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Health Science

Health Science 1:
Health Science 1 is the first of four courses offered to students interested in pursuing a career in
the healthcare field. During this first course students are introduced to healthcare history, careers,
law and ethics, cultural diversity, healthcare language and math, infection control, professionalism, communication, basics of the organization of healthcare facilities, and types of healthcare insurance. Students get a good grasp of where healthcare has been, where it’s going and how professionalism and personal characteristics impact their success. Students will be introduced to “Standard Precautions” and learn about confidentiality through HIPPA. Students will participate in a Career Project, and will hear from guest speakers in the healthcare field.

Students will learn first-aid procedures and learn fire safety. The skills and knowledge that
students learn in Health Science 1 serve to prepare them for future clinical experiences such as
job shadowing or internships as they advance in the Health Science courses. To advance to
Health Science 2, it is recommended that students should have an 80% score or higher in Health
Science 1, or teacher recommendation.
Health Science 2:
Health Science 2 applies the knowledge and skills that were learned in Health Science 1 while further challenging the students to learn more about the healthcare field. Health Science 2 will continue teaching in more detail, units of study that include advanced study of infection control. They will learn about “Transmission Based Precautions” and become more familiar with OSHA, HIPPA, and the CDC. Students in Health Science 2 will learn how to take vital signs, record them and learn what the data means. Students will learn about the stages of life and Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs. Students will learn how law and ethics are applied in the healthcare setting. 
This course will introduce students to basic patient care skills and medical terminology is incorporated throughout the lessons being taught. Basic Pharmacology is introduced and students will have an understanding of pharmacy math computations. Students will be certified in First Aid and CPR in this course. Students in this course should further their knowledge of healthcare careers and future goals by participating in a job shadowing experience.
This course provides a foundation for further advancement in Health Science. It is recommended that students should score an 80% or higher in this course to advance to Health Science 3, or Clinical Study.
Health Science Clinic Study:
Health Science Clinical Study is designed to give students a clinical experience. This course can be a Certified Nurse Aide program or an individualized work based clinical experience for the student. Students will have classroom time to review the necessary skills and qualities needed to complete rotating internships that will require travel to work sites. (District specific student travel guidelines should be followed and work site HIPPA training and required work site guidelines should be adhered to.) CPR and FA certifications can be renewed during this course if needed.

Students should be certified in CPR and FA before being placed at a medical facility. Schools serving as a Certified Nurse Aide program will follow the rules and regulations governed by SCDHHS. This Clinical Study program is meant to be a flexible program that works with district adapted clinical programs and certifications.
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  • OSHA Certification (HS3)
  • CPR Certification
    • Health Science 1- Foundations of Healthcare
    • Health Science 2 – Advanced Healthcare
    • Medical Terminology
    • Health Science 3-Human Structure, Function & Disease
    • Health Science Clinical Study (Patient Care Tech and Phlebotomy)
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