Resources for Teachers and Counselors

Are you looking for health career lesson plans and activities? The HOTT Lesson Plans are organized by grade level and were designed to increase students’ awareness of the variety of health careers available to them. Check out these classroom tools and resources to engage your students and to help them explore careers in the health care field.


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  • Career Assessment Tools
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Student Script:
Need help planning what to say to students? Get a 'script' that will help you plan your presentation to students.

"In-A-Box" Cirricula: Check out the Yankton AHEC's traveling resources! Check out the North East SD AHEC's traveling resources!

SDMyLife: is a website aimed at helping South Dakota students research, select and plan for a career.
Health Edventure is a “one-stop” wellness website focusing on disease prevention, disease information and healthy lifestyles.

Bulletin Board Items: Quick and easy info to print and hang around your classroom.

Booklist: K-2 teachers, here's a list of fun, familiar books that your kids will enjoy. They are all healthcare-related and are a perfect opportunity to talk about health careers.

Looking for bright, fun posters emphasizing health careers?

The Sanford Promise:
The Sanford Program for the Midwest Initiative in Science Exploration (PROMISE) connects the communities with new frontiers in science and research. The goal is to increase community understanding of science, raise awareness of the benefits of research, and emphasize the role of both in our society.

Environmental Health Science:
The Environmental Health Science Education website provides educators, students and scientists with easy access to reliable tools, resources and classroom materials.

Certified Health Science Class:
Establish a certified health science program in your school.

HOTT Lesson Plans:
Check out these health career lesson plans for grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.

HOSA (Health Occupations Student Ass'n) Lesson Plans:
Obtain lesson plans for health occupations/health science teachers.

PBS Lesson Plans:
Find health & fitness lesson plans and activities for your class.

Health Career Fact Sheets:

Check out more than 50 different health careers.

Career and Cluster Videos:

These videos show the types of work people do in nearly 550 careers, organized by the 16 career clusters recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

How much do you really earn?

After taxes, how much do you take home? How much can you buy with your hard earned wages? Does it matter where you work and live? Check out this link for the answers!

Occupational Outlook Handbook:

Find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.

South Dakota’s Healthcare Professional Associations:

Look at South Dakota specifics for health careers.

Skills USA – SD Chapter:

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.

SD Reality Check:

Check out the South Dakota Department of Labor's "Reality Check" to see if your dream job will support your dream lifestyle!

SDSU College of Nursing

If you think you have what it takes to be a nurse, check out this video!

Is Oral Health for Me?

Have you thought about all of the careers in the dentistry field?  Check out this video to see what options are available!

Pharmacy could be for you!

Explore the career of pharmacy.  It could be just what you are looking for!

Respiratory Therapists:

Learn about the roles and responsibilities of Respiratory Therapists.

SDMyLife: is a website aimed at helping South Dakota students research, select, and plan for a career.

Financial Aid Options
See how you can get help paying for school

South Dakota Colleges and Universities:
Check out South Dakota colleges and universities.

South Dakota College Prep:
As early as 7th grade, start preparing students for college.

Scholarship Search:
Search more than 7,000 scholarship and financial aid opportunities.

South Dakota Chiropractors Association

South Dakota Society for Clinical Laboratory Science

South Dakota Dental Association

South Dakota Dental Hygienists Association

South Dakota Academy of Family Physicians

South Dakota Society of Health Systems Pharmacists

South Dakota State Medical Association

South Dakota Society of Medical Assistants

South Dakota Nurses Association

South Dakota Association of Nurse Anesthetists

South Dakota Organization of Nurse Executives

South Dakota Occupational Therapy Association

South Dakota Optometric Society

South Dakota Pharmacists Association

South Dakota Academy of Physician Assistants

South Dakota Physical Therapy Association

South Dakota Society of Radiologic Technologists

South Dakota Society for Respiratory Care

South Dakota Speech-Language-Hearing Association

HOTT Lesson Plans

Check out these health career lesson plans for grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12.

Scrubs Camps

Scrubs Camps are one day, hands-on opportunities for high school students to increase awareness of health careers.