Laksonen Nurse Practitioner

“This [class] is not just [for] your traditional medical field jobs. [The class] also looks at veterinary clinic, dentistry and chiropractor.”

Sarah Amis Registered Nurse

How to Get Started

High School Credit

Students should inquire within their guidance office about high school curriculum requirements that may be satisfied through a CTE class, as this is determined individually by school district.

College Credit

College credit(s) possible

  • Students can earn 1 college credit from NMU
  • Students must earn a grade of 90% or better and be recommended by the instructor
  • Each college reserves the right to set its own credit-granting policy
  • Contact your college(s) to find out the score it requires to grant credit, the number of credit hours granted, and the course(s) that can be bypassed with a satisfactory score

NMU course satisfied: 

HL 101 - Medical Terminology - NMU Credits Granted 1

Industry Certification

CTE Skill Certificate Program (Test required)

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Teacher explains procedure to students
Students practice taking pulse
Students practice taking blood pressure
Student and manikin

What to do next?

Instructors: Katie Gray

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