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H SC EN cE CAREERS
TO NEW FUTURES
White, non-Hispanic 88.4%
Black, non-Hispanic 4.6%
Asian/Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic 3.3%
From two or more racial backgrounds,
Native, non-Hispanic 0.4%
National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses
For students now in high school, making higher education and career choices can depend heavily on
exposure to the possibilities. Ethnic minorities underrepresented in specific professions face a daunting
challenge because often that exposure simply does not happen.
After all, it's unlikely a student will choose a path toward a specific career if he or she knows no one in
the field and knows little about it, including how to work toward such a career.
That is often the case in Texas' growing Hispanic population when it comes to health science careers.
And Texas' situation reflects the trend nationwide. National statistics show that the Hispanic population
is significantly underrepresented in most health science fields. In a 2004 survey, for example, Hispanics
represented only 1.8 percent of registered nurses nationwide.
The University of North Texas has taken up the challenge to encourage more Hispanic students to
seek health science careers through a program at a predominantly Hispanic Dallas high school that has been
targeted for intervention and study. The effort is funded by a three-year science education grant from the
National Center for Research Resources of the National Institutes of Health under the Science Education
Partnership Award Program.
The UNT project, Participation and Training in Health Science (PATHS), is a partnership of UNT,
the UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth, North Dallas High School and Molina High School
a project, sees the program as a step toward breaking the cycle of
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