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Health Sciences

Instructors: Amy Mattingly & Jennifer Thrasher

Possible Industry Certifications:

  • Medicaid Nurse Aid (MNA)
  • Certified Phlebotomy Technician

The Health Sciences program provides the secondary student with orientation, exploration, and preparation into the health care industry.  Courses are sequenced to provide continuous student progress toward achievement of a certificate.  The integration of mathematics, science, communication and technical knowledge is a vital component of each course offering.  The program is designed for students who desire entry level training and/or plan to enroll in a post secondary program in one of many occupational areas in the health field. 

Our courses include:

AHS 105 Principles of Health Science – Principles of Health Science is an orientation and foundation for occupations and functions in any health care profession. The course includes broad healthcare core standards that specify the knowledge and skills needed by the vast majority of healthcare workers. The course focuses on exploring health career options, history of health care, ethical and legal responsibilities, leadership development, safety concepts, health care systems and processes and basic health care industry skills. This introductory course may be a prerequisite for additional courses in the Health Science program.

BIO 137 Body Structures & Functions – Body Structures and Functions (formerly Basic Anatomy and Physiology) is designed to provide knowledge of the structure and function of the human body with an emphasis on normalcy. The interactions of all body systems in maintaining homeostasis will promote an understanding of the basic human needs necessary for health maintenance Academic knowledge from life science core content as it relates to the human body will be included. Laboratory activities should be a part of the course when appropriate.

AHS 115 Medical Terminology– A course designed to develop a working knowledge of language in all health science major areas. Students acquire word-building skills by learning prefixes, suffixes, roots and abbreviations. Students will learn correct pronunciation, spelling and application rules. By relating terms to body systems, students identify proper use of words in a medical environment. Knowledge of medical terminology enhances the student’s ability to successfully secure employment or pursue advanced education in health care.

Emergency Procedures – This course will focus on potential emergency situations. It is designed to promote an understanding of standard precautions necessary for personal and professional health maintenance and infection control. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will demonstrate the necessary skills in First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and will be given the opportunity to take the completion examination as outlined by the sponsoring agency.

FHM 100 Medical Math  – This course is designed to provide a review of basic mathematic skills related to dosage calculations, a thorough knowledge of the systems of measurement and conversion, and application skills to perform dosage calculations.

Allied Health Core Skills – Advanced Allied Health Core Skills is an expanded practical application of health care skills integrated and enriched for the refinement of academic skills. Following successful completion of the Allied Health Core Skills or Medicaid Nurse Aide course, the student will choose a work-based learning environment in a concentrated area of study and skill development. The course includes a culminating project based on the selected area of study. A work-based internship is designed to complement the classroom instruction. Students will be required to follow agency requirements for attendance and health screenings. (These may include but are not limited to: drug screens, TB skin test, and immunization certificates).

MNA 100 Medicaid Nursing Aid – An instructional program that prepares individuals to perform routine nursing-related services to patients in hospitals or long-term care facilities, under the training and supervision of an approved registered nurse. State Registry is available upon successful completion of state written and performance examination. Prior to offering this course, the instructor and health science program must be approved for meeting state requirements set by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

Medical Laboratory Aide (Phlebotomist) -This course consists of a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on experiences related to the student’ education objectives in the area of Medical Laboratory Aide/Phlebotomist.  It is best practice for students to participate in a work based learning experience during this course. Students will be required to follow program and agency requirements for attendance and health screenings during the work based learning experience. These may include but are not limited to: drug screens, TB skin test, and immunization certificates. Students must meet eligibility requirements of the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) in order to take the certification exam.

Leadership Dynamics-Health Science – This course is designed to assist students with developing skills needed to be successful leaders and responsible members of society. The students will develop personal attributes and social skills necessary for a successful transition into the world of work, and/or further education. Emphasis will be placed on team work, problem solving, critical thinking, communication (oral and written), personal development (work ethics), and leadership. It is recommended that the student be a member of the student organization where they will have opportunities to apply the knowledge gained from this course.

COE 199 Co-Op Learning – Cooperative Education provides supervised on-the-job work experience related to the student’s educational objectives. Students participating in the Cooperative Education program receive compensation for their work.

Internship: Health Science – Internship provides supervised on-the-job work experience related to the student’s educational objectives. Students participating in the Internship do not receive compensation.