Career Cluster
Health Services

Health Assisting

This framework is designed for students to gain insight and skills and credentials necessary for success in this field, including the essential credentials: OSHA, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for Health Providers, First Aid, and Certified Nursing Assistant.


Standards are critical areas of competency aligned to industry identified needs and Industry Recognized Credentials (IRCs) that will support student success in the field. Standards provide the structure that empower the teacher to choose the best curriculum and instructional approaches to guide skill and knowledge development for students.

Industry Recognized Credentials

Industry Recognized Credentials demonstrate standards and skills that strengthen student access to careers upon graduation. Each framework identifies at least one essential safety and essential industry credential, with supplemental and specialized credentials identified to help expand opportunities.

Instructional Resources

The following resources are provided to support educators in developing curriculum and delivering instruction related to this framework. For CTE Chapter 74 programs, instructors can refer to these resources in developing the 900+ hours of required learning time.

Math Lessons:
The following Math Lesson and Teachers Guide provide an illustration of how a specific math concept is used in the context of career application.

Program Administration Resources 

medical assisting

Health Assisting Massachusetts Career Outlook

Nursing Assistants


Annual Openings


Median Wage


New Jobs

Home Health and Personal Care Aide


Annual Openings


Median Wage


New Jobs



Annual Openings


Median Wage


New Jobs

State Teacher Licenses

Qualified teachers will hold a Career Technical Teacher License in Health Assisting.

About this Framework
Approved as of January 31, 2024