Health Science Education I and II

Health Science Education I content includes skills common to specific health career topics such as patient nursing  care, dental care, animal care, medical laboratory, public health, an introduction to health care systems, anatomy,  physiology, and medical terminology. Leadership skills developed through HOSA participation are also included. Lab experiences are organized and planned around the activities associated with the student’s career objectives. Job seeking and job maintenance skills, personal management skills, self analysis to aid in career selection and completion of the application process for admission into a post secondary program of their choice are also included in this course.

Health Science Education II –is an extended laboratory experience at the student’s choice of clinical site designed to provide students the opportunity to assume the role of a health care provider and practice technical skills previously learned in the classroom, including information on the healthcare system and  employment opportunities at a variety of entry levels, an overview of the healthcare delivery systems,  healthcare teams and legal and ethical considerations. It prepares students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes essential for providing basic care in extended care facilities, hospitals and home health agencies under the direction of licensed nurses. This course also provides students with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed to make the transition from school to work in health science careers, including self analysis to aid in career selection, job seeking and job maintenance skills, personal management skills, and completion of the application  process for admission into a post secondary program. HOSA, the health science student organization, encourages development of leadership, communication, community service and health care related skills.

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PLTW Human Body Systems

This course will engage students in the study of the processes, structures and interactions of human body systems. Important biomedical concepts in the course include: communication, transport of substances, locomotion, metabolic processes, identity, and protection. The central theme will focus on 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. Exploring science in action, students will work through interesting real world cases and often play the role of biomedical professionals to solve medical mysteries.

PLTW Medical Interventions

Students will investigate the variety of interventions involved in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease as they follow the lives of a fictitious family. A “How-To” manual for maintaining overall health and homeostasis in the body, the course will explore how to prevent and fight infection, how to screen and evaluate the code in our DNA, how to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, and how to prevail when the organs of the body begin to fail. Through these scenarios, students will be exposed to the wide range of interventions related to Immunology, Surgery, Genetics, Pharmacology, Medical Devices, and Diagnostics. Each family case scenario will introduce multiple types of interventions and will reinforce concepts learned in the previous two courses, as well as present new content. Interventions may range from simple diagnostic tests to treatment of complex diseases and disorders. These interventions will be showcased across the generations of the family and will provide a look at the past, present and future of biomedical science. Lifestyle choices and preventive measures are emphasized throughout the course as well as the important role scientific thinking and engineering design play in the development of interventions of the future.

PLTW Principles of Biomedical Science

This course will provide an introduction to the biomedical sciences through problems and an exciting hands-on project. Course content includes the study of human medicine, research processes and an introduction to bioinformatics and forensics. Students will investigate the human body systems and various health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, sickle cell anemia, hypercholesterolemia and infectious diseases. Key biological concepts will also include homeostasis, metabolism, inheritance of traits, feedback systems and defense against disease.

Engineering principles will be included in the design process, feedback loops, fluid dynamics and the relationship of structure to function. This course will be designed to provide an overview of all the future courses of the Biomedical Science program and to lay the scientific foundation necessary for student success in the subsequent courses. This will be a highly accelerated course, and research outside of class will be necessary.