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Courses Available for Health Science Pathway

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    Description: Biology courses are designed to provide information regarding the fundamental concepts of life and life processes. These courses include (but are not restricted to) such topics as cell structure and function, general plant and animal physiology, genetics, and taxonomy.


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    Description: Chemistry courses involve studying the composition, properties, and reactions of substances. These courses typically explore such concepts as the behaviors of solids, liquids, and gases; acid/base and oxidation/reduction reactions; and atomic structure. Chemical formulas and equations and nuclear reactions are also studied.


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    Exploration of Health Care Occupations

    Description: Exploration of Health Care Occupations courses expose students to the variety of opportunities available within the health care industry (e.g., such as nursing, therapy, dental care, administrative services, and lab technology). These courses provide experiences in several of these occupational clusters, along with information and knowledge related to the health care industry as a whole.


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    Health Care Occupations—Comprehensive

    Description: Health Care Occupations—Comprehensive courses provide students with an orientation to the health care industry and help refine their health care-related knowledge and skills. Topics covered usually include (but are not limited to) an overview of health care delivery; patient care, including assessment of vital signs, body mechanics, and diet; anatomy and physiology; identification and use of medical equipment and supplies; medical terminology; hygiene and disease prevention; first aid and CPR procedures; laboratory procedures; and ethical and legal responsibilities.


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    Medical Lab Technology

    Description: This courses provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for employment in health care-related laboratories. Topics include basic principles of anatomy and physiology, relevant concepts in microbiology and chemistry, and laboratory techniques (including preparation and analysis of various cultures and specimens). The courses may also cover such components as venipuncture, EKG, and CPR procedures.


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    Project Management and Resource Scheduling

    Description: Project Management courses provide students with the information and skills necessary for success in managing projects and operating logistical ventures in technology, business, and industry. This course covers scheduling of resources (including personnel, budget, timelines, and equipment), utilization of Gantt charts, economic principles within the workplace, and risk management. Other possible topics include developing a business plan, finance, business law, marketing and promotion strategies, insurance employee/employer relations, problem-solving and decision-making, and building leadership skills. These courses may also incorporate a survey of the careers within technology and engineering industries.


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    Health Science III Classroom/Work Experience

    Description: This course content will provide students with work experience in the five career pathways. Goals are typically set cooperatively by the student, parents, teachers and employers. The course will include classroom activities involving research of the various careers in the health profession and one rotation within each of the five pathways for the Health Science Education cluster. The rotational clinical/shadowing experience for students may occur at a variety of settings (i.e., dentist office, Therapeutic; occupational therapy, diagnostic; social worker, Health Informatics; interpreter, Support Services; pharmacy, Biotechnology). The work experience may be paid or unpaid.