- Foundations of Health Science is a required one-credit course that introduces students to a wide range of health careers. Integrated academics combined with health care knowledge and skills provide the framework for a strong health care delivery system in the 21st century. This course is the prerequisite for all the health science courses. It is recommended for students who want to prepare for further study in an array of health related fields at the postsecondary level.
- Medical Terminology is a one-credit course that is designed for students to develop health care specific knowledge for a career in the medical field. The course uses an integrated approach for teaching the language of medicine to the health care student by incorporating medical terminology with anatomy and physiology and the disease process. This method has been proven to be a logical and effective method of learning the language of medicine.
- Human Body Structures & Functions is a one-credit course designed to help students develop a basic knowledge of the normal structure and function of the human body. The course uses an integrated approach for teaching medical terminology to the health care student by incorporating medical terminology into instruction regarding human body structures & functions and the disease process.
Student Organization (HOSA)
- Career & Technical student organizations are integral, cocurricular components of each career and technical education course. These organizations serve as a means to enhance classroom instruction while helping students develop leadership abilities, expand workplace readiness skills, and broaden opportunities for personal or professional growth. The Health Science student organization is HOSA. HOSA's two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation, and recognition exclusively for secondary, postsecondary, adult, and collegiate students enrolled in health science education or who have interest in pursuing a career in health professions. HOSA is 100% health care! HOSA recognizes the importance of providing students with training far beyond the basic technical skills needed for entry into the health care field. The rapidly changing health care system needs dedicated workers who, in addition to their technical skills, are people-oriented and capable of playing a leadership or followership role as a member of a health care team.
Certified Clinical Medical Assistant- A medical assistant is a multi-skilled allied health care professional that specializes in procedures commonly performed in the ambulatory health care setting. Medical assistants perform both clinical and administrative duties and assist a variety of providers including physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. They typically work in medical offices, clinics, urgent care centers and may work in general medicine or specialty practices.
Common duties of a clinical medical assistant include administrative and clinical tasks like:
- Checking patients in and out upon arrival and departure
- Answering phone calls and questions
- Assisting providers with exams and procedures
- Administering injections or medications
- Working in the electronic health record (EHR)
- Performing EKG, phlebotomy, and laboratory procedures
- Taking patient vital signs
Patient Care Technician- Doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals rely on Patient Care Technicians/Assistants to assist with the critical day-to-day care some patients require. As a CPCT/A, you’ll provide hands-on assistance to serve patients’ basic needs, as well as work alongside other healthcare professionals.
As a Patient Care Technician/Assistant, you may perform some or all of the following tasks:
- Provide basic patient care — bathing, feeding, catheter care, etc
- Acquire, distribute and administer patient care supplies
- Perform safety checks and ensure cleanliness in patient rooms
- Accommodate the special needs of patients accordingly
- Obtain EKG readings and monitor vital signs
- Perform phlebotomy procedures
- Provide emotional support to patients and families, particularly coping with grief and death