Exploring Health Sciences and Language of Medicine

Courses

Exploring Health Sciences

High School Credits: 1 Credit per semester

This is part one (Fall semester) of a two-part, full year course. Students must also register for part two, Exploring the Language of Medicine, for the spring semester. The course introduces students to all health care careers and develops basic skills common to all health and medical sciences. This course focuses on exploring health careers, communication skills, safety, first aid, and CPR.

Curriculum

  • CPR and First Aid Certification, Characteristics of the Health, Care Worker, Controlling Infection, Health Care Issues, Legal and Ethical Issues, Health Care Specialties and Educational Requirements for Careers, Health Care Systems, Health Regulatory Boards, Medical Math, Safety, Vital Signs

Certifications

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Health Care Provider Certification and First Aid accredited by the American Heart Association

Program Features: 

  • Field Trips: Students may visit a variety of local health care agencies for observational experiences
  • HOSA- Future Health Professionals

Language of Medicine 

High School Credits: 1 Credit per semester

This is part two (spring semester) of a year long course. Students must register for part one, Exploring Health Sciences, for the fall semester. This course builds on the foundations of the Exploring Health Sciences course. Exploring the Language of Medicine enables students to learn medical terminology, concepts, terms and abbreviations. Course content includes anatomy and physiology, pathology, diagnostic procedures, therapeutic interventions, and pharmacology.

Curriculum

  • Anatomy and Physiology, Development of medical terms, prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms, Growth and Development, Pharmacology drug classification

Program Features

  • Field Trips: Students may visit a variety of local health care agencies for observational experiences
  • Dual Enrollment with Northern Virginia Community College
  • HOSA-Future Health Professionals

Certifications

  • Bloodbourne Pathogens
  • Workplace Readiness Skills

Student Career Pathway Examples

The study of Health Sciences and addional post-secondary study may lead to these careers:

Check it Out

  • Registered Nurses constitute the largest healthcare practitioners and technical occupations, with around 2.8 million jobs in 2015.
  • Employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 16% through 2025, faster than the average for all occupations according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics

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