Course Descriptions

  • COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

    Health Science Courses

    PRINCIPLES OF HEALTH SCIENCE (1754) This course is designed to provide an opportunity for understanding the concepts and skills necessary for entering the health care field. Essential elements included in this course are current events in health care, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology (build a body using clay!), human growth and development, nutrition, CPR, first aid, basic concepts of illness and wellness, medical communications skills, and interpersonal relationships. 

    Prerequisite: None 
    Credit: 1 unit 

    MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY (1755) This course is designed to develop a working knowledge of the language of medicine. Students acquire word-building skills by learning prefixes, suffixes, roots, and abbreviations. By relating terms to body systems, students identify proper use of words in a medical environment. This course allows students to achieve comprehension of medical vocabulary appropriate to medical procedures, human anatomy and physiology and pathophysiology. 

    Prerequisite: None 
    Credit: 1 unit 

    HEALTH SCIENCE THEORY(1756) 

    The Health Science course is designed to provide for the development of advanced knowledge and skills related to a wide variety of health careers. Students will have employ hands-on experiences for continued knowledge and skill development 

    Principles of Health Science 

    Credit: 1units

    COUNSELING AND MENTAL HEALTH (1757) This course is an introduction to mental health services, careers, history, agencies, current issues, and the difference between functional and dysfunctional behaviors. Students develop an awareness of the factors that affect mental health by exploring traditional and emerging treatment modalities. Students will also explore alternative and complementary medicine practices including music therapy, massage therapy, chiropractic medicine, and art therapy. 

    Prerequisite: None
    Credit: 1 credit 

    MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY (1759) Students in Medical Microbiology study the relationships of microorganisms to wellness and disease. They develop knowledge and skills related to disease prevention by learning the chain of infection, asepsis, and standard precautions. Pathogenic and nonpathogenic organisms will be identified to assist in the understanding of specific disease, causative agents, and treatment options. 

    Prerequisite: Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Biology, Chemistry or concurrent enrollment of Chemistry
    Credit: 1 unit
    This course will count for an Advanced Science Elective 

    PATHOPHYSIOLOGY (1760) Students study disease processes, and how human systems are affected. Emphasis is placed on prevention and treatment of diseases. Students will differentiate between normal and abnormal physiology. 

    Prerequisite: Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Biology, Chemistry or concurrent enrollment of Chemistry
    Credit: 1 unit
    This course will count for an Advanced Science Elective 

    ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY (1790) Student will conduct laboratory and field investigations, use scientific methods during investigations, and make informed decisions using critical thinking and scientific problem solving. Students will study a variety of topics, including the structure and function of the human body and the interaction of body systems for maintaining homeostasis. Prerequisite: Recommended for grades 10 – 12, must have had three precious credit in science Credit: 1 unit
    This course will count for an Advanced Science Elective 

    PRACTICUM IN HEALTH SCIENCE (1791) This course is designed to give students practical application of previously studied knowledge and skills. Practicum experiences can occur in a variety of locations appropriate to the nature and level of experience. To pursue a career in the health science industry, students should learn to reason, think critically, make decisions, solve problems, and communicate effectively. Students should recognize that quality health care depends on the ability to work well with others. 

    Prerequisite: Recommended for grades 11 and 12
    Credit: 2 units 

    PRACTICUM IN HEALTH SCIENCE II (1791) This course is designed to give students practical application of previously studied knowledge and skills. Practicum experiences can occur in a variety of locations appropriate to the nature and level of experience. The health science industry is comprised of diagnostic, therapeutic, health informatics, support services and biotechnology research and development systems that function individually and collaboratively to provide a comprehensive health care. Students are expected to apply the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a health science career through further education and employment.

    Prerequisite: Recommended for seniors only and previous enrollment in another
    Health Science course Credit: 2 units