Health Science

First Course Second Course Third Course Final Course
Principles of Health Science Medical Terminology Health Science Theory Practicum in Health Science (EKG, Phlebotomy, Patient Care Technician)
Principles of Health Science Medical Terminology Health Science Theory Pharmacology Practicum in Health Science (Pharmacy)

 

Principles of Health Science 1 Credit
Grades: 9-10 Prerequisite: None
Semesters: 2 Periods: 1

The Principles of Health Science provides an overview of health organizations, various health careers, medical terminology, and systems of the health care industry. To pursue a career in the health science industry, students should learn to reason, think critically, make decisions, solve problems, and communicate effectively.

 

Medical Terminology 1 Credit
Grades: 10-12 Prerequisite: Principles of Health Science
Semesters: 2 Periods: 1

This course is designed to introduce students to the structure of medical terms, including prefixes, suffixes, word roots, and combining forms in their singular and plural forms, in addition to medical abbreviations and acronyms. The course allows students to achieve comprehension of medical vocabulary appropriate to medical procedures, human anatomy and physiology, and pathophysiology.

 

Health Science Theory 1 Credit
Grades: 11-12 Prerequisite: Principles of Health Science, Medical Terminology and Biology
Semesters: 2 Periods: 1

The Health Science course is designed to provide for the development of advanced knowledge and skills related to a wide variety of health careers. Students will participate in hands-on experiences for continued knowledge and skill development for career preparation.


Pharmacology 1 Credit
Grades: 11-12 Prerequisite: Biology, Chemistry, Principles of Health Science and Medical Terminology
Semesters: 2 Periods: 1

The Pharmacology course is designed to study how natural and synthetic chemical agents such as drugs affect biological systems. The student will practice safety in dispensing and administering pharmaceutical agents and prevent personal and client illness or injury. Required for students who intend to pursue Practicum in Health Science Pharmacy Tech.

 

Practicum in Health Science 2 Credits
Grades: 11-12 Prerequisite: Health Science and Biology
Semesters: 2 Periods: 2

The Practicum in EKG, Phlebotomy, Patient Care Technician, or Pharmacy Technician is designed to give students practical application of previously studied knowledge and skills. Practicum experiences can occur in a variety of locations appropriate to the nature and level of experience. To pursue a career in the health science industry, students should learn to reason, think critically, make decisions, solve problems, and communicate effectively. Students should recognize that quality health care depends on the ability to work well with others. Industry certifications are required in these courses at the student’s expense. Students will be required to purchase uniforms through the program and show proof of a negative TB test within the last year and show proof of a negative urine drug screen test.

 

Anatomy and Physiology (Honors) 1 Credit
Grades: 11-12 Prerequisite: Biology, Chemistry (see page 6-7 of academic handbook for entrance criteria)
Semesters: 2 Periods: 1

Students in Anatomy and Physiology will study the human body to understand how anatomical structure affects physiological function. Several types of dissections accompany this course as well as independent work in the form of anatomy and physiology coloring workbooks and research. As

a college prep course, students will utilize Cornell notes and journaling to improve study skills. Studies will include discussions, observations and research on cooperation between specific organ systems and any possible results of homeostatic imbalance. This course is on the Pre-AP weighted grading scale.

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