Health Career Pathways

If you’re considering a career in healthcare after graduating from high school and want to explore the basics of working in the industry, get a head start on your healthcare training while earning your online high school diploma in our Healthcare Career Pathway Program. You’ll learn the basics of medical terminology and standard medical administrative procedures. You’ll complete your online high school core classes, like English, science, and math, then you’ll learn the basics of medical terminology and standard medical administrative procedures in five elective courses. Your career-focused electives Your career-focused high school for medical professions electives are transferable to our Medical Administrative Assisting, Medical Transcription, or Medical Billing and Coding Career Diploma Programs so you can take the next steps toward a job in the field.

Medical Records and Health Information Specialists





State Licensing

Licensing and/or certification requirements for jobs in the healthcare field are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered in the Penn Foster Program. Prospective students should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where they plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in this Program. Click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

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Healthcare Career Pathways Courses

General High School Courses






Social Studies

Health & Physical Education

  • Technology Requirements - As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need access to high-speed internet to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 10® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running macOS® Sierra Version 11.2 or later, access to a word processing program to complete written assignments, and an email account to complete this program with Penn Foster.

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Related Career Pathways


What classes should you take in high school for jobs in the medical field?

If you know you want to work in the medical field after graduating high school, it helps to start taking classes now that can give you a head start! Penn Foster’s Healthcare High School Career Pathway allows you to finish high school while getting started on some foundational healthcare classes. You’ll learn vital, foundational concepts such as medical terminology and pharmacology that can help you build a strong career in healthcare. Once you successfully complete your program, you’ll have five classes that can transfer to our Medical Administrative Assisting, Medical Transcription, or Medical Billing and Coding Career Diploma Programs.


How can high schoolers get medical experience?

In general, you need be at least 18 to have a paying job in healthcare. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t start building your medical experience while in high school! Besides learning healthcare basics in your career-focused high school medical classes, you can gain experience through volunteering. Many hospitals have volunteer programs geared toward high school aged students that allow you to learn how jobs in the field work while helping others. Check your local hospital’s website for more information about volunteer opportunities.


What is the career outlook for jobs in the medical field?

Jobs in the medical field are only expected to grow over the next decade. With an aging population and more people than ever focused on preventative healthcare, there’s plenty of opportunity to find an entry-level job. Whether you’re interested in working with patients as a medical assistant or you want to play a more administrative role like medical administrative assistant or medical biller and coder, you can expect to see a variety of job openings that fit your goals!


What are some careers available to someone looking to get into the medical field?

There are many opportunities in the medical field. From clinical positions like medical assistant or sterile processing technician, to more administrative roles like billing and coding, medical transcription, or administrative assistant, you can choose to focus on an area that most interests you. With Penn Foster’s online medical training programs, you can build the essential skills to help you take the first steps toward the job you want – on your schedule, from home. .

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*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. "Medical Records and Health Information Specialists." Occupational Outlook Handbook. Accessed June 16, 2021

Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.