Health Science & PLTW Biomedical Science

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    Health Science Core 

    Grade: 11

    This course will provide the opportunity for students to build a solid foundation in every aspect of healthcare. Covered topics include Medical Terminology, Anatomy and Physiology, Health Careers and students will be trained in First Aid and CPR.  Students will gain understanding and focus regarding their personal area of interest while developing their postsecondary educational and career goals.  The curriculum is designed to prepare juniors for the CNA and CMA courses as well as for any healthcare-related course they may take after high school. This course is a prerequisite for CNA and Clinical Medical Assisting. Students must have a current medical form and insurance on file.  


    Sports Medicine 1

    Grade: 11

    Students are educated and exposed to subjects such as: first aid, CPR/AED training, on field management of injuries, prevention of injuries, stages of rehabilitation and healing, rehabilitation modality usage, exercise uses in the rehabilitation process, exercise physiology theories, psychology of the injured athlete, record keeping and documentation, competency skills of athletic training, sports nutrition, and taping and bracing of athletic injuries.  Students will be exposed to clinical skills sets in the areas of Athletic Training, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy. They will  observe pre-practice preparation of athletes where they will be introduced to the skills of, but not limited to: taping, bracing, wound care, rehabilitation exercise, cleaning of facility, and modality usage etc. Students must have current Medical Form and Insurance on file.


    PLTW Principles of Biomedical Sciences & Human Body Systems

    Grade: 11

    Principles of Biomedical Sciences (Project Lead The Way) 

    This course provides an introduction to the biomedical sciences through exciting “hands-on” projects and problems. Student work involves the study of human medicine, research processes, and an introduction to bio-informatics. Students investigate the human body systems and various health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, sickle-cell disease, hypercholesterolemia, and infectious disease. A theme through the course is to determine the factors that led to the death of a fictional person. After determining the factors responsible for the death, the students investigate lifestyle choices and medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life. Key biological concepts including: homeostasis, metabolism, inheritance of traits, feedback systems, and defense against disease are embedded in the curriculum. Engineering principles including: the design process, feedback loops, and the relationship of structure to function are incorporated in the curriculum where appropriate. The course is designed to provide an overview of all the courses in the Biomedical Sciences program and to lay the scientific foundation necessary for student success in the subsequent courses.


    Human Body Systems (Project Lead The Way) 

    Students will engage in the study of the processes, structures, and interactions of the human body systems. Important concepts in the course include: communication, transport of substances, locomotion, metabolic processes, defense, and protection. The central theme is how the body systems work together to maintain homeostasis and good health. The systems will be studied as “parts of a whole,” working together to keep the amazing human machine functioning at an optimal level. Students will design experiments, investigate the structures and functions of body systems, and use data acquisition software to monitor body functions such as muscle movement, reflex and voluntary actions, and respiratory operation. Students will work through interesting real world cases and often play the role of biomedical professionals to solve medical mysteries.


    Certified Nurse Assisting (Crowder College Dual Credit Option)

    Grade: 12

    Prerequisites/Corequisites: Health Science Core.

    Course Requirements:  Students must also submit to a background check through the Family Care Safety Registry, which requires the individual to have a social security number/card (Social Security Card is also required to sit for the certification test). This background check must be turned in on the first day of school. Students must be Covid vaccinated in accordance with the CMS vaccination mandate on healthcare workers. Students must have an attendance record of at least 95% the previous year as well as participation in the Drug Testing Program as required for school-related extracurricular activities. 


    Clinical Medical Assisting

    Grade: 12

    Prerequisites: Health Science Core

    This course prepares students to receive a National Certification as a Clinical Medical Assistant.  Students will be introduced to the knowledge and skill requirements for persons seeking a career in the physician office/urgent care setting.  Areas of study will include information regarding management skills, communication skills, legal/ethical requirements and standards, infection control, diagnostic testing and various client care skills.  This course will also incorporate Phlebotomy skills and will include hours in the lab practicing these skills.  Students will have the opportunity to perform venipunctures on fellow students after several successful venipunctures have been performed on a simulator arm and student has passed a safety exam given by the instructor.  Students must be 17 to perform these venipunctures and this portion will begin in January.  Therefore, students must be 17 by February 1st.  Students are eligible to sit for the Clinical Medical Assistant National Certification Exam when they are 17 years of age and can also sit for the Certified Phlebotomy Technician National Certification Exam at the age of 17.  Students will be required to have at least a 80% at the end of each semester as well as have no more than 4 absences to sit for the exam. Health Science Core is a prerequisite for Clinical Medical Assisting, however, students can opt out of Health Science Core if they have had Bio-med courses.  There is a $109 charge for CMA exam and $109 for the CPT exam. (Phlebotomy) exam.  However, the student is not required to sit for the exams.  Students will be expected to purchase scrubs for the class on their own.


    Sports Medicine 2

    Grade: 12

    Prerequisites: Sports Medicine 1

    This course will provide the opportunity for students to continue to expand their knowledge of Athletic Training and therapy based careers. Covered topics will include in depth focus on muscular and skeletal anatomy and physiology, gait training and ambulation devices, transfer training, in depth practice of taping and wrapping techniques, treatments for specific injuries and surgical interventions and OSHA-healthcare certification. There will be work based learning requirements which may require the Covid Vaccination. $30 Course fee for class uniform. Students must have a current medical form and insurance card on file. They must also participate in the Drug Testing Program.  


    PLTW Medical Intervention & Biomedical Innovation

    Grade: 12

    Medical Intervention (Project Lead The Way) 

    Prerequisites: Completion of prior PLTW Biomedical classes PBS and HBS with a 70% or better and HBS End of Course exam scores of 3 or better. $20 fee for lab coat, safety glasses and membership dues

    Students investigate the variety of interventions involved in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease as they follow the lives of a fictitious family. These interventions are showcased across the generations of the family and provide a look at the past, present, and future of biomedical science.


    Biomedical Innovation (Project Lead The Way)

    Prerequisites: Prior PLTW Biomedical classes grade of 70% or better. $20.00 fee for lab coat, safety glasses and membership dues. In this capstone course students apply their knowledge and skills to answer questions or to solve problems related to the biomedical sciences. Students will design innovative solutions for the health challenges of the 21st century.