A new program allowing Richland School District students to train for health care careers — whether preparing for medical school or becoming a physical therapist — could be available by fall 2017. It could be based in Columbia Basin College’s new health sciences building under construction in central Richland. The goal is to help students get an early start on a career path in a growing industry. It also represents a new approach to education where the barriers between earning a high school diploma, a college degree, and work experience are torn down. Officials say the need for such a program is clear as health care has become a large part of the local economy.