The Health Services Department provides students with an opportunity to begin working on career-related learning concepts and skills. Most of these opportunities can be found in the Health Services elective courses. The opportunities in Health Services are growing daily and students who are interested in exploring careers or developing skills have many excellent opportunities. Some of the classes provide students with the opportunity to earn CPR/1st Aide Cards and college credit. Please read the specific course descriptions below and visit with the appropriate instructor to learn more about the courses and other individualized options to develop career-related skills and knowledge. The Health Services Strand provides guidance toward earning a graduation endorsement in Health Services.
Students at any grade level can begin working toward career goals and participate in career exploration activities through HPr3, our student professional technical organization for students interested in exploring health services careers. Students in HPr3 can participate in service learning projects, field trips, leadership activities, conferences, and workshops. Students must complete a background check to participate in off campus volunteer activities.
This one semester introductory course is designed to introduce students to the field of Health Services. Topics included in this course: history of health care, health care career exploration, health care systems, wellness growth and development, social conditions, complementary and alternative medicine, forensics, and ethics.
Health Services I is designed to introduce students to the health care field. Emphasis is placed on developing health care specific knowledge and skills in effective communications, employ ability skills, ethical and legal responsibilities, safety, and emergency skill knowledge.
Prerequisite: Intro to Health Services is recommended
Health Services II builds upon skill sets developed in Health Services I. Emphasis is placed on professionalism, leadership skills, community service, health care administration, support services, career prep, professional liability and malpractice, geriatrics, and entrepreneurship in health care.
Prerequisite: Health Services I
This course emphasizes the terminology related to the health care professions and specialites, equipment, drugs, symbols and abbreviations and the anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the musculoskeletal, integumentary, nervous system as well as the sensory organs. The approach is one of practical application in the workplace using case studies, operative, autopsy, diagnostic, and laboratory reports.
This is the continuation of the body systems covered in Medical Terminology I. The focus of this course is the digestive, cardiovascular, respiratory, blood, lymphatic, genito-urinary, and female reproductive system. The origin of terms and the use of anatomical, general, operative and symptomatic terms are explored using a variety of case-based and experiential learning techniques.
Prerequisite: Med Term I
The Health Occupations Internship program is designed especially for students interested in a medical or allied health services career. Students are given the opportunity to accrue experience working under the supervision of an employer in the medical field. The experience allows students to apply content of health occupations courses in the field. The course is designed to be truly cooperative: the teacher-coordinator and the employer jointly develop the student’s training plan based on the student’s skill level and the needs of the employer/training site. The student, guardian, employer/training site and the teacher-coordinator all document the requirements for credit. The student must be currently enrolled in a approved health occupations program.
Prerequisite: Teacher Approval