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Overview of Health Science Program

Purpose:  The Health Science Program provides the secondary student with orientation, exploration, and preparation into the health care industry. Courses are sequenced to provide continuous student progress toward achievement of a career goal in any of the Health Science pathways. The integration of literacy, numeracy, science, employability, 21st Century skills, and technical skills is a vital component of each course offering. This program assists the student in developing essential skills to pursue a career in the health care field. After obtaining a satisfactory performance level in the health care core competencies, the student may obtain work experience in a health-related facility. Upon successful completion of the program, the student may receive dual/articulation credit through a college/university if an agreement is available

 

Courses

Principles of Health Science

Valid Course Code:  170111

Course Description:

Principles of Health Science is an orientation and foundation for occupations and functions in any health care profession. The course includes broad healthcare core standards that specify the knowledge and skills needed by the vast majority of healthcare workers. The course focuses on exploring health career options, history of health care, ethical and legal responsibilities, leadership development, safety concepts, health care systems and processes and basic health care industry skills. This introductory course may be a prerequisite for additional courses in the Health Science program.

 

Medical Terminology I

Valid Course Code: 170131

Course Description:

A course designed to develop a working knowledge of language in all health science major areas. Students acquire word -building skills by learning prefixes, suffixes, roots and abbreviations. Students will learn correct pronunciation, spelling and application rules. By relating terms to body systems, students identify proper use of words in a medical environment. Knowledge of medical terminology enhances the student’s ability to successfully secure employment or pursue advanced education in health care.

 

Emergency Procedures

Valid Course Code: 170141

Course Description:

This course will focus on potential emergency situations. It is designed to promote an understanding of standard precautions necessary for personal and professional health maintenance and infection control. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will demonstrate the necessary skills in First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and will be given the opportunity to take the completion examination as outlined by the sponsoring agency

 

Medicaid Nurse Aide

Valid Course Code:170631

Course Description: An instructional program that prepares individuals to perform routine nursing-related services to patients in hospitals or long-term care facilities under the training and supervision of an approved registered nurse. State Registry is available upon successful completion of state written and performance examination. Prior to offering this course, the instructor and health science program must be approved for meeting state requirements set by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

 

Pharmacy Technician

Valid Course Code:170558

Course Description: This course may be completed as an independent study or classroom course during the student’s senior year. Material covered will include: Orientation, Federal Law, Medication Review, Aseptic Techniques, Calculations, and Pharmacy Operations. It is suggested that students complete and document at least 5-10 hours of observation and/or interview with a pharmacist or pharmacy technician. Upon completion of this internship, students are eligible to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification examination in order to obtain national certification. This internship requires supervised on-the-job work experience related to the students' education objectives in the area of Pharmacy Technician. Students participating in the internship do not receive compensation. Students will be required to follow program and agency requirements for attendance and health screenings. These may include but are not limited to: drug screens, TB skin test, and immunization certificates. A Memorandum of Agreement must be completed for all clinical sites. The clinical portion of this course requires a minimum of 50 hours of experience—40 hours in a retail pharmacy and 10 hours in a hospital pharmacy.

 

Medical Laboratory Aide (Phlebotomist)

Valid Course Code:  170567

Course Description: The internship provides supervised on-the-job work experience related to the students' education objectives in the area of Medical Laboratory Aide/Phlebotomist. Students participating in internship for CTE courses provide supervised work-site experience for high school students who are enrolled in a capstone course associated with their identified career pathway. Internship experiences consist of a combination of classroom instruction and field experiences. Work-based learning is designed to complement the classroom instruction. Students will be required to follow program and agency requirements for attendance and health screenings. These may include but are not limited to: drug screens, TB skin test, and immunization certificates. A Memorandum of Agreement must be completed for all clinical sites. The clinical portion of this course requires 100 hours of experience within a hospital lab, clinical lab, or physician’s office. Students must complete a minimum of 30 successful unaided venipuncture collections (or minimum requirement of the clinical site) and 10 successful unaided capillary collections. Prerequisites: Principles of Health Science – 170111 Medical Terminology – 170131 Emergency Procedures - 170141  Permission of Instructor

 

Important Note:  We offer a variety of pathways and courses to meet the needs of our students.  Therefore, all courses may not be offered each semester.  Also, we work to offer dual credit for any course where a post-secondary institution will honor it, but it is up to the post-secondary institution and not the ATC as to whether a course or student is eligible for dual credit.