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ABOUT THE PROGRAM OF STUDY


Health science is one of the largest industries in the country, with more than 11 million jobs, including the self-employed. The health science 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.

Health Science Education

This introductory class is required prior to taking any other Health Science classes. The course will include basic health care information on services/products related to the health of people. Subject matter will include career choices, legal responsibilities, ethics, teamwork, first aid, safety practices, and skill development relevant to becoming a health care professional.

Medical Therapeutics

This course provides knowledge and skills to maintain or change the health status of an individual over time. The student will evaluate ways therapeutic medicine is used to focus on direct patient care including nursing, medicine, dentistry and psychotherapy. Basic medical skills will be learned. This can be used as a 4th Science credit.

Anatomy & Physiology 1 DE

The student will assess human anatomy and physiological functions and descriptive results of abnormal physiology with clinical consequences, demonstrating a workable knowledge of medical terminology. Students will participate in lab activities including several dissections. This course is highly recommended to any student who is interested in the medical field. Can count as 4th science credit or 3rd lab science. Dual Enrollment is LPN Program at TCAT.

Anatomy & Physiology 1 H

The student will assess human anatomy and physiological functions and descriptive results of abnormal physiology with clinical consequences, demonstrating a workable knowledge of medical terminology. Students will participate in lab activities including several dissections. This course is highly recommended to any student who is interested in the medical field. Can count as 4th science credit or 3rd lab Science.

Anatomy & Physiology 2 DE

Anatomy and Physiology 2 is a college level course designed to develop an understanding of the structures and functions of the human body, while relating those to knowledge and skills associated with pathophysiology. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will be able to (1) apply the gross anatomy from earlier courses to a deeper understanding of body systems, (2) identify the organs and structures of the support and movement systems, (3) relate the structure and function of the communication, control, and integration system. Tuition is to be paid by the student to Lee University.

Biomedical Engineering H

Biomedical engineering applies and develops knowledge and skills in biology, physics, technology and math. It includes experiences from the diverse fields of Biotechnology, Bioengineering, and Biomedical Engineering. Design problems will be in the areas of biomechanics, cardiovascular engineering, genetic engineering, orthopedic engineering, prosthetics, robotic surgery, tissue engineering, biomedical devices and bioethics. Students will utilize a design team approach to apply biological and engineering concepts to design materials and process that directly measure, repair, improve and extend life. Can count as 3rd or 4th Science.

Diagnostic Medicine

Diagnostic Medicine is designed to prepare students to pursue careers in the fields of radiology, medicine, medical laboratory, microbiology, optometry, and other patient diagnostic procedures. The students will learn the ways diagnostic medicine creates a picture of an individual?s health and diagnosis. This will include diagnostic career exploration, imaging analysis and physics, medical laboratory, cardiovascular and optic diagnosis and treatment. Students are eligible to sit for the EKG Certification exam (exam cost is $117.00) Can count as 4th Science.

Emergency Medical Service

Emergency Medical Service (EMS) is designed for students interested in a career in pre-hospital or emergency patient care. Career options may include emergency room physician, emergency medical technician, paramedic, or emergency room nurse. EMS teaches knowledge of the emergency medical field, including duties, responsibilities, and legal aspects, as well as skill development in patient assessment, communication, first aid measures and the use of emergency medical equipment. Can get Emergency Medical Responder Certification. Can be taken as Dual Enrollment with Cleveland State Community College.

Emergency Medical Service DE

Emergency Medical Service (EMS) is designed for students interested in a career in pre-hospital or emergency patient care. Career options may include emergency room physician, emergency medical technician, paramedic, or emergency room nurse. EMS teaches knowledge of the emergency medical field, including duties, responsibilities, and legal aspects, as well as skill development in patient assessment, communication, first aid measures, and the use of emergency medical equipment. Can get Emergency Medical Responder Certification. Dual Enrollment is with Cleveland State Community College.

Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine will focus on enabling the person to live to the fullest capacity possible. Units will be based on rehabilitation therapy with a sports medicine focus and will include physical, occupational, speech/language, massage, and art therapies. Basic skills relating to these fields will be learned. The student will also learn to differentiate between therapeutic career options, diagram human structure, and describe human functions.

Work Based Learning Sports Medicine Care

Work-Based Learning: Career Practicum is a capstone course intended to provide students with opportunities to apply the skills and knowledge of sports medicine and rehab careers learned in previous CTE Health Science courses within a professional work environment. The course allows students to earn high school credit for select models of work-based learning, which allow students to interact with industry professionals in order to extend and deepen classroom work and support the development of postsecondary and career readiness knowledge and skills.

WORK BASED LEARNING clinical internship

The following must be met: Students will apply to the class their junior year and selection is based on work ethic, grades, and attendance, behavior and communication skills. The course is designed to be completed in a hospital, rehab center, medical office, pharmacy, veterinary office, dentist and physical therapy facilities. Students go to medical setting during the class period and intern with a medical career that they are interested. Students that are interested in observing in a physical therapist setting must have completed the Sports Medicine class. All other clinical sites require that the student has completed the Medical Therapeutics class.

DUAL ENROLLMENT OPPORTUNITIES


Dual Enrollment is available for Anatomy and Physiology 1 with Tennessee College of Applied Technologies Athens (TCAT), Anatomy and Physiology 2 with Lee University, and Emergency Medical Services with Cleveland State Community College. In a dual-enrolled class, students get credit for both high school and the college they are dual-enrolled with. This allows high school students to get college credit and a college transcript before they step foot on a college campus!

INDUSTRY CERTIFICATIONS


OSHA 10

The OSHA 10 certification is designed to familiarize workers with OSHA standards as well as safety and health hazards common to the workplace. Students can earn their OSHA 10 Certification in Automotive 3 and Automotive 4.

Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)

The objective of the Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) training and certification is to improve the quality of emergency medical care rendered to victims of medical illnesses or injuries. It is critical for the first responder to be proficient in providing basic life support and taking other necessary actions to minimize the patients discomfort and to prevent further complications. In Tennessee, EMR candidates must demonstrate EMR skills proficiency and pass the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians’ Cognitive Exam to obtain a license.

Certified EKG Technician (CET)

Earning a Certified EKG Technician (CET) certification will help students launch a successful and meaningful career that can help make a difference in countless lives. Whether seeking full-time or part-time employment, the opportunities in this profession are flexible and in high demand. The added skills of Holter monitoring and stress tests required for the Certified EKG Technician (CET) will help students to be even more competitive as they launch a healthcare career. In Tennessee, the CET is categorized as an unlicensed assistive person (UAP) who is allowed to perform only those tasks that a licensed medical professional has deemed appropriate to delegate. Although the state has no formal governmental competency standards for the CET, employers often develop their own policies and procedures for the types of individuals who will be considered for open positions in the cardiac care unit.

CAREER OUTLOOK


Employment in healthcare occupations is projected to grow 15 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.4 million new jobs. Healthcare occupations are projected to add more jobs than any of the other occupational groups. This projected growth is mainly due to an aging population, leading to greater demand for healthcare services.

The median annual wage for healthcare practitioners and technical occupations (such as registered nurses, physicians and surgeons, and dental hygienists) was $68,190 in May 2019, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations in the economy of $39,810.

Healthcare support occupations (such as home health aides, occupational therapy assistants, and medical transcriptionists) had a median annual wage of $28,470 in May 2019, lower than the median annual wage for all occupations in the economy.

Health Science ADVISORY COMMITTEE


The Career and Technical Education Advisory Committees are made up of volunteers who agree to serve as advisors to one or more career and technical programs. Members include representatives from business, labor, community agencies, faculty, students and other members. The primary purpose of advisory committees is to provide direction and guidance for the specific career and technical area within the school to strengthen and enhance the success of CTE programs. By working closely with the business and labor communities, we continue to provide high quality workforce training and education to our students so they will succeed in today's job market.

The committees support and strengthen the partnership between business, labor, the community, and education. The committees make recommendations that will strengthen and help to expand the curriculum to improve the quality of program(s). Members provide valuable input in areas such as curriculum development, student recruitment and placement, staff development, equipment and software recommendations.