Health Science

Health Services is one of the largest industries in the country, with more than 11 million jobs, including the self-employed. The health services industry includes establishments ranging from small-town private practice physicians who employ only one medical assistant to busy inner city hospitals that provide thousands of diverse jobs. More than half of all non-hospital health service establishments employ fewer than five workers. On the other hand, almost two-thirds of hospital employees were in establishments with more than 1,000 workers.

Wage and employment in the health services industry is projected to increase more than 25 percent through 2010, compared with an average of 16 percent for all industries. Employment growth is expected to account for about 2.8 million new jobs.

2014-15 Programs of Study

Biotechnology Research

The Biotechnology Research program of study provides students with the skills and knowledge for the ever-changing world of biomedical science. These students will incorporate the life sciences into the medical sciences by exploring physiological and biochemical functions, anatomy and histological structures, epidemiology, and pharmacology to maintain and promote health in humans. Upon completion of this POS, students will be prepared to move into a postsecondary Biomedical Science course of study to pursue careers in the study of cancer, AIDS prevention, Forensic Science, or other field related to the science of the human body.

Course Standards

1Satisfies one lab science credit required for graduation.

Public Health

Americans’ overall health is on the decline; students in the Public Health program of study examine why and how the increase in chronic conditions affects not only individuals, but the health of their communities and the general public. Course content includes knowledge and skills to better help communities prepare for and respond to disaster; public health problems and strategies for alleviating them; evaluation of the rise in mental health diseases and disorders; and examination of how the health of the United States is related to larger global health issues. Upon completion of this POS, students will be prepared for advanced study at the postsecondary level in the areas of epidemiology, health policy, and similar public-health-related fields.

Course Standards

Diagnostic Services

The Diagnostic Services program of study provides students with skills and essential knowledge to investigate an individual’s health status through various diagnostic procedures. Students will explore careers in medical laboratory, radiology, cardiovascular service, and pulmonology to determine underlying causes of diseases and disorders. Students can further investigate those careers through Clinical Internship experiences. Upon completion of this POS, students will be prepared to pursue advanced study in pre-med and related medical fields at the postsecondary level.

Course Standards

1Local dual credit and/or dual enrollment opportunities exist for this course.

2Satisfies one lab science credit required for graduation.

Health Informatics

Electronic Medical Records and billing are changing rapidly, and with these changes there is a significant increase for health care professionals proficient in health informatics, health information technology, and health information management. Students who complete the Health Informatics program of study will learn foundational knowledge and skills for each of these areas. Upon completion of this POS, students can pursue further study at the postsecondary level or enter a medical office as a beginner medical record assistant.

Course Standards

1Local dual credit and/or dual enrollment opportunities exist for this course.

Therapeutic Nursing Services

The Therapeutic Nursing Service program of study prepares students to pursue careers or further education and training in nursing directly out of high school. The POS is designed to equip students with knowledge and skills for a range of nursing careers, and students will be given the opportunity to practice their skills on clients/residents/patients in a health care setting. Students who have completed Health Science Education, Medical Therapeutics, and Nursing Education will be eligible to sit for the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) examination in addition to learning about other occupations in the nursing fields.

Course Standards

1Local dual credit and/or dual enrollment opportunities exist for this course.

2Satisfies one lab science credit required for graduation.

Emergency Services

Emergency Medicine is more than reacting to an emergency situation; it also involves preparation and prevention of emergency situations. The Emergency Services program of study provides students with skills and knowledge to plan, prepare, and care for emergencies, and to obtain their Emergency Medical Responder certification after completing the Emergency Preparedness, Anatomy and Physiology, and Emergency Medical Services courses. The program of study also serves as a strong foundation for those seeking advanced study at the postsecondary level.

Course Standards

1Local dual credit and/or dual enrollment opportunities exist for this course.

2Satisfies one lab science credit required for graduation.

Therapeutic Clinical Services

The Therapeutic Clinical Services program of study courses prepares students for careers in medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, pharmacology, nutrition, and many more established and emerging fields in the healthcare sector. Course content provides foundational knowledge and skills in each of these areas, while also giving students the opportunity to participate in a Clinical Internship. Upon completion of this POS, students will be prepared to pursue advanced training in clinical services at the postsecondary level, or seek entry-level employment in a range of healthcare fields.

Course Standards

1 Satisfies one lab science credit required for graduation.

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Last Update: August 13, 2014